Saturday marked the University of Washington’s pro day. For many prospects their school’s pro day is one of their last chances to leave a positive impression on NFL scouts and general managers before the draft at the end of April.
For the Huskies’ star cornerback, Sidney Jones, what should have been a workout that solidified his stock as one of the top corners and a probable first round draft choice may have gone catastrophically wrong.
Washington CB Sidney Jones, consensus first-round NFL draft prospect, leaves pro day on a cart after suffering apparent left leg injury. pic.twitter.com/t0DPc70tAL— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) March 11, 2017
Reports say that Jones fell to the ground during a back pedal drill and had to be helped off the field.
Daniel Jeremiah, draft expert for the NFL Network, is reporting that he has received numerous texts from scouts in attendance that Jones has suffered a “significant” lower leg injury.
While this will obviously have an effect on the top of the draft — Jones is the top cornerback on Mike Mayock’s positional depth chart — that pales in comparison to the effect it must have on the young man himself.
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Jones has suffered a torn Achilles
Just had NFL source (in attendance at Washington pro day) text:— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 11, 2017
"It's a torn Achilles" he was told for CB Sidney Jones. As feared.
Now we can only hope this delays a promising career, not derails it before it even gets started.