The San Francisco 49ers have one more official pre-draft visit scheduled for today. The team has a lot of players coming into town this week, and Tony Pauline is reporting they will bring in Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones. He has already visited with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.
Jones started his college career at safety, but moved to cornerback this past season. He has ridiculous athleticism, and all the height/weight/speed measurements a team would like. However, he is viewed by many as a fairly raw athlete. He set a world record in the broad jump at the NFL Combine, and put together a 4.36 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.
Jones suffered a season-ending shoulder injury midway through the 2014 season, so that will be something to track. Some of the scouting reports suggest he might be best moved back to the free safety position. The last time the 49ers drafted a defensive back who had converted to safety his final season, they grabbed Chris Culliver in the 2011 NFL Draft. I still think Jimmie Ward ends up joining Eric Reid at safety, but having another player with some versatility would be a good idea.
Jones seems like a guy they could move back and grab, or move up (or even just sit and wait) in the second round. What are your thoughts on Jones?