2024 3rd round pick #90 is Elijah Jones CB

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Overview​

Scheme-dependent cornerback with excellent length and above-average ball skills to harass and overtake lesser receivers when it's time to make the catch. Jones is a slender press-man corner with Cover 3 potential. His press is more irritating than disruptive, but he does a solid job of tracing routes and attacking throws for forced incompletions and interceptions. He can be beaten by route runners in off-man and can be late to open and chase vertical routes, creating long-ball opportunities. His long arms should help him compete against more muscular receivers when it's time to stop the catch, but he won't offer much in run support. Teams valuing ball production and length will move him up the board as a Day 2 prospect with CB3 upside.

Strengths​

  • Maintains his feel from the route using press and trail.
  • Utilizes height and length to shut down contested catches.
  • Pure speed to race back into the picture when beaten.
  • Undercuts throws with a big burst to make plays on the ball.
  • Flails and swats, creating measly man cover completion rate.
  • Turns head and finds football when tracking deep routes.

Weaknesses​

  • Has a slender frame and is thin through his hips.
  • Pops upright from his pedal, slowing transitions.
  • Can be conned into declaring hips and beaten by route stems across his face.
  • Success rate drops when asked to match route breaks from off coverage.
  • Below-average run supporter.
 
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HEIGHT: 6'2"
WEIGHT: 185
HAND: 9¼"
ARM: 31½"
WINGSPAN: 76"

40-YARD DASH: 4.44
3-CONE: 7.07
SHUTTLE: 4.25
VERTICAL: 42.5"
BROAD: 10'11"

POSITIVES
— Very good with route recognition. Shows necessary vision in zone to identify routes.
— Good footwork in backpedal, with the ability to stop and start. Shows good burst and acceleration out of breaks.
— Shows positional versatility, playing from outside and nickel cornerback position.

NEGATIVES
— Can struggle getting out of breaks at times. Wasted step and slower processing.
— Hip tightness shows up at times. Lacks fluidity to flip his hips and run.

2023 STATISTICS
— 9 G, 25 TOT, 1 FF, 5 INT, 8 PD
 

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Cards drafting like they think they are smarter than everyone else. That usually turns out not to be the case.
 

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Oh fiddlesticks, I see reasons all of them are drafted, where and why.
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I really don't see much to complain about with this pick. Was Williams really that much better of a prospect? I don't think so.
 
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