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STEEL BLUE TEXANS
03-30-2005, 01:16 PM
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Updated: March 30, 2005, 11:46 AM ET

Former QB expected to play WR/H-backBy Chris Mortensen, ESPN Insider
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Editor's note: Chris Mortensen's son, Alex, is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Arkansas in competition for Matt Jones' vacant position.


Steve Young, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, has long told me that one of these days there will be a football player so unique, so gifted and so different that he will cause some consternation among the NFL types who judge and coach the most talented football players in the world.

"And it's going to be up to those people, especially some offensive coordinator, to think outside the box and figure out what to do with a guy like that," Young said.

He didn't know it at the time, but Young was talking about someone available in the 2005 NFL draft -- a guy I believe is the best player in the draft.

Matt Jones is that player. Yes, the Arkansas quarterback NFL evaluators have been struggling to figure out.

Some have called him the most "intriguing" player in the draft. Or, as one personnel director asked me last week, "How's The Freak?"

Jones is a freak. Let's just remind you of his measurables again, as now officially recorded from his scouting combine and pro day workouts.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 242
40 time (hand-timed): 4.37 and 4.39
40 time (electronic): 4.40
Vertical jump: 39.5 inches
Standing broad jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

Let me explain how to translate some of these numbers because Jones, for the most part, is being projected as a receiver/H-back instead of a quarterback.


Based on watching Jones perform during Senior Bowl week, when he unabashedly exposed himself to playing receiver, scouts wondered about one or two things: Was he quick and explosive enough to play outside? Honestly, if Jones was not as quick as they wanted that week, it was attributed to the fact that he was playing a new position.

Give him four months to work on nothing but receiver, and you'll see plenty of quickness. Trust me.

That's what the vertical and broad jump measure: Explosiveness. Jones was among the very top athletes. He is quick. He is explosive. He also had one of the fastest 10-yard times while running his 40. His short cone drills and shuttles were just as impressive.

His hands? I think he has the best hands in the draft. He's a basketball player, gifted enough after his junior football season at Arkansas to earn a starting spot on the basketball team within two weeks of his late arrival.

"We charted every pass thrown to him during the Senior Bowl week, and [he] caught all but one," one personnel director said.

So, as a receiver, he's bigger than Southern California's Mike Williams, he's faster, he's more explosive and he might have better hands.

Some NFL teams have tried to peg him as a tight end or H-back because of his size. Jones has been truthful with NFL teams that have spoken with him. He's reluctant to play tight end.

"You know, it's funny," one AFC head coach told me last week. "We asked [Jones] about putting on some weight and playing tight end, and he made it clear that he thought it was foolish. He said, 'So you want me to put on 20 pounds and be a 4.57 guy instead of a 4.37 guy?' When you put that into context, you have to admit he makes sense. Match up a 6-6 guy who is that fast and athletic with great hands on any corner even the tall ones and how do you stop him?"

It was evident during the NFL meetings last week in Hawaii that Jones is perhaps the fastest riser in the draft. Because of his position switch, he had been labeled as a second-day pick, probably a fourth-round selection.

He's not going on the second day. He's a better bet to go in the top half of the second round, and he could slip into the bottom third of the first round.

"How do you ignore him?" one AFC general manager said. "He's the best athlete in the draft. It may not even be close. Honestly, he's the most mesmerizing player I've ever evaluated."

I laughed when all the official numbers came in. Selfishly, they made me look good. When I spoke with a personnel man last fall about Jones, I asked him, "What are you going to do when he runs 4.4 at the combine?"

The personnel man replied, "Well, he's not going to do that." Yeah, go ahead, just keep doubting him.

As far as anyone knows, there's never been a 6-6 guy or a 242-pounder who ran 4.37 in the 40. Jones is both 6-6 and 242 pounds.

Some have warned of "workout" warriors, citing Mike Mamula of Boston College as one who fooled everyone about his NFL potential with gaudy workout numbers.

Mamula is a bad example to bring up when talking about Jones, though. For one, I would hardly classify Jones as a workout warrior. He could get out of bed and run 4.4.

Better than that, he was one of the most productive players in the history of the Southeastern Conference and basically was even-steven with Young, the BYU flash, as a player with one of the highest yards-per-play average in NCAA history.

For the past four years, SEC coaches and defenders have marveled at Jones' freakish ability to make plays his 2,545 rushing yards set an SEC career mark for quarterbacks.

"He was the best player in the SEC the past two years," said Ron Zook, the ex-Florida coach now at Illinois. "Now that's a mouthful. Think about the guys who have played in the SEC the past couple of years."

Quickly, the names of Auburn's Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams, among so many others, leaped into my mind. The SEC is loaded with NFL-caliber players.

LSU coach Nick Saban said, "Matt Jones single-handedly won more games than any player in the SEC."

South Carolina coach Lou Holtz called Jones the "MVP" of the SEC.

Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said, "I'm pretty sure I never have seen one like him, and I coached in [the NFL] for a lot of years. I'd take him, and real high."

Zook added, "Here's the thing about Matt Jones that people seem to forget because he is such a freak. He is one of the most productive players I've ever seen. It's all about productivity, and the bottom line is, this guy always makes plays and he makes' em when it counts and he makes 'em against everybody else's best players. He's a winner, he's productive and he's a freak. Our guys at Florida will tell you they never saw anything like him before and probably never will again."

Florida linebacker Channing Crowder, who should be a first-rounder next month, called Jones "a blazer, unbelievably fast," and nose guard Tommy Jackson said watching film of Jones and then stepping on the field against him was a lifetime experience.

"It's amazing that a guy that big, that strong and that fast is all in one person," Jackson said. "It's not fair."

Georgia coach Mark Richt called Jones the most deceptively fast player he had ever seen.

"On any given day, he could be the most dangerous player on the field, " Richt said. "You try to take good angles on the guy, and he's still past you."

Back to production. Arkansas quarterback coach Roy Wittke provided statistics that show Jones had 88 planned runs of 10 yards or more, 10 that were 50-plus yards. That didn't even count his 2004 stats, in which he had 33 scrambles on broken pass plays for 377 yards, an 11.4-yard average per carry.

When Saban said Jones "single-handedly" won more games than any player in the SEC, he also might have meant that Jones made almost every game competitive, even the defeats. He was the only returning starter on the Arkansas offense in 2004. The Razorbacks were just 5-6, the first losing season for coach Houston Nutt. But Jones kept the team alive in near misses against Texas, Georgia and Florida.

"This guy can make a play on you when you're doing as good as you can do," Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines said. "Texas had some pretty good people on the field, and they never laid a glove on him."

In fact, when legendary ABC play-by-play man Keith Jackson marveled over Vince Young's splendid performance in Texas' Rose Bowl win over Michigan, he wondered what planet Young was from and whether he had ever seen anybody like him. I chuckled. I had seen Jones, who was bigger, faster, more athletic and had a better arm than Young in their meeting when Texas squeaked out a 22-20 win over Arkansas early in the season. That night, Jones was again the best player on a field that included Young, not to mention Cedric Benson and Derrick Johnson, two Longhorns projected to go in the top 12 of next month's draft.

Jones was even more productive running the ball from the quarterback spot than Michael Vick was at Virginia Tech. Yet, even though Jones is more than a half-foot taller than Vick with almost identical 40 times (Vick ran a hand-timed 4.37 at his first mini-camp with the Falcons), NFL scouts have all but dismissed Jones as a quarterback prospect because he is unorthodox while Vick obviously throws lasers.

I think I'm OK with that thinking. Jones has a troubled right shoulder, which was hurt in his freshman year shortly after basketball season. The shoulder never allowed Jones to work at high volume at quarterback during practice, and it might have limited the team's passing game. But he still was pretty effective throwing the ball: He threw for almost 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career.

There is one other part of Jones that bothers some scouts. It's his somewhat lackadaisical body language. "Nonchalant" is what I've heard. Does he really love the game? Does it really matter to him?

Well, go back to that Texas game. Jones fumbled inside the Texas 20-yard line on an extra effort scramble in the final minutes. Arkansas probably wins the game if he doesn't fumble. He cried hard in a closed locker room after the game. His heart was broken.

A few weeks later, Arkansas got throttled by undefeated Auburn 38-20. It wasn't an upset, but when a few Arkansas players were a little too jovial on Jones' bus after the game, he snapped at them. Doesn't care? This is also a guy who passed up basketball a game he truly loves in his senior year to get ready for the NFL.

True, Jones is different. But that gene, or whatever it is, that projects this "nonchalance" is the same one that allowed him as a child to sleep through a tornado that ravaged his house in Fort Smith, Ark., according to his dad, Steve, who also was Matt's high school coach. It's the same calming gene that allowed Jones to thrive under pressure as a collegiate player.

STEEL BLUE TEXANS
03-30-2005, 01:17 PM
Nutt, who admits Jones' personality tested him at times, loves to tell how Jones almost put him over the edge in the final minute of Arkansas' SEC West championship game against LSU in 2002. LSU led 20-13 with less than a minute to play. LSU was about to punt as Nutt sought out his quarterback.

"There he was, sitting back alone by the Gatorade, towel over his head, and as I get closer to him, Matt's singing to himself, or humming, 'do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do,'" Nutt says, recalling the hilarity of the moment. "I tell Matt, 'Come on, Matt, a little urgency here. We've got 37 seconds left, we gotta get the plays called, get in and out of the huddle, and get it done.'"

Jones looked at Nutt.

"No problem, coach," Jones said. "I got it."

Jones, who at that point was 2-of-13 passing against Saban's talented, tenacious defense, got the ball at his own 20. In three plays, including two perfectly thrown passes -- the latter a 31-yarder to Decori Birmingham with nine seconds left -- Jones led Arkansas for 80 yards in a stunning 21-20 victory that propelled the Razorbacks to the SEC title game.

"Darndest thing I ever saw," Nutt said.

Some athletes are just more graceful than others. Joe DiMaggio made baseball look easy. Pete Rose made it look like work. Jones is more DiMaggio than Rose.

Back to Steve Young's precept that it will take an offensive coordinator with the brains and brawn to use the gifts of a once-in-a-lifetime athlete best.

The red zone, whether you put the ball in Jones' hands as a receiver or a quarterback, would seem to be one obvious frontier.

Arkansas led the SEC in red zone scoring with 87.5 percent efficiency in 2004, and most of those scores were touchdowns.

The Razorbacks also had uncanny success and drama playing overtime games. In fact, Jones arrived on the national scene as a true freshman when he locked horns with Eli Manning in a classic seven-overtime game in which Arkansas beat Ole Miss 58-56. As a junior he led the Razorbacks to another seven-overtime win, 71-63 over Kentucky.

College overtimes are basically red zone games. The ball is given to each team at the opponents' 25.

"I just know this," Nutt said. "You put the ball [in] the kid's hands in those situations and he's going to find a way to win the game at any level. Red zone, or whatever. On any given play, he can run or pass for 80 yards."

Matt Jones won't be among the top 10 players selected in the April 23-24 draft, but I will venture to say that he'll play in more Pro Bowls than almost any of those guys.

And I will laugh, knowing I told you so.


http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/draft05/columns/story?columnist=mortensen_chris&id=2025109

jacquescas
03-30-2005, 01:39 PM
hey i've jumped on his bandwagon a long time ago. I'd love to see him in the second round with our pick. Imagine him and AJ lining up on opposite sides. Absolutely devestating. and his experience at QB and Carr's athleticism will allow for lots of trick plays, but undoubtedly someone else will snatch him up.

Dionysus22
03-30-2005, 02:07 PM
I can see what they mean when they say "single-handedly took over games". As a die hard Longhorn, I had to watch this lanky, goofy kid run right over us in 2003 and almost do it again in 2004. It seemed like everytime he touched the ball, the chains were moving. I'd like to see someone take a chance on him at QB. With those freakish skillz, I'd want the ball in his hands every play.

Tailgate
03-30-2005, 03:49 PM
Sounds like he wont be there with our 2nd pick.

TheOgre
03-30-2005, 04:04 PM
I still have nightmares about his game against Texas in 2003.

gtexan02
03-30-2005, 05:02 PM
What do you guys think about picking up defense in round 1, and then addressing the WR need in round 2 with jones? My guess is that since its somewhat "risky" we won't do it, but who knows?

gtexan02
03-30-2005, 05:03 PM
by the way, heres a link that was pretty cool about him:
matt jones link (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/draft05/columns/story?columnist=mortensen_chris&id=2025109)

Tailgate
03-30-2005, 05:04 PM
Would be perfect to get a young DL with 1st pick, then Matt Jones with 2nd. But thats in a perfect world.

TexanFanInCC
03-30-2005, 05:07 PM
I still have nightmares about his game against Texas in 2003.
arkansas's o-line smuthered the longhorn defense that game :wacko:

Bayern
03-30-2005, 05:10 PM
Screw it..... I'd say at this point grab him in the first. The 13th spot is kind of where things start to get a little fuzzy talent-wise, and I love these kind of freakish players. Trade down a bit! The article says it best... he's fast and he's huge. Hell he's bigger and faster than a certain Philadelphia reciever who everyone wishes they'd have (his talent, not his personality). Hasn't Capers said, you can never have enough Quarterbacks?

Sounds damn exciting.

TigerBait
03-30-2005, 05:34 PM
Yea, hes beaten LSU single handely before..

Rosusu
03-30-2005, 06:24 PM
I would easily take him in the third, and seriously consider taking him in the second. He sounds like a very interesting player who has lots of potential.

BuffSoldier
03-30-2005, 06:47 PM
Could you imagine Jones and AJ on the same field together, both so big and athletic. Oh and someone poited something out about trick plays. Imagine a reverse pass from Jones to AJ, they would have to respect Jones's speed, and probably leave AJ in man coverage.

texan279
03-30-2005, 07:02 PM
All of this talk about Jones, I know nothing about him, but didn't he play QB his entire college career?

edo783
03-30-2005, 07:17 PM
All of this talk about Jones, I know nothing about him, but didn't he play QB his entire college career?

Pretty much. I think he only did the WR thing at the Senior Bowl and was good at it.

texan279
03-30-2005, 07:24 PM
Oh ok, I was wondering why so many people seem so excited about him in the draft as a WR/TE and some people think he could end up being a 3rd round or even a 2nd round pick...

Dionysus22
03-30-2005, 07:49 PM
I'm thinking more 2nd round. If he slips to the 3rd, it's gonna be a steal for who ever snatches him.

TigerBait
03-30-2005, 07:57 PM
Matt was a running quarterback, but no one really hyped him to be so because the guy is 6-6 and 240+. I would get so pissed becuase we would have him wrapped up and i thought he was down but then he would just break some tackles and all of a sudden he had a 20 yard gain out of nothing, he killed teams with his legs. Only concern for him at WR is probably quickness and route running. Quickness can not be taught IMO, but he can work on his route running.

CowboysTexansFan
03-30-2005, 10:03 PM
I'd love to see the Cowboys or Texans grab Jones with a 2nd round pick. He is a phenomenal talent and excellent football player. A first round pick might be too risky to use on someone who will be moved to a completely different position. But if he can make a successful transition to WR in a couple of years, with his size and speed, he has the potential to be a Randy Moss type of gamebreaker without the attitude problems.

I would gladly bet a 2nd round pick on greatness, particularly when a fair number of 2nd rounders turn out to be just guys.

scourge
03-31-2005, 12:55 AM
I would absolutely love to pick up Jones with our 2nd. I'm not sure he'd be there, but if he is I think he'd be the bpa regardless of who was there. I have been intrigued by him for quite a while now, and Mortensen has me sold on him now. I wouldnt even mind us trading up a lil in the 2nd or low 1st to snatch him before someone else. His size/speed combo is amazing.

outofhnd
03-31-2005, 03:47 AM
imagine Johnson and jones having pick routes where they cross and the Dbs get bottled up and one receiver breaks free? or run a reverse pass play where jones takes the reverse then throws it downfield.

Jones could play tight end at 240 miller is 240 and if he can lay a good block then boom!

rittenhouserobz
03-31-2005, 06:16 AM
I would absolutely love to pick up Jones with our 2nd. I'm not sure he'd be there, but if he is I think he'd be the bpa regardless of who was there. I have been intrigued by him for quite a while now, and Mortensen has me sold on him now. I wouldnt even mind us trading up a lil in the 2nd or low 1st to snatch him before someone else. His size/speed combo is amazing.

I would give up the extra 3rd to move up in the 2nd to get this guy. We definitely have a need here. I too would love to see a reverse/fake reverse play involving him. The LB's would have to commit to the run or cover the RB/TE/QB. The secondary would have to deal with AJ (not a 1-man job). Matt is the type of player that is used to split second decisions so it would be interesting to see that scenario. :thumbup

LBblitz
03-31-2005, 09:12 AM
I just read an intersting article on ESPN about the QB from Arkansas Matt Jones. It repeatedly called him a freak and after I saw his measureables I believe it. He is projected to play WR/RB in the NFL and his speed would be exactly what we are looking for to compliment AJ at the #2 WR position (as well as give JJ Moses some serious competition and RB depth). The article did however give reference to Mamula and his bust and I just saw last night how Eric Crouch is going the NFL Europe. I know he is a risk and I thought it would make for a good thread.

http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/draft05/columns/story?columnist=mortensen_chris&id=2025109

El Tejano
03-31-2005, 09:22 AM
I think Eric Crouch was a heisman trophy winner and had a little more expectations than this guy. Also, this guy understands he isn't an NFL QB and is willing to take whatever he gets. Crouch was pouting all the way to camp because he wanted to be a QB.

I say get him. With as many reverses Palmer likes to run, it would be nice to see a guy pull up and chuck it. Maybe at least this guy will actually complete the reverse throw to David Carr that we like to run with Gaffney.

LBblitz
03-31-2005, 09:33 AM
The article says he will go early but I am not sure if I would like to give our first pick for him.

TheOgre
03-31-2005, 10:04 AM
This guy could be the real "Slash".

Rosusu
03-31-2005, 11:32 AM
The article says he will go early but I am not sure if I would like to give our first pick for him.

I say no chance we take him in the first but with his upside I think lots of teams would take him in the second. He is a very interesting prospect, he could end up being a great NFL player.

TigerBait
03-31-2005, 12:51 PM
Of course i wouldnt mind having Jones, but is it worth it to use or 13th or wait until the 3rd round to work on the O-line? If we can trade Sharper and a 3rd for an early second and get him then that would be fine, but otherwise idk.

Daonly
03-31-2005, 02:57 PM
Jones Continues To Catch Attention
By Robbie Neiswanger The Morning News/Razorback Central
Date: Mar 31, 2005www.scout.com (http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=189&p=2&c=364959)

FAYETTEVILLE -- Former Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones proved he isn't perfect during the Razorbacks' second on-campus pro day Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 242-pounder, who has made his move from quarterback to receiver look relatively easy, dropped a pass at the end of his 30-minute workout for NFL personnel in the Walker Indoor Pavilion. It was the first time anyone could remember Jones dropping a pass during his impressive pre-NFL Draft tour.

"I guess you've got to drop one," Jones said with a shrug of his shoulders. "You wish you wouldn't. But that's all right."

It's safe to say one drop won't result in a sudden dip in Jones' NFL prospects, which have been on the rise the past three months. The Fort Smith native, who was one of 12 former Hogs in attendance for Wednesday's pro day, turned in another strong performance in front of an audience that included Tennessee Titans receivers coach Ray Sherman and Houston Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer.

Former Arkansas receiver Steven Harris, running back DeCori Birmingham, defensive tackles Arrion Dixon and defensive end Jeb Huckeba also worked out Wednesday. But it was clear that most of the small crowd wanted to see Jones, who worked at tight end and H-back two weeks ago, get plenty of repetitions at receiver.

"I heard he had an outstanding workout the last time," Sherman said of Jones' March 16 workout. "I just wanted to come in and put him through some things and have a chance to have a first-hand look at him and see what he was able to do.

"I think he did a nice job. He's a very athletic young man. He's smart. He listens. I think he's got a lot of talent."

Jones skipped the testing portion after turning in solid times at the NFL Scouting Combine and Arkansas' first on-campus pro day, but took turns running routes with Harris. The duo caught passes from former teammate and Central Arkansas quarterback Zak Clark, who transferred from Arkansas after the 2001 season.

Palmer said Jones caught close to 20 balls during his workout and added that "even the great ones drop one" every now and then.

Sherman, who coaches former college quarterback turned receiver Drew Bennett at Tennessee, said Jones' size and hands were impressive.

"You're talking about a guy that played quarterback and has been a quarterback his four years here," said Sherman, who worked one-on-one with Jones. "Then he has to come out and run routes and catch the ball. I thought he did a nice job as far as catching the ball."

Jones has been touted as a versatile athlete that could play quarterback, receiver or tight end in the NFL. He is willing to play all three if asked, but believes his career will begin at receiver.

"I think that's the first thing as far as the first position that I play will be wide receiver," Jones said. "Now, can I do other things? I think I might do other things, but I think it is going to be mainly as a receiver."

Palmer, who was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and 2000, also believes that will happen. He compared Jones to Pittsburgh receivers Antwan Randle El and Hines Ward and said he is capable of playing a variety of roles.

"I think he's going to be a guy that will probably come into the league as a wide receiver," Palmer said. "Somebody might draft him as a quarterback and then move him to wide receiver. But he's very, very talented and you're going to see him (play) on Sunday for many, many years to come."

Jones might have a few more private workouts and interviews to attend in the next couple weeks, but said Wednesday was likely his last big workout for scouts.

Jones believes his performance the past three months has at least helped earn a selection on the first day of April's draft (Rounds 1 through 3). But he won't rule out the growing possibility of becoming a late first- or second-round surprise.

"That's what I'm hearing," Jones said. "But who knows what you hear. You never know. The draft is a funny chess board game. It will be fun watch it."

Odds and Ends
Clark and Jones played catch for the first time since 2001, when Clark entered the season as starting quarterback and Jones was a true freshman receiver. The duo split time at quarterback over the second half of the season and Clark transferred to Central Arkansas at the end of the year. ... Huckeba ran 40-yard dashes on the track surface (4.61 seconds) and the artificial turf (4.66) Wednesday. Harris ran his two 40s in 4.5 and 4.52 seconds. ... Huckeba said he has interviews with the San Diego Chargers (April 3), Green Bay Packers (April 6), Seattle Seahawks (April 7) and the Kansas City Chiefs (April 13) the next couple weeks.

El Tejano
03-31-2005, 03:11 PM
The kid runs a 4.37 40. Does anyone object to nabbing him with a second rounder to compete for Bradford's spot?

Rosusu
03-31-2005, 03:52 PM
My official prediction is that the Titans will take him in the first part of the 2nd round. They already have Bennett and Jones would be a nice addition. I would love to take him in the second but I dont know if he will still be around then.

texan279
03-31-2005, 06:11 PM
LINK (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/8344176)

2. Matt Jones, wide receiver, Arkansas
Comments: No player's stock has risen faster ... Impressive on-campus workouts have caused him to go from an intriguing quarterback-turned-receiver to a highly talented playmaker with off-the-chart athletic ability that should be selected no lower than the middle of the second round ... Some teams see him as a natural fit as an H-back/tight end while others project him as a slot receiver ... Excellent hands, superb size (6-6 and 241 pounds) and strength ... Quarterback experience should enhance his capacity to learn how to run routes.

outofhnd
03-31-2005, 11:00 PM
Depends on how impressive he is in private workouts. If Spears is not available, why not take him with our 1st pick 1 pick could fill 3 offensive spots.

Sure its a gamble but with the ability to line him up anywhere in our offense. why wouldnt you pick him with our first pick nothing real blue chip is even there this year after the 10th pick everything is hes good but not a playmaker.

I say we get him period.

I say if Spears is gone then really why not?

Mr Shush
04-01-2005, 09:32 AM
I dunno. If we trade down in the first, maybe. I think he's too much of a risk/project at #13, but you can't fail to love the upside.

hound
04-01-2005, 12:37 PM
Our best shot at getting him would be to trade with Philly and get their first round pick, #31 and their first second round pick, #35.

We could probably take Luis Castillo at 31 and Matt Jones at 35... and then grab an O lineman or an LB at 47th.

BuffSoldier
04-03-2005, 02:09 PM
The more I see of this guy, the more I think,"It would be amazing to have him in a Texans uniform". He is just so athletic and so big and fast. Who could hold this guy. Hes 6'6, 240 and runs a 4.37!! :shocked Not to mention that he has a 40 inch verticle. Thats just unbelievable. Check out this one handed grab in coverage. Matt Jones (http://www.hogcall.com/funstuff/multimedia/video/20050227NFLCombine/20050227-NFLCombine.mpg) Now you cant tell me that wasnt special.

If we dont take Troy Williamson in the first and if Bass is gone, then I cant think of any reason not to take this guy in the second.

D-ReK
04-03-2005, 02:26 PM
I cant think of any reason not to take this guy in the second.

Because a team like Philly will likely spend a late first or early second on him...

hound
04-03-2005, 09:42 PM
Because a team like Philly will likely spend a late first or early second on him...
Yes, there's a good chance Philly takes him at 35. They still have another second round pick and they need another offensive weapon to get them over the hump.. so they can win the Superbowl.


He does cause match up problems. Can you imagine Aaron Glenn trying to cover him and they both jump up for a pass. Glenn is 5'9" and 185 pounds and Jones is 6'6" 240... and Matt Jones can out run Glenn.

Htown34s
04-04-2005, 03:43 PM
The rumors are that Philly and Pittsburg are both looking at Matt Jones at the end of the 1st round.

Maybe we take him at 13?? We've reached in the past...

DRIFTAWAY
04-04-2005, 03:53 PM
Its starting to seem as if We wont trade up for DJ, so we should stay put and take Thomas Davis in the first, than Matt Jones in the second, than O-line, and D-line with our two third round picks.

We would address our needs and add two athletic, fast, and versatile players for each side of the ball.<< Sounds just like what we have been trying to accomplish over this off-season.

Htown34s
04-04-2005, 04:19 PM
Its starting to seem as if We wont trade up for DJ, so we should stay put and take Thomas Davis in the first, than Matt Jones in the second

Jones' stock is rising. It looks like he will go toward the end of the 1st round.

I'd love to trade down with Philly (like everyone else) and take Jones at #31 and Chris Spencer (Center, Mississippi) at #35.

LBblitz
04-04-2005, 10:09 PM
O.K. its official...I have jumped on the bandwagon of trading down for this guy with philly's pick. IMO he has the potential to make a bigger impact for our team than DJ does by the fact that our new LB core is better than most people think and an awesome #2 WR is an extremely underrated asset.

Does anyone see Jones possible returning kicks?

Razrbck
04-05-2005, 12:16 AM
Guys, wsup? I'm an Arkansas boy and happen to be 2nd cousins with Matt, and I can promise you, he's worth the risk. There is no risk with him. He'll do something awesome for you and won't give you a single problem.

I joined up b/c I was just so pleased to see all the great remarks about him on here and it's obvious that you Texans' fans know your football.

I've watched Matt since he was in the ninth grade. He's phenomenal. He's the best player to ever put on a Razorback uniform. A thing about Matt that hasn't been mentioned a lot is the fact that he was a WR until his senior year in HS. Now I know that's HS, but still, he's not completely raw at the position. He's a natural athlete and will be completely ready to be a WR by the time September rolls around. He was an SEC QB, so he knows football. He's been around the game since before he could walk.....literally. He's father is a football coach.

I've seen Matt do things that just aren't believable. He's the winning QB in the two longest games in NCAA football history and has single-handily won countless games at the end of regulation or overtime. We returned 1 offensive starter last year (matt), and had it not been for our miserable defense, we'd have gone at worst 7-4. That's all Matt there. Check the numbers, our offensive numbers were above the league average with one starter returning. Matt Jones.

This dude is just amazing. Can anybody name one player in the history of the game that's that big (6'6-plus, 242) and that fast (sub 4.4)? I really can't think of one.

Jones was a McDonalds All-American b-ball player and had he decided nix football and concentrate on basketball, he'd still be preparing for another draft (NBA).

He's such a big-play threat. In my opinion, he's the most electric player I've ever seen with the exception of Michael Vick. Now I'm young, 24, but I'm a sportswriter and know what I'm talking about. He's so gifted.

The first time he ran a football for the UA, it was a 70-yard touchdown. The first time he threw a football for the UA, it was a 35-yard td pass (only 2nd in history[other Matt Leinart] to throw td on first career attempt). The first time he stepped foot on Bud Walton Arena's floor, he had a thunderous dunk after a steal within 30 seconds. He's a natural. He's just so, so, so very clutch.

Oh, before I forget, here's a few highlights. They're not the best ones, but they still give you a little glimpse of what he can do. I thought you guys would like it.

http://oinkville.tripod.com/jones70.wmv

http://oinkville.tripod.com/mattslammajamma.mpeg

http://oinkville.tripod.com/mjtexas.wmv

Now, you Texas boys may not, haha, cuz one is against ya'll. But it's all good, you beat us last year :).

Wherever Matt goes, he'll be the steal of the draft. That's if he's taken No.10, or No.199. It doesn't matter. My advice to Houston's gm is to take him w/ your first one if you want him, b/c he will not be around in the second round. He's just too damn good.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I just really liked what you guys were saying and I though I'd give you a little insight from somebody who's watched him for eight years and seen him develope into the player he has.

Matt Jones is phenomenal and he'll be a great NFL player. Oh, a guy asked about returning kicks.

Jones led the state of Arkansas his junior and senior year in both punt and kick return average. He would've done it for Arkansas had he not been so vital to our team.

Anyway, I'm rambling again :). The guy is great and you'll see what I'm talking about in a few months, regardless of where he went in the draft.

Take care boys.

outofhnd
04-05-2005, 01:52 AM
If we draft Jones, the last thing i want him doing is returning punts and kicks.

Id like to know if at his current size, can he effectively block as say a TE? He would present matchup problems whereever we put him but if he can be a TE, that would be more of a lift running under patterns vs linebackers and safeties than as a 2nd receiver running deep routes.

We could line him up anywhere and have him be wildly successful.

scourge
04-05-2005, 03:27 AM
from what I've read he doesnt really want to be a TE... and I for one don't think he should try to be one.

I agree with Razrbck that he most likely wont be around for our 2nd pick, but I seriously doubt we'd use #13 on him

:twocents:

tom1354788
04-05-2005, 04:32 AM
hi, i know alot of people are really high on jones including me! but i was wondering seeing as a lot of people are also high on David Bass, who may also be available at the begining of the second round. Who out of the two would you prefer to draft?

Wild Bill
04-05-2005, 08:21 AM
hi, i know alot of people are really high on jones including me! but i was wondering seeing as a lot of people are also high on David Bass, who may also be available at the begining of the second round. Who out of the two would you prefer to draft?

Without a doubt Matt Jones. David Baas will be a solid NFL player but a majority of our O-Line problems has to do with the new blocking scheme. They will be improved this season. We will need to upgrade but anybody you draft in the second round isn't likely to be a starter right away.

I would try to trade down to around 20 and take Matt Jones and start him immediately opposite of Andre Johnson. He proved at his Pro Days, NFL Combine, and the Senior Bowl week that he'll catch whatever you throw at him. He has terrific hands. He has the speed to be a game breaking wideout like Randy Moss. Yes, I said Randy Moss. I don't see him as a great route running receive, but a terrific move the chains type of receiver with the ability to break tackles and plain blow past DB's.

He's such a intreaguing player, that I wouldn't risk missing on him, even if that meant drafting him at 13.

LBblitz
04-05-2005, 09:35 AM
If we trade down with philly is it possible to pick up both Jones and Baas? Just a thought.

Razrbck
04-05-2005, 10:05 AM
from what I've read he doesnt really want to be a TE... and I for one don't think he should try to be one.

I agree with Razrbck that he most likely wont be around for our 2nd pick, but I seriously doubt we'd use #13 on him

:twocents:


I think Jones ended any thoughts of playing tight end with the 4.37 at the combine. Has there ever been a TE that's that fast? I doubt it. He would be best utilized as WR. Blocking will, however, be one of his biggest obstacles along with route running. You shouldn't be worried about Jones blocking for someone else, someone else needs to be blocking for him. The more the ball is in his hands the better. With Andre on the other side, that'd be a very lethal combo to complement the NFL's best young QB, David Carr. I love Carr. I assume you guys do too.

Htown34s
04-05-2005, 11:24 AM
Blocking will, however, be one of his biggest obstacles along with route running. You shouldn't be worried about Jones blocking for someone else, someone else needs to be blocking for him.

At 6'6" and 240, he won't need many blocking skills as a WR. He can just get in the way of a DB and do better job blocking than 80% of WR's out there who don't even try!

I'd take him at #13 if we couldn't trade down or if we feel that a team will take him in the 20's. Its not like we haven't reached before (Babin, Wand, Hollings)!

Like I said before, I feel he could improve our pass protection. If we have AJ and Jones both able to break tackles and take it all the way to the house on any 5 yard reception, teams should be less likely to blitz Carr. I don't feel like you're able to get that threat as likely with Clayton, Williams, Gibson, etc.

nunusguy
04-05-2005, 11:59 AM
This guy is such an unbelievable physical speciman he's reminisant of Brian
Urlacher. Urlacher was like 250-255 who WOWED everyone big time when he
ran a sub 4.6 at the combine. But Jones, at 240 and 6'6", ran sub 4.4 ! So
Jones's performance was even mote stunning given his physical dimensions.
But that's where the similarites end because Urlacher was already known to
be an outstand defensive football player with 2 years at LB and 2 years at
Safety and who knows how Jones would perform as a pass receiver over the period of a complete season? On the other hand Urbacher played at N.Mexico which means he hardly faced the type of opposition that Jones did at Arkansas in the SEC, which is atleast as good as any other conference in the country.
I dunno...I won't be surprised if this guy is selected in the first round.

tim01
04-20-2005, 08:43 PM
I would just like to say as an Arkansan, and a watcher of all but 2 arkansas football games in the past 6 years, that Matt Jones is the best. Not getting him as a first round pick would be utterly stupid. Many NFL Scouts have showed 1st round interest in this guy. I've watched him pull the weight of our team for a very long time. He is without a the most memorable player from any sport I've ever watched. He is without a doubt a play maker, if you give this man the ball he is going to do something with it. The man averaged 7.35 yards per carry as a quaterback, and over 2500 total rushing yards as a quaterback. Need I say more? He has more talent than anyone realizes, this guy is gold, that's all I can say, and when he's in the NFL you will see this man on sportscenter a lot :p