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Scouting Report: CB Nathan Jones
By TFY Draft Preview
Date: Apr 25, 2004
Looking for one of the "sleepers" for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2004 NFL Draft? Look no further than Rutgers CB Nathan Jones, who was taken in the 7th round as the 205th overall pick on Sunday.
Rutgers Year 5Sr
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 180 40: 4.5 Pos: CB
Bio: Two year starter who finished with 73/2/7 last year and averaged 25.7 yards on 19 kick returns, with one score. Academic All American in 2003. Big East co-Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 28.3 yards on 26 kick returns, bringing a pair back for touchdowns. Defensive totals that season were 84/2/7.
Pos: Adequate defensive back with the abilities to impact the game as a kick returner. Smooth transitioning off the line, quickly breaks on the pass and has a burst of closing speed. Supports the run and makes a lot of tackles. Elusive returning kicks and runs to daylight if given the slightest bit of open room.
Neg: Quick out of his back pedal, slow turning back to locate the ball in man. Does not display the top hands for the interception.
Analysis: Statistically Jones has been very impressive the past two seasons but is a zone corner that must face the quarterback. Yet his ability to produce on special teams will earn his wage at the next level.
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