2017 NFL DRAFT

Cyrus Jones, CB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
122133-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.442.621.5510 339'8"4.216.71

Player Overview

Jones started his career on offense as a true freshman and caught four passes for 51 yards, playing mostly special teams. Jones moved to defense as a sophomore in 2013 (five starts) and was part of the cornerback rotation, recording 25 tackles, seven passes defended and two interceptions.

He started all 14 games as a junior in 2014 and led the Tide in passes defended (16) and interceptions (three), adding a career-best 46 tackles. Jones again started every game in 2015 as the team's primary punt returner (NCAA-best 42 punt returns in 2015) and starting corner, finishing with 37 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Loose athlete with the flexible muscle fibers to quickly redirect. Speed to stay hip-to-hip downfield. Fast drive mechanics to click-and-close and shrink gaps in coverage. Improved eye discipline and patience with his reads. Shorter than ideal, but good arm length and build. Physical at the catch point and challenges throws. Aggressive in run support and strikes through his target, delivering a pop at the point of attack. Ascending confidence as his cover skills develop. Finishes the interceptions he should make. Understands field leverage and uses the sideline as his friend. Plays with a chip and naturally motivated. Impact return potential on special teams with four punt returns for touchdowns as a senior, averaging 12.5 yards per punt return in his career.

WEAKNESSES: Short for the position with maxed out muscle definition. Lack of size stands out vs. bigger receivers. Inconsistent timing and spatial awareness, arriving too early or allowing too much of a cushion. Needs to improve his sink and transition technique while also getting his head turned to find the ball. Too hands-on with his back to the ball, struggling to read the receiver. Panics easily, leading to holding penalties. Better arm length than expected for his height, but doesn't consistently play that long. Late to shed perimeter blocks. Needs to improve his ball security as a return man - six career fumbles. Arrested for domestic violence (April 2015), but the charges were dropped days later. Diagnosed with a torn labrum in his hip (June 2014), playing through the injury as a junior and electing for surgery (Jan. 2015) after the season.

IN OUR VIEW: Despite never earning All-Conference honors at Alabama, Jones steadily improved as his reps increased at cornerback. He competes at the catch point, but struggles to compensate for his lack of size, especially vs. good-sized targets. Although he needs polish with his spacing and timing in coverage, Jones is NFL ready as a return man and will play on special teams while he looks for work in the secondary.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (2/13/16)

 
 
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11/23/2015 - NOV 23 SEC CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cyrus Jones, PR, Alabama...Cyrus Jones returned two punts for touchdowns (43 and 72 yards) in a 56-6 win over Charleston Southern...Is the first Alabama player to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game...It was his third punt return for a touchdown in the past two games, also a first in school history...Totaled 115 punt return yards (57.5 ypr), which ranked as the fifth-most in a single game at Alabama...He now ranks seventh nationally and fourth in the SEC with an 14.4 yards per punt return average...Leads the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns this season...Has returned 28 punts for 403 yards in 2015, which is fifth in the single-season annals. - SEC Football
 

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