Auburn CB Jonathan Jones To Visit Steelers

In the last two days, we’ve learned of two corners who will be making a trip to Pittsburgh. Yesterday, it was the small school Ryan Smith. We’re on the opposite end of the spectrum today with Auburn’s Jonathan Jones. The news was first reported by Aaron Wilson.

Jones is undersized, weighing in at 5’9/1 186, but ran one of Indianapolis’ fastest 40s with a 4.33. He also showed off his athleticism with a 36 inch vertical, 10’3″ broad, and 4.25 in the short shuttle.

We’ve talked about Jones a ton on here. He drew rave reviews at the Senior Bowl. He’s battle tested against SEC competition and showed his ballhawking skills in 2014, picking off six passes before teams shied away from him last season.

Obviously, Pittsburgh has had little issue drafting and playing small cornerbacks. Senquez Golson was the team’s second round pick, Antwon Blake started for most of the year, and Brandon Boykin was traded for in camp to replace Golson. All three stood under 5’10.

If the team can grab Jones in the third round, they’ll get fantastic value. He is now the third cornerback the team has reportedly decided to bring in for a visit – Smith and Tavon Young are the other two.

2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Auburn CB Jonathan Jones

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  • Lost Loves

    Been watching him for awhile and feel like he is a perfect slot CB. Twitchy, explosive, and feisty. I bet the Steelers got more info on him last year while visiting with Coates.

  • Ike Evans

    Your boy kozora

  • Big Joe

    He has some good things but not sure about that 3rd rd selection suggestion. I’m thinking more 4-5th rd.

  • Brian Tollini

    I’m sold on him.

  • Alex Kozora

    Yes sir. I’m giddy.

  • PaeperCup

    Sounds good to me. Can he play outside?

  • vasteeler

    I’m done complaining about height, I don’t care if he’s a registered midget as long as he can cover and make plays

  • Tim Goetz

    I’m glad you don’t care about the height. Too much is made of a 6′ corner. If you can play, you can play regardless of height. Some people get so wrapped up in it that they would draft less of a player for an extra inch. It’s crazy. Lots of very good corners under 6′

  • The Notorious TOM

    I’m down.

    #MunchkinGuild

  • Steeler-Drew

    Well, there won’t be any registration forms or fees to meet and get drafted by the Steelers. I’m okay with this type of selection as their second CB taken as long as the first one is an outside CB.

  • Alex Kozora

    Yes, I believe he can.

  • PittsburghSports

    3rd-4th rd range is where I think we’ll grab one, and I’d be super happy with Jones or Young.

  • Brian Miller

    Think he can be more than a slot corner…really believe he has the potential to be a full time starter on the outside.

  • Brian Miller

    To quote the venerable Billy Ray Cyrus, “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it…”

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Tim McGraw

  • Brian Miller

    eh, whatever…you get the gist…I listen to classic rock anyway!

  • Chad H

    He looks good, but man we have enough slot guys. We need that dominate outside guy.

  • harding36

    I’d have gone with, “it’s alright to be little bitty.” — Alan Jackson.

  • vasteeler

    maybe they feel golson could eventually move outside…. something to think about?

  • Alex Kozora

    Jones can play outside. Showed it at Auburn and in Mobile.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Billings or jackson. One or the other. First rd!

  • vasteeler

    Ed Bouchette: What some people do not understand is that the Steelers talk to many, many draft prospects, probably 10 times more than they will draft, at least. Some of the material they gather is for the future, so they have the info on a a player if, say, he becomes available in a year or two via trade or otherwise. I also put no stock in who they watch or talk to at those things.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Steelers have went from liking 6″+ guys with a lot of length at CB, to guys around 5’10”, and are really scrappy and fast

  • Brian Miller

    Nice!

  • Steve Johnson

    Thank You! Who in the BLEEP is going to cover those two gigantic TE’s from New England? What the H is Tomlin and Colbert thinking?

  • Steve Johnson

    It’s not that so many people get so wrapped up in small DB’s, but that’s pretty much all they have. Not including Cortez Allen, don’t even expect him to be there. Cockrell is ok, but they don’t have anybody that’s physical in the secondary. The only exception, Mike Mitchell. They need somebody that can cover and be physical with taller WR’s and TE’s. Man, have you guys been watching the Steelers the past three years? They have no answer on how to defend multiple TE sets. New England will once again be the team to beat. I think the Steelers can stand toe┼║to-toe with anybody else in the AFC.

  • John Pennington

    The Packers will make a deal to get Billings right in front of the Steelers you watch they need a NT they will make the move with Cincy

  • LatrWildcat

    Wasn’t impressed with his tackling on film. Goes too high and falls off quite a bit. Average agility. His recovery speed does translate on the field though, & he has good hands. I’d draft him but not until 3rd day.

  • H.K. northern cali

    The correct term now is verticaly challenged.

  • Tim Goetz

    The patriots don’t have a 6′ corner

  • Conserv_58

    First, Tomlin and Colbert know very well that taller CB’s come with no guaranties of success. Secondly, Colbert and Tomlin have said over and over again that a CB’s hight doesn’t matter as long as he has proven himself as a ball hawking play maker in college. That was the the criteria used when they selected Golson last year. Last, but not least, is the fact that Jones played at an elite level against SEC competition. His measurables, especially his 36 inch verticle, prove that he can high point a ball against taller receivers. If the Steelers do draft him in the third round on he could prove to be a draft day steal.

  • Conserv_58

    Jones and Golson have the same measurables and are both ball hawking play makers. I’m quite sure that DB coach, Carnell Lake will put them where he thinks they will be the most productive.

  • Abed Medawar

    We get shorter and the cheaters get taller. So now well have multiple 5 9 s covering multiple 6 7 s in the back of the end zone. How is that not a bad mismatch?

  • Jason

    Well we have yet to find anyone in the league that can cover Gronk so if you find one during your scouting please share it with the group.

  • Al Webber

    It’s where the value is – almost a moneyball approach. Since Sherman’s success everyone is after big corners and they are getting drafted earlier. It means good quality smaller corners drop more and are better value. If you look at what Verrett has done in San Diego compared with taller guys who were drafted earlier it’s probably the right approach.

    I think 3rd or 4th round for a corner is quite likely. 1st round is likely to be Billings/Butler/Reed, and there might be good value on a safety in the 2nd.

    I think they will only draft one corner. They are almost certainly going to draft a safety at some point. Golson is effectively a rookie, and I think Grant has only played one snap on defence so if you add a CB and a safety in the draft you end up with 4 DBs with one snap between them. It’s not like Cockrell is a 5 year veteran either. There would not be enough experience in the secondary. If they draft a second corner it will be a late round project who can go on the practice squad for a year.

    There might well be another McGain type signing a bit closer to training camp to provide another veteran with experience.

  • Just because a guy is under 6′ doesnt mean he cant cover or be physical with taller receivers.drafting or signing a guy over 6′ might make us fans happy but Im pretty sure the front office could care less about our feelings. No sense in passing up superior talent just because he is liisteded under 6′.

  • Tim Goetz

    Yep

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers just haven’t had luck with the CBs they target.

    1. Revis
    2. Haden
    3. Gilbert

    The Steelers need some serious luck!

  • vasteeler

    i think they should trade for gilbert, he wants out of cleveland, could probably be had for 5th-6th rounder at this point

  • Xclewsive

    The Browns probably sell their souls before they helped the Steelers at this point.

  • WreckIess

    I wasn’t aware that we drafted him already…

  • Brendan

    I don’t think that trade would help the Steelers

  • Xclewsive

    Justin Gilbert is a talent, so a change of scenery would probably do him justice.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Cortez Allen did fairly well at one point in time.

  • Jason

    I’m not really sure how to take that comment. If you’re joking then ok. If your solution to stopping Gronk is Cortez Allen then I’m at a loss for words.

  • Steve Johnson

    Finally! Thank You. That is all I’m trying to say as well. The same people praising these small DB’s, they will be the main ones complaining when those WR’s are catching the ball walking into the endzone. Height isn’t everything, but you do need it. Just like you match speed with speed, power with power. Look at how they matched up against Baltimore last year, Fines vs. Power? Power will win the majority of the time

  • Abed Medawar

    because when we play them they have to defend AB and Wheat lol. But we now have to defend 2 NBA players. height is just one element of it would just like to see one taller corner on our roster that’s all.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Back in 2011, we played the patriots and Cortez Allen was matched up one on one with Rob Gronkowski. When he was in man coverage on him, Gronk only had 3 catches for 28 yards.

  • Tim Goetz

    How often do CB’s cover TE?

  • John Phillips

    I think it was the Saints CB we let go, that stopped Gronk that game.

  • John Phillips

    They just signed RG3 so there is hope.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I’m 100% sure it was Cortez Allen. Keenan Lewis played primarily outside. Allen was the nickel cornerback in the slot at that time

  • Shane Mitchell

    I suggest searching for a clip on you tube using the following search terms “Senquez Golson” “the interception” for the answer to your question. in case you don’t know, the player he is matched up against is 6’7″ and 240lbs. than come back if you have any more questions.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I would take this kid over William Jackson III all day and twice on Sundays.