Is this the year former Dallas Cowboys first round draft selection Byron Jones steps up his game from good to special at the safety position?
Unless you are a potential transcendent player, safeties are rarely taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Although initially believed to be a cornerback candidate, the Dallas Cowboys have now cemented 2015 first round selection Byron Jones at safety. And although the young defender has been good at the position, he has yet to be special.
Entering his third season in Dallas, Jones has now been handed the keys to the Cowboys secondary. With the exodus of veterans like safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox and corners like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, the onus of leadership now sits squarely on the 24-year old’s broad shoulders.
During his first two years in Dallas, Jones has been a solid defender. In that span, the 24-year old has recorded 154 tackles, 19 pass defends and a forced fumble. His 6’0, 199 pound frame combined with his unique athletic abilities allow the safety to cover both wide…