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2018 NFL Draft: Ronald Jones II selected by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Second Round

‘RoJo’ becomes the highest USC RB selected since Reggie Bush

NCAA Football: Arizona at Southern California Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most electrifying players in USC history will be making more highlight reel plays as running back Ronald Jones II was selected by Tampa Bay Bucs with 38th overall pick in the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The 2017 All-Pac-12 RB carried an oft-injured USC offense and finished his junior year with 1,550 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns and an impressive career YPC average of 6.1 yards.


Measurements: 5’11″ | 205 lbs | 31 1/8 arms | 8 3/4 hands

Bench: 15 reps

Vertical jump: 36.5″

40 Yard Dash: 4.48 (Pro Day)

To gauge Jones’ transition into the NFL, we compared him to Cincinati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard in our ‘Rojo’ scouting report:

The only difference between the two is Bernard being two inches shorter a 5’9”, other than that it’s a clear comparison. The common comp for Jones is Jamaal Charles, which I’ve always felt was due to the braids popping out of the helmet and the number 25 on the jerseys. Both Bernard and Jones are undersized, use their excellent agility to dodge defenders and have breakaway speed. The two things that jumped out at me from Bernard while at North Carolina was—much like Jones, even though they struggled in-between the tackles, their acceleration out of the backfield saw them shoot into the gap and finish strong. The other is more stat-based.

Seems a perfect fit, as Jones would could head a committee consisting of Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers and give Tampa Bay yet another homerun threat.