What pundits say about Patriots CB draft pick Jack Jones
Cory Giddings, Laundress Report
“Jack Jones is a free-flowing cornerback who has the ability to play both in the slot and out. He plays with a controlled pedal and quick feet. He’s quicker than quick but has loose hips that allow him turn and run smoothly.
Jones shows good patience in his pedal. It does not come out too quickly and allows the receiver to declare their routes before committing. His quick feet allow him to come out of breaks with a really good burst, often looking to run the road for the receiver on short and intermediate breaking routes.
When the subject of media coverage, Jones moves his feet on the snap to maintain leverage and positioning, while displaying the quick twitch and lateral movement needed down the line. He pulls his hands into the press to keep positioning and looks to disrupt route timing.
Jones has great timing when playing the ball in cover. Whether he turns and locates the ball or turns his back on it, he doesn’t panic on the pitch and he’s able to attack the ball from many different angles.
Jones’ lack of size can show up at times when he’s covering bigger receivers. He is sometimes locked up and stuck on his back, which prevents him from playing with the ball.
Jones is a scrappy player with a nose for the ball and a knack for making plays in the running game. He does quick reads and has even quicker reactions to come and support the race.
Jones has proven to be a viable blitzer on the edge, as well as one who plays his part on the central side of formations. His lightweight frame can be a problem in the running game, as he can take the brunt of tackles, especially when up against bigger backs.
Jones was invited to the Shrine Game, where he looked impressive in the limited time he was on the court. He’ll have to carve out a role for himself in the NFL, which seems possible given his tightness and athletic ability.