At USC’s pro day on Wednesday, former Trojans running back Ronald Jones II left little doubt as to where he saw himself fitting in this year with the NFL draft class of tailbacks.
Ronald Jones on where he falls in this year’s deep running back class, highlighted by Saquon Barkley: "I’m definitely in the top two."
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) March 21, 2018
Jones was limited in his workouts for the pro day as he’s still hampered by a hamstring injury.
NFL.com projects Jones as a first-to-second round pick and compares him to Jamaal Charles.
From the NFL’s draft profile of Jones:
Jones is a classic slasher with the wiggle and explosiveness to elude open-field tacklers and then burst to chunks of yardage. Jones was a much more assertive runner in 2017 and improved upon areas of improvement from the 2016 season. Jones also has the ability to turn into a much more dangerous pass-catcher than we saw at USC. He should test well at the combine, but there will still be teams concerned with how many carries he can handle and how that affects his draft value. He’s a big play talent with a chance to thrive at a high level wherever he lands.