Bryan Broaddus gives his scouting report on newest Dallas Cowboy, Byron Jones.
Name: Byron Jones
Honors: Jones' season was cut in half by a shoulder injury that required surgery. He appeared in UConn's first seven games, recording 24 tackles and two interceptions.
Key Stat: He was already a highly-regarded draft pick, but Jones jumped into the national consciousness at the NFL Combine when he set a world record with a broad jump of 12-feet, 3-inches. His 44.5-inch vertical wasn't exactly shabby, either.
Scout's Take: Can be physical in the press but just as comfortable playing in off coverage. Rangy build with rare athletic traits. Moves well to get in position. Nice power to hold up receiver. Can mirror the receiver. Can high point the ball. Can pedal, turn and go -- smoothness. Not much wasted motion. Plays with his knees bent. There are snaps where he slips, which makes me question his balance. He's quick to read the route out of his pedal. Quick to get his head around. Will run across the field in position. Good tackler. Is aware in zone. Plays his assignment. Plays square. Will drop in zone and keep eyes on ball. Knows where he needs to fit. Times where he will play sideways in zone. Nice lateral quickness and agility. Very good range. Can cover some ground. Very reactionary athlete. Is a hard player to get away from. Doesn't allow the quarterback windows to throw the ball into. Could be the second corner on many draft broads because of his ability. Would be an outstanding option for the Cowboys to select in the first round. – Bryan Broaddus
Games Studied: Tulane, East Carolina, South Florida, BYU, Boise State.