Jones made a big impact as a freshman in 2005, rushing for 626 yards and three touchdowns. He got even better as a sophomore, finishing the year with 1,168 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 15 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Jones was again a standout as a junior, rushing for 1,117 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging over nine yards per carry.
Jones is a big play threat in the backfield. He has the speed and quickness to break off a big play at any time. He hits the hole hard, accelerates quickly, and once he hits a seam he is off to the races. He is not afraid to run between the tackles and finishes runs. Splitting time with Darren McFadden has kept his body relatively fresh and that is a big plus. Jones has also shown explosive return ability which only enhances his value.
Smith has never carried the load by himself, although that is only a minor concern. He may need to bulk up a little more and get stronger to run better between the tackles.
Jones is one of the better homerun threats in the draft, and should be in high command in April. He had a solid showing at the combine, although he had hoped to run a little better. His big play ability will attract some team to take him in the second round of the draft.