University of Alabama
Senior 5’10” 197
- Only played 3 years at cornerback after playing receiver as a freshman.
- His inexperience at cornerback shows as too often he can struggle to locate the ball at the catch point and is late to recognize routes.
- Undersized cornerback who may be relegated to a slot corner in the NFL.
- Makes up for his lack of size by competing hard throughout the route
- Plays bigger than his size.
- Great but not an elite athlete
- Very fluid which leads to great mirroring skills.
- Has a bad tendency to panic in coverage when trailing the receiver.
- Reliable run defender, but can allow himself to be blocked too easily at times.
- Can contribute a lot on special teams, as a coverage man and as a dynamic returner
*Report by Erik Olson
Cyrus Jones was a high profile recruit as an athlete coming out of Baltimore, MD. He chose to attend Alabama over Virginia Tech and Auburn among others. As a freshman, Alabama played Jones as a wide receiver, but they moved him to cornerback after that where he steadily progressed in his final three years with the Crimson Tide.
Jones has a chance to have a big impact as return man and potentially as a slot corner at the next level. The athleticism he has exhibited on his electric punt returns shows up on tape as a cornerback. It gives him great natural mirroring skills that allow him to stick with a receiver in and out of his breaks like few others in this class. Beyond that, he is a tough competitor who plays with an edge. That is a trait necessary for a good corner to have to succeed in the pros, especially one who is undersized. However, his inconsistent ball skills, below average coverage instincts, and limited route recognition are really concerning. Those issues may be due to a lack of experience at the position, but he needs to improve on them if he wants to be a contributor on defense in the NFL.
Projected Draft Value: 4th round