The Washington Huskies have bursted onto the national scene this season and even clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff. Their success this year was in large part due to their stout defensive unit. It all starts in the defensive backfield for UW as they boast one of the nation’s best secondaries. Sidney Jones has been a mainstay on that unit as their standout corner. The All-Pac 12 corner has built the reputation as a ballhawk, and he is likely to enter the NFL draft and be a first round selection.
Name: Sidney Jones
Comparison: Kevin Johnson
Draft Grade: 1st Round
Positives: Height is right where you like it. Proportioned body. Frame has filled out naturally over his time in college. Has good speed and foot quickness. Good hips and will turn and change direction with ease. Quickly reacts to what he sees. Likes being physical in coverage and will put up a hard fight. Sticks to his mans hip pocket and has advanced technique. Rarely tested. Never picked on. Did not show coverage lapses and bonehead mistakes. Has a short memory. Stays emotionally even. Excellent leaper who makes plays at the ceiling and comes down with the ball. Not afraid to get his nose dirty in run support and shows some toughness when needed. Studies the game and prepares like the professional. His positional coach sings his praises. A simple guy who works very hard and knows what he wants. No character concerns.
Negatives: A naturally thin body type. Height to weight ratio isn’t ideal. Lacks impressive arm length. Will sometimes struggle in physical situations with powerful receivers. Too often as a run defender will turn off the jets if the splash play isn’t there for him and is fine with letting others clean up.
Outlook: Sidney Jones is one of the top corners in this draft. He brings height, coverage consistency, athletic ability and the type of football character you can bank on. Jones is remarkably similar to former Wake Forest corner Kevin Johnson who recently went in the middle of the first round. I believe Jones has similar value and should come off the board in the first half of round one.