Nic Jones, CB, Ball State (6-0, 191)
Nobody improved more as the week went on than Nic Jones. After a solid first day of practice at the Shrine Bowl, he was one of the best defensive prospects on the field during the next two practices and capped it off with a brilliant performance in the actual game (multiple PBUs and an interception).
What stood out most with Jones was how comfortable he looked in press coverage. His footwork was impeccable and his ability to mirror receivers in one-on-ones made him a lot of money in Vegas.
With patients at the line of scrimmage, Jones rarely took a false step and brought physicality to jam receivers and throw off timing on throws. Most importantly, he continually disrupted the catch point and broke up passes showing impressive ball skills, which translated over into the game.
Although it’s a deep cornerback class, this type of showing from Jones will help him push towards being the first Group of Fiver corner selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.