BOSTON (CBS) -- The Patriots used their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to add some depth to the corner position.
With the 60th overall pick the Patriots drafted Alabama corner Cyrus Jones, who also brings some value on special teams. Jones is a little undersized for a corner at 5-foot-10, but gives New England some depth at the position with Malcolm Butler set to become a restricted free agent and Logan Ryan hitting the open market after the season.
Jones was originally recruited by Alabama as a wide receiver but switched to the defensive side of the field his sophomore season. He started all 14 games as a junior and led Alabama with 16 passes defended and three interceptions. He was their starting corner as a senior, recording nine passes defended and a pair of picks.
Jones will likely be a nickel corner in the New England defense, but can also make a name for himself on special teams. He had four punt returns for a touchdown during his senior seasons to lead the nation, and averaged 12.5 yards per punt return over his career.
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