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By Christian Pundt

Bio

College: Memphis

Hometown: Memphis, Tn

Class:2018

Stats

           

YR

       

           

G

       

           

CAR

       

           

RUSH YDS

       

           

RUSH TDS

       

           

REC

       

           

REC YDS

       

           

REC TDS

       

           

FR

       

           

12

       

           

120

       

           

696

       

           

6

       

           

12

       

           

34

       

           

0

       

           

SO

       

           

12

       

           

183

       

           

2201

       

           

16

       

           

15

       

           

55

       

           

0

       

           

TOTAL

       

           

24

       

           

303

       

           

2897

       

           

24

       

           

27

       

           

89

       

           

0

       

Measurables

Position: HB (although Jones played CB in the Rookie Showcase)

Height: 6’2

Weight: 230

Arms: 38

Hands: unmeasured

40 Yard Dash: 4.42

Bench Press: 18

Wonderlic: unreleased

Vertical Leap: 38

Broad Jump: 10-3

20 Yard Shuttle: 3.93

60 Yard Shuttle: 10.92

Analysis

Overview: A true breakout player from this last season out of a small school, Justin Jones is a very curious draft prospect. He is coming off an outstanding season as a Heisman award finalist (no small feat for a Memphis player) where he built off a similarly efficient and outstanding freshman season after being given more opportunities by his coach.

NFL Comparison: Derrick Henry

Apart from Henry going to a much larger school in Alabama, Jones largely appears to be a rich man’s Derrick Henry. They both are studded with accolades and prestige and played in offenses built around their power skillset. The main playing difference, however, may be that Jones appears to be much more explosive than the aforementioned Henry.

SFL Comparison: AJ Francis

While we’re not saying Justin Jones is the next AJ Francis, after a few a seasons of adjustment and development, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him emerge as the next large powerback to succeed at the pro level.

AJ Francis has ravaged defenses with his explosiveness and power since he joined the league in Season 10.

Strengths:

  • true power out of his lower body   
  • explosive player
  • can take over games with volumes touches

Weaknesses:

  • not a great pass catcher (true for most SFL RBs however)
  • might be considered a little long for a RB; could make him easier to take     ahold of on stretch runs
  • small school prospect; big jump in competition

Bottom Line: A true powerback, Justin Jones is entering the league more in the moving schematic direction of SFL runningbacks this season. In addition to this, he very differentiates himself from fellow top prospect Randy Mercury – a noted speed back. Justin Jones has been an active, positive presence in the league who should continue to be so throughout the season.

Interview

CC: What’s up Justin, what brought you to the SFL?

JJ: I found the the SFL through other sim leagues and such.

CC: Obviously there’s a lot of great players throughout the pro-level, but who do you model your game after?

JJ: Power Back so Marhsawn Lynch or Adrian Peterson or a mixture of both!

CC: One of the athletic marvels of this draft class for sure, you’re on record as having some extremely long 38” arms. Do you believe this gives you an edge stiff-arming defensive players?

JJ: Yes expect some mean stiff arms on some DBs and LBS this year haha.

CC: A noted powerback, how has this affected your playing style? Especially at 6-2 230 pounds, you’re almost as big as a linebacker!

JJ: 230 pounds of muscle makes it hard for defenders to tackle me and I use it to my advantage.

CC: When you retire someday, what do you impact on the SFL is?

JJ: I wanna go down as one of the greatest HBs of all time in this league, and to leave a positive impact on people.

CC: How would you feel if a passing team drafted you?

JJ: if a passing team drafted me that wouldnt be ideall but ill adjust accordingly.

CC: That being said, there’s a lot of teams looking for RBs right now. Do you feel you hit the jackpot on when the demand was highest?

JJ: Yea I think I did quite a few teams are looking for HBs.

CC: If you could choose to play for one coach in the SFL, who would it be?

JJ: Hmmmm I don’t know!

CC: Should Duane Schindler and Collin Douglass draft you first overall?

JJ: STL should do whatever they think is best for their team and current situation; if i’m that then that’ll be great but if i’m not that then oh well.

CC: What separates you from every other rookie in the league right now?

JJ: My personality is definitely different and more outspoken.

CC: Last season, the top overall RB Kody Hill fell on draft day, what will your reaction be if that happens to you? Are you anticipating it?

JJ: I hope I dont fall too far but that wouldnt be bad if fell far to be honest.

CC: Where do you see yourself at the end of the season? How long do you see your career lasting? What type of impact will you have on the team that winds up drafting you and all the teams you wind up playing for?

JJ: Where i see myself at the end of the season? Hopefully OROY and a Pro Bowler, that would be ideal. I feel my career will last maybe 10+ seasons. A positive lockerroom guy is what i want to impact a team.

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