Jones could go as high as No. 3 to San Francisco, but it’s not inconceivable that he slips if the Niners are indeed feigning interest in him. Cam Newton might be the starter in Foxborough next year, but the Patriots will need to find someone they can trust for the next decade, and Jones’ record-setting year in Tuscaloosa could give them the confidence they need.
Questions about his athletic ability are fair, but his arm talent is up there with many of the top prospects in this draft class, and he could eventually take over a Bill Belichick/Josh McDaniels system that just added several new contributors on offense. This is ideal for New England, as they land a franchise quarterback without trading up.
Horn, who owns perhaps the single most dominant game from any prospect this year thanks to his decimation of Seth Williams and Auburn, proved at his pro day that he has the combination of length, physicality, and athleticism general managers are drooling over. Kliff Kingsbury needs to improve his defense, and Horn could hop right in and make waves in Arizona.
Horn’s production started to slightly wane as the season went on, but that start, coupled with his testing numbers, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the No. 2 cornerback in this class. Patrick Peterson may be gone, but Horn has the stickiness at the line of scrimmage that Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is going to fall in love with.