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Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions
6. Matt Jones
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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‹‹ 7. Ronald Curry 5. Brad Smith ››

Based on athleticism and size, Matt Jones was ready to play just about any position in the NFL. At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Jones wowed the scouts at the NFL Combine when he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, had a 39.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. Those numbers alone made him the most intriguing wide receiver prospect in the 2005 NFL Draft, with one problem: he’d never played wide receiver.

Jones was a star quarterback at Arkansas, where as a four-year starter he set Razorbacks records for total offense and touchdowns that still stand today. In the offseason he was a starting small forward on the basketball team. Due to his athleticism and questionable passing skills, Jones happily made the switch to receiver when he learned the transition would likely make him a high draft pick, and it did, with the Jaguars selecting him 21st overall in the 2005 Draft.

Jones showed flashes of brilliances as he adjusted to the switch to wideout, but he never had the breakout season many had envisioned. In four years with Jacksonville Jones caught 166 passes and 15 TDs, but substance-abuse violations helped to end his career prematurely. Jones has retired after a 2008 late-season suspension.

Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions




‹‹ 7. Ronald Curry 5. Brad Smith ››

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