The Washington Redskins went power offense in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, picking downhill-style runner Matt Jones out of Florida.
Matt Jones isn't afraid to admit it – yes, he got emotional when the Washington Redskins came calling late Friday.
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"We were sitting there, and when I got that call, man, it was just like my heart and I just was sinking into my couch, man," Jones said. "Just seeing my momma so happy, it almost made me cry, man – well, it did make me cry, man. I was just so happy."
Jones and his family had just learned the running back had been selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Jones – a power runner who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 231 pounds – is coming off a successful career with Florida, where he ran for 1,431 yards on 297 carries – averaging an impressive 4.8 yards per carry – while collecting 11 touchdowns.
His NFL.com draft prospect profile says Jones brings "imposing size with muscular frame," which is something the Redskins were hoping to see up close and personal when they flew him out to their team facility for an official visit in recent weeks.
"It felt like home when I was there," Jones said in a conference call with D.C.-area media. "Everybody showed me love. It was just great, man. I just had a great feeling about the Washington Redskins for some reason and for some reason tonight, they ended up picking me, man, so that felt real good."
During his visit, Jones said he had the opportunity to talk at length with veteran Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who in 2014 wrapped up his second Pro Bowl season.
"We chopped it up for a little bit and just telling [me] about how the NFL is and what I need to do and stuff like that," Jones recalled. "He gave me some pointers here and there. I talked to him for a good – we had a great conversation and he is a great guy and everything."
And although Morris isn't expected to be replaced as the Redskins' starting running back anytime soon, Jones said he's excited to infuse his physical style into the team's offense and special teams units and earn his time on the field.
"I feel like I can run the ball. I feel like I can catch. I feel like I can block. I feel like I can do everything, man," he said. "I just feel like I'm a complete back all the way around."
That confidence certainly hasn't been lost on the Redskins.
"They were like, 'Is the train ready to run?' and I was like, 'Yeah, man, I'm ready. Keep it going,'" Jones said of his call Friday with the team. "They were just like they are ready to put me in the offense and get stuff started. It just felt good talking from the general manager and all the way down to the running back coach. It just felt great."