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2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Byron Jones

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Date & Time Tuesday April 21, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)
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Byron Jones

School: Connecticut Huskies

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 199

Position: Cornerback

Career Stats: 222 tackles, eight interceptions and 21 pass deflections.

Strengths: Byron Jones lit up the NFL combine with a 44.5-inch vertical jump, 147-inch broad jump and 3.94 second 20-yard shuttle. Jones is an athletic freak and has above-average recovery speed. Jones has a smart football player with great instincts. Jones has experience playing the safety position. Jones has great ball skills and takes the right angle to make a play. Jones is a reliable tackler and doesn’t mind getting dirty in run support. Byron Jones is a leader on and off the field, works hard and comes with zero baggage. Jones is a guy who leads by example and not exactly by his words.

Weaknesses: Byron Jones isn’t the most physical player despite his solid frame. There’s also questions whether Jones will go back to safety or remain a cornerback at the next level. Jones can be a little stiff when changing directions. Jones has a history of shoulder injuries that forced him to miss a chunk of last season.

Projection: Byron Jones is a first round pick simply of his elite athleticism and potential to be a great defensive back. Marcus Peters is the best cornerback in this draft, but Jones isn’t too far behind, as he’s a flat out freak and can play multiple positions. Jones is a safe prospect who should carve out a very successful career in the NFL.  

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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