With the 27th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select University of Connecticut cornerback, and St. Paul Catholic High School Alumnus (2010) Byron Jones.
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco LOVES the pick: Jones -- A- They never thought this kid would be here. They have a major need at corner, and they land one. He's much more than just an athlete.
For people who don't intently follow UConn football -- and let's be honest, that's most of the football-watching world -- Jones came out of nowhere at the February combine when his broad jump measured 12'3" and his vertical was 44.5 inches and immediately made his way into the first round of most mock drafts.
Of course, Jones didn't just materialize into an NFL-caliber cornerback; he's played at a high level during his UConn career, which was cut short last season because of a shoulder injury. But his coach, Bob Diaco, who was previously Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, was singing Jones' praises last offseason.
Byron Jones is headed to Dallas to team up with the Joneses. (Getty Images)
"I think he will be one of the best players in the country,” Diaco said last summer. “Everyone will see it eventually when they put him in those compression shorts (at combines). You will see a tall, long, lean and fast and explosive and athletic player. His numbers, with our developmental process, you are going to see at the end of the day one of the best tangibly gifted cornerback players in the country.
"Then you factor in this incredible resume socially, academically, he's an ‘A' student and on all the committees. At that position, he has some intangible traits that are an incredible commodity.”
Jones will upgrade a secondary that struggled at times last season (the pass defense ranked 22nd, according to Football Outsiders). And with Morris Claiborne likely gone after the 2016 season, Jones makes a lot of sense.