Washington cornerback Sidney Jones was carted off the field at Dempsey Indoor facility after suffering an apparent lower left leg injury (video) during the Huskies’ pro day Saturday.
The injury could be a major hit for Jones’ prospects in next month’s NFL Draft. According to a Yahoo Sports report, it could be a ruptured Achilles, which would be disastrous for his stock as it would almost certainly mean he will have to miss the first half of the 2017 NFL season, if not the entire campaign.
Jones had widely been expected to be taken in the first round as not only 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, but also the top-rated cornerback in a deep class on some experts’ draft boards.
Jones decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft after the completion of his junior season with UW in 2016. He had three interceptions, a forced fumble and helped lead a UW secondary that held opponents to just 182.9 passing yards per game (15th in the nation) and 14.26 yards per completion (17th).
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle wrote earlier this week of Jones that he is considered a “true first-round pick” and plays much like former UW corner Marcus Peters, the NFL’s 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year.