Deion Jones

LSU
OLB #45
6’1″ 222

Pros:

  • Has played in 51 career games
  • Special teams experience
  • Quick twitch
  • Trusts his reads and keys
  • 59 40
  • Incredible athleticism with the motor to play sideline-to-sideline
  • Powerful form tackler
  • Mirrors running backs through the gaps
  • Range and comfort in coverage
  • Quick to diagnose and react

Cons:

  • Undersized as frame has room to grow
  • Only year of starting experience
  • Not the downhill thumper you’d like to see
  • Bigger blockers can have their way with him
  • Needs to be more consistent in coverage

One of Louisiana’s top prep football players in 2011, Jones played in all 13 games primarily on special teams, recording 23 tackles and three TFL as a true freshman in 2012. The same story remained in 2013 as Jones played in all 13 games on special teams as he recorded 15 tackles. He played in all 13 games yet again in 2014 but was given the starting nod against Louisiana-Monroe; he recorded 27 tackles and 3.5 TFL on the season while his eight special team tackles were the third most. He put it all together this past season, and was an absolute force: he tallied 100 tackles, 13.5 TFL (both tops on the team) five sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. He was also the team captain and Butkus Award Finalist that same season.

Pro comp: Johnathan Casillas

Projected draft value: 3rd round




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