March 8, 2011

FCS Offensive Draft Possibilities

The Sports Network released the top Football Championship Series offensive draft possibilities for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Former Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones probably would not mind running behind a line composed of the Football Championship Subdivision's top offensive prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft.

It's a solid year for the big men, most of whom were offensive tackles in college but are expected to convert to the guard position in the NFL. Villanova's Ben Ijalana and Lehigh's Will Rackley are longtime college standouts who project into NFL starters, while Appalachian State center Daniel Kilgore and guards David Arkin of Missouri State, Kevin Hughes of Southeastern Louisiana and Mike Person of Montana State are similar in size and share the same hopes of being more than NFL backups.

As for Jones, he's the most NFL-ready player in the skills positions. But he battled an assortment of injuries at Eastern Washington before deciding to enter the draft as a junior.

Here's what The Sports Network had to say about Eastern Washington's star running back:

Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington, 6-0, 195 Projected Round: Third/Fourth The lowdown: A breakaway runner who is entering the NFL Draft as a junior, Jones also is injury prone. No injury was more costly for him than the broken left foot he suffered this past season in the FCS quarterfinals, which caused him to miss Eastern Washington's games in the national semifinals and final. Otherwise, what's not to like about him? Over the last two seasons, he rushed for nearly 3,000 yards on over 7.7 yards per carry. Despite his size, he's productive on runs between the tackles. He can catch passes (64 receptions in the last two seasons), but will need to bulk up to be a pass blocker. He has a tendency to run upright, which makes him susceptible to hard hits. If he can stay relatively free of injuries, he projects to be a productive change-of- pace back and return man.

I sure hope that Jones goes to a great team that will allow him to shine. Two star Eastern players in the NFL would be amazing!

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