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The New England Patriots double-dipped at cornerback and started off Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft by selecting Arizona State’s Jack Jones.
Jones is 5-foot-11, 171 pounds and he carries a similar build as Marcus Jones — who the Patriots selected in Round 3 on Friday. The AFC East is full of burners with Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The Patriots are looking to cover the quicker, smaller receivers and the two picks at cornerback are prime examples of that.
Jones began his career at USC, went to a JUCO for a season and then finished his final three collegiate years at Arizona State. He had 42 tackles, six PBU, three forced fumbles and three interceptions last season.
Here’s how the media and fans responded to the pick.
Patriots select Arizona State CB Jack Jones at No. 121
🏈 Pre-draft visitor to team; been on their radar
🏈 5-foot-10, 171 pounds
🏈 Projected late-rounder by media analysts
🏈 Age: 24
🏈 42 tackles, 6 PBU, 3 forced fumbles, 3 INT in '21
🏈 USC, then JUCO, then ASU
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 30, 2022
🚨 @patspulpit Big Board 🚨:
Along with Cole Strange, we had Jack Jones listed as well. The #Patriots met with Jones multiple times during the pre-draft process. 25 years old, 5’11” 171 lbs — ball hawk that loves to get downhill and make plays. High-motor/energy type of guy. pic.twitter.com/EMaQv4KXwx
— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) April 30, 2022
Jones checks in at 5-11, 177. Another undersized corner. Not a burner (4.50 40), but a twitchy athlete.
Hard not to view his selection and the selection of undersized uber-athlete Marcus Jones and not look to Miami. Two lightning-quick WRs they have to deal with down there. https://t.co/qHOpdWbXhQ
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) April 30, 2022
With Jonathan Jones, Jack Jones, Malcolm Butler, Jack Jones and Myles Bryant the Patriots have a fleet of bite-size, ballhawk corners. Joejuan Williams looking like Gheorge Muresan in the corner room.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) April 30, 2022
The Patriots are taking 5'10 CB Jack Jones from Arizona State with pick 121. He's drawn comparisons to JC Jackson due to his off-field trouble. That's why he fell to the fourth round
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) April 30, 2022
Jack Jones to the Patriots as another Sun Devil is off the board
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) April 30, 2022
#Patriots fans, you’ve got a steal of a player in Jack Jones.
One of best pure man cover CB in the '22 draft, and can be a high-end nickel right away.
— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) April 30, 2022
Still think the Patriots could use a CB who can reliably cover big receivers who specialize in 50-50 balls,
but Jack Jones is another very athletic corner with sticky man coverage ability and ball skills
— Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39) April 30, 2022
The #Patriots had CBs Marcus Jones and Jack Jones in for Top-30 visits. They get them both in Rounds 3 and 4.
— Brent Schwartz (@BrentSchwartzz) April 30, 2022