Don Jones, a speedy safety with Arkansas State, is reported to have scheduled a visit with the Green Bay Packers after already having a private workout with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.
Jones is one of those fast-rising players who seem to be emerging on the draft front as we near the NFL’s Draft weekend. Part of the reason he’s brought interest to teams is his speed – he ran a 4.42 and 4.4 40-yard dash at the Arkansas State pro day held last week. According to NFLDraftScout.com, he has also recored a 42-inch vertical jump.
As a junior, Jones played in every game, starting 10 of them – he had 54 tackles that year, 6.5 of them for a loss. He also picked off one pass, had a sack and three passes defensed. In addition, he blocked two punts and returned them both for touchdowns. In 2012, he had 72 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed.
At 5-11, 191 pounds and projected as a third- or fourth-rounder, Jones might be one of those value picks that GM Ted Thompson likes to add to his team. However, in the past couple of weeks, it sounds like his strong workouts have had teams moving him up on their draft board. Because the Packers are interested in improving the defensive backfield with young legs, Jones may get strong consideration from the Packers.
Though there isn’t a lot of information out there about Jones, he’s clearly an athlete. However, we all know that workout beasts don’t always translate into good football players. I guess that’s why the Packers are bringing him in for a closer look.
Here are some stats to consider:
40-yard dash: 4.40
Broad jump: 10’07”
20-yard shuttle: 4.48
3-cone drill: 7.19
Here is a video that’s making its way around the Internet … kinda amazing:
Game video of Jones …