2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Greg Jones
Middle linebacker is one of the most important positions on the football field. It requires leadership, discipline and work ethic.
Without coincidence, Michigan State’s Greg Jones possesses all of these qualities, and is considered by many to be the highest-rated prospect at the position in the 2011 NFL Draft class.
So, what’s so special about him?
Player Name: Greg Jones
Position: Middle Linebacker
School: Michigan State
Height: 5’11 7/8
Jones was a starter in all four years at Michigan State, and, as mentioned above, has a reputation as a great leader and very hard-worker. He has solid speed for his position, and can cover the field sideline-to-sideline. He has great instincts, and closes very well on the ball-carrier. Jones is a sure-handed tackler, and shows good technique, rarely missing in traffic or in the open field. He has very good footwork and can cover with the best of them. He was extremely productive in college, finishing his career with 464 tackles, 16 sacks and a pair of interceptions. He may not be the most physically intimidating player, but the tremendous productivity cannot be ignored.
Jones doesn’t have the best size or strength, so he’ll struggle from time to time when trying to shed blocks. He isn’t overly physical, and is more of a sure tackler than a bruising tackler. As a result, he forced just two fumbles in his four collegiate seasons. He’s a tad on the short side as a middle linebacker, and may be better served to shift over to the weak side as a pro. While he does many things very well, he isn’t truly elite in any area.
Despite his great intangibles, Jones’ physical limitations may hurt his draft stock. Some project him as a possible late first-rounder, but he seems more and more likely to drop somewhere near the middle area of the second round. Coaches and scouts love his leadership and work ethic, and high-character guys are appealing for obvious reasons. Our own Keet Bailey has Jones going No. 44 overall to the Detroit Lions in his latest mock draft.
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