Projected first-round pick Sidney Jones injures leg at Pro Day

Cornerback Sidney Jones of the University of Washington, projected as a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, was carted off the field Saturday because of an apparent injury to his left leg on the Huskies' Pro Day.

Before the injury, Jones, fellow cornerback King, safety Baker and wide receiver Ross, defensive end/linebacker JoJo Mathis and defensive linemen Elijah Qualls each declined to participate in combine drills like the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and agility drills, choosing instead to stand on their marks from last weekend's National Football League scouting combine in Indianapolis. He has widely been expected to be taken in the first round and is the top-rated prospect among the Huskies' three talented defensive backs in the draft, which also includes safety Budda Baker and fellow cornerback Kevin King.

A tough break for Sidney Jones.

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Jones suffered the injury Saturday afternoon on the very last defensive back drill of the day.

"Jones is a 6'0" corner with 4.47 speed and excellent tape - simply put, he checks a lot of the boxes Reggie McKenzie looks for in a cornerback, and would have been a great selection in the first round, if available. The last drill, last thing you've got to do, and that happens. Previously considered a first-round player, Jones would be looking at Round 3 if he were to fall two rounds.

"I just wanted to come out and finish, really", Ross said. "Because of depth at the position and with the injury, I'd be surprised if he went before the third round".

  • Tabitha Byrd