Utah’s sophomore cornerback Aaron Jones will be entering the 2018 season on the defensive side of the ball for the first time since 2014.
Jones, who is ranked the No. 6 overall prospect by 247Sports and the No of the No 17 cornerback in the country, will be competing for a starting spot on Utah’s secondary.
He was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick in 2017, the first Utah player to do so since 2011.
He has the versatility to cover receivers, running backs and tight ends, according to ESPN draft analyst Matt Williamson.
Jones also was a three-time All-American and earned All-Big Sky honors in 2018.
He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2019 and earned first-team all-conference honors in 2020 and 2021.
Jones will also have to compete for a job on special teams as a result of Utah’s bye week in 2018 and the loss of defensive back Travin Dural, who was the team’s all-time leader in tackles.
Jones is expected to be a major contributor on special team units.
His speed and instincts will be crucial to Utah’s special teams, and Jones will have to prove he is worthy of playing the position, according.
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