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The ballad of Jaguars draft bust Matt Jones' alter ego, Rodney

Joe Robbins

When the Jaguars took Arkansas QB Matt Jones as a WR in the first round of the 2005 draft, they also added his imaginary character Rodney.

Matt Jones' NFL career was a confusing one. A college quarterback who ran a 4.37 40, he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2005 draft as a wide receiver. Jones played just four years in the NFL, his career flaming out amid low production and a string of drug incidents.

Perhaps a tale from his college coach will shed light on the subject, however.

Former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt told his CBS Sports Network colleagues the tale of Rodney, Jones' alter ego based from a character his player had made up in a creative writing class:

Perhaps if the Jags had known they were selecting Matt Jones AND Rodney, they would have been a bit more hesitant to use their top draft selection on the eccentric QB.

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