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Sleeper safety

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2013 – 2:03 pm

With the fair number of safety prospects that have had pre-draft visits with the Bills we thought we’d provide a name for sleeper at the position in this year’s draft class.

Arkansas State’s Don Jones a month ago was considered at best a priority free agent pickup after the draft, but after a pro day that sent NFL scouts scurrying back to the game tape he figures to come off the board on day three.

Jones (5’11” 191) is a bit undersized, but is a hitter and there’s no denying his athletic ability. Jones ran a 4.42- and 4.4 40-times, had a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump at Arkansas State’s pro day. He also had 17 reps on the bench.

What that athletic ability has NFL talent evaluators thinking about now is the realistic thought of him being a team’s fifth or sixth defensive back while using that speed on special teams coverage units as well.

The Bills were in attendance at the Arkansas State pro day on March 24th, and have pulled talent out of there before, most recently with their third-round pick in 2010, DL Alex Carrington.

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