With the 43rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones.
Jones, who ruptured his achilles during his Pro Day, was widely considered as a first round talent before his injury, leaving many to believe the Eagles are walking away from the second round with a steal.
Coming into the draft, Philly was in desperate need of adding some help in the secondary, so the Jones selection sure helps in that area. During his last season with the Huskies, the 20-year-old allowed a QB rating of 42.1 and recorded 4 interceptions, going the entire season without giving up a touchdown to an opponent. As a junior, Jones was named first team All-Pac 12 after securing 39 total tackles and two interceptions.
But one question remains: when will that help arrive?
In the last medical report released by Dr. Robert Anderson, a timeline of 4-6 months was laid out until Jones would return to “full activity.” While Jones is adamant that he will be on the field at some point next season, there is still uncertainty about when that will be, and if it will even happen in 2017.
If he’s out until October and comes back strong, the Eagles will have perhaps one of the top steals of the draft. If not, the struggle at corner will continue.