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2018 Draft Profile: Chris Jones

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Career Stats at Nebraska:

76 Tackles (2 sacks), 16 Passes Defended, 5 Interceptions (1 for TD), 1 fumble recovery.

Jones played special teams as a true freshman. I don’t understand wasting a year of eligibility on special teams, but that’s why I write for Cornnation instead of coaching college football. He started as cornerback midway through his sophomore year and all of 2016. Unfortunately his torn meniscus during the summer of 2017 severely curtailed his senior year performance. He recovered amazingly quickly, but never showed the potential his junior performance hinted at.

NFL Combine Results:

Height: 6’ 0”

Weight: 200 lbs

Arms: 32 3/4”

Hands: 9 3/4”

40: 4.57 sec

Bench Press: 14 reps

NFL Scouting Assessment:

Strengths

  • Angular frame carries good size with long limbs and big hands
  • Displayed disruptive qualities and plus ball production when healthy in 2016
  • Uses size to overwhelm smaller receivers on contested catches
  • Bodies up at the catch point and swings his long arms over the top and through the arms of the receiver
  • Posted 14 passes defensed in 2016
  • Has soft hands and high points interceptions when possible
  • Has potential to stymie receivers out of the gates from press
  • Offers special teams value

Weaknesses

  • Needs to coordinate hands and feet from press
  • Tall and tight in his backpedal
  • Movement is segmented and uneven from off coverage
  • Footwork is bundled and inefficient when forced to make challenging change of direction
  • Tight in his transitions and lacks long speed
  • Finishing rate as tackler was poor throughout his career
  • Angle to the ball and technique both need work
  • Tore meniscus and missed first seven games of 2017
  • Ball production was missing after the injury

So you just drafted him. What did you get?

A physical, lockdown corner who’s a team player and hard worker. He needs further rehab to get back to his full potential, but will put in the work to get there.

Projection: Priority Free Agent