Detroit Lions: 5 Undersized Linebackers to Consider in 2016 NFL Draft

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Deion Jones

LSU linebacker Deion Jones is another undersized linebacker prospect who should intrigue the Lions. At the combine he measured a mere 6’1″ and 222 lbs.. Jones then proceeded to run a 4.59 40 yard dash and a 1.61 second ten yard split. Both times were 4th best among all linebacker participants.

Jones also excelled in the field drills, getting Mike Mayock‘s attention for how smoothly and effortlessly he completed each exercise.

Jones is also an impact performer during game time. This past season he was one of the leaders of LSU’s defense, compiling 88 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, and two interceptions.

With a terrific ability to play the pass, cover tight ends and running backs, and still hold his own in the running game, Jones is just the type of player to add to Detroit’s group of linebackers.

He is scheme and position versatile, and has the type of speed and play-making ability the Lions could most definitely use more of.

If the Lions are interested in Jones they will probably have to draft him in the second round, as he is unlikely to last until their next pick, most likely at the very end of the third round (expected compensatory pick for losing Ndamukong Suh in free agency last year).

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