Atlanta Falcons: Looking back at second round picks since 2008
After two back to back years missing in the second round, the Falcons land a home run pick in Deion Jones. In 2016 the Falcons select MLB Deion Jones out of LSU with the 52nd overall selection. Jones has been such a difference maker for the Falcons defense. After seeing this defense struggle for so many seasons it is a privilege to see this guy in a Falcons uniform.
Jones ended up playing six games in 2018 due to injury but if you watched him in 2016 and 2017 you know the impact he can make. He is the best coverage linebacker and is about to breakout as one of the elite linebackers in the NFL.
Deion Jones is the best second round selection Dimitroff has made as general manager. Jones has played 37 career games racking up 200 total tackles, eight interceptions, two sacks, 27 pass deflections, and three pick sixes. It is so early in his career and already has an all-time franchise moment against the Saints.
In 2017 on Thursday Night Football, Deion Jones gets the game winning interception on Drew Brees making an acrobatic catch. This moment was awesome as a Falcons fan and one of the most clutch plays a defender has made for the team. Enough cannot be said about Deion Jones and this was a home run selection for Thomas Dimitroff.