By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 10:21 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders selected running back Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington with the second of their two fourth-round picks, No. 125 overall.
Jones joins a crowded backfield with Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett already in the mix. Bush is a four-year veteran and potential free agent but Oakland place a first- and third-round tender on him before the lockout, an indication they intend on retaining his services.
Raiders’ runnning backs coach Kelly Skipper was in attendance at Jones’ pro day at Los Medanos College, where his agents said he was 90 healed from a fractured metatarsal that prematurely ended his season.
Jones timed anywhere from 4.28 to 4.35, depending on the stopwatch.
Jones’ overview on NFL.com: Jones is an FCS-level prospect with the big-play ability to provide value as a backup running back but does not have the power, durability or ball security of an NFL starter. Is explosive and can take it the distance but doesn’t have elite balance or elusiveness. Inconsistent reading and setting up blockers and locating backside holes but does a good job getting through seams in his vision. Could become a weapon in the passing game due to his speed, but his hands and ability to hold up in pass pro need to improve. Injury history should be investigated. Jones likely will hear his named called on Day 3.
A more detailed scouting report is available on on CBSsports.com