In Sidney Jones, the Eagles got one of the guys they wanted all along.
You never know how these things turn out. The NFL Draft is a crap shoot. Still, with the addition of Washington Huskies cornerback Sidney Jones IV, the Philadelphia Eagles got a guy who had first-round talent in the second round. Many gave him high marks coming out of college. Then, as you know, there was an injury. Whenever that happens, teams and fans tend to shy away.
Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon during his pro day, and he underwent surgery on March 21st to repair it. While that scared many and forced him to fall out of the first round, the Eagles have gained quality talent at a position they definitely need some of it. That’s if he can return to form and rehabilitate himself according to plan.
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Jones started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2015 and was named first team All-Pac-12 after recording 45 tackles and four interceptions. His junior season skyrocketed him into the national consciousness. That one ended just like his previous campaign as Jones would, again, earn First-team All-Pac-12 honors.
39 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions and six passes defensed served as an excellent curtain call, leading him to forego his senior season and move on to the greener pastures of the NFL. No one knows, for certain, how long it will be before he’s on the field with his new teammates, but the Eagles’ brass thought he was too talented of a prospect to leave on the board at pick 43. Truthfully, it’s difficult to debate that theory.
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In the word’s of the A-Team’s own Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, we love it when a plan comes together. This year’s version of the NFL Draft is working out as well as anyone could have guessed. That draft board vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and company put together gets the “thumbs up” from us.