Deion Jones
Deion Jones
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones would have played safety or even cornerback in the '90s, but in the modern era you want as much speed as possible to offset the constantly growing aerial threat. With 4.4 speed and a natural linebacker acumen, Jones can match anyone as far as tackle and coverage threats go at linebacker. He hasn't been much of a blitzer with two sacks in 37 games, but his tackle and interception rates per 1,000 snaps are 130 and 3.5, respectively. Jones' coverage burden will remain enormous in a shootout-prone division, and that perfectly suits his IDP interests. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Falcons in July of 2019.
Racks up tackles in win
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 18, 2019
Jones collected eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
It was another dominant showing for the Falcons' defense, including Jones, as the 25-year-old has racked up 28 tackles (16 solo) the past four games. Jones is firmly in the IDP discussion on a weekly basis, especially considering he suited up for 81 defensive snaps in the win. He'll be one of the top options in IDP formats for Week 12 when he gets a juicy matchup against a struggling Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.
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Measurables Review
How do Deion Jones' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
227 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
Broad Jump
120 in
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
32.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
With an increasing emphasis on speed and passing in the NFL, hyper-athletic linebackers have become the new standard, and few players fit that prototype as well as Jones. As much as he might look like a safety from the 90s at 6-1, 222, Jones' sharp instincts and 4.4 speed have his career off to a fast start in Atlanta, with 246 tackles in his first 31 games. His two touchdowns from his rookie season are a reminder of the playmaking threat his speed poses, too. Jones' three-down role is assured, so what we've seen the last two years should more or less be his floor.
Jones was an unconventional second-round pick out of LSU last year after playing in the 220-pound range in college, but he immediately thrived in Atlanta, showing that small, fast linebackers have a clear place in this passing-obsessed era of the NFL. Jones needed no time to transition his collegiate playmaking talent to the Falcons, as his 4.4 speed allowed him to return two of his three interceptions for touchdowns last season. Jones did not even play 900 snaps last year, so he has plenty of room for growth.
The undersized Jones won't step into a three down role from the start, but he should help improve Atlanta's coverage of opposing tight ends. He could earn a more prominent role with an impressive preseason or if injuries strike, but for now he's likely pegged for rotational work, a modest tackle total and hopefully a couple of forced fumbles or interceptions.
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Impactful IDP showing in Week 7
LBAtlanta Falcons
October 20, 2019
Jones racked up 11 total tackles, including three tackles for loss during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.
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Team's top tackler in Week 5 loss
LBAtlanta Falcons
October 6, 2019
Jones collected 11 total tackles during Sunday's 53-32 loss to the Texans.
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Another high tackle tally in Week 4
LBAtlanta Falcons
September 29, 2019
Jones compiled eight total tackles during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.
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All over field in Week 3
LBAtlanta Falcons
September 22, 2019
Jones tallied a team-high nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Colts.
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Ready to rock
LBAtlanta Falcons
September 4, 2019
Jones (foot) is not listed on Atlanta's injury report Wednesday, William McFadden of the team's official site reports.
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