Making the Leap
Byron Jones played cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys at the start of the 2015 NFL season. He eventually took over at the free safety position starting 7 games at that position along with starting 4 games at cornerback. In 2016, Byron Jones will as expected, make the full-time move to free safety. Through 4 years at the University of Connecticut Byron Jones played three years as a full-time cornerback (freshmen, junior, senior). However, he has played a full year as safety at the collegian level (sophomore). That year he had his best year out of all four years at UConn, tallying 88 tackles and an interception. Just by the eye test, you can clearly tell that Byron is obviously a safety. That is the position to maximize his skill set. He is extremely athletic, very strong, great in man and zone coverage, and he can man up against any size player (was matched man on Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham last year).
The 2015 NFL Combine
Byron Jones outperformed every player in the 2015 NFL Combine. He had the best measurables out of every participant in Indy, including shattering the NFL record of the broad jump by over eight inches.
2015 NFL Combine Broad Jump: 12 feet, 3 inches (NFL Record)
2015 NFL Combine Vertical Jump: 44.5 inches
Byron Jones 2016 Season Projection: 88 tackles and 4 interceptions
Projection Analysis: Byron Jones will be all over the field making plays this season. He should figure to come pretty close to obtaining triple digits in his tackle production. The main thing he will improve on from last season is his ball hawking skills. This was something that Byron was not very accepting of when addressing his 2015 performance. However, he should figure to have a few interceptions under his belt after this season concludes. Finally, there is a fair possibility that he is a pro bowl athlete this season due to the great talent he possesses. It will be very exciting to see him out there come this season.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo