The Washington Huskies have had four players drafted, and three of them have been defensive backs in the second round. Sidney Jones was selected 11th overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
Jones is ultra-physical, whether it’s jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage or undercutting routes to make a play on the ball. Jones is a gambler, which can result in game-changing plays when things go right. Jones got a hand on 21.3 percent of passes thrown in his direction in 2015 and, per Pro Football Focus, didn’t allow a single touchdown reception last season. His ball-hawking tendencies clearly instilled fear in opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks — he was targeted just 48 times in 2016.
First it was cornerback Kevin King (who was picked first in the second round by the Green Bay Packers), then it was safety Budda Baker (who was picked fourth in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals). Now comes Jones, who will hopefully improve a defense that struggled mightily last season.