After reading all about Greg Jones before and after the draft, I guess I was expecting someone much shorter in stature. So when I introduced myself to him this afternoon at the Giants’ final workout of their player-run minicamp at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ, I felt a little like Felix Unger when he photographs the two little people and then meets their not-so-little person son on "The Odd Couple."
Jones is about 6-foot-1 and said he weighs 240 pounds. He may be a little smaller than the typical middle linebacker in the NFL, but not by much.
London Fletcher is listed as 5-10, 245. Jon Beason is listed as 6-0, 237. The late Sam Mills was 5-9, 232. Even Antonio Pierce was listed as 6-1, 238.
“I don’t really care,” Jones said when asked about the size comments. “When people talk about size I talk about numbers and eliminate that conversation.”
He was very productive in college, racking up 154 tackles as a junior and 109 as a senior.
“To get a guy this productive this late ..." director of college scouting Marc Ross said when the Giants selected him in the sixth round. "Three-time All-Big Ten, tons of tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, instinctive, plays hard, gets to the football. He's short but he's compact, thickly built. He's just a football player."
Now he’s an NFL football player. At least a locked out NFL football player.
“I heard it all the time when I was growing up: ‘You’re too small to play with us,’” Jones said. “I just waited my turn and I do what I do best.”
And he’s sure his production – the numbers he says really matter – will be there at the next level.
“I’m very confident in myself,” he said. “I’m not cocky but I do believe in what I can do on the field.”