Potential 2015 sleeper: LSU

LSU fans who paid attention to the personnel on the Tigers' special teams units will already know today's sleeper. But Deion Jones should do a lot more than cover kicks this fall. He seems prepared to make an impact on scrimmage downs as Kwon Alexander's successor at weakside linebacker.


Sleeper: Deion Jones, OLB, Sr.

Why: With his combination of impressive speed and veteran status, Jones should step in as an immediate leader on LSU's defense despite his lack of starting experience. He has just one start to his credit -- last season against Louisiana-Monroe, when Alexander was out with an injury -- but teammates have high expectations for Jones in a position where he should rack up tackles. He made 27 stops, 3.5 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble last fall, but it would not be much of a surprise to see Jones double or triple those numbers this fall. Speed is definitely his calling card, but if he continues to progress at taking on blockers and becomes a solid all-around linebacker, Jones could develop into a true weapon on an LSU defense that should once again rank among the SEC's best in 2015.