2017 NFL Draft

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Jonathan Babineaux

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 286 | College: Iowa
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Babineaux is shorter than the ideal size and lacks the bulk you look for in a two-gap tackle. His low center of gravity, active hands, sudden burst off the snap, and timed speed help him compensate.

He is an explosive athlete with the quickness to possibly play defensive end at the pro level. He is a quick-twitch type who can gain an instant edge at the snap and shows the burst to shoot the gaps and disrupt the plays in the backfield.

Jonathan is a very productive run defender who can also be an effective pass rusher. He is quick to get his hands up to generate a push off the blocker and has enough functional strength to push the offensive guard back into the pocket when he fires off the snap low.

When he gets too high in his stance, he fails to pick up the low blocks and struggles to keep the opponent off his feet. However, he is usually quick to get on an edge of a blocker and when he pushes the pocket, he will generally collapse it and finish the play.

He has a good feel for blocks and reacts well to blocking pressure in his attempts to locate the ball. His low center of gravity helps Jonathan create a lane to the quarterback.

Despite his size limitations, he can hold his ground at the point of attack and is adequate splitting double teams. He is very tough to move off the line, as he has the speed to slip off blocks and the strength to hold his ground. When he maintains inside hand control, Babineaux is very effective at stacking blocks. He can throw and jerk the offensive linemen off balance with his strong hands and stays on his feet in attempts to disengage.

Jonathan shows good snap reaction and is very effective working on stunts and twists, thanks to his lower body strength and explosion off the ball. When in pursuit, he is quick to flush the quarterback out of the pocket.

He is a highly motivated sort and respected field general who has been a member of the team's leadership council since his junior year. Babineaux is a smart player, but just gets by in the classroom (1.99 GPA).

He shows good knee bend, hip snap and body control to gain position, keeping his hands inside and his pad level down to be disruptive attacking the gaps. His lateral agility and foot speed allow him to slide down the line to string plays out.

Some teams might show a bit of concern with his two leg fractures, but he showed in 2004 that he is capable of producing big numbers when healthy. For a team looking for a quick under-tackle, this is the player that could fill that need. Despite his size limitations, Jonathan is very capable of driving the offensive linemen backwards as a bull rusher. His speed and strength more than make up for a lack of size and bulk.

Injury Report

2001 -- Granted a medical redshirt after he suffered a fractured right tibia during spring drills (4/01).

2003 -- Missed the final six games of the season after fracturing his right tibia and tearing ligaments in his ankle vs. Ohio State (10/28).


African-American Studies major … Brother, Jordan, was a standout defensive back at Southern Arkansas (2000-03) and is presently with the Seattle Seahawks … Born 10/12/81 …

Resides in Port Arthur, Texas.

High School

4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … 590-pound squat … 365-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 17/30 Wonderlic score.


Attended Lincoln (Port Arthur, Tex.) High School, played football for coach Richard Williams … First-team All-Conference linebacker and team captain as a senior … Played linebacker and end on defense along with fullback on offense, and handled punting duties (averaged 40 yards per punt) … Played on the Lincoln basketball team which was ranked number one in the state of Texas and also lettered in baseball … Graduated with a 3.95 GPA.


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