The son of former San Diego Charger Pro Bowler Gil Byrd, Jairus is as tough as his father. His type of size and playing desire (he is a workout warrior) are coveted by NFL teams. He is a very fluid athlete with good ball hawk skills, and his vision and field awareness are top notch. Byrd is one of the few cornerbacks in this class that enjoy contact. He is a great run supporter who would make most open field tackles. Seldom missing an assignment, Byrd will stick neck-to-neck with his assignment in the short to mid zone. He has good hip turning ability, with great hands and instincts for the position. However, he is not a burner. Byrd lacks top end speed (4.56) and the burst to recuperate once he is beaten. He does not close quickly enough, and tends to lose contact with the ball. Often followed by play fakes, Byrd is better in zone coverage than in a man-to-man situation where his lack of speed could be masked. He is in a battle for the number three CB slot with Coye Francies and Alphonse Smith. Byrd is a solid (albeit not spectacular) player who could develop into a solid number two CB in the NFL. There has been some talk of moving him to Safety because of his physical style and lack of pure speed. Nevertheless, Byrd should make some NFL general manager look very good in a few years.