Cyrus Jones, 5-10, 197, came to Alabama as a wide receiver, and developed into one of the nation’s top cornerbacks and punt return men for the Crimson Tide.
On Friday he was taken in the second round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He was the 60th overall selection.
Although his primary responsibility was cornerback, he led the nation in punt returns for touchdowns with four for the 2015 national champion Crimson Tide. Two of those touchdown runbacks came in one game, against Charleston Southern, which is a first in Alabama football. He had 42 returns for 530 yards, an average of 12.6 yards per runback.
At cornerback he had two interceptions, which he returned for 21 yards; broke up seven passes; caused two fumbles; recovered a fumble which he returned 18 yards; and was in on 37 tackles, including four for lost yardage.
OUR PRE-DRAFT PREDICTION:
Second Round, No. 47 to New Orleans
CollegeFootballNews.com ranked Jones as the 11th best cornerback available in the draft (and projected hm for the third round).
CollegeFootballNews.com had this to say:
“An elite kick returner, he’s probably a mid-to-late round corner talent who’ll be boosted up because of his special teams abilities. He’s a baller of a corner who relishes a challenge and will do whatever he needs to do to make a play, but he’s not big enough.”