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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Greg Jones, NY Giants, 185th Pick, 6th Round, 2011 NFL Draft

Jones, Greg Michigan State 6001 242 4.75
Four-year starter who has been a tackling machine over his career. Played in a 4-3 scheme as a junior and played inside as a 3-4 linebacker as a senior. Plays at seven yards depth and gets downhill in a hurry. Outstanding natural ability to find the ball and make plays. Good anticipation. A playmaker in the run game. Quick to read his keys. Always around the ball. Plays square and takes the openings when there. Good initial movement. Read and react versus the run is excellent. Can be explosive taking on blocks. Bends knees and gets good leverage. Good intensity and nose for the ball. He does a good job wading through the traffic and avoiding blocks while taking a good angle to the ball. Very instinctive, fits the hole well and shows sudden change of direction. Tracks well moving downhill. Gets to the off tackle hole on a scrape extremely well. Effective as a blitzer and is good in pass rush when he beats the blocker initially. Locked up at times and ridden out. He has the tools and athletic ability to play in coverage but was below average in this area. Fluid in his pass drops. Gets to the hook area and sits down and squares up. Can turn and run. Gets depth. Reads the quarterback and reacts very well. Quick take off when he blitzes. Good use of hands, speed, quickness, and strength. Can adjust on the move, good change of direction, and timing. Messes up the offensive timing when he blitzes. Competitive with good physical and mental toughness. Takes good pursuit angles downfield. Has a burst to finish the play. Gets the ball carrier down. A physical tackler who can make an open field play. For complete report see Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft.