Ronald Jones Draft Rumors: Teams Experienced 'Dismissive' Behavior from Prospect

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

USC running back Ronald Jones speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Former USC Trojans star Ronald Jones' play put him among the top running backs in this year's draft, but a red flag has reportedly popped up.

According to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, two teams were caught off guard by how "dismissive" the 20-year-old has been during the predraft process.

A claim like that from one franchise could be an exception or a misunderstanding. The assertion from two could bring the notion validity—or it may be that those teams are trying to create a smokescreen in hopes he falls to them.

Jones' resume speaks for itself. Last season, he ran for 1,550 yards on 5.9 yards per carry and found the end zone 20 times as a receiver and runner. He piled up 3,619 rushing yards, 302 receiving yards and 42 combined touchdowns in three years with USC.

The 5'11", 200-pound running back's ability to carry, catch and protect the football will make him attractive in the draft.

NFL teams will do what's best for their respective franchises and put up with a player with some concerns if they believe he can help them win. The only question is: Just how big is the red flag?

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranks Jones as the fourth-best running back in the class.

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