BIO: Two-year starter and Big East Special Teams Player of the Year last season after averaging 22.8 yards on 22 kick returns and 14.8 yards on 20 punt returns, with one touchdown. Also led the team in tackles posting 69/3/7 on defense. Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore when he posted 89/4/14 and averaged 26.3 yards returning kicks.
POSITIVES: Athletic cover corner that can be used in several defensive schemes while also handle duties as a return specialist. Jams opponents at the line, quick transitioning into pass routes and physical against receivers throughout the play. Displays solid footwork in reverse, fluid in his hips and possesses outstanding ball skills. Quickly plants, then breaks on the throw, shows a burst of closing speed and contorts to make the difficult reception running full tilt. Alert, reads opponents. eyes and quickly gets his head back around to make a play on the ball. Effective in zone, displaying anticipation and timing. Does not think twice about coming up the field to take on bigger opponents and throws his body around the action to make the tackle. Possesses a nose for the ball and consistently gets a hand in to deflect away the throw. Plays much bigger than his listed size. Game-impacting return specialist who can switch it on.
NEGATIVES: Gives up a lot of underneath receptions backed off the line of scrimmage. Has only two years of starting experience. Lacks top cornerback size.
ANALYSIS: An outstanding athlete with a great feel for the game, Jones has the abilities to play in press or zone coverage and eventually back off the line of scrimmage. The ability to immediately change momentum of games with return skills is added value as Jones is a justifiable top-12 pick in April's draft.