2011 NFL Draft Scouting Reports: Greg Jones

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Greg Jones- LB- Michigan State

6-1 228lbs Senior

Stats:

2007- 78 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss

2008- 127 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss

2009- 154 tackles, 9 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss

Pros:

When you look at Greg Jones as an NFL prospect you are immediately drawn to the crazy numbers.  Jones has led his team in tackles since his freshman season.  Last year his 154 tackles were 3rd best in all of College Football.  When you look at his numbers you also notice he makes a lot of plays in the offensive backfield.  Jones is a very instinctive linebacker and he uses those instincts to make plays all over the field.  He has good speed which allows him to cover sideline to sideline.  He has the athletic ability to stick with backs and tight ends in pass coverage.  Overall you cannot overlook the production and experience of Greg Jones.  He will also bring a lot of leadership to your team.

Cons:

The biggest question mark for Jones is his size.  He is very undersized for an NFL middle linebacker.  At 6-1 228lbs, he may be looking at making a position switch in the NFL.  Some scouts also are concerned that Jones doesn’t have elite speed.   NFL offensive coordinators are masters at finding mismatches and Jones may be exploited.

Thoughts:

Jones decided to return to Michigan State for his Senior season after hearing he may land in the 2nd- 3rd round of this year’s draft.  I think he will utilize this season to bulk up and show NFL teams he can play the middle linebacker position.  For me, I can’t ignore the on the field production that Jones has throughout his career.  He is a leader and a playmaker and NFL teams won’t be able to ignore that.  I also feel it bodes well that Jones has 15 career starts at the SAM Linebacker position.  Greg Jones currently is #28 on the NFLMocks 2011 Big Board

Projected Round:

Jones has 1st round production but his lack of size has him sitting on the 1st round fringe.  I think as it stands right now he will sneak into the 1st round but could slip to the 2nd.

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