Breaking news:Cowboys target injured CB
Breaking news:Cowboys target injured CB.Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has routinely taken flyers on talented prospects who fall for one reason or another, and University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones just might fit the bill in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jones revealed Tuesday that he underwent surgery for a torn Achilles, adding his doctor informed him he would be playing “for sure” in 2017. NFL teams are likely to look at Jones’ recovery far more skeptically, seeing as he only sustained the injury during the Huskies’ pro day on March 11, which is likely to cause the defensive back’s stock to slip dramatically from the early first-round pick he was believed to be before the injury.
Would a potential top-10 pick interest the Cowboys in the second round, or even in the first with the No. 28 pick? Jones has a track record with reclamation projects, but the 2016 draft class may have been the most similar set of circumstances to date.
The Cowboys shocked everybody when they selected Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith at No. 34. Smith was coming off of a catastrophic knee injury from the Fiesta Bowl in January, and not only were doctors sure he would not play in ’17, but most couldn’t say if he would ever play at all.
While Smith has yet to suit up for the Cowboys, they are extremely encouraged by the progress he’s made in recovery. It’s too early to say whether the gamble will pay off, but if it does, Dallas scooped a potential top-five talent on the second day of the draft.
Jones could easily become the 2017 version of Smith. The Cowboys have an obvious need at corner after the departures of free agents Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, yet some leeway simultaneously after signing ex-Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Nolan Carroll and retaining Orlando Scandrick. In other words, Jones wouldn’t necessarily need to be on the field in ’17.
It’s a way for the Cowboys to address a need while also adding one of the top prospects in the draft, and unlike with Smith, there is minimal risk involved, as athletes come back from Achilles injuries all the time. You better believe the Dallas front office will be monitoring Jones’ stock closely on draft day.
A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree, Jones recorded 145 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 8 interceptions, 21 pass breakups and 6 forced fumbles in three seasons at Washington. He measured at 6-foot and 186 pounds at the NFL Combine in February and timed in at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash.