Oct 11, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies cornerback Byron Jones (16) looks for a signal against the Tulane Green Wave in the third quarter at Yulman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Round 2: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Although the Eagles just spent a ton of money on cornerback Byron Maxwell and also signed cornerback Walter Thurmond, the team still needs help in the secondary. Maxwell is the only proven starter on the outside and you know what they say? Two Byron’s is better than one. Seriously though, Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones really put his name on the map after a ridiculous performance at the combine. Even though that is what will stick in people’s minds when they talk about Jones, often referring to him as a “workout warrior”, he’s a great player as well.
At 6’1″, 199 lbs. with 32″ arms, Jones has the size that the Eagles covet in the secondary. But what really sticks out is his versatility. He can line up practically anywhere in the secondary and play at a high level. Jones played safety his first two years at UConn and made the switch to cornerback in 2013. So if the Eagles were to draft the former Huskie, they can give him a shot to start at either cornerback or safety.
Jones is also described as a high character player which is obviously something head coach Chip Kelly looks for. He’s all about building a strong team on and off the field with players that have their head on straight and know what it takes to win. Jones was a team captain at Uconn which further cements the claims that he is a high character person. One concern is that Jones’ 2014 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury, that’s something worth keeping an eye on throughout the rest of the draft process,
Next: Round 3: Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart