2017 NFL DRAFT

Sidney Jones, CB

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 186 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
68122-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.47--- 33 1/2-4.287.02
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.47--- 33 1/210'3"4.287.02

Player Overview

With today's focus on the passing game, legitimate cover corners have never been more valued by NFL scouts. That is music to the ears of Jones, whose easy athleticism and poise with the ball in the air make him arguably the most polished pass defender in the country.

Jones quickly distinguished himself as a standout in the pass-happy Pac-12, starting all but one game opposite future first round pick and rookie Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters as a true freshman. Jones took his game to another level as a sophomore, leading the conference with 14 passes broken up to earn First Team All-Pac-12 honors despite Peters getting kicked off the team by head coach Chris Peterson halfway through the year. Jones also finished among the conference leaders with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered on the year.

Opponents (including Alabama in the Peach Bowl) were hesitant to throw passes in Jones' direction in 2016, contributing to lower numbers (six pass breakups and three interceptions) but Pac-12 coaches still awarded him First Team all-conference honors.

With cat-like quickness and instincts, Jones' knack for coverage and creating turnovers is likely to earn him a first round selection, though scouts may have concerns about his relatively slim frame.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: The first thing that stands out about Jones is his easy movement skills. He has very light feet and loose hips, allowing him to shadow receivers throughout their routes. Jones has the height, long arms and easy change of direction to handle pressing at the line of scrimmage. He delivers a solid jolt to the receiver and fluidly pivots in trail position, mirroring receivers into the route. When in zone coverage, Jones shows very good route anticipation, working to keep himself between the quarterback and receiver. He shows impressive confidence and poise with the ball in the air, trusting his athleticism and technique. Jones reads the receiver, turning to locate the ball and showing excellent ballskills for the interception, including the ability to make the one-handed circus catch. This includes impressive timing and body control to contort in the air, as well as excellent hand-eye coordination to snake his hand between those of the intended pass-catcher to break up the throw, as well as to punch

out the ball after the catch to force a fumble. While not an overly physical tackler, Jones gets ball-carriers to the ground with an effective lasso style, cleanly wrapping the legs of opponents. He is willing to lower his shoulder and shows good timing and aggression when blitzing. For all of the concern over his lanky frame, Jones has shown durability, playing in every game of his college career, starting all but one contest over the past three years.

WEAKNESSES: The "biggest" knock on Jones is his spindly frame, which includes relatively narrow hips and thin limbs that raise questions about his ability to hold up to NFL physicality. Jones' lack of ideal strength shows up most often against bigger receivers, who are able to gain separation by shoving him aside. While an effective tackler, Jones is too willing to let teammates do the dirty work in run support.

IN OUR VIEW: Concerns over his size could limit him to certain schemes but Jones is a classic cover corner with a legitimate first round combination of agility, acceleration and awareness of the ball.

COMPARES TO: Trae Waynes, Cincinnati Bengals: Though he possesses a slimmer build than scouts would prefer, Jones' light feet and loose hips allow him to shadow receivers in coverage. Like Waynes, Jones plays bigger than he measures due to terrific timing on his leaps and wiry strength.

--Rob Rang (1/16/17)

 
 
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