You think general manager Jerry Reese is serious about re-tooling this defense? That's three defensive players in three rounds. Despite spending a lot of money on Antrel Rolle to come in and start opposite Kenny Phillips, Reese wanted more depth and drafted free safety Chad Jones.
Jones had a chance to play professional baseball with the Astros, but he passed up about $700,000 to focus on football at LSU. He also has shown ability as a return man. He has the size and speed that remind you of another LSU safety, LaRon Landry. He's had critics talk about him not being devoted to football. And that's why he was available at No. 76. He wasn't known as a big worker for LSU.
That will have to change in a hurry. I've seen him play quite a bit. He'll make a big play, but he'll also shy away from contact at times. You don't want 6-3, 220-pound players taking that type of approach. He'll come in and compete for playing time. And if Phillips isn't ready to go at the start of the season, Jones has to be ready.