Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
This year’s draft is loaded with cornerback talent, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles should put off taking a corner until a later round. If he is available, Sidney Jones would be an excellent addition to the Eagles’ secondary.
Jones is a ballhawking corner with phenomenal instincts and a nose for the football. He recorded nine interceptions in three seasons at Washington. He is even drawing comparisons to former college teammate Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones performed well at the combine, clocking in at 4.47 on the 40-yard dash and recording a 10’3″ broad jump.
Jones could realistically be the best player available when the Eagles make their first-round selection and would also fill an area of need.
Here is a scouting report on Jones, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Competes all over the field. Doesn’t play pitty-pat with his jam from press. Throws stiff lead right into the shoulder of receivers like a boxer. Maximizes contact with receivers within first five yards. Eyes are top notch. Balances between quarterback’s eyes and his man from all off coverages. Ready to close on throws anywhere near his area. Route magnet. Pattern anticipation allows him to map receivers path and undercut route. Prioritizes ball over man and attacks catch point with slaps and rips. Has nine career interceptions and got a hand on 21.3 percent of balls thrown his way over last two seasons. Early ball tracker with length and leaping to attack the high point. Mirrors receiver acceleration out of their breaks. Twitchy feet for click-and-close transitions and instant change of direction from shuffle technique. Solid recovery quickness. WEAKNESSES: Carries slender frame. Needs to add upper body strength in preparation for NFL size. Was jostled around by JuJu Schuster-Smith out of press coverage and at the top of the route. Scouts like his quickness but worry about his ability to carry speed down the field. Gets impatient from press. Loses positioning by reaching and lunging to get hands on receiver rather than letting the release come to him. Can still improve his transition footwork. Fights his hips a little when flipping to change direction in open field. Physical receivers can wall him out of tackle action in run support."