The San Francisco 49ers are looking to replenish the roster in the cornerback position this year in the NFL Draft. Today Niner Noise is going to look at Washington cornerback prospect Sidney Jones and what it could mean for the organization in regards to draft strategy.
Washington cornerback Sidney Jones was rated the No. 1 pass defender by many team scouts and professional analysts before his Achilles tendon injury on his pro day.
Ever since that ill-fated day, Jones has slipped down most draft boards significantly.
Going from a top-10 pick to a gamble pick on day two with most cornerback-needy teams, this has all but removed this prospect from the conversation on the national stage.
The San Francisco 49ers were present on that day, scouting Jones as a potential upgrade to one of the worst defenses in team history. A defense that is now under construction and looking to shift to an aggressive front seven, while placing the secondary in the position of ownership of the deep field.
Jones represented a possibility at the No. 1 CB spot that could possibly shut down other teams’ best receiving threat. A competent player like this would allow the front seven to concentrate on the run and pass rush.
Jones’ stats do not do him justice just by the numbers, considering quarterbacks completely avoided throwing his direction over the past two years, due to his superior cover skills.
Such skills are precisely what San Francisco is looking for with the switch to the new 4-3 under scheme.
You can see some of his highlights here: