Colts to visit with LSU linebacker Deion Jones

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When it comes to the defensive side of the football, the Indianapolis Colts certainly have a need at linebacker, both outside and inside. The Colts have been looking at a number of different linebacker prospects in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, and we can add another one to that list as well.

LSU linebacker Deion Jones appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday night with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt, and Jones said that he has a pre-draft visit with the Colts. Jones also mentioned that he will visit with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets.

Jones played in 51 career games at LSU, starting eleven of them. During his first three years at the school, he played in every game but started just one game, when Kwon Alexander missed time in 2014. During those three years, however, Jones proved to be a good and reliable special teams player in coverage. In his senior season in 2015, Jones took over as the starter at linebacker as Alexander moved on to the NFL, and he wound up leading the team in tackles and in tackles for loss. Jones finished the 2015 season with 100 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three passes defensed, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. He was a permanent captain for LSU, as well as being named the team's Defensive MVP and a finalists for the Butkus Award (given annually to the nation's best linebacker).

The big negative with Jones is that he doesn't have the experience that other linebackers in this year's draft class have, as he was only a starter for one year in college. He did produce during that year, however, and he is talented enough to be a good player in the NFL, though he might take a little longer to adjust. He is expected to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 system and inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, meaning that if the Colts draft him it would likely be to play inside and add more competition and depth there. He is a projected third round pick by CBS Sports, while NFL.com's Gil Brandt listed Jones among his top ten most underrated defensive prospects in the draft and called him "one of my favorite players in this draft."

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is there a reason you don't like him?

just curious, I know nothing about him. It’s not like we’ll be taking him at #18 – he’s a projected 3rd rounder

Some people think you should draft instant All-Pros, even in the 3rd round.

For argument's sake, I raise you...

But yeah, lol, you’re right. And then there are people who thinks you should get all pros from FAs like Elway did last year or so.

I think we should draft him because he has a REAL football player name.

I mean, really, does it get any more FOOTBALL than Deion Jones? Deion Mutha Fuckin Jones gonna take yo head off.

He couldn't break into the LSU starting lineup for 3 years.

ok

well at least you have a reason! thanks

hmmm

If anything that should tell you about the talent of LSU’s linebacking core. What about when Ezekiel Elliot was behind Carlos Hyde. Does that make Zeke a bad player? If anything the kid deserves praise for having a season like he did against some pretty good competition this season

Maybe because there was a future NFL starter in front of him?

I dunno.

Idiotic post.

This LB is one of the fastest in the draft and can cover, plays smart and tough, and won’t cost a first rounder. Do you even watch players pay before you comment?

I wouldn't expect you to know the talent LSU had in front of him.

Just looking at his draft profile and stats

he seems like a pretty solid 3rd rounder. Only a one year starter but he seems fast, hits with power, isn’t a liability in coverage.

I like his speed....

He may play ST early as he learns the pro game, but I wouldn’t be upset at all with him in the third….

He's undersized by NFL standards

but he plays much bigger than what his size indicates and was the best cover LB for LSU since Kevin Minter. He if can add 20 or even just 10 more lbs. he’ll be a force; or he can drop 10 lbs. and play Safety.

Looks like a Special Teams stud

Coverage units sucked last year, he could make an immediate impact on ST. He has good coverage skills and good instincts, he may develope into a nice starter someday.
Got to love that speed.

You can't coach speed....

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