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Grade
5.21 ?
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 186LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Although some NFL teams won't draft a cornerback under 5-10 because of the height and speed of today's star receivers, Jones' athleticism (110-meter hurdles national high school champion) and play the past two seasons will certainly make someone take a chance on his talent. He earned second-team All-SEC notice as a junior, ranking among the nation's leaders with six interceptions and 17 passes defended in his first year as a starter for the Tigers. He might have received the nod in 2013, but suffered a broken bone before the season and wasn?t quite up to the challenge physically. Jones started all 13 games as a senior, though, making 69 stops, intercepting one pass, and breaking up 13 others.

Analysis

Strengths

Has the foot quickness and fluid hips for smooth transitions from press coverage. Can open up and match quickness with quickness. Looks to make plays outside of his area. Former high school sprinter and hurdles champion. Able to carry long speed stride for stride. Man cover specialist with springy feet and ability to shadow his man. Usually near the throw. Has closing burst and ball skills to be aggressively disruptive at the catch point. Finds the deep ball and gets his head around to challenge. Finished 2014 with 16 passes defensed and six interceptions. Much better instincts underneath or in man coverage.

Weaknesses

Miscast in zone and off coverage. Allows much cushion for pitch-­and­-catch throws. No getting around his lack of size. Beaten up by physicality of LSU in run support. Unable to unhinge quickly from big receivers and makes too many tackles down the field. Has endured a rash of injuries including a broken ankle in 2013, a pulled hamstring in the 2014 BCS Championship game and foot surgery in the summer of 2015.

Bottom Line

Jones had a very impressive All­-SEC 2014 season, but a relatively pedestrian 2015 campaign. Jones lacks the size to play outside but he does have coverage talent and ball skills to match up with quick slot receivers on the next level. His history of injuries and inconsistency in run support might put a limited ceiling on his draft positioning.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.