This post was written by Jared Quan
With the most draft picks of any team in the 2011 draft, Jim Harbaugh and company set out to fill some holes. As speculated by some Jim turned to special teams coach Brad Seely in the later rounds to help establish and bolster the special teams. Though many experts projected that Colin Jones would fall into free agency, the 49ers scooped him up with their second pick of the sixth round.
Jones stands in at 5 foot 11 ½ tall, 201 lbs, ran 4.38 in the 40, as a safety out of TCU. His senior season he showed flashes of brilliance, by finishing with 80 tackles, one interception, and four passes knocked away. He maintained decent coverage and made plays with his speed. Even during his senior year, TCU head coach Gary Patterson made Jones play on the special teams. 49ers special teams coach Seely decided there place in mind for him on the special teams, after watching him work out twice, which probably helped seal the deal on the draft pick.
The downside to Jones despite his speed is he will be covering guys taller than him and will need a little more bulk on them. His 80 tackles his senior year might be a testament that he never gives up on the play, but also shows poor coverage skills.
In conclusion, it is easy to say that the 49ers picked up a great special teams player, but a less than average safety. Good news here is that with some hard work and coaching, I can see him really shining on special teams, and turning into a backup at safety.