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Draft day doesn’t go as planned for former Auburn teammates Jonathan Jones, Peyton Barber

Auburn running back Peyton Barber, No. 25, celebrates a touchdown at Kentucky on Oct. 15, 2015.
Auburn running back Peyton Barber, No. 25, celebrates a touchdown at Kentucky on Oct. 15, 2015. Auburn Athletics

NFL draft analysts don’t get all their prognostications right, but NFL Network’s Mike Mayock nailed his assessment of Jonathan Jones.

On a pre-draft teleconference with reporters, Mayock said NFL teams were scared to death of Jones’ lack of size at 5-foot-9.

The defensive back performed well in the Senior Bowl and put up strong numbers at the combine with one of the top 40-yard dash times, but neither performance was able to overshadow the one measurable he couldn’t change.

Jones was projected to go in the fourth round, but ended up going undrafted as did his former teammate Peyton Barber.

The running back’s agent Michael Perrett confidently predicted the rusher would be a day three pick, but the day came and went without Barber’s name getting called. The third-year sophomore gave up two years of eligibility when he declared for the draft in January.

The Ledger-Enquirer learned shortly after the completion of the seventh round Barber planned on signing as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones along with a number of other former Auburn players will likely receiver similar contract offers from NFL teams Saturday night.

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