Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lofty rating for UConn star

Former UConn running back Taber Small has found his calling as an NFL draft analyst and he has put out a list of the top five senior prospects at every position for the 2015 NFL draft. UConn rising senior Byron Jones checks in as the No. 4 rated cornerback.

The 6-foot-1, 196 pound Jones started 20 games at safety during the 2011 and 2012 seasons but following the graduation of standout cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson and safety prospects like Andrew Adams and Obi Melifonwu to play alongside returning start Ty-Meer Brown, Jones was moved to cornerback for the 2013 season. Jones finished with 60 tackles and a team-leading three interceptions. He heads into his senior season with 199 tackles, six interceptions and 14 pass breakups in 36 career games.

It didn't take long for Jones to make an impression on Diaco, who was at the helm of some dynamic defenses when he was at Notre Dame.

"Byron Jones is going to be one of the best corners in America, not one of the best corners on our team but one of the best corners in the country," Diaco said late during spring practice.



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