by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
January 2005

Jonathan Babineaux   DT   Iowa


Jonathan is a strong, powerful kid with excellent quickness and good speed. He is a team player and an excellent pass rusher. He is strong in the college game against the run and has excellent football instincts. He is an impact player for his team and will be a core player and fan favorite for the team that drafts him. Jonathan is the type of player that does not need to be on the field for every down to impact the game. He shows leadership qualities and makes the players around him better.

Needs to Improve

Jonathan will have to find a position at the next level. His size does not lend itself to the DT position in the NFL. I have no doubts that he will accomplish this and still be an impact player on special teams as he works to find the right position in the NFL. Changing and finding a position will affect his draft status, but Jonathan has 1st round athleticism that will impact at the next level.

Talent Board Round  1

Jonathan has the talent to be a DE or a 1-gap DT,  maybe even a MLB.  I bet when he gets to the combine, that some smart team will work him out at FB and even TE. My advice to the 32 teams in this draftÖdonít worry about what position Jonathan will play, worry about making sure your team drafts the kid. Jonathan loves to play football and that is it in a nutshell. (Iím in a nutshell. How did I get in this nutshell?!) Jonathan reminds me of Dan Klecko when he came out. These are players that you need on your team to be a playoff of Super Bowl team. They add toughness, character and a whole lot of unusual and hidden talent to your squad. They can help you stuff the run or rush the passer. They can also be your leader on special teams. Jonathan might end up as an MLB in the end or a DE/OLB. He could go as high as the 2nd round or in the 4th round. Me personally, I would take him no later than the 3rd round. I just hope my favorite team drafts him, thatís all I can say!