Former Washington teammate calls Philadelphia Eagles second-round pick Sidney Jones a ‘steal’
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Jones might not play this season, but that didn’t stop the Philadelphia Eagles from making him a second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.
To hear one of his college teammates from Washington tell it, the Eagles came out winners with the selection of the highly regarded defensive back who suffered a torn Achilles’ in March.
“Whoever gets Sid is going to get a steal,” Green Bay Packers draft pick Kevin King said Friday night.
King, who had his own uncertainty over the first two rounds of the draft, and Jones helped make up a unique first at the draft. King, Jones and Budda Baker, their fellow Washington defensive back, became the first trio of defensive backs from the same school to be taken in the second round of the NFL draft, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
King went with the No. 33 overall pick to the Packers. Baker went No. 36 to the Arizona Cardinals. And finally, the Eagles — who also selected Washington defensive tackle Elijah Qualls in the sixth round — scooped up Jones at No. 43.
That kind of talent in one secondary should help prepare Jones for what he’ll face in the NFL. Washington had one of the best defenses in college football last season, and it helped propel the Huskies to a Pac-12 championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
With three future pros in the same defensive backfield, King, Jones and Baker all knew they couldn’t slack — ever.
“Extremely competitive, always pushing each other,” King said. “I think that’s why we were so good because we had that camaraderie, we had that trust in one another. Budda could tell me when I was slacking a little bit, and I could tell him the same. We pushed each other.”
When Jones returns from his Achilles’ injury, he’ll join West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas, a third-round pick, as a rookie in the secondary that will feature veteran Malcolm Jenkins and second-year player Jalen Mills. There’s opportunity for Jones to be a contributor as soon as he’s healthy.
And as King tells it, the camaraderie and high level play during his time at Washington should have Jones ready immediately.
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