Deion Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Inside Linebacker
Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 222
Date of Birth: 11/4/1994 (22)
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Draft: 2016, Round 2, Pick 52
Contract: 4 years, $4.546 million, through 2019
Deion Jones is one of the extremely talented young players on the Falcons’ defense. In 2016, the rookie middle linebacker led Atlanta with 108 tackles in 13 starts. He also recorded 3 interceptions, two for touchdowns, and a forced fumble on the year.
Jones’ athleticism is his biggest asset on the field. His speed and ability to slip past blockers make him a constant threat to make the big play. Labeled as well undersized for a linebacker, Jones has apparently been bulking up in preparation for his sophomore season. If he can achieve a bigger weight while keeping his athleticism, he’ll continue to be a devastating tackler on the inside.
In 2017, expect an even bigger impact for Jones. Reaching 130 tackles and four interceptions is achievable, and don’t be surprised if Jones finds himself a Pro Bowler at the end of the year.
Awards and Accolades:
1x NFL All-Rookie Team (2016)
Honorable Mentions: Will Tye, Matt Overton