*The Washington Redskins on Friday used their 95th pick on running back Matt Jones. In three seasons with the Gators, Jones -- the leading rusher for Florida in 2014 -- recorded 1,431 yards and six touchdowns. *
The Redskins on Friday made Matt Jones, a running back out of Florida, the team's third pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Check out these photos of University of Florida running back Matt Jones, the Redskins' 95th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Jones declared for the draft following his junior season in 2014 after recording 817 yards and six touchdowns on 166 carries, while also hauling in 11 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Three times during the season, Jones led the Gators' versatile offense, in matchups against Kentucky (156 yards), Tennessee (114 yards) and Vanderbilt (82 yards).
In his collegiate career, the 6-foot-2, 231 pounder recorded 297 carries for 1,431 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, while also logging 19 receptions for 100 yards.
While Jones has now landed a job with the Redskins, he told GatorZone.com last month that he knew draft weekend would be a whirlwind few days.
"I know the draft can be crazy," he said. "I'm just ready to play football. A lot of teams showed interest and showed stuff on film where I can help them. I'm just sitting back and thinking 'bout how I got this far."
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believed any team getting Jones was getting "an outstanding value pick."
"He's one of the best pass protectors in the entire draft, and he catches the ball naturally out of the backfield," Jeremiah said. "You add to that what he can give you in short yardage as a power runner … he has a role on your football team, especially on third down as well as what he can give you on fourth down. He can cover kicks."
Notes On The Selection Of Matt Jones
- Jones is the first selection by the Redskins with the No. 95 overall pick in team history.
- Jones is the third selection in the tenure of General Manager Scot McCloughan and the 11th selection of the Jay Gruden era.
- Jones is the third running back selected in the third round by a team featuring Scot McCloughan in its front office. The other two third-round backs selected by McCloughan teams were Frank Gore and Glen Coffee, drafted by San Francisco in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
- Jones is the 442nd selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 32nd third-round selection in that time frame. He is the 62nd third-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
- With the selection of Jones following the second-round selection of linebacker Preston Smith, the Redskins chose Southeastern Conference products with consecutive selections for the first time since drafting Auburn products Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
- Jones' selection at No. 95 marks the highest the Redskins have selected a running back since drafting Ladell Betts with the No. 56 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft.
- Jones is the 13th University of Florida product selected by the Redskins all-time, joining B Bill Corry (1943), T Arch Cassidy (1955), B Joe Brodsky (1957), E Lou Pelham (1958), E Dave Hudson (1960), E Russ Brown (1964), HB-K Hal Seymour (1966), RB Tony Green (1978), DB Jimmy Spencer (1991), WR Taylor Jacobs (2003), OL Maurice Hurt (2011) and TE Jordan Reed (2013).
- Jones is the sixth Florida Gator drafted by the Redskins in the Common Draft era, tied for 13th-most of any school in that time frame.
- Jones is the first player drafted by the Redskins with a pick acquired by trade in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Redskins have now made third round selections with picks acquired by trade in four of the last five drafts.
2014: Led team in rushing yards. Tied for team lead with six rushing TDs. Career-high 192 yards vs. Georgia. 2013: Missed part of fall camp with viral infection. Suffered season-ending left knee injury (torn meniscus) in October. Played only five games. 2012: Played 12 games.
Imposing size with muscular frame. Above-average swivel in hips and perimeter quickness for runner his size. Pistons for feet, chomping and churning through contact to extend run. Has slippery lower body with angle-tackle attempts sliding off. Keeps shoulders square to line for maximum power. Plays with forward lean and is difficult to stop for a loss. Used sparingly as a pass-catcher, but flashes capable hands if asked to do so in the pros. Aggressive in protection, squaring up and striking a blow against free-running blitzer.
Has very good athleticism for a big running back and is a physical pile-mover who is difficult to stop for negative yardage. Unfortunately, Jones lacks the instincts and vision to fully maximize his physical tools. Jones could become the physical member of a running-back-by-committee approach, with upside as a third-down option.
*This story will be updated throughout the evening. *