Top 10 West Virginia Mountaineers in the First Round of the NFL Draft

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3. Adam “Pacman” Jones- 6th to Tennessee Titans, 2005

December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) tries to fire up the fans in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

In the 2005 draft, there was no more “pro-ready” cornerback prospect in the country than WVU’s own Pacman Jones. He could cover, he could return kicks and punts, and he had dazzling speed.

Jones dazzled NFL scouts in Indianapolis and caught the eye of former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. The great mustache decided that he was going to go after the explosive Mountaineer and thought that even though there were some character related red flags on Jones resume, his coaching staff could tame Jones and make him a solid pro.

Boy, was Fisher wrong.

It took Jones quite a few years in the league to understand what it meant to be a professional. Jones would go through various disciplinary issues before finally being released by the Titans in 2006.

Since his release from Tennessee, Jones has worked hard to reclaim his career, finding success the past few seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as a nickel coverage corner. Jones, who has now matured, has rounded into a solid pro player and put his past bad behavior behind him.

Still, I can’t see his name without thinking back to his “making it rain” incident (warning: explicit language):