Cyrus Jones is taking his coverage and special teams abilities to New England after the Patriots selected him 60th overall in the second round of 2016 NFL Draft.
The former Crimson Tide star capped a four-year career by playing on his second national championship squad in 2015.
Jones finished his time in Tuscaloosa with 108 tackles, 25 passes defensed and seven interceptions, including a pair of picks as a senior.
He was also an elite punt returner, leading the nation with four return touchdowns last season. That mark is also a school record, and he finished second in the Alabama single-season record books with 530 punt return yards.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Jones was a four-star cornerback prospect out of Gilman High in the Class of 2012.
His relatively small stature — 5-foot-10, 190 pounds — is perhaps his biggest weakness as he prepares to begin his professional career, with NFL.com’s scouting report noting “big receivers can go up and over him in the red zone.”
But his lack of size doesn’t keep him from challenging “receivers physically when they try to block him,” and Jones “is excellent in run support.”
ProFootballFocus.com notes that Jones “plays both man and zone coverage pretty comfortably,” which will allow him to “play in any defense in the NFL.”