The linebacker position is one that might not be thought of as a high priority for the Carolina Panthers. They drafted two linebackers last year (Shaq Thompson and David Mayo) to go along with two of the best linebackers in the league (Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis).
While the position group looks excellent from top to bottom, it may not stop them from drafting another linebacker in the upcoming NFL Draft. According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the Panthers held a private workout with LSU linebacker Deion Jones.
Jones is an incredibly fast outside linebacker, finishing third at the NFL Combine in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.59. This past season was the first time Jones really got to showcase what he was able to do as a starting linebacker with 88 of his career 152 tackles in 2015.
He also had 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown as a senior.
The biggest concern for Jones as noted on the scouting report by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein is that he only has one year of starting experience. He also mentions that Jones is a bit undersized for the position however he is the same height (6'1") and only roughly 12 pounds lighter than the Panthers' current outside linebacker, Thomas Davis (Davis 235, Jones 222).
The Panthers have shown to value speed and quickness at the position with Davis, as well as the pick of Thompson last year, so it would make sense that they would take a closer look at Jones.
*All stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.