Focusing on football, Chad Jones has untapped potential

Chad Jones convinced at least one team that he’s a football player, full time.

That was the popular question for the LSU safety beginning at the scouting combine and continuing up to the draft when the New York Giants selected him in the third round with the 76th overall pick, one slot behind Florida safety Major Wright, who went to the Chicago Bears.

Previously, Jones has dabbled in baseball and had success at a high level, helping the Tigers to a College World Series championship. He’s one of only two players to be a member of a CWS winning team and play for a BCS national champion on the gridiron.

"I guess they got the drift that I'm a football player," Jones told the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz.

The sky could be the limit for the gifted athlete who will now focus on football. He played outfield for LSU and also was a left-handed pitcher. Jones was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros in the 13th round. He delayed going to college as he decided what to do with his future.

Now, he looks to be an ideal fit for Perry Fewell’s scheme. The Giants had serious issues in the secondary last season and if Jones progresses like the team hopes he can, he could be in the mix soon. He’s got good range, excellent size and he can hit. An outfielder in baseball can make the transition to being a center fielder in the defensive backfield. This will be the first time his focus during the spring and summer is on football. The biggest beneficiary could be the Giants.

"This is going to be a big turning point in my life," Jones said. "I've never done a full spring of football and I've never done a full summer. I had a pretty busy schedule."

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