Remember the ongoing narrative regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers failure to address the cornerback position in past NFL Drafts? Well, although the narrative didn't die with their 2015 second and fourth round selections, the team seems poised to take multiple cornerbacks in the upcoming draft as well.
GM Kevin Colbert recently said he and the team's coaching staff are "tracking" the top cornerback prospects in the draft, trying to meet with as many as possible to get a feel for them a player and a person. What isn't being reported often is the amount of work they are doing with prospects who could be possible steals in the mid-to-late rounds in the draft.
This trend continued recently when the team met for a private visit with Jonathan Jones, a speedster from Auburn:
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
For those who abide by the "if the cornerback isn't 6-feet tall, I don't want them philosophy", then just scroll down over Jones' information. However, for those who think a smaller cornerback, Jones is 5-feet 9-inches tall, can make plays with the taller defensive backs, please read on.
Putting it simply, Jones can fly. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and has the hands to match his speed. Jones has a lot of experience, he was never red-shirted in his time at Auburn, and has played in the very competitive SEC where many top tier NFL talents emerge. On top of the experience, Jones has the ability to play both man and zone coverage schemes, something the Steelers desperately need on their current roster of defensive backs.
Check out Jones' Combine workout HERE.
As for weaknesses, it is difficult to not see his size as a minor disadvantage when going up against taller NFL receivers. Another weakness of his game would be his tackling skills. Jones is very aggressive, but that can be an issue in run support.
Jones had a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, proving to scouts on hand he can not only run with the best, but can be one of the best. He is projected as a 4th round draft pick.