The Green Bay Packers have made an addition to their secondary. On Sunday, the team announced the waiver claim of cornerback Derrick Jones, whom the Jets waived earlier this week.
Jones is a former 6th round pick out of Ole Miss who hasn’t shown much in the pros to date, having played in only four games since he was drafted in 2017. However, it’s never a bad thing to add more depth at corner, and his athletic profile is intriguing. His overall Relative Athletic Score is mediocre, but it’s also all over the map, including a 10 in the broad jump.
Derrick Jones posted a decent #RAS and was drafted by the #Jets in the 6th round. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/HXrIH2rXXt— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 29, 2017
It’s odd to have such a varied athletic profile, and it’s possible there is more to Jones than meets the eye. In fact, nothing is easy about evaluating Jones as he flipped between wide receiver and defensive back in college. Jones is, at a fundamental level, an athletic player that no one quite knows what to do with. Most of the time, such players don’t turn out to be much, but occasionally the high ceiling of an unusual profile can turn out an above average contributor. If nothing else, he should be fun for the coaches.