One player who has made quite a name for himself following his combine performance is North Carolina State’s Josh Jones.
During his three years at NC State, Jones developed a reputation as a hard-hitting safety with ball skills to match. But it wasn’t until Jones blew up the combine that analysts began projecting him as a 2nd round player. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah even went as far as to say he could see him getting picked in the first round.
Jones joined me at the end of last week for an interview on CowboysCast, which you can check out here.
Here are a few highlights from what he had to say.
On how his combine performance has changed the narrative about him:
“Leading up to the combine I was an under-the-radar guy. Not many people knew what I can do. I kind of went into the combine with a chip on my shoulder, and I still have that chip on my shoulder. Obviously things have picked up a little bit, but that still doesn’t mean anything to me, I still continue to work hard.”
On playing with a chip on his shoulder:
“I’ve always been the underdog, and I don’t have a problem with that. Quite frankly, I like it that way. I’ve always been like that, my whole life. I’ve always had to prove people wrong. Being in this talented [defensive backs] class, you’ve got guys who have a lot of hype surrounding them, but I feel like I’m as talented, if not more talented than some of these guys that are getting all the hype.”
On the prospects of playing for the Cowboys:
“I’ve never been to Dallas, but I would love to be there. If I’m fortunate enough to be there, it’s a team that’s going to be Super Bowl contenders for the next 10 years; it’s a young team. Adding me, we’ll definitely be Super Bowl contenders next year.”