Similar to Jeremy Clark, Derrick Jones is a big cornerback. Unlike Clark, Jones is a project. At Ole Miss, Jones played both DB and WR. By his senior season, Jones started to focus more on defense and began to make a few plays: three passes defended, two interceptions – one returned for TD.
Lance Zierlein calls Jones a moldable prospect because of his limited play at Ole Miss. He notes that when watching film, Jones has a tendency to take the knowledge of a receiver and applies it to his coverage. From that standpoint, Jones football intelligence could be his most valuable asset. In addition, his athleticism and size meet the checks that Todd Bowles is apparently looking for. Jones is 6’2″ 190lbs and recorded a 11’8″ broad jump & 41 inch vertical.
It needs to be said, Jones had trouble locking down one position at Ole Miss. Therefore it will be some time before he has any impact with the Jets, if ever. In spite of that, for a 6th round pick the upside is high. Should Jones work out, he could be a quality backup DB on the outside.
Jones will be a player worth keeping an eye on in preseason. Watch for how the Jets utilize him in the exhibition games. They will likely test his limitations and put him in uncomfortable situations. Keep an eye on him press and see if he does well. Then watch how he plays off coverage.