With the 95th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Matt Jones, RB, Florida. With the additions of Brandon Scherff, Matt Jones, Arie Kounadjio, and Austin Reiter, the Redskins are clearly showing commitment to further improving their running game and to getting bigger as a team. Here are my scenarios for the 6'2", 231-lb. RB out of Florida:
Matt Jones played 11 productive games for the Gators this past season. At season's end, his stats were: 166 rushing attempts (15.1 per game), 817 rushing yards (4.9 per carry and 74.3 per game), and 6 rushing TDs. He went over the century mark in rushing yards three times. Jones also had 11 receptions for 65 yards (5.9 yards per reception) and 1 receiving TD. The best case scenario would be that Matt Jones is the next Marshawn Lynch and proves to be even better than Alfred Morris. He comes into camp, thoroughly outplays Morris, earns the starting job, and gives the team a complete weapon who can block for RGIII, run the ball with the best of them, and add a similar receiving dynamic out of the backfield to what Lynch does in Seattle. Scot McCloughan has done it again finding a guy who is a cross between Lynch and Frank Gore.
The worst case scenario is Matt Jones simply can't handle playing RB in the league. He proves that there was a reason he didn't catch much at Florida and that he is simply too slow to be effective. He's asked to switch to FB due to his size, but the transition doesn't fit him and he's far inferior to Darrel Young. While trying to play FB and block for Alfred Morris, Jones gets hurt. To make matters worse, he tries to fight through it, is even more ineffective, and gets Alfred Morris hurt, too. It's the end of both of their careers.
Most Likely Case:
The most likely scenario for Jones and the 'Skins is that he starts out as Roy Helu and provides solid insurance for Alfred Morris. His presence allows Morris to take a few less carries and spares him some wear and tear. This also allows Jones to get his feet wet in the NFL and keeps his confidence high without relying on him to carry the load. Through camp and the preseason, Jones quickly picks up on the speed of the game at this level and proves to be an outstanding blocker given his size. He's able to play on third downs as an excellent blitz protector for RGIII while also having the ability to catch out of the backfield. While Morris still gets a majority of the action, Jones provides an even bigger body for short yardage and goal-line situations while also being able to spell Morris at times to keep him fresh (while also being insurance for Morris for injury or if a contract can't be worked out long-term).
Matt Jones has a lot of potential to be a major piece for the new, stronger, larger Washington Redskins. He's got outstanding size and brings an immediate upgrade as a blitz protector. He can, and in my opinion will, make big contributions to the Redskins over the next few years.