Michigan State’s Versatile LB Greg Jones

March 09, 2011 | Brian Billick

Michigan State’s Greg Jones is one of the most productive players in MSU history after leading them in tackles four straight years.  Despite his impressive statistics, NFL scouts aren’t overly impressed by his size and strength.  The Combine numbers concurred with only 21 reps in the bench and a 4.80 40-yard dash.  I will say this, his leadership, work ethic, and durability are going to persuade teams to overlook those lackluster combine numbers.  Jones will give his future team versatility at the LB position by being able to play him either inside or outside – his college coach suggests that he translates better on the outside in the NFL rather than his middle linebacker position in college.  On tape, he shows great instincts and reaction and is rarely caught out of position to make a play on the ball.  He has great hip flexion in pass coverage and plays well in space.  He is a reliable tackler that hustles through the whistle on every play.  I believe that the tape shows he plays a lot faster than the 4.80 40 time suggests.  And forget being too small, Greg Jones hasn’t missed a game in the last 3 years!  He adds great immediate depth at all 4 linebacker positions and will be a great special teams player until he settles into a starting role on the defensive side of the ball.  Look for him to go in the late 3rd to 4th round.