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NFL Draft Profile: Mikel Jones, Linebacker, Syracuse Orange

NFL Draft profile scouting report for Syracuse LB Mikel Jones

Syracuse LB Mikel Jones
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#3
Pos: LB
Ht: 6002
Wt: 224
40: 4.56
DOB: 10/11/2000
Hometown: Miami, FL
High School: IMG Academy
Eligibility: 2023

Mikel Jones
Syracuse Orange


One-Liner:

An inside linebacker with a powerful playstyle, Jones patrols the Syracuse defense as the ultimate traffic cop.

Evaluation:

Athletic frame with potential to add weight. Thoroughly keeps his front seven aligned, constantly adjusting and changing signals on the fly. Keeps his eyes up, shoulders square, and shuffles gap-gap before penetrating the backfield. Disengages and sheds guards and tackles on his way to the ball carrier. Laterally adept, with short-area agility. Utilizes patience and technique to diagnose and strike from a stacked position. Play strength and power pop as a tackler. Running backs are often stonewalled into the turf. Some versatility in alignment with snaps played as an edge defender, employing promising bend. Trusted by coaches to play as a spy against athletic quarterbacks. Not a high-end athlete with adequate to marginal open field speed and change of direction. Needs to display more consistent eye discipline. Can be robotic in his movements. Jones is a solid defender who handles all the responsibilities of the position with confidence and competitiveness. Another year of high-value production as a tackler with better reps in pass coverage will help cement him as a draft pick.

Grade:

4th Round 

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Quotes:

“Jones, who ranked second in the ACC with 110 tackles last year, also paced Syracuse with 13 for loss.”

Stephen Bailey, 247 Sports

Background:

Mikel Jones is a tremendous linebacker from Miami, Florida. During his freshman campaign, he was named All Freshman Third Team by Pro Football Focus due to his thirty eight tackles. He even made more of an impact his sophomore year with four interceptions, the most in the ACC. One of his outstanding performances was versus NC State with eight tackles and an interception. In 201, he was a team captain as well as first team All ACC. His tackles improved to over a hundred and ten tackles.