2017 NFL Draft

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Ryan Jones

| | College: Northwest Missouri State
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Northwest Missouri State has won 12 of the last 15 MIAA titles and went to five straight Division II title games between 2004-09 before losing to eventual champion Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinals last fall. Thus, it makes sense that every two to three years, a proud Bearcat hears his name called during the NFL Draft. Jones' combination of size, speed and aggressive coverage skills make it likely he follows former NWMSU stars QB Chris Greisen, OT Seth Wand, DE Dave Tollefson and RB Xavier Omon into the NFL.

Jones shared the team's freshman of the year award in 2007, after redshirting the previous season, by starting three games due to injury and posting 53 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and three blocked kicks. He started two of 15 contests as a sophomore with an interception and eight pass breakups before earning first-team All-MIAA in 2009 as a full-time starter (55 tackles, five INTs, 11 PBUs). He then bettered all his numbers in his senior All-American season (56 tackles, six TFL, six INTs-two returning for TD, 13 PBUs).

Jones has the size and strength to hold his own on the outside against NFL receivers, but could also handle slot duties. Though his technique needs refining, his hands for the interception and willingness to support against the run make him a draftable prospect for teams looking for an immediate contributor in the secondary.


Positives: Good height for the position and has some thickness in his limbs. Quick feet coming off the line, uses fluid hips and recovery speed to adjust after receiver makes his move. Fast enough to turn and run with most anyone down the sideline. Finds the ball well in the air, adjusts to tipped ball over the middle and is capable of high-pointing throws downfield. Separates his man from the ball with quick hands or a hard hit. Takes on receivers on run plays, works his way around the man and disengages to attack ballcarriers. Experienced on special teams, runs as gunner and has fair quickness and extension off edge for kick blocks.

Negatives: Needs work in his backpedal, stands up too quickly instead of staying low until receiver shows the route; gives up receptions in off coverage and separation on comeback routes too easily until this is coached out of him. Hesitates and takes some poor angles when closing on receivers or tracking running backs, allowing too much yardage after the catch. Lacks great length and has small hands despite of his overall size.

--Chad Reuter

2009 Season

Played in 14 games and made 13 starts … finished with 55 tackles including 41 solo stops … had 5 interceptions/117 return yards … team lead with eleven pass breakups.

2008 Season

Played in all 15 games and made two starts … finished with 35 tackles including 26 solo stops … tied for the team lead with eight pass breakups … lone interception of the year ended the first drive of the national championship game vs. Minnesota-Duluth (12/13) … recovered a fumble against Pittsburg State which led to a Northwest touchdown one play later and gave the Bearcats a 31-13 lead (11/22) … tied his career-high with eight tackles against PSU.

2007 Season

Phil Voge Award Winner (top Northwest freshman, shared award with Aldwin Foster-Rettig) … played in 13 of 14 games … started the final three games of the season in place of injured starter Brandon Clayton … led the team with three blocked kicks and tied for the team lead with two interceptions … blocked a punt and an extra point attempt in the first half vs. Southwest Baptist (9/29) … interception vs. Chadron State (12/1) set up a touchdown, which gave Northwest a 26-7 lead … fourth-quarter interception vs. Grand Valley State (12/8) was returned 50 yards and set up a Northwest touchdown and gave the Bearcats a 27-16 lead … returned a fumble 72 yards for his first collegiate score vs. Missouri Southern (11/10) … finished as the team's sixth-leading tackler … had a season-best eight stops vs. Pittsburg State (10/6) … had nine tackles on special teams.

2006 Season

He redshirted last year while working on the scout team and spending a brief stint with the Razorback track team.

High School

Liberty High School … Second-team all-state and first-team all-conference defensive back … first-team all-state, all-district, all-metro and all-conference wide receiver … 2006 graduate.


Son of Terri and Anthony Jones … born Aug. 8, 1988.


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