Jonathan could easily be considered one of the best running backs in this draft.
He has extremely quick feet and has the lateral explosion you look for in a
running back that can play in more than one style of offense. Jonathan has good
hands catching the ball out of the backfield and, in space, can make players
miss, but at the same time makes his cuts north and south to gain yardage and
not east to west just to fake out his opponent. Jonathan is a three down back
who can pick up the blitz to protect his quarterback with excellent techniques.
He has the size to run between the tackles and the mental toughness that all
good running backs need to be successful for the next level. There are a lot of
excellent running backs in this draft that fit a lot of different styles of
offenses, but Jonathan has the athletic talent, natural running skills, lateral
explosion and team leadership skills to be successful in any offensive system
and thatís why he is one of the best in this draft.
Jonathan does run high and at the next level, ball security and injuries are the
two main issues that most teams are leery of for a running back that runs high.
Jonathan right now has a foot injury that kept him out of the entire 2015
season. At the college level Jonathan didnít seem to have a problem with
fumbling, but that is a concern for the NFL level.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
The first time I saw Jonathan on film, the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
For those of you are new to The Huddle Report, that means that player will be
scrutinized and no stone will be left unturned because of the fear I might
overreact and screw up my profile. So, to combat a possible overreaction what I
do is simply wait. Iíve watched more film on him than any other player in this
draft and more years of film on him than any other player in this draft. I think
what impresses me the most is how many times his own teammates help him off the
ground after he runs the ball. Thatís respect and when you see that rolled up
into the athletic package that Jonathan possesses with the natural ďplaygroundĒ
like talent or how he dominates a game when running the ball, there is no doubt
of his potential to be excellent at the next level. He reminds me a lot of RB
LeSean McCoy without the ďentitlementĒ attitude. Now the question is with a
broken foot that kept him out of the entire 2015 season, what round would you
select Jonathan in for this draft? I would expect it to happen at some point
after the third round unless he can workout at some point before the draft and
do all that is required. If there is no problem with his foot medically, then
the team that selects him will be drafting a potential Pro Bowl running back. In
the 2014 season, Jonathan scored 14 touchdowns for his team sharing carries with
another Arkansas running back who many consider a potential excellent running
back also. I donít have any information that suggests Jonathan is having any
problems with his foot healing so for me I have to rate him along with the other
running backs in this draft as first round talent. The fact is that there are a
lot of excellent running backs in this draft and Jonathan is one of them. I
donít care what round you draft him in, heís still an excellent running back.