THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
6-foot, 242 pounds
Draft projection: third or fourth round
Lowdown: Jones has a ton of production and good leadership traits. He doesn’t have great size and speed. He started 46 games and made 465 tackles. He was Big 10 defensive player of the year as a junior. He was the first true freshman to lead the Spartans in tackles in 31 years. He’s not overly physical. He will scrape off and around blocks, rather than take on blockers. He’s not tall, either. He ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.75 at the combine. Some scouts wonder if he would be better at outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
Said ESPN’s Mel Kiper: “He’s been around a long time, and when you’re around that long you’re scrutinized sometimes you’re pushed down a bit. I think that’s been the case with Greg Jones. The more he played, the more people looked at him, they said, ahh, he’s a little overrated. He’s a Day Three guy, more than likely. Seems like he’s dropping, but if teams look at production, he may go higher. There’s a lot of mixed opinion on Greg Jones.”