With the draft rapidly approaching the rest of the NFL spent their Tuesday observing Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the most unpredictable coach in the league Chip Kelly was busy checking out one of the lesser known cornerback prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Byron Jones, a 6-foot-1, 199 pound cornerback from UConn not only has the physique of a typical Chip Kelly prototype but also the work ethic. His 40 yard dash time of 4.44 seconds would have tied him for the third fastest CB, while his 18 repetitions of 225 pounds on the press would have tied him for sixth. His combination of size and athleticism may just be the perfect prototype..not just for Kelly, but for the entire CB selection in this years draft.
He had his pro day earlier today and actually broke a world..yes a world record in the broad jump. The man who was previously predicted as a 2nd-4th round pick has now burst into the first round in many mock drafts, and Kelly was there along with defensive coordinator Billy Davis and Ed Marynowitz to keep a very close eye on him.
If the Eagles do draft Jones, he could well end up as a backup to both Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond.But the team could well trade nickel cornerback Brandon Boykin meaning Jones could start on the outside opposite Maxwell, with Thurmond on the inside.
Jones finished his college career with 222 tackles, eight interceptions, and 21 passes defensed. But with all of the recent hype following his draft day, I really can’t see him falling to the Eagles in their second round pick which is number 52 overall. Would they risk a first round pick on him if he is still available? Is he worth it? Let us know what you think! At this stage, he is a must sign for the Eagles. Our defense whilst taking some steps forward, has lost a lot of firepower this off-season. A superbowl winning partner in crime could be the perfect solution to help develop Jones into one of the most explosives backs in the league. This guy could become the defensive OBJ..you heard it here first.