Patriots Rookie Jack Jones Looks Like The Steal Of The Draft

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Ernesto Cova

Good teams know how to make the most of their draft picks, and the New England Patriots are living proof of that.

For years, Bill Belichick has found hidden gems in the later rounds of the NFL Draft, constantly revamping his roster without having to spend big bucks on free agents or luring in top-notch prospects.

Jones Is Turning A Lot Of Heads

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That trend was again on full display in training camp. This time, it seems like they landed another steal in the fourth round, as CB Jack Jones' 'sticky' coverage was quite impressive:

"If Jack Jones emerges as a contributor after finishing strong in spring practices, it would highlight the financial value of receiving contributions from those playing on rookie contracts," Mark Reiss of ESPN wrote. "Jones' deal that he signed Thursday includes a $746,984 signing bonus (paid in two installments) and base salaries of $705,000, $870,000, $985,000 and $1.1 million. So his cap charges are just $891,746, $1.05 million, $1.1 million and $1.2 million."

J.C. Jackson Replacement In Sight?

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The Pats had a glaring hole at the CB position after losing J.C. Jackson in free agency. Maybe history will repeat itself with Jones going from relatively unknown to All-Pro:

"Once upon a time, the New England Patriots helped develop J.C. Jackson from an undrafted free agent into one of the best corners in the NFL," wrote Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report. "After watching Jackson leave for the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency, they will once again have to lean on development to find a star. Fourth-round selection Jack Jones appears to be making his case early."

He's In Good Hands

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But it's not like his development is surprising at all. He was trained by Herm Edwards and Marvin Lewis, two defensive-minded coaches perfect to bring out the best of him:

"Both Edwards and Lewis are former NFL head coaches with defensive backgrounds.That coaching appears to have paid off, as Jones played opposite Jalen Mills as a starting cornerback at mandatory minicamp," Ballantine added.

Jones Is Outplaying His Competition

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To make things even more impressive, he wasn't even the first CB the Pats took in this year's Draft. So, maybe, Marcus Jones will be even better and they'll be super stacked in that position for years:

"Jones was actually the second corner the Patriots took in the draft. Marcus Jones was their third-rounder, but he has been limited in practice with a shoulder injury and projects as a slot corner," wrote Ballentine. "The Patriots don't have to turn Jones into an All-Pro corner in Year 1. If he even becomes a starter, that's a huge value for the fourth round."

So, yeah, folks. Belichick has done it again.