TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – By any measure Jonas Griffith’s senior season at Indiana State was bound to catch the attention of NFL scouts. For the 2nd straight year the All American linebacker led the Missouri Valley Conference with 106 tackles in the regular season. He added four sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss. But like many prospects preparing for the draft, he’s had to adjust the way he communicates with teams.
“I feel like it’s definitely made it harder you know just to get your numbers out there teams are worried about your 40 time teams worried about if you can move they’re worried about you know your character issues you know just trying to figure out what type of person you are you know as well as the pandemic you know didn’t allow me and others to not have top 30 visits that allow us to go visit teams facilities and get to you know meet the team in a different aspect than on the field you know get to know them personality wise and stuff like that,” he said.
Jonas brings excellent tackling skills and an eye for where he needs to be, some of the reasons why he was so good for the Sycamores. Here’s what else he brings to the table. “The team would be better because I’m a part of it I’d just say I’m going to bring that hard work to that team I’m just going to work my tail off whether it’s special teams or if it’s linebacker I’m going to give my best to the team and you know just be a great asset for that team,” he said.
He also just graduated in December and has fond memories about his time in Terre Haute. Now his focus is on where he might be selected. But if he’s not drafted he knows there are other options available. “I’ve heard teams say from a late round anywhere from 5th round to priority free agent so you know hopefully I’ll hear my name called you know that would be a big day for me and my family as well as the university. I mean me being selfish I would like to hear my name called you know I feel like that would be like surreal you know just a moment you know just where you’ve worked your tail off you know just to get to that moment I feel like that would be pretty cool and just to hear your name called you know as a kid growing up you watched all these guys and their name called you know hopefully you get your name called you know as a kid growing up,” said Griffith.
And if that does happen Jonas knows it will be a culmination of his hard work and dedication in becoming part of the elite few to play professional football. “First of all I would just be super thankful you know that I’ve been able to get to that moment you know and I know it’s not just me you know there’s a lot of people that have put in you know time and effort for me to get to that moment you know from my family to Indiana State the coaches my teammates you know and people like there so you know there’s a lot of things behind it so I feel like that moment would not just be me it would be my whole support system,” he said. The NFL Draft begins with teams drafting virtually on Thursday April 23rd.