Unexpected reason Andre Cisco is a big fan of Jaguars' Jarrian Jones pick

• Jaguars S Andre Cisco is a big fan of Jarrian Jones but not for the reasons you think.
Sep 9, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jarrian Jones (7)
Sep 9, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jarrian Jones (7) / Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars needed a cornerback and they got one when they selected Jarrian Jones with the 96th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The selection has generally gotten praise and safety Andre Cisco is a big fan of it for reasons you wouldn't have expected.

Cisco did a mock draft early in the offseason and took Jones at No. 96, the same spot where he went to the Jags. Rightly, he brought receipts and wants to brag about it.

But as impressive as it is, it wouldn't be a good idea to turn to Cisco for draft advice. If anything, it looks like he got lucky. It doesn't look like he posted his mock anywhere but it's fair to assume that he didn't nail the rest of the picks. Otherwise, he would also be talking about it. Then again, the third-year safety got one right, and he isn't the only one he's hyped up about Jones.

Jones is comfortable playing man coverage, so he should be a good fit in defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen's press-heavy scheme. At 6'0", his height has come into question but general manager Trent Baalke doesn't think it shouldn't be an issue.

His 4.38-second 40-dash at the scouting combine turned heads but he also showed a knack for making plays at FSU. Add the fact that he's still making the transition to corner after playing wide receiver, and it's easy to see why fans and analyst alike are hyped up about the selection.

Cisco, for his part, has a penchant for making headlines for non-football reasons. Last year, he got the spotlight because of his physical appearance. On the other hand, he's a fine player on his own. In 2023, he appeared in 15 games last season and registered four interceptions, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. He's entering a contract year but should be a staple of the Jaguars' secondary for years to come.

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