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Prospect Profile: Deion Jones

Linebacker| LSU| Senior

Height:6-foot-1 | Weight: 222 pounds

College Stats

2015: LSU team leader with 100 tackles with and 13.5 tackles for loss; had double-figure tackles in five games, including a career-best 14 (12 solo) at Ole Miss; finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker; participant in the 2016 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama; 2015 team captain; defensive MVP for the Tigers

Career: played in 51 games in his career at LSU, starting 11 times; finished career with 165 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks; added 11 quarterback hurries, two pass interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble; played primarily on special teams early in career; started to get more involved in defensive rotation as a junior

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds (4th among LBs)

Broad jump: 10 feet

Vertical jump: 33 inches

Note: these were the only drills Jones participated in at the combine.


Summary:Jones brings plenty of speed to the position. Despite turning in one of the best 40-yard dash times for a linebacker at the combine, Jones improved his time to 4.38 seconds  at LSU's Pro Day. Jones' quickness allows him to roam from sideline to sideline.'s Lance Zierlein said Jones' game isn't just about speed though, as he is "able to defend passes or pick them off in coverage. Special teams demon on cover teams. Maintained focus and team-first attitude despite being unable to crack starting lineup until his senior season."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Jones in a tie for the fifth-best linebacker. Fellow analyst Bucky Brooks doesn't have Jones ranked at the position. Daniel Jeremiah initially ranked Jones at No. 48 in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Jones is now unranked on Jeremiah's board.

What's in a name?: Jones, a New Orleans native (and Metro Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior), was named after his father's favorite player, Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. But his nickname, "Debo," is a combination of Sanders and Bo Jackson.

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