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2016 NFL Draft: Dion Jones selected 52nd overall by Atlanta Falcons

Deion Jones - LB, LSUPick Analysis

Deion Jones – LB, LSU

Pick Analysis

The Falcons defense used to have one of the better linebacking corps in the NFL, but it has dropped off recently. As a result, they need help in both the passing and rushing game. Deion Jones can help with both. Lots of people had the Falcons taking Darron Lee in the first rounf, well Jones is basically the same type of player. He is an athletic, rangy linebacker with good coverage skills. He’ll be a key part of the Falcons defense for years to come. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

Last year, a player I under-estimated for the 2015 draft was LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander.  As a Buccaneers fan I’m pleased that NFL teams did the same in letting him be available in what looks to be turning into a 4th round bargain.  Teams will want to avoid doing the same thing this time around with the man who replaced him in the Tigers line-up, who like Alexander is also a little undersized but highly athletic.  Jones stood out early and often this season, looking like a veteran with thirty or forty starts under his belt.  The Mississippi game in the SEC opener for LSU was a real standout performance early.  The range he displays is as good as anyone in this class, as is his closing speed in pursuit.  Jones frequently ends plays before they start in the backfield, sniffing out sweeps and bubble screens early, then flying in to make the tackle.  His physical style and the momentum he builds up as he charges toward the ball carrier helps him to play bigger than he actually is.  Obviously, LSU are always very deep with talent, but it is still a shock how Jones could have been stuck as a backup for the first three seasons of his career.  Scouts need to avoid marking him down too much for his lack of size, because outside of that there aren’t really any flaws or weaknesses in his game.  His single season starting saw him finish with 100 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups and a forced fumble. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Dion Jones selected 52nd overall by Atlanta Falcons

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