With the 185th pick (6th round) in the 2011 NFL draft, the Giants selected inside linebacker Greg Jones of Michigan State. I have to tell you folks, I am personally ecstatic over this pick. I live in Madison and watched Jones play against the Badgers this past season, and he is an absolute beast. To be honest, I have no idea how he fell this far. I know he was originally projected as a first or second-rounder. But trust me, I think the G-men have a sixth round gem here.
Here is a bit of Jones' player bio from Michigan State:
2010 SEASON (SENIOR): One of 10 players in the nation to earn unanimous first-team All-American honors (The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of American and the Sporting News) . . . was the only repeat selection from the 2009 team to the 2010 AFCA and AP All-America Teams . . . also garnered first-team All-America accolades by SI.com, Phil Steele, CBSSports.com and Scout.com . . . named to the All-Big Ten first team for the third straight year . . . earned the Governor's Award (Team MVP)
Here is what Mel Kiper had to say....."Heck of a college player," Kiper said. "I think people are going to look at him and say, 'OK, is he going to be equally as good in the NFL?' And there's some questions. That's why instead of being the first- or second-round pick that collegiate press clippings lead you to believe, he becomes a fourth- or fifth-round pick."
And here is what the NFL Draft Bible had to say:
Great experience and good form tackling ability are what Greg Jones brings to the table. The senior isn’t as gifted in coverage and often didn’t even play three downs at MSU but projects as a potential thumping middle linebacker that could develop as a pass protector. Looked very lack luster in Mobile though.
Well, just do me a favor, folks. Go watch Jones' clips on YouTube and let me know if you agree with me. I think he has the potential to be a dominant NFL player, and someone we desperately need to clog up the middle.