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Brad Jones (OLB)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 232
College: Colorado
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: East Lansing, MI
High School: East Lansing
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Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 9 (218)
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Pick Analysis: Jones can run well and has outstanding speed. Teams are increasingly looking for players who can play three downs and/or on special teams, and Jones may provide just that kind of fit for the Packers.
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Overview

Jones produced 242 career tackles - good for 35th in program history. He also had 8.5 sacks in 69 career games to go along with six passes defensed, 10 quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.


A defensive end/linebacker hybrid, Jones flew under the radar until running the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and posting a 33-inch vertical jump at Colorado's pro day in March. Where the Michigan native will fit in the NFL remains to be seen, as his athleticism has always managed to outshine his production.


High School

As a senior captain and team MVP, he was a first-team all-state selection and all-state Dream Team performer by the Detroit Free Press, when the Lansing State Journal also named him the Defensive Player of the Year. The runner-up for State Player of the Year (Class A), PrepStar selected him to its all-Midwest team as an athlete, while SuperPrep and Prep Football Report put him on their all-Midwest squads. PFR, who called him "an excellent defender with tremendous instincts," also ranked him as the No. 62 player overall in the Midwest (12th LB), as he was a Lindy's preseason Top 100 performer (one of 15 'backers). During his senior and junior years he earned first-team all-conference (Capitol Area Athletic Conference), all-area and all-area Dream Team honors by the Lansing State Journal. The Detroit Free Press made him an all-state special mention honoree his junior year, as he also earned a spot on the all-conference first-team when he was a sophomore. As a senior, he recorded 117 total tackles (79 solo), 18 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries (including one for a 70-yard touchdown), five forced fumbles, four interceptions (with one going for a 30-yard touchdown), 15 quarterback hurries and six pass deflections. On offense, where he also started at tight end, he reeled in 27 passes and five touchdowns for 501 yards. As a junior and dual starter once again, he compiled 110 total tackles (62 solo), 11 stuffs for loss, five sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, five quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and one blocked field goal. He also caught 12 balls and one touchdown totaling 280 yards. During his sophomore season, he finished with 99 total stops (42 solo), six tackles for loss, two sacks, one recovered fumble, one interception, three quarterback hurries and one pass deflection, while also netting one reception for 30 yards.


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Analysis

Positives: Rangy build with plenty of room for additional growth. Good athletic ability. Productive player who has seen starting action at both linebacker and a glorified defensive end position. Some natural pass rusher traits. Flashes initial burst off the line of scrimmage. Can drop back in coverage and shows some instincts in space. Reads the quarterback's eyes and can close. High effort defender. At his best in pursuit. Effective wrap-up tackler who flashes some explosiveness.


Negatives: Bit of a 'tweener. Listed as the strong-side linebacker as a senior but played a hybrid defensive end position and lacks the bulk and strength to remain on the line in the NFL. Struggles to disengage from blockers. Eye-popping athleticism shown in workouts doesn't necessarily translate onto the field. Hasn't developed into the player his athleticism makes seem possible. Best fit might be as a 4-3 outside linebacker and special teams ace.


Injury Report

No significant injuries reported.


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