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2016 NFL Draft: LSU linebacker who ran 4.3 40-yard dash will visit the Eagles

For more information on which draft prospects are visiting with the Eagles, [check out our 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker].

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The Eagles will host LSU linebacker Deion Jones on a pre-draft visit, according to Jones himself (via Alex Marvez). Jones is one of 30 prospects scheduled to visit the team's facility in Philadelphia leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 21-year-old Jones measures in at 6-1, 222 pounds. He's very fast. Jones ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at LSU's pro day. One NFL player Jones likens himself to is hybrid safety/linebacker Deone Bucannon, who plays for the Arizona Cardinals.

Jones isn't just a good athlete; he had a very productive senior season with the Tigers. Jones recorded 88 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, three passes defensed, one forced fumbled, and one defensive touchdown in 2015.

Philadelphia doesn't have an immediate need at linebacker. Mychal Kendricks (WILL), Jordan Hicks (MIKE), and Nigel Bradham (SAM) are in line to be the team's starters. Adding a player like Jones would improve the team's depth, however, and possibly give the Eagles a future starter. He likely fits in as a weakside linebacker.

For what it's worth, CBS Sports projects Jones as a third round pick. Here's a scouting report on Jones via

"Strengths - High-twitch, well-muscled athlete with tapered waist and powerful trunk. Quick lateral slide from gap-to-gap mirroring running back. Speed to chase from sideline to sideline. Accelerates off his spot and into his target preferring to wrap up and drive hips through the tackle. Brings pop behind his pads. Trustworthy. Handles his run fits and isn’t looking to be a hero. Bouncy feet enable sudden change of direction. Willing to step into hole and deliver a blow to pulling guards or iso ­blocks. Has strength at point of attack to squeeze the edge against tight ends. Able to defend passes or pick them off in coverage. Special teams demon on cover teams. Maintained focus and team-­first attitude despite being unable to crack starting lineup until his senior season.

Weaknesses - Only one year of starting experience. Slightly undersized. Tightly bundled frame may leave little room for additional mass on his frame. Needs to be diligent with hands or he can be engulfed by second level maulers. Diagnoses well, but instincts inside the flow of play are a work in progress. Needs to improve consistency as a tackler. Not as downhill as he could be limiting his production on tackles for losses. Loses track of his coverage in space from time to time. Showed some signs of fatigue in fourth quarter against tempo-­based teams."

Complete list of known Eagles draft visits

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU

CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

WR Mike Thomas, Southern Mississippi

CB Rashard Robinson, LSU

LB Deion Jones, LSU

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