Report: Florida RB Matt Jones Scheduled To Meet With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers seem poised to add a running back at some point during the 2015 NFL Draft and it appears as though one already has a pre draft visit scheduled with the team ahead of his Pro Day.

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida running back Matt Jones let it be known a few weeks ago that he has a visit scheduled with the Steelers.

Jones, who measured in at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at 6023 and 231 pounds, rushed for 817 yards and six touchdowns last season at Florida. The underclassman also caught 11 passes in 2014 for 65 yards and a score.

“Big ol’ dude. We always reserve a place for chain movers on our depth chart, so he does some of the things that we like, even if he’s limited, said one AFC area scout of Jones, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, who compares the Florida running back to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Many draftniks have Jones pegged as a fifth or sixth round selection, so he could be an option for the Steelers late if he’s still on the board. The Steelers were awarded a sixth-round compensatory draft pick last week, so that might be the perfect round to select Jones.

The Florida Pro Day is scheduled for April 7 so look for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and others to be present for it.

  • Doug Sawyer

    isn’t this the guy who pooped himself on live tv?

  • Doug Sawyer

    no..never mind that was Lane …good grief

  • PittsburghSports

    He’s been my go-to-guy in the 5th-6th rd for mock simulations, since we signed DeAngelo Williams. Too many other needs to take a RB any higher than that now that we have a very capable backup. Can’t remember where I’d heard about Jones being linked to the Steelers, but sounds like they’re definitely interested in him.

  • PittsburghSports

    nevermind. must have skipped right over the part about it being reported a couple weeks ago lol.

  • falconsaftey43

    Love this guy. Runs angry. Potential to contribute in all areas as a RB

  • james

    He would be a great 2nd option to bell a couple years down the road

  • cencalsteeler

    This kid is good, and teaming him up with Bell will probably help him to become great. Really like this late round gem!!

  • Ryan

    Perfect 6th round would go Jones, Waller

  • Brantley Stockton

    Would be a great pick. Jones is a punishing runner

  • Matt Manzo

    I think it’s between he and Karlos Williams! Late round big backs that can catch and pass block! KWs off field issues might pull him out, though!

  • Toddy Bravo

    I don’t think Jones is really known for his receiving, but yea, one of those two is the bet. The team is showing pretty clearly that they want to take a RB in the 5/6 round range. Either one will be fine. Williams’ off the field crap is disheartening though. Idiotic kids.

  • Josh Gustad

    ummmm yes please!

  • michaelinchains

    I like theyre lookin at a bruising back but id like 2 see em grab Yeldon

  • Devon Day

    Waller will not be in the 6th round. Chances are he will be gone in the 5th.

  • Devon Day

    Once a highly touted product from High School falling so low? I think Pittsburgh will take that. Still should gun for David Johnson if he somehow makes it into the 4th round though.

  • tbh watching his highlight reel reminds me of Bell

  • steelburg

    Who would be known for their catching with the QB’S Florida has had the last few years. But Jones is very capable in the pass game even though his numbers don’t show it. But I agree I’m hoping it comes down to these two in the late rounds because I would rather a defensive pick in round 4 which is the spot I have been projecting us to take a RB.

  • michael young

    It could be the hair, the number, how he runs angry or the combination of the three…..but I see similarities to Marion Barber in the way he runs.

  • Conserv_58

    This kid is the antithesis of Mendenhall, in that, he runs with an “I won’t be denied.” attitude. I was one Steelers’ fan that did not like Mendenhall because he ran scared. Jones’ size is ideal to run in this division. He shows a good degree of power and allusiveness. I like that he keeps his pad level low as he is about to come in contact with defenders. The fact that he can catch out of the backfield is a plus. It’ll be interesting to watch what Colbert does on draft day as it relates to the OL. Anyone know if Florida runs a zone blocking scheme?

  • Conserv_58

    Watching that video, it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t shy away from contact.

  • Conserv_58

    The forth round is too high for this team to take a RB. With Bell and Williams already number one and number two there is no need or reason for Colbert to use his forth round pick on a RB, especially knowing that he has two sixth round picks to work with.

  • steeltown

    I wasn’t even considering this kid, but I like what I see, tough, physical and good in pass protection. I love how he finishes runs with a pop on the defender, that wears defenses out.

  • Vinhuddle

    How about Josh Robinson or Terrell Watson from Asuza Pacific? Watson may even be there still with a 7th rd pick

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    I thought the same thing, but I also see the BenJarvus Green Ellis comparison, I watched Jones tape against Kentucky on Draftbreakdown, and obivously his running was impressive, but I came away very impressed by his pass blocking and I wouldn’t be shocked if that was a big caveat with his running that is what has the Steelers interested. Love what I’ve seen from Matt Jones, would probably be drafted higher in most other drafts, but with the depth at RB in this draft he gets pushed to the 6th and I’d be happy to take him as an awesome change of pace with Bell for years to come.

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    It makes sense that they may see Jones as the Blount type they were hoping to have behind Bell. As far as their blocking scheme I’m not sure but they run heavy in read option, and OL players I can see us grabbing if we don’t take one early is OT Sean Hickey, G John Miller, OT Chaz Green, OL Mitch Morse, G Mark Glowinski, or even OT Terry Poole. Those are guys I can see us taking mid to later in the draft if we go OL at some point.

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    What I loved on tape was his pass blocking, his leg drive where guys got there arms on him and it wasn’t enough, great balance and good vision for a guy his size. I don’t care if he has break away speed if he can churn near 5 yards a carry while punishing and tiring out the defense, then comes in Bell that’d be tough to deal with. I hadn’t really looked into him until this report, but I’m glad the Steelers saw him lol but I love what I see and think he shows great value in the 6th.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I hear you about the FL QB play, but one would think the RB is the place struggling QBs might go to fairly often. In any case, I really like the idea of a RB in the 5th/6th. I think it’s the perfect spot to address it. I think the 4th might be a good place to take a TE or a 2nd CB (assuming we take one earlier). It’s just so hard to predict after the 2nd or 3rd round because the options are limitless. They may use the 4th for depth at OL or DL. Who knows.

  • Ike Evans

    Love Josh Robinson… Bowling Ball

  • Ike Evans

    Im sooooo about this life…. Matt Jones is so underrated playing for anemic offense Florida…good prospect

  • Brian Miller

    Would rather have Cobb in the 4th or 5th if possible, or Johnson like some people have mentioned, but I am glad the FO is doing their homework.

  • Vinhuddle

    Yep, absolutely ran through a cpl of those SEC Ds this past season. He popped off the screen. Hoping he’ll be in Pittsburgh for a predraft visit.

  • steelburg

    I agree 100%. I recently updated my personal mock draft tell me what you think.

    1. Kevin Johnson – CB, Wake Forest
    2. Lorenzo Mauldin – OLB, Louisville
    3. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – CB, Oregon
    4. Ben Koyack – TE, Notra Dame
    5. Josh Shaw – CB/S, USC
    6. Matt Jones – RB, Florida
    6. Corey Crawford DE, Clemson
    7. Kyle Emmanuel OLB, NDSU

  • steelster

    I like Robinson as well but do you want to spend a 3rd or 4th round pick on a guy that’s only going to get 6-8 touches a game. I like 3rd and 4th round picks that have the potential to start.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I really love that draft, especially Johnson in the 1st and Ifo in the 3rd. I might go with a different OLB than Mauldin though. I also think taking Shaw would be difficult. You have to be a special kind of crazy to make up the story he did. lol.

  • steelster

    I agree, I like this draft but would replace mauldin with Danielle hunter and Koyack with jeff hauremenn.

  • AndyR34

    tbh…I really didn’t see anything special on this highlight tape. He’s college strong and college fast. Would need to watch a lot of game tape to be a fan.

  • Vinhuddle

    Agreed. I guess I wasn’t too clear. I just mentioned a cpl I’d hope would be there 5-7. Hoping Robinson will still be there the third day

  • steelburg

    No joking around, I really lol when I read your comment about Shaw. But I like Shaw IF HE CHECKS OUT. He put up crazy numbers at the combine. I haven’t heard the team linked to him in any way so we may not even have him on our radar. I think Mauldin is in that second tier of OLB he is more NFL ready with his hand fighting, counter moves than most of the top guys in this draft he just doesn’t show the same athleticism as the others. He has already made the switch to stand up OLB which some of the others have yet to do.

  • LucasY59

    I like Hickey and Glowinski, Miller is good also but will require a higher draft pick than I would like to use on a O-lineman (unless its BPA in the 1st rd and they get a day one impact/possible pro-bowl type like Collins or Scherff)

  • LucasY59

    from the different rankings I’ve seen the earliest Robinson will go is the 4th and more likely could be ther in the 6th, but untill the Draft actually happens the rankings are just someones best guess

  • LucasY59

    I agree somewhat, They dont have an immediate need (but future with Williams is very short) With the Talent in this draft at the RB position they should be able to get a good player like Jones in the 6th, but if a guy like D. Johnson is available in the 4th he would most likely be BPA and would be the future complimentary #2 to Bell for a long time, the Talent may be hard to pass up. but if he is already taken a 6th rd pick is the Ideal spot to get a depth RB

  • steelburg

    I like Danielle Hunter as a athlete but he has a wobbing 4.5 sacks in his career compared to Mauldin’s 21.5 sacks in his career. In my mind that shows a guy who can get after the QB. I like both TE so I think it’s a toss up. But I do know that we had our TE coach running Koyack drills at his pro day.

  • LucasY59

    they wouldnt need the crazy if they already had KJ and IEO (would make this draft a winner regardless of the rest of the picks) unless they move him to Safety. If by some chance Henry Anderson were still available I would switch him for Shaw,

    or Deon Simon could help get rid of scam thomas (D-line pick would open up the comp pick for them to take a WR or possibly O-lineman, I would maybe even take N. Marshall as a developmental CB with the comp) or a actual safety pick Geathers or Eskridge if either are available in the 5th.

    Koyack is good and should be available in the 4th but would take James over him if he is somehow still available (James is probably a 3rd rd pick tho, and IEO is the 3rd rd guy no question if still available)

    I would rather get Hunter or Golden over Mauldin

  • LucasY59

    thats why he said perfect, but I agree Waller will most likely be gone before their comp pick and even the regular 6th rd pick as well

  • Devon Day

    This guy gets BPA. 😉

  • Toddy Bravo

    Heureman is my TE pick in the 4th. The kid from Rutgers whose name escapes me is interesting too.

  • Pud Pushman

    Scam Thomas…Hahahah! Hilarious and original. How about Crap scumson? I love making fun.