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Top 10 NFL Combine Performers
6. Matt Jones (2005)
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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"He'll probably enter the league as a wide receiver, though if you talk to 10 NFL coaches and general managers, you'll get five or six different answers about where he should play. This much is clear: We haven't seen this type of player come around in a long time."

That's what Peter King of Sports Illustrated said of Matt Jones prior to the 2005 NFL Draft. Jones was a 6-foot-6, 237-pound quarterback at Arkansas and an absolute freak of an athlete. He ran a 4.37 40 and had a vertical leap just shy of 40 inches. NFL teams didn't know what to do with him. Scouts thought he could play anything from safety to tight end to running back to a wildcat-type quarterback. What they did know was that type of athleticism in that body is so rare that someone would take a gamble on him.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Jones with the 21st pick, intending to use him as a wide receiver. Jones showed signs of great potential at times but substance-abuse issues curtailed his tenure with the Jags and he was then cut by the Bengals before the 2010 season.

Top 10 NFL Combine Performers

 




‹‹ 7. Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009) 5. Adam Archuleta (2001) ››

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