USM WR Tim Jones declares for 2021 NFL Draft

For the second year in a row, Southern Miss could have a wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft.

This afternoon, Tim Jones announced his decision to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility at USM granted to fall athletes by the NCAA as part of COVID-19 relief.

A product of Biloxi High School, Jones leaves Hattiesburg as one of the most productive wideouts to ever put on a black and gold uniform with 150 career receptions for more than 2,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

Prior to a hamstring injury that plagued Jones for the rest of his senior season, he was clearly the best player on the Southern Miss offense with 15 catches for 299 yards and two scores.

In a Twitter post, Jones says “As I close this chapter in my life, I look forward to opening a new one. I will forever bleed Black and Gold.”

From Golden Eagles to Eagles, Quez Watkins was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jones is the second USM player to declare for the draft. The other being senior Safety Ky’El Hemby.

Another early departure for the Golden Eagles is junior Center Trace Clopton who is leaving to join the military. D’Iberville alum Louis Paul Smith has a good chance to take over that starting job next season.

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