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Senior Bowl helps former Auburn DB Jonathan Jones improve draft stock

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn's Jonathan Jones, No. 23, runs through drills for the South during NCAA college football practice for the Senior Bowl, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Fairhope Municipal Stadium, in Fairhope, Ala. (Brynn Anderson | AP Photo)
Auburn's Jonathan Jones, No. 23, runs through drills for the South during NCAA college football practice for the Senior Bowl, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Fairhope Municipal Stadium, in Fairhope, Ala. (Brynn Anderson | AP Photo)

Jonathan Jones didn’t waste a final opportunity to wear the AU logo on his helmet. 

The defensive back had three tackles playing 51 of the South’s defense 70 snaps in the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile on Saturday.

His performance in a 27-16 win over the North team earned him high praise from NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock during the broadcast. Mayock identified Jones as one of five players on the South that “made himself some money this week.”

Jones was also listed as one of ProFootballFocus.com’s top 10 players that helped their draft stock. The site focused “on how prospects performed during practices and in Saturday’s game.”

“Few passes made it to receivers’ hands in his coverage, with Jones getting his hands on a number of passes himself,” the football analysis site said. “The cornerback class in Mobile had a few different types of player and Jones stood out above the rest on the practice field.”

Earlier in the week, NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread reported Jones received high marks from Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley and South wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Shepard said Jones was the “toughest” defensive back at the senior bowl.

“The guy from Auburn (Jonathan Jones) is really good,” Shepard said during a press conference. “He’s a smaller guy, but he definitely likes to play physical.”

Jones finished his senior season with 69 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups. As a junior, he finished ninth in the country with six interceptions.

The only downside of the week for Jones was officially measuring in at 5-foot-8 and 5/8 inches and 178 pounds. His height on Auburn's website is listed at 5-foot-10.

He was the smallest quarterback — in height and weight — of the South team’s five defensive backs.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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