Florida junior running back Matt Jones will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, Gator Country's Nick de la Torre reports, citing "multiple sources."
Jones, eligible to enter the draft as a junior, has rushed for 817 yards on 166 carries this year, and is tied with Kelvin Taylor for the lead among Florida players with six rushing touchdowns. Jones also has 11 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.
While Jones doesn't fit the profile for the typical early-entrant — few would call him a star, and he hasn't broken 1,000 yards in a season — his skillset could translate well to the NFL game. At 6'2" and 235 pounds, Jones possesses great size for a bigger halfback, and his pass protection skills and soft hands are excellent, which might help him find a role on a team that needs those specific traits in a back.
But Jones's lack of elite quickness or speed — he's a truck, not a Ferrari — will likely relegate him to the middle rounds of the NFL Draft. He's not listed among Mel Kiper Jr.'s top 10 running back prospects, nor in the first three rounds of Walter Football's latest 2015 mock drafts.
With a surgically repaired knee and a relatively low workload, though, it makes plenty of sense for Jones to make the jump to the pros now, in hopes of a payday that can provide for him and his (adorable) young daughter, rather than playing a senior season, missing out on a year of NFL paychecks, and potentially risking a career-ending injury.
I wish you the best, Matt. We were never asking "Who?" except in joy.