Washington cornerback prospect Sidney Jones might be the most intriguing player in this year’s NFL Draft. He has elite speed, elite agility, elite ball skills and projects as a shutdown corner in the NFL. But he also tore his Achilles at his Pro Day and will need months of rehab before returning to the field.
He is, for many, the ultimate high-risk, high-reward pick.
“It was crushing the day of, of course,” Jones said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, referring to his injury. “I’ve never been inured like this. This was my first surgery besides my wisdom teeth, but first major injury. It was kind of crushing, but you get the news and you can’t do nothing about it besides move forward and go ahead with life and basically take it for what it is and start the rehab process and get better from there.”
Jones started 39 straight games at Washington. He was a two-time All-Pac-12 performer and helped the Huskies to the College Football Playoff.
But Jones believes his value goes beyond numbers or what you see on film.
“You’re drafting a great person, a great guy, somebody who gets along with everybody, somebody who you would love in your locker room,” he said. “That’s a very big part of a football team. Teams pay attention to character. Obviously some people have other issues and people still take them, but there’s no issues with me. Football-wise, I’m a great player. My film speaks volumes. I did everything the right way – film, Combine, Pro Day. I did everything I was supposed to do leading up to this point; this was just an unfortunate event.”
Despite his injury, Jones said he “most definitely” has what it takes be a shutdown corner at the next level.
“My confidence, my ability and knowing what I can do, I have no doubt in that,” he said. “The season starts in September. I’ll be back in September. That’s six months, and that’s what the doctor told me. I’m pretty sure I’m ahead of schedule.”