With the 190th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, the 49ers picked a TCU safety, who has the potential to be an elite special teams player.
Colin Jones, the team’s sixth-round selection, runs fast and has great tackling instincts. Both skills, make him a great addition to Brad Seely’s special teams units.
“We’re looking for him to become an elite special teams player,” general manager Trent Baalke said at his review of the 2011 draft class.
The 5-foot-11, 202 pound safety was strong collegiate performer, earning a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior. He played in 45 games for the Horned Frogs, totaling 124 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, eight pass breakups, four sacks and two interceptions.
Baalke referred to Jones as one of the team’s favorite special teams players in the draft. He noted Jones’ 4.4 speed and passion for special teams as reasons for making the selection. “You see on film he loves special teams.”
“He’s the first guy down (the field) and he’s not afraid of contact,” Baalke added.
Jones also brings versatility as a strong safety, who could potentially play as a linebacker in the 49ers dime defense.
Later on Goal Posts, we’ll discuss Baalke’s comments on UCF defensive end Bruce Miller, who will line up at fullback for the 49ers.
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