Thursday, December 03, 2015

Former UConn DB Jones making the grade

There were some people who considered Byron Jones a "workout warrior" as his spectacular performance at the NFL scouting combine led to him being taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 27th overall pick in the NFL draft.

However, Jones had a pretty solid body of work at UConn playing both cornerback and safety and his versatility has been on display for the Cowboys. Jones has been drawing plenty of praise from coaches and media in Dallas for his play and they are not alone. The Pro Football Focus site, which grades every NFL player on each snap, recently posted the grades on all 32 first-round picks. Jones came in with a grade of 78.4 and among the No. 1 picks, only New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley, taken sixth and 10th respectively, were the only players rated ahead of Jones.

It should be noted that there's not much difference with the rankings of the five defensive backs taken in the first round

11. Trae Waynes, Vikings 75.4
16. Kevin Johnson, Texans 76.4
18. Marcus Peters, Chiefs 69.3
27. Byron Jones, Cowboys 78.4
30. Damarious Randall, Packers 76.7

Also thought some people might in interested in the story about Jones buying nearly 20 tickets for friends and family members for this week's game at Washington.



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