Ronald Jones II, USC: 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

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USC’s Ronald Jones II is a small-statured running back who makes plays thanks to his quickness and balance.

Ronald Jones II is an explosive athlete who can get up to full speed in a hurry. He runs with a low pad level which helps him easily change direction. Despite his ability to make quick cuts, Jones does most of his damage working north and south.

This is a runner who can make solid reads and locate open running lanes. He is especially good at picking his way through traffic while heading down field. His overall speed also gives him the ability to attack the edge. It also makes him a home-run threat when in the open field.

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Jones’ lack of bulk makes it difficult for him to break tackles. However, he has the elusiveness needed to make tacklers miss.

Some of his effectiveness can be attributed to USC’s powerful offensive line. Last year, the Trojans features several offensive linemen who were drafted into the NFL. Jones absolutely benefited from not having to dodge defenders in the backfield.

In the passing game, Jones flashes solid hands but has been used more as a check down option. His speed and ability to create in space means that he has upside as a pass catcher.

Jones is a liability as a pass protector in this stage of his career. He lacks the size and strength to anchor after contact. Bigger defenders are able to easily toss him aside on their way to the quarterback. Jones needs to really improve this part of his game if he hopes to become an effective NFL player.

Overall, this is an explosive athlete capable of generating big plays. The fact he can work between the tackles and to the edge makes him a versatile player. However, he needs to improve his ability to contribute as both a pass blocker and receiver.