What are the Dallas Cowboys getting in Byron Jones? Perhaps the most versatile defensive back in the draft. Jones started his career at UConn as a free safety, starting two years before he transitioned to cornerback for his final two seasons. It’s hard to find a player with Jones’ overall talent and versatility at the college level. I remember when I covered the Buccaneers and they drafted Tanard Jackson, a cornerback, and then converted him into a solid safety. They did so even though Jackson hadn’t played safety. He had the physical traits to do the job. In this case not only does Jones have the physical traits but he has tape to back it up. And we all know how much head coach Jason Garrett loves position flexibility.
For the record, Garrett said the Cowboys would start working Jones out at cornerback.