The Los Angeles Rams have picked linebacker Ernest Jones out of South Carolina with the 103rd overall selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. The pick was a compensatory selection gained from losing Dante Fowler in free agency last year.
Two-down linebackers with limited speed and below-average athleticism aren’t exactly in vogue these days, but Jones has the field IQ and interior toughness to warrant consideration. He’s a blue-collar linebacker capable of handling the physical duties required of his position, but he will always have limitations in pursuit speed and coverage talent. He has a good feel for diagnosing blocking schemes and finding runners between the tackles, so a role as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense might be his best fit early on in his career.
“This is one of my guys,” said NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah to the pick. He was effusive in his praise for Jones, even as compared to his usual praise for prospects. Especially ones that he likes. “I love that pick.”
Ernest Jones was drafted with pick 103 of round 3 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 6.4 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 776 out of 2155 LB from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/EUZXbHsmF3 #RAS #Rams pic.twitter.com/7ugBPcIgRN— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 1, 2021
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2.57 - Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville
3.103 - Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina
4.117 - Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M
4.130 - Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
4.141 - Jacob Harris, TE, UCF