I received an email asking if the Redskins were one of the 50 scouts (25 teams) on hand at RB Taiwan Jones' Pro Day last week. Redskins RB Coach Bobby Turner said the Redskins are targeting a RB in later rounds, so it's probably safe to say they were there. The Eastern Washington Running Back is sky-rocketing up draft boards after posting a 4.33 40 and approximately a 1.45 ten yard split, which would have been the fastest 10-yard split at the combine. Jones missed the combine this year due to recent injuries:
Jones missed EWU's final three games in 2010 due to a broken bone in his left foot. He missed an October game with an abdominal bruise. In 2009, Jones played with a sports hernia. He missed the start of his freshman year with a broken leg.
Regardless of his injuries as a junior, Jones finished the 2010 season with 1,742 yard rushing and 14 touchdowns.
With his blazing speed, Jones is getting all the Chis Johnson and Jamaal Charles comparisons now. Mel Kiper called Jones "a late round type of running back," and Todd McShay thinks he'll still be a day two pick. The obvious problem I see is that the Redskins still would not have a RB that can block. Kendall Hunter is a guy that still intrigues me.