Greg Jones - Michigan St. (HT: 5-11⅞ - WT: 240) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 2 of 30
Positives: Terrific production, recorded 465 tackles and 16.5 sacks in four years at MSU... Natural leader at the middle linebacker position, works hard both on and off the field... Good speed... Excellent pass rusher, sack total speaks for itself, has wide variety of pass-rushing moves and is explosive off the edge... Has strong upper body and uses it to bring down small ball carriers, but will need to lower pad level more in the NFL and rely on more sound wrap-up technique... Plays with a very high motor and a lot of toughness, durability is not an issue, has not missed a game due to injury... Adequate at getting off of blocks after being engaged, but needs to improve at disengaging when getting engulfed near the line of scrimmage... Has speed and quickness to effectively drop into zone coverage and blanket tight ends and running backs on short routes... Can be a huge hitter, forced three fumbles during 2010 campaign... Has potential to be an electric performer and leader at the next level.
Negatives: Plays out of control at times, will miss tackles if taking a bad angle... Has good frame, but could stand to add some bulk if he is to be highly effective blitzing up the middle in the NFL... Displays stiff hips in man coverage and has difficulty staying with players at the cut, needs to display better man coverage skills to play inside in a 3-4... Needs to take better pursuit angles when playing away from the ball, can get caught in traffic when running sideline to sideline... Shows lack of discipline on some plays, gets out of position and does not always maintain gap responsibilities... May be best suited playing on the outside in the NFL as a pass rusher... Perhaps a tad short to play inside linebacker in the NFL, has the skills, but will have problems diagnosing plays and dropping into deep middle coverage at his height.
(January 26) --
The Sideline Scouting crew has completed another successful day in Mobile and posted full practice reports from both the
South squad practice. Full transcripts are now also available from the evening
press conference with head coaches Marvin Lewis and Chan Gailey and several
players from both teams. Make sure to keep checking back for multiple daily updates as we begin to wrap up the week of practices here at the 2011 Senior Bowl.