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Combine Results

Grade
5.41 ?
  • 4.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Played in East-West Shrine Game. Played in every game of his four-year career. In 2014, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, finishing tied for team lead with 12.5 tackles for loss. Made 13 starts in 2013. Played on both sides of the ball as a senior in high school and was a three-year starter for the basketball team, averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds per game. His father, Clarence, played basketball at Bristol College in Tennessee.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.88 and 4.82 seconds
Vertical jump: 33 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 7 inches

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size and durability. Card-carrying tough guy with take-on traits. Looks to own the middle of the field. Happy to strike a heavy blow on offensive linemen drifting to second level. Play strength to redirect off a block and leverage gap. Heat-seeking missile as A-gap blitzer, jolting centers and/or running backs while inverting pocket. Wrap-up finisher with unexpected closing speed for his size. Well-respected leader. Moved from outside to inside linebacker and made front adjustments during 2014 season.

Weaknesses

Stiff, with limited change of direction in small spaces. Not very instinctive. Plays through a straw rather than with feel. Slow to see and trigger, struggling to beat offensive linemen over the top. Still learning pursuit angles from inside. Liability in man coverage and slow to drop with depth in zone. Below-average ball skills and came off field on passing downs.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

NFL Comparison

Nico Johnson

Bottom Line

Physically imposing "Hulk smash" linebacker with outstanding power and toughness but a lack of instincts essential to the position. Jones' coverage limitations could be mitigated by his ability to thump and blitz as a 3-4 inside linebacker next to a more instinctive chaser. At worst, Jones is a backup linebacker and core special-teams player.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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