Former TCU S Colin Jones was a relative unknown despite playing for this year’s Rose Bowl champion.
Jones (6-0, 208), who was not invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, was mainly a special teams player for his first two years at TCU. He didn’t become a full-time starter until last season.
Not much was expected out Jones before his school’s recent pro day.
What he accomplished there might have been unexpected, but not by the defensive back.
Jones posted eye-popping 40-yard dash times of 4.34 and 4.38 and a 37-inch vertical jump.
FOXSports.com caught up with Jones late this week to discuss his amazing pro day performance and other subjects.
FOXSports.com: You were a guy, let’s face it, who few even in the scouting world knew much about. Did you always play safety?
Colin Jones: Well, in high school, I played wide receiver and running back. When I came to TCU, they moved me to safety. (TCU head) coach (Gary) Patterson recruits athletes and speed. (Former TCU DE) Jerry Hughes played running back in high school.
FOXSports.com: How is your role as a potential NFL player being viewed? I know that you were a key special teams player for TCU.
Colin Jones: The teams that have worked me out (San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears) have done so at free safety. And they’re looking at me as a special teams gunner. I know I can contribute right away on special teams.
I was a strong safety at TCU, we ran the 4-2-5 (scheme). Our strong safety, there really wasn’t that position in the NFL, it was just like an extra safety, so these teams wanted to see how well I moved. They’re looking at me as a deep safety to see if I can do that.
FOXSports.com: In the time you were at TCU, who were the best players you went up against?
Colin Jones: The tight end at Wisconsin (Lance Kendricks) this year. The wide receiver (Emmanuel Sanders) at SMU that went to the (Pittsburgh) Steelers last year. I spent a lot of time covering him.
FOXSports.com: Two players that you played with in your career at TCU are (QB) Andy Dalton and (WR) Jeremy Kerley. From playing on the other side of the ball, what did you see from them?
Colin Jones: Andy is a great quarterback. He’s a really smart guy. He really looks you off. He makes plays. He’s really intelligent.
Jeremy Kerley is the hardest guy to cover that I went up against. He’s very athletic and explosive. He’s full speed on the first step. That made me and our entire defense better by going up against them every day in practice because we didn’t face anything better.
FOXSports.com: You faced a player in the first game this season that will be playing in the NFL this coming season. What did you think of (Oregon St. RB) Jacquizz Rodgers?
Colin Jones: He’s a really good football player. It was very hard to tackle him. He’s a very strong runner for being that elusive.