NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Cyrus Jones to the Patriots has become a popular topic in recent days, so I figured writing up his scouting report seemed appropriate. I have watched more Alabama tape this draft season than I care to count, but when a team is stacked with so much talent, that tends to happen. I had watched Jones and had plenty of notes on him, but I was so bummed after watching my beloved Cyclones lose in the sweet 16, I figured I would go back and do it again and I am glad I did because I picked up on a few more things that I had not in previous viewings. Here is what I think of Cyrus Jones and his potential fit for the Patriots.
Jones has a nice combination of athleticism and intelligence and he uses both to his advantage. He shows good speed to stay and long arms which helps make up for his lack of ideal height. Jones shows good change of direction and burst to come back and make plays on the ball. Jones does a nice job of reading the QB’s eyes and shows the ability to finish plays. He plays the game very physical, both in coverage and in run support. He does a nice job of forcing receivers to go where he wants them to go creating much smaller windows for the QB to throw into. Jones has dynamic special teams potential as well.
Jones is shorter than ideal and is probably maxed out from a physical standpoint, so what you see now is what you get. Jones does seem to panic when the ball is thrown in his direction and he loses track of where his receiver is when trying to track the ball. This leads to him running through the receiver and getting his fair share of penalties. Jones has had some injury issues as well as some off field issues that will need to be investigated further.
Jones was an interesting guy to scout. I like that he is physical and he plays with a lot of confidence. He is strong in run support and seems to have that playmaker ability, both in coverage and as a return man. I do not love his size and it shows up on tape. His coverage skills have improved but he still struggles at it. I am concerned with how he seems to panic when he is trying to track the ball and stay with his guy. He seems to lose any sense of where his guy is and that will be exposed at the next level. Jones graded out as a mid to late 4th round prospect for me, so for the Patriots to get him, they will either have to overdraft him at the end of round 3 or trade back to acquire him.