Ronald Jones II
Height- 6 feet
Weight- 200 pounds
Position- Running back
Ronald Jones II is a junior running back for the USC Trojans. Jones is known for his big play ability at USC and is a big threat to score when the ball is in his hands. His good balance and agility make him tough to tackle in the open field. Good acceleration and speed to run away from defenders along with good feet quickness in tight spaces make him a great weapon for any pro offense. When running north and south he has an excellent jump cut and has good vision to find open lanes. As a pass catcher, Jones is very effective: he can line up in the slot or be used out of the backfield. USC uses him a lot on check downs, and he also excels in screen plays. His athleticism and big play ability make him one of the more electric players in the NCAA right now.
Although Jones has good vision, he sometimes doesn’t see the open lane leading him to attack the edge. A lot of defenses prepare for this, which makes him ineffective. He is a liability at pass blocking and he tends to just get in the way of a defender rather than block him. He also seems more concerned with trying to make the big play rather than get whatever yards he can. If he can’t make a big play, he usually ends up with no gain or even a loss of yards. This could make it difficult for him to see the field regularly at the next level.
Overall Jones can be an electrifying player if given the ball in the open field. His NFL comparison is Reggie Bush. Both players have a similar frame and play style. Jones may not be an every-down back at the next level but could be a very solid weapon if used right. Jones is currently being valued as a 2nd or 3rd round pick.