Cardinals news: Kliff Kingsbury blown away Josh Jones fell to them in the NFL Draft
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Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury blown away Josh Jones fell to them in the NFL Draft

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury had a very interesting reaction to offensive tackle Josh Jones dropping in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The University of Houston tackle was projected to go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. However, he fell all the way to the third round. That’s when Kingsbury and the Cardinals pounced with the 72nd overall pick.

While speaking of Jones’ fall in the NFL Draft on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Kingsbury revealed exactly what he was thinking.

“We’re calling saying, ‘What’s going on, did he kill somebody last night?” Kingsbury said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via the Cardinals website. “‘Is there something we don’t know about? What’s the issue?’ They were kind of scratching their heads as well.”

The Cardinals head coach is of course referring to what would explain Jones’ fall in the draft.

With that being said, just because the Cardinals are high on Jones, doesn’t immediately mean he’ll step into a starting role. However, the rookie tackle believes he has what it takes to immediately take over the starting right tackle role.

“I say (I can start) right away, man,” Jones said. “Feel like I’m ready to play at that level against a lot of great guys. I definitely feel like I’m … one of the play-ready tackles right now in this draft.”

Starting at right tackle would mean beating out veterans Marcus Gilbert and Justin Murray. Kingsbury pumped the breaks on the idea of Jones immediately starting this season.

“First off, you want him to have confidence, obviously,” Kingsbury said. “It’ll be a jump. We know that. To not have to rush him into a spot is going to be helpful, I think, for Josh Jones long-term.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Jones will start this season, but one thing is for certain — the Cardinals got a steal in the 2020 NFL Draft.