The Patriots began Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft the same way they ended Day 2 – by drafting a cornerback. With their first of three fourth round selections, the team took Arizona State cornerback Jack Jones.
At 5-foot-11, 171 pounds, Jones can play both on the outside and in the slot. He was a two-year contributor for the Sun Devils, after transferring from USC, he was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2021 when he had three interceptions and six pass breakups with 41 tackles in 11 games.
Jones was linked to the Patriots during the pre-draft process. He came to Foxborough on a top-30 visit. He’s one of three Arizona State prospects the Patriots met with leading up to the draft, along with fellow defensive back Chase Lucas and linebacker Darien Butler.
With this pick, the Patriots continue to rebuild their secondary. Jones will compete for reps at a wide open position. The current depth chart is highlighted by Jalen Mills, Malcolm Butler, Terrance Mitchell, Shaun Wade, and Joejuan Williams.
PHOTOS: Patriots fourth-round pick Jack Jones
Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (0) against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Wildcats quarterback Will Plummer (15), left, fumbles the ball after being sacked by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (0), right, during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Football Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Tempe. (Antranik Tavitian/The Republic/USA Today Network)
Sep 25, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes place kicker Cole Becker (36) has his field goal attempt blocked by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (0) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (21) deflects a pass intended for Utah Utes wide receiver Bryan Thompson (19) in the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (21) breaks up a pass intended for Washington State Cougars wide receiver Dezmon Patmon (12) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2019; Berkeley, CA, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (21) stands on the field during the second quarter against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium. Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 18 : Jack Jones #0 of the Arizona State Sun Devils intercepts a pass intended for Gunner Romney #18 of the BYU Cougars during their game September 18, 2021 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Logan, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (21) intercepts an Arizona pass in the first half of the 93rd Duel in the Desert on Nov. 30, 2019 in Tempe, Ariz. (Syndication: Phoenix)
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