NFL Draft 2011: Taiwan Jones Picked By Oakland Raiders In Fourth Round

Taiwan Jones was scooped up by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Taiwan Jones Selected By Oakland Raiders

With the 125th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones. In Jones, the Raiders are getting a burner who can be electrifying in the open-field and has the ability to make defenders miss while turning on the jets and running away from the defense. Questions about his durability knocked him down a hair in the draft, but Jones went early during the third day of picks, as expected.

While Jones can be one of the best when healthy, a steady stream of injuries had many general managers wondering if he’d be able to survive the wear-and-tear of the NFL. Before declaring for the 2011 NFL Draft, Jones was hampered by a foot injury sustained during the FCS playoffs, limiting his workouts and, perhaps, hurting his draft stock. But those that saw tape on Jones agreed: He may be one of the best open-field runners in the draft.

We'll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream for even more predictions and projections. For more on Jones, check out our Taiwan Jones StoryStream or watch the video of him jumping out of a pool.

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NFL Draft 2011: Taiwan Jones Still On The Board After Third Round

It may have been a long-shot, but any hope Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones had of being taken in the first two days ended on Friday as teams passed him over. Jones will surely be drafted and has been projected as a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, though injury concerns have teams taking a cautious approach. Playing his college ball at FCS Eastern Washington, Jones was electric, but was hampered by various injuries, including a foot injury that ended his season and kept him from the NFL Combine.

It's not a matter of if, but where with Jones and his time is coming quickly. Take Todd McShay's 2011 NFL mock draft, put together before Thursday's first round got started. In it, McShay projected Jones to the Green Bay Packers in round three, though it didn't come to fruition. Instead, the Backers took Alexander Green, a running back from Hawaii. Close, but not quite.

If we're looking at teams that need a running back, Jones does have a few options. The San Francisco 49ers could grab him, the Miami Dolphins are always playing roulette at the running back spot and even the Carolina Panthers or Cincinnati Bengals may go with a back. At this point in the draft, teams will start looking for best available and have the wiggle-room to take a chance on a player like Jones.

All told, we have no idea where Jones may end up, but do have a feeling he'll be gone early. Whoever gets him will add a player with serious explosiveness and the ability to break a game open with one cut or one quick move. Keep an eye on Jones during Saturday's final four rounds.

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