He hadn’t had much a chance to be a productive linebacker at LSU until his senior season. But Deion Jones burst onto the scene putting up 88 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Now a prospect that wasn’t seen as more than a late round pick is moving up draft boards, and can push his stock higher at the NFL Combine this week.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper believes the most important step for Jones is to simply add weight to his frame and show he can carry it in workouts in Indy this week.
“I think in terms of Jones he’s at 219 pounds and needs to get his weight up to 225,” said Kiper. “In this league now that would be fine. He can run to the ball. He’s got great sideline to sideline speed, tremendous range. He had an incredible year. He led them in tackles and went from a late rounder to a late first or second round pick. He probably as monumental a leap up the board as any player at any position. It rarely happens.”
The Bills are in the market for help at linebacker both inside and outside and Jones is the kind of athletic, every down talent that could prove to be a good fit.
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Tags: 2016 NFL draft, Deion Jones
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