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Jones is Raiders’ pick

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

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  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Taiwan Jones….. Bwahaaaahahahaha

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Davis must have been asleep during last year’s draft. This year he was hell bent on picking speed.

  • marios

    2nd

  • The Blackhole

    Lockett

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Great return guy

  • Dakota

    37.J Hill Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:18 am
    Stan Routt is our #1 corner with CHRIS JOHNSON #2 on the depth chart, and CB isn’t a need?

    Not sure what some of you are seeing.
    ________

    Re-sign one guy and there is no need. Instead we will spend the next five years trying to replace a guy that we already had.

  • marios

    bye bye Bennett

  • Guy

    This guy over Cannon… he better be good

  • Thec07

    JFORD <——-Best KO return guy in Raider history….

  • SharkCatcher

    LOL Taiwan jones…named after a Chinese Tranny….what the help do we need a th for!! U are stupid al Davis..u are stupid!

  • marios

    5th round- QB Greg McElroy

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    I guess ESPN doesn’t believe in acknowledging the Raiders’ picks.

  • CMon Man

    Dakota Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:22 am
    ________

    Re-sign one guy and there is no need. Instead we will spend the next five years trying to replace a guy that we already had.
    ======================================================
    Exactly…better off giving Nnamdi the money than sacrifice the next 5 drafts trying to replace the same guy.

    The Raiders will spend a boatload trying to replace Nnamdi….just re-sign him so that they can get other positions filled.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Not sure y we made this pick!!!
    With bush-Mc fadden duo. This makes no sense unless it’s about depth at an already deep position.

  • supapimp

    I wonder if virgil green TE from nevada is next on the board. This draft isn’t as good as last years thus far.

  • Harder2000

    Big Al was ill last year and slept through the draft, hence the uncharacteristic draft – This year he is dead set on overcompensating for speed! Cannon, Sturdivant, Virgil Green – anyone of those in the fifth and sixth would be good!

  • Thec07

    Can we please get Ian Williams….
    We were 29th against the run, we need a space eater…

  • SharkCatcher

    Al Davis you are an idiot…why do we need a rb ? I want to see Hue Jackson defend this pick and say we wamted this guy all along

  • severeraiderz

    Get this….Taiwan Jones used to be a corner hahahahahahahahahahahah lmfao

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Taiwan jones was the steal of the draft! This kid is going to do wonders for our pass protection and run D! Wooooohoooo!

  • J Hill

    Re-sign one guy and there is no need.

    ——————————————————

    Can’t afford him.

    Nnamdi = 14 million or so …

    His replacement won’t make 1 million, lol.

  • Guy

    So were Barksdale and Jones really worth a 2nd and a 7th? I woulda been ok with the trade if we came out with Cannon.. But who knows, maybe we will anywyas

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Obviously, the Raiders don’t need a RB. But, the guy looks dangerous. He could be a great third down back.

  • The Blackhole

    CB’s don’t win games QB’s do.

  • Harder2000

    Taiwan Jones here is like Murphy – they think he is too good to pass up on and feel he has great value! Fair is fair though, many had him in the 2nd, 3rd the latest, and he has potential as the best of them – but injury flags as well..

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    “Taiwan Jones is a smaller back from a smaller school, but after the numbers he put up at Eastern Washington the NFL will find a place for him to play.

    Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, has been high on Jones while others have downplayed his potential.

    Rang ranks Jones No. 9 among the running backs and 108th overall, and projects him to be selected in the third or fourth round.

    And Rang sounds like even that might be selling Jones short.

    “Bar none, Taiwan Jones is the most explosive open-field runner in the 2011 draft,” Rang said.

    “There are certainly durability and level-of-competition questions, but in a draft class with few true burners, Jones stands out.

    “He lacks the bulk to be an every-down, bell-cow back, but he’s an ideal complimentary runner with the big-play ability to change a game.”

  • J Hill

    Jones is a return guy for us first and foremost.

    Jacoby Ford’s role as a WR is going to increase significantly this year, which means he won’t be exposed on many returns. And he certainly won’t return punts and we ALL know that position was a need.

    BYE BYE Nicky Miller!

  • marios

    Last year 49ers game. This is the reason we picked Taiwan Jones. McFadden goes down bush has a bad day who do you give the ball to? Rock or Bennett? Not a great pick but I just gave you a reason for it

  • CMon Man

    Oh well…at least they got the Center from Penn State.

  • Harder2000

    @Severeraiderz, lol, good point about he used to be a CB..

    Davon House available in 5th make DVD in 3rd seem really dumb!

  • J Hill

    Guy Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    So were Barksdale and Jones really worth a 2nd and a 7th?

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    If Barksdale starts at RT and Jones fills the PR need then HECK YEAH it was worth it!

  • ohioraider

    Is it me, or does Al think they don’t have holes in run defense.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    I just hope the raiders scouts no more than us blog heads!!!
    I sooooo hope so. Picks of need. Not sure that there the rite players chosen.
    T jones after thinking bout it. DMAC has missed time each season he’s played so…
    We will see.

  • Thec07

    We get 2 more trenchmen 1 oline 1 Dline….
    Cannon still on the board, and so is williams….

  • The Blackhole

    DVD= stupid nickname

  • Pretty Rick

    So I guess Taiwan Jones will return kickoffs and Van Dyke will return punts.
    Ok,,,

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Misdirection by Raiders. He supposedly missed a meeting predraft with Raiders.

  • CMon Man

    ohioraider Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:32 am
    Is it me, or does Al think they don’t have holes in run defense.
    ==============================================
    I don’t think he cares about run defense…seriously…he’s all about getting to the QB and trying to force INTs with pressure….

    The run defense? an afterthought…absolutely!

  • Dakota

    21.J Hill Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am
    Re-sign one guy and there is no need.

    ——————————————————

    Can’t afford him.

    Nnamdi = 14 million or so …

    His replacement won’t make 1 million, lol.
    ++++++++++

    You get what you pay for. Toasted secondary for the next few years….while Al picks DB after DB trying to replace him and the rest of the team suffers.

    Business as usual.

  • Thec07

    Pretty Rick Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    So I guess Taiwan Jones will return kickoffs and Van Dyke will return punts.
    Ok,,,
    ++++++++++++++++=

    Over JFORD???? No way ….

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Overview

    Outstanding junior RB who was injured for two games but still topped 221-1804-14 this past fall.

    Surprise early declaree for the 2011 NFL Draft, and is a legitimate prospect. Invited to the NLF Combine

    Strengths:
    Breakaway speed, and will break a big run every few plays. Runs the middle hard despite not being a real big back. Has some unique moves, especially as he approaches the contact zone. Can make himself narrow and squirt through quick-closing holes. Can catch.

    Weaknesses:
    Will not break that many tackles at the next level. Runs a bit upright and may be injury prone. Desperately needs to add some muscle mass to his frame in order to take the pounding. Runs a little like Chris Johnson, and is similar, physically, to what he was coming out…though he lacks that kind of world-class speed. Must be used wisely and judiciously. Will never be much of a blocker.

  • raiderzmaverick

    I knew we were going to pick him! I actually thought after we drafted another DB that next would be Taiwan!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Man I wish we have kept Cable as draft-picker… this draft is not wisely done…

  • severeraiderz

    The Blackhole Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    DVD= stupid nickname

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    His initials….

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    So: run d should rank 32 nd again. No chance to win more than 8 with no run D and jacamp at qb

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    … Runs a little like Chris Johnson, and is similar, physically, to what he was coming out ….

  • ohioraider

    36.Pretty Rick Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    So I guess Taiwan Jones will return kickoffs and Van Dyke will return punts.
    Ok,,,
    ——————————————
    Exactly. And with these two critical “needs” filled, we get to the Super Bowl.

  • rising raiders

    Als love for speed…he gives the young guns at
    least a decent example by telegraphing the choice in ultra speed

  • Dakota

    So now we take McFadden or Bush off the field on third down? Two excellent pass catchers?

    Great move.

    Thank god we have such great WRs and run D!

  • severeraiderz

    Thec07 Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Pretty Rick Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    So I guess Taiwan Jones will return kickoffs and Van Dyke will return punts.
    Ok,,,
    ++++++++++++++++=

    Over JFORD???? No way ….

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    Yes way if we want to use Ford more as a receiver