This is a two-for-one pick by the Chicago Bears. The Bears need cornerback help, badly. They also need a returner after losing Jakeem Grant to the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Marcus Jones can come in and fill both those roles.
At just 5-foot-8, Jones is a smaller corner and will have to be used in a slot role. However, he makes up for anything he might lack on defensive in the return game for his value. Jones was the 2021 recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football, and he’s received comparisons in the return game to none other than Dante Hall.
Now, that speed in the return game also translates to the slot. Jones can keep up with the speedy receivers put in the slot, which could come in handy against guys like Amon-Ra St. Brown in Detroit.
Jones will have to overcome certain things that come with being a smaller player. He isn’t the best tackler and will get caught for using his hands too much, but those can be ironed out with time. He really has the potential to be a Devin Hester type player, but better on the defensive side of the field.