Taiwan Jones to Oakland Raiders: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Don’t let the small program and funny name fool you: six-foot, 194-pound RB prospect Taiwan Jones is fast with a capital "F."  Besides tearing up the combine with a 40-yard time right around 4.3 seconds, Jones paved his own way for an early NFL draft entry with 1,742 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior season at Eastern Washington.

Leaving early is rare for an FCS prospect, but it didn’t take Jones long to prove that he can run with the best of ‘em.  What he lacks in power, he makes up for with speed and a running style that can best be described as "slippery."

So what’s the knock on him, you ask? Look no further than the injury problems that caused him to miss each of his three college seasons.  A risky pick to be sure, Jones still projects as a solid sleeper who could develop into a solid NFL running back.  Rob Rang of CBSSports.com compares him to Jamaal Charles, adding:

“Small and elusive with home-run ability, Jones has a chance to do a lot with a limited amount of touches if he's able to stay healthy.”

The question marks surrounding Taiwan Jones didn't deter Al Davis from taking him in the fourth round. It's a bit of a puzzling pick, since the Raiders' boast a deep running attack with a solid feature back in rising star Darren McFadden.  But Jones, a smaller back with a different kind of running style, should be able to spell McFadden and give defenses a change of pace. 

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