Cover32/Ravens staff has chosen players from all of the draft-eligible NCAA football athletes; ones that could potentially fill Baltimore Ravens needs, and are following their journey to Sundays in this series. Our second selection is University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones. Our coverage will include EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS AND VIDEO of Jones, as he heads towards playing on Sundays.
When Washington Huskies fans look back on the tenure of Sidney Jones on Montlake they will do nothing but smile with joy and savor the memories of a resurrected football program. This is exactly what Jones himself did earlier this year when he declared his intentions to pursue his professional football dreams.
— Sidney Jones IV (@SidneyJonesIV) January 3, 2017
Jones, along with Kevin King and Budda Baker were considered to be part of one of the best pass defenses in the entire nation. Without question, the Huskies secondary helped lead Washington to the college football playoff semifinals. The two best attributes that Sidney Jones possesses that would make him an ideal pick for the Ravens on draft day are his toughness and his nose for the football.
As a freshman at Washington, Jones started 12 of 13 games and made an immediate impact with two interceptions and seven passes defended. He came ready to play during his sophomore year leading the Pac-12 with 14 passes defended in addition to four interceptions and three forced fumbles. During his senior season, Sidney Jones was selected first team all Pac-12 for a second time as he picked up another three interceptions before leaving Washington.
All of those big plays by Jones haven’t gone unnoticed by NFL insiders. Mike Mayock of the NFL network currently has Jones rated as the #2 Cornerback on his draft board.
Will Sidney Jones be a Raven come draft day? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure if Baltimore wants to pressure opponents in the passing game on defense than all eyes in the Ravens front office should take a long hard look at Sidney Jones on his Path to the Pros.