Committed To: Purdue
What to Like
Chris Jones is an athletic and long 6-foot-0 and 175-pound cornerback prospect. On his senior highlight film Jones displays good speed and athleticism and corner, wide receiver and also returning punts. At corner Jones is a strong and physical defender who has good feet and closes on the ball quickly. As a senior Jones did a very good job in man coverage. Jones is smooth in his backpedal and as the ability to flip his hips and run vertically with outside receivers. He does an excellent job of using the sideline for help on deep vertical routes and uses the "arm-bar" technique particularly well. Jones also shows off very good ball skills at both wide receiver and corner. He competes for the ball whether having to "high-point" the ball or change direction and comeback for an under-thrown pass. Jones also gets to full-speed quickly. He also does a good job of planting his foot and driving on the ball once the pass as been thrown in zone coverage. At wide receiver Jones showed the ability to get off the ball quickly and force the defensive back on his heels. The versatile athlete also showed a penchant for flipping the field when returning punts. Jones also shows good field awareness and understanding of his responsibilities within the defensive system.
Questions and Areas for Improvement
Like any defensive back coming out of high school there are certainly some technical things Jones can continue to improve on whether it's stay low in back-pedal or working on hand placement and re-routing wide receivers off the line of scrimmage. Does Jones have the speed to be a threat in the return game in college? While he certainly had the speed in college to a threat to flip the field on punt returns it remains to be seen whether he as the elite speed to be a factor in the return game at the major college level.
Jones is an outstanding major college cornerback in my opinion. He is a physical corner who plays with confidence in man-to-man press coverage. Jones is smooth in his backpedal and demonstrated the ability to flip his hips and run stride for stride with outside wide receivers. In zone or "off" coverage the senior also did a very good job of planting his foot and driving and closing on the ball quickly once the ball was released by the quarterback. At both receiver and corner Jones shows quick feet with the ability to get to full speed in a hurry. He also demonstrated good ball skills and body control and both wide receiver and cornerback. Jones competes for the ball whether it's going up and getting an overthrown ball or coming back for an under-thrown pass. With a red-shirt year to allow him to add size and strength Jones will have a chance to compete for playing time on special teams if not the defense's two-deep.