By Michael Donovan
So, why did the Eagles spend their 43rd pick in the draft on Sidney Jones, whose Achilles injury will probably keep him from playing in 2017?
Because he’s that good, though we will probably have to tread water in the secondary until 2018!
Here’s a CBCSports.com scouting report:
Jones was 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.