Is Jones The Best Cornerback?
I cover the University of Washington Huskies, so I certain still place him in the discussion. Still, the measurement of “best cornerback” is not a moment in time, but who projects to have the best NFL career.
There are plenty of factors, today and tomorrow, which impact a players career.
Right now, Sidney Jones IV is a very confident young man. He should be. Despite injury, he made it past the surgery with flying colors. As Achilles Tendons go, his surgery happened high, and the surgeon expects a speedy and full recovery.
Best Cornerback? Right Perspective
And he has the right perspective on the matter as well, as told to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread:
"“Don’t look at the possibility of me not playing this first year. Me being injured for this short amount of time? it’s not going to compare to the rest of the contract, because any player can get hurt throughout their contract. This just happened to happen right now, and I can play basically right when the season starts,” Jones said."
Over the course of his NFL career, this may turn out just as he suggests. The injury may actually persuade lesser teams to pass him over, and keep him on the draft board for the better teams. He could spend his first months of the NFL on the bench, learning and absorbing. But that is time well spent.
Sidney Jones Holds Key
The key to Sidney Jones IV is the attitude now. He has to trust his surgery, trust his body will hold up when he gets back onto the field. He has to play on instincts.
Boastful pride? More like healthy perspective. If I’m an NFL GM, I pencil his name back onto my list. Sidney Jones IV may not be selected first in the 2017 NFL Draft. But he could very likely prove to be the best cornerback selected this year. If he is there, some NFL GM will gamble that he is.