I don't want to say I called it, but, well, I did.
The New England Patriots officially kicked off the 2016 NFL draft with four picks in Friday night's festivities. With their first pick (60th overall), the Patriots selected Alabama's undersized cornerback, Cyrus Jones.
Coming out of high school, Jones was a highly-touted wideout, before making the transition over to defense. As a top competitor, Jones was able to move over onto the other side of the football with relative ease. Additionally, Jones is known as one of the nation's best returners on special teams.
Moving forward, there is a chance that, because of Cyrus Jones' size (barely 5-foot-10), he could move into the slot instead of going out wide against some of the bigger wide receivers in the NFL. However, even now, Jones appears to be the #3 corner on the Patriots' depth chart, behind Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler. Jones could even go back to his natural position at wide receiver if Bill Belichick wants to get really crazy.
Bill Belichick has always had a good relationship with Alabama's head coach, Nick Saban, so I have a hard time thinking that this will be a bad draft choice for the New England Patriots. This is a move towards the future, but should also help the Patriots in the short-term.
Final Grade: A-