Washington standout cornerback Sidney Jones wants NFL teams to know that he will be on the field in 2017 despite recently undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered during the Huskies’ pro day earlier this month.
“Don’t look at the possibility of me not playing this first year. Me being injured for this short amount of time — it’s not going to compare to the rest of the contract, because any player can get hurt throughout their contract. This just happened to happen right now, and I can play basically right when the season starts,” Jones said, via USA Today Sports.
“I will be playing this season. If you take me, I’m a good investment for your team. A great investment.”
The 6-foot, 186-pound Huskies cornerback was projected to be a top-15 pick prior to his injury, and was considered one of the top overall cornerbacks in a class stacked at the position. One NFC Scout reportedly told College Football 24/7 that Jones could slip “as many as two rounds” following the injury, but that could potentially change given the length of his recovery.
While his surgeon, Dr. Robert Anderson, said it was impossible to predict a timetable for Jones’ return, he did tell USA Today Sports that he had “suffered a ‘classic’ (midsubstance) Achilles tendon rupture,” which tends to be a quicker healing process than a “insertional rupture.”
Anderson said the average time period for a return “from this type of injury is about six months,” which would schedule Jones’ NFL debut for September.
That will clearly depend on how Jones’ rehabilitation from the injury goes, but he told USA Today Sports that he plans to “attack this rehab like never before.”
“I don’t think it’s going to affect me — not a touch,” Jones said. “They say once you injure this thing, it’s very unlikely you’ll injure it again and you’ll come back a lot stronger, a lot more explosive. This injury — I feel like it’s nothing to worry about.”
Through three seasons at Washington, Jones amassed 145 tackles, 21 passes defended, 8.5 tackles for a loss, eight interceptions, and six forced fumbles, and wants to leave no doubt as to who he thinks is best cornerback is in this year’s draft class.
“I’m the best corner in the draft, plain and simple,” Jones said.