Denver Broncos hosting USC RB Ronald Jones II for draft visit

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 11: Ronald Jones II
BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 11: Ronald Jones II /

The Denver Broncos are reportedly hosting USC running back Ronald Jones II for an official pre-draft visit on Thursday. Jones is a big time playmaker…

The Denver Broncos continue to make final preparations for the 2018 NFL Draft, and on Thursday, they are looking at some of the top playmakers in this year’s class.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Broncos are hosting USC running back Ronald Jones II on an official top 30 visit.

This doesn’t mean Jones is necessarily in the Broncos’ top 30 prospects (though it could), but it does mean the team is significantly interested in him.

Here’s Rap Sheet’s official report.

Physically and stylistically, Jones has drawn many comparisons to former Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles.

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Cue up the jokes about the Broncos drafting Jones, and then just not using him at all…

On a serious note, Jones would provide the Broncos with a nice change of pace running back to complement Devontae Booker, who looks more and more like the back the Broncos want to feature with rumors emerging that the team nearly traded C.J. Anderson to the Dolphins.

Anderson could end up being part of a draft weekend trade, and if that’s the case, the Broncos will need to supplement the running back position and this visit indicates they are prepared to do it as early as 40th overall.

Jones is coming off of two straight seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing, including a whopping 31 touchdowns since 2016.

Jones really does look like Charles, from his number 25 to his leaned out, 5-foot-11, 200 pound frame. He slashes a lot like Charles, and I can see why the comparisons are being made.

There is no doubt that the Broncos’ offense needs more playmakers. I’m sure they would be thrilled to come away from the first two rounds with a pair of USC teammates in Sam Darnold and Ronald Jones, but that might just be a lofty dream at this point.