4 things to know about Patriots draft pick Jack Jones


He played in Snoop Dogg’s football league in California as a kid.

Arizona State defensive back Jack Jones participates in a drill at the NFL Combine. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

A day after taking cornerback Marcus Jones in the third round, the Patriots selected cornerback Jack Jones in the fourth round (121st overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Jones, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound ballhawk from Long Beach, Calif., was heavily recruited out of high school. He started his career at the University of Southern California before running into trouble off the field, transferred to JUCO Moorpark College, and then capped off his college career at Arizona State.

He sprinted 4.51 seconds for 40 yards and is considered by many to be a player with immense talent. Here is an overview:

Jones played in the Snoop League as a kid.

Jones played at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and became one of the nation’s hottest prospects. He was a All-American, a 5-Star rookie and played on the same team as fellow USC cornerback Iman Marshall and current NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Willie McGinest, DeSean Jackson, Jurrell Casey, and Snoop Dogg all went to his high school, and he gained experience and connections through Snoop Dogg’s “Snoop Youth Football League.”

In 2016, on national signing day, Snoop Dogg announced that Jones was heading to USC. He tweeted a video he made with Jones, asking Jones how much his friendships factored into his decision to go to school.

“Not really because they know it’s my life,” Jones said. “I have to go on and play football because in a few years I’m not going to choose where I go, they’re going to choose me.”

He had several incidents off the pitch.

Jones appeared in all 13 games — including the Rose Bowl — as a true freshman at USC in 2016, contributing in a reserve cornerback role and on special teams.

The following year, he started at the corner in all 14 games for the Pac-12 champions Trojans, collecting 40 tackles, a team-leading four interceptions.

He was later fired from USC for academic issues. After that, he was arrested and charged with commercial burglary and criminal conspiracy to commit a felony after breaking into a Panda Express in June 2018.

Jones was placed on probation and spent a year at Moorpark College working on his grades. He was also suspended for an altercation with a teammate in 2020 and signed up for anger management counseling in 2021.

His agent, Jamal Tooson, sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams regarding his off-field issues.

“He will take full advantage of his NFL team’s in-house support services and will reside close to the team’s practice facilities,” the letter concludes.

Jones said he learned from his arrest.

“I’m not really worried about the past,” he said on Saturday. “I work on my present.”

He bounced back last season.

After his stint at Moorpark, Jones was traded to Arizona State and tied for ninth nationally with 16 passes defended in 2019.

He played just two games in 2020 but tied for a team-high three interceptions — including a game-sealing 87-yard pick, six picks against rival Arizona — in 2021.

Jones was ranked ASU’s top defenseman last year, scoring 79.4, good for 15th among all Pac-12 defensemen. The Pac-12 named him defensive back with honorable mention.

There was a lot of debate and speculation in the draft about where Jones would be selected and whether his off-court history would affect his future.

He will try to follow the Joneses.

Jones said he was “at a loss for words” when he heard his name on Saturday.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I don’t know. I was happy.”

Jones, 24, joins Jalen Mills, Malcolm Butler, Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Myles Bryant, Shaun Wade, Terrance Mitchell and Joejuan Williams as Patriots cornerbacks.

He should have a chance to compete for a spot on the roster and potentially gain time at a position deemed necessary to enter the draft.

With two Jones in the mix, the Patriots have more depth than they did two days ago.

“I just want to play every game like it’s my last game,” he said.


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