NUC Draft Guru Prospect Analysis- Sidney Jones | Cornerback | Washington | 6’0” |181 lbs
6’0”, 181 lbs
Analysis By Nolan Fleming
Positional- 3 (CB)
To help put all of this into perspective
Instincts are something you can not teach a player, which is part of what makes Sidney’s game so special. Jones will not shy away from doing the “dirty” work to be successful, such as stopping the run and mercilessly jamming receivers at the line. His weaknesses are areas which can easily be coached, while his strengths make him an explosive prospect. In the past five years an average of 31.6 cornerbacks have been drafted per year. More specifically, an average of 3.8 have been drafted in the first round. This shows our ranking of Sidney Jones has him placed as a prospect who should be drafted at the back end of the first round.
Sidney Jones plays with outstanding physicality and aggressiveness. He uses those two traits to make an impact in the run game. Jones is an excellent tackler in the open field once he frees himself from blocks. He does a solid job in press coverage, while also showing the ability to bail off the line. Jones is constantly near the football and has tremendous ball skills which often leads to turnovers for his team.
Areas of Improvement
While Jones is outstanding tackler, he has shown an occasional difficulty getting off blocks. This is something he will need to work on, especially since he will be taking on bigger and stronger receivers in the NFL. While his aggressiveness is admirable, Jones does need to make sure he executes his assignment and does not lose contain on run plays and short passes.
Current NFL Comparison
Desmond Trufant (Drafted in Round 1, 2013)