It's been an up and down off-season for the Dallas Cowboys so far in 2015, to say the very least.
The Cowboys had to choose between giving a new contract to star men DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. The Cowboys ultimately chose Bryant, pinning the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver, which then caused Murray to head off to the Philadelphia Eagles when the Cowboys just couldn't offer him a competitive salary.
Many thought that the Cowboys would take a running back in the first round of the 2015 Draft, but they ended up going in a different direction entirely. And it looks like it could be paying off already.
Jones' Stock Rising?
Instead of bringing in Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley like was rumoured, the Cowboys went for cornerback Byron Jones out of UConn who had come out of nowhere after turning heads following exceptional displays at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
And it seems like current Cowboys players are surprised and impressed with their newest teammate. Safety Barry Church spoke to KESN-FM on Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News, where he waxed lyrical about the newest member of the Dallas secondary.
"Aw, he's a freak athlete. He has tremendous hands. He never lets that ball bobble," Church said.
"I definitely see him out going up with the receivers for contested balls and bringing them down. He can jump with the best of them. He just seems like he's super athletic and willing to learn. I'm excited for him."
The Cowboys needed some serious help in their secondary and Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and co must have been licking their lips when Jones fell to them at 27. Jones looks set to start straight away for the Cowboys alongside Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick.
Jones was considered a two star prospect coming out of high school by scouting site Rivals and turned down offers from Boston College and Akron in order to sign with the Huskies, where he would eventually record 223 total tackles, 8 interceptions and score two touchdowns in his college career.
Jones set a new Combine and World record for the broad-jump in Indy by leaping 12-feet, 3-inches. Jones has all the athletic traits to be a starter in the NFL, we'll have to wait and see if he's got the necessary skill.