The Cincinnati Bengals have invited Nathan Jones, a versatile back capable of playing tight end, fullback and half back, out of Marian University, according to a source. Jones, who also played linebacker in nickel packages, is a two-time captain on a team that won the 2012 NAIA championship. As a tight end, Jones posted 48 receptions for 610 yards receiving and seven touchdowns, another 125 yards rushing on 15 carries with two scores on the ground.
Equally impressive is that Jones earned First Team All-MSFA Conference honors both as a tight end and as a linebacker. At the Ball State Pro-Day he posted: 40YD time of 4.66 (he regularly ran 4.58-4.62 times in training), 1.61 10YD split, 2.69 20YD split, to go along with a 34" vertical, 9'2" broad jump, 4.47 short shuttle, 7.12 L Drill and 23 reps on the bench press.
JB Scouting Services, specializing in small school prospects, rated Jones as the sixth-rated tight end among all small schools.
“He’s one of our most versatile players,” head coach Ted Karras Jr. told the Sun-Times. “We also use him as a fullback and H-back. He’s one of the top tight ends in the country in receptions.”