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NFL Draft Profile: Nick Jones

The little man looks to make his way into the NFL. Will he get drafted? No. Could he get a UDFA deal? Probably so.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

USC Career Review:

Was a three star prospect out of Byrnes High School and played on the same team as Gamecock legend Marcus Lattimore. After redshirting his true freshman year, he slowly began to progress his way up the depth chart. By his senior year, the speedster had become a solid contributor, doing his best to burn his way past defenders. He had outstanding games his senior year against Texas A&M and UGA finishing with 113 yards and 2 TD's against A&M while putting up 87 receiving yards against UGA.

Pro Day Measurables:

Height Weight 40 Yard Dash 3 Cone Drill 20 Yard Shuttle Bench Press Reps (225 pounds)
5'7'' 165 4.47 seconds 6.95 seconds 4.25 seconds 9 reps

Strength:

Does a good job of running routes. Comes out of breaks well and doesn't float his cuts. Runs sharp routes and does a good job of finding the soft spot in the defense. Has pretty good hands and is a rare sight when he drops a catchable pass. Uses his hands well and catches the ball away from his body. Also gives good effort in the blocking game despite his size. Good field awareness. Overall a fundamentally sound player.

Weaknesses:

This is kind of obvious, but the biggest knock against Nick is his lack of size. Not only is he short, but he also has a pretty slim frame. And despite being small, does not have elite level speed nor does he have elite lateral movement. He also can have issues creating separation from bigger defenders and lacks the ability to go up and get a jump ball.

NFL Draft Projection:

Despite his good fundamental play, Nick Jones is working at a major disadvantage with his general lack of size. I just don't see him getting drafted and possibly not getting many looks as a UDFA. Nick's NFL career will probably consist of bouncing from practice squad to practice squad. However, don't be surprised if he finds a niche in another professional league such as the CFL or AFL.