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Irish On Tap 2020 NFL Draft Preview: Tony Jones Jr.

Tony Jones Jr. has the potential to be a late-round pick that blossoms into a special NFL running back.

Tony Jones Jr. appeared on an episode of on Irish On Tap in January and talked about how he chose to attend Notre Dame to play football and give up baseball.

After three seasons, Jones Jr. is headed to the NFL draft and has all the potential to be a stud in the league.

Tony Jones Jr. took the starting spot in 2019 and his production nearly doubled. His number of carries, touchdowns, and yards all skyrocketed once he got the nod. He recorded 144 carries, 857 yards, and six touchdowns in his final season to finish his career at Notre Dame with 271 yards, 1,481 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

One thing to keep an eye on with Jones Jr. is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Notre Dame’s offense utilizes their running backs in the pass pro as well and Jones Jr. finished his final season with 15 receptions for 104 yards.

His main ability is being a quick, explosive and tough runner. He had many big runs over his time at ND but one stands out among them all.

When he hits the open field, no one can catch him, and if they do, he has the ability to stiff-arm defenders and fight for extra yards.

Jones Jr. also just released his re-run of his 40 yard dash from the combine.

Jones Jr. has a strong chance to be a late-round pick that can blossom into something special. We talk on the podcast all the time about GM’s finding diamonds in the rough in the later rounds, especially at the running back position. Irish fans know the type of player an NFL team would get in the former Irish running back. A hard-working, tough, lunch-pail guy like Jones Jr. should excite a lot of higher-ups in the NFL.

Just remember that no matter where Tony ends up, he will always have Bdon and me on the sidelines with bags of M&M’s for our guy Tony Jones Jr.


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