Washington cornerback Sidney Jones was considered by some to be the top corner in this draft. He’s a complete corner, who has great cover skills, but also the willingness and ability to be an outstanding and aggressive tackler. Despite his slim frame, he stands 6′ and weighs only 188 pounds, Jones is a physical corner, who loves nothing better than moving up on the line of scrimmage before the play and planting himself in front of the wide receiver.
Jones would be a great fit to the Jim Schwartz defensive scheme of walking up in press technique and shadowing defenders in man-to-man coverages. He gets his hands on receivers at the snap of the ball and does a great job of mirroring the wideouts during the routes . He patiently waits for them to run their routes and then attacks the ball in the air. Eagles fans will thrilled to see a cornerback, who knows when to turn around and go after the football.
He’s a physical corner, who stands 6 foot and weighs only 188 pounds. He needs to get in the weight room and this year off with the Achilles Tendon injury will allow him to get stronger. He ran a 4.48 at the Combine and is a playmaker, who picked off nine passes in two years and got his hands on 20% of the balls thrown his way. He excels in the press technique, which fits the Jim Schwartz defense, but he won’t be available until the 2018 season. Jones may be too talented for the Birds to pass up in the second round.
The Eagles have to be thinking about taking advantage of the fact that Jones will likely drop into the second round because of the Achilles Tendon tear. It could give them the chance to draft him with a second round pick. He won’t be able to help them until 2018, but that’s not a deal killer because owner Jeffrey Lurie already admitted that this team isn’t a player or two away from being the type of team they want to be. I think grabbing a guy like Jones in the second round would add a first round talent to the roster at a very important position.
Jones has said he’s going to play this year. I take that kind of a talk as a plus because he’s confident he will recover quickly, but the truth is he won’t play this year. I haven’t heard of anybody returning from an Achilles Tendon tear that quickly.