Cowboys: Orlando Scandrick is Good but Replaceable

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Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) drops into coverage during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers in a preseason NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Byron Jones

Byron Jones, the Cowboys number one draft pick, is looking to make a big step from the modest University of Connecticut, to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The size of that step cannot be understated. The good news is, Jones is both a physical freak and a football savant.

His work ethic, ability to digest coaching, and high physical ceiling all say that Jones will be a top player for the Cowboys – someday. Confidence is key, and if Morris Claiborne has taught us anything, it’s that rushing players in, before they’re ready, can blow up in everyone’s face.

Jones, like Corey White, will see the field in dime and some nickel situations. He can also play centerfield free safety if asked to do so. Jones, 6’1”, has tremendous reach and jumping ability. He’s a perfect match-up on pass-catching tight ends, and some see him in that specific role against the Jimmy Grahams of the NFL.

The Cowboys want to be patient with Jones’ development, and the depth at defensive back (even with the loss of Orlando Scandrick), allows them to do so. Keep in mind, Corey White and Morris Claiborne will both be free agents next season, so the Cowboys have big plans for Jones in the near-future.