Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was really, really impressed by rookie defensive back Byron Jones this spring.
To date, the Cowboys’ first round pick out of UConn’s NFL experience has been limited to a couple of minicamps and three weeks of organized team activities, but that was enough to convince Jerry--who says he gets “visions of sugar plums” when he thinks of Jones playing in the Cowboys’ nickel package, whatever that means--that the team got a good one with their 27th overall pick.
“I don’t think we could have asked for more, sitting here today, than what he’s shown,” Jerry Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He certainly has shown the athletic ability, which was a given, but he’s shown the instincts, shown the ability to have position flex of corner as well as safety. With those tall guys, a lot of times you have a little limitation in how you basically turn, and some of that. One of the first things that we talked about once he had been out here a few days was just his hip flex and his ability to do what you’ve got to do at corner. We know it’s there for safety, and so there is no doubt he’ll get some work at both places.
“You couldn’t ask for a pick to pan out better than he’s panned out, much less being a first-round pick. He is everything as advertised.”