Jalen Reeves-Maybin
No. 44     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-01-31) January 31, 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth: Clarksville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2017–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     43
Sacks     0.5
Forced fumbles     2
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     0

Jalen Ahmad Reeves-Maybin (born January 31, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee.

Early yearsEdit

Reeves-Maybin is the son of LaDawn Reeves and Marques Maybin. He attended Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee.[1] He played high school football for Northeast. He contributed to the team on offense as a quarterback. He gained more than 2,000 rushing yards as a senior, including 1,000 yards in three postseason games, with more than 300 yards in each game. He scored two touchdowns in playoff game against eventual state champion Beech Senior High School. He was named as an All-State selection on defense in 2012 by the Tennessee Sports Writers.[2]

College careerEdit

Before the 2013 season, Reeves-Maybin committed to play college football for the University of Tennessee under head coach Butch Jones.[3]

2013 seasonEdit

During the 2013 season, Reeves-Maybin, as a true freshman, was a standout on special teams with a team-best 11 tackles. He rotated between linebacker and defensive back, playing in 11 games with 14 tackles on the season. He had at least one tackle on special teams in six games in a row. In the annual rivalry game against the #6 Georgia Bulldogs, he had three tackles and blocked a punt in the third quarter that resulted in a touchdown punt return by teammate Devaun Swafford in the 34–31 overtime loss.[4]

2014 seasonEdit

During the 2014 season, Reeves-Maybin started in all 13 games. He finished tied for first on the team with 101 tackles with 11.0 tackles-for-loss. In his first career start, he recorded 10 tackles in the 38–7 victory over Utah State in the 2014 season opener at Neyland Stadium. He made his first-career interception, coming against rival Florida in the third quarter of the 10–9 loss. He posted a career-high 13 tackles in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl 45–28 victory over Iowa.[5]

2015 seasonEdit

During the 2015 season, Reeves-Maybin started in all 13 games. He finished seventh in overall tackles with 105 and ninth in the SEC in tackles per game (8.1). He led the team with 14.0 tackles-for-loss, which ranked eighth in the SEC, and second on team in sacks with 5.0. He had six tackles including a 9-yard sack in the 2016 Outback Bowl 45–6 victory over Northwestern.[6] He had a team-high nine tackles including a tackle-for-loss along with the game-sealing fumble recovery in the final minute and an additional forced fumble in the 27–24 victory over rival South Carolina. He had a team-best 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack in the 19–14 loss at #8 Alabama in the annual rivalry game. He had a career-high 21 tackles, most by a Volunteer since A. J. Johnson in 2012, including 3.0 tackles-for loss in a 2OT loss to #19 Oklahoma.

2016 seasonEdit

During the 2016 season, Reeves-Maybin suffered through an injury-plagued senior season. He started only four games, all in the early portion of the schedule. In the season opener against Appalachian State, he was ejected for targeting on a special teams play early in the game. He made 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss in the 45–24 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol.[7] In the third game of the season against Ohio, he suffered a left shoulder injury and had to leave the game. The next week, he appeared in the annual rivalry game against #19 Florida before exiting the game due to the injury. On October 18, it was announced that he would be sidelined for the rest of the season. He finished seventh in overall tackles with 105 and ninth in the SEC in tackles per game. He led the team with 14.0 tackles-for-loss, which ranked him eighth in the SEC, and was second on the team in sacks with 5.0.[2]

After the 2016 regular season, Reeves-Maybin declared his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[8]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2013 Tennessee SEC FR DB 9 8 6 14 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Tennessee SEC SO LB 13 63 38 101 11.0 2.0 1 1 1.0 0 0 2 0
2015 Tennessee SEC JR LB 13 66 39 105 14.0 6.0 0 0 0 4 2 2
2016 Tennessee SEC SR LB 4 12 8 20 2.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Tennessee 149 91 240 27.0 8.0 1 1 1.0 0 4 4 2

Professional careerEdit

Reeves-Maybin was one of 29 collegiate linebackers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He chose to only have measurements taken and met with teams due to a pre-existing shoulder injury.[9] On March 31, 2017, Reeves-Maybin attended Tennessee's pro day and performed all of the positional and combine drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including five NFL defensive coordinators and Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin.[10] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Reeves-Maybin was projected to be a sixth or seventh round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the 23rd best outside linebacker prospect in the draft by[11]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 230 lb32¼ in9⅝ in 4.68 s 1.64 s 2.68 s 4.38 s 7.35 s 35½ in 9 ft 9 in

The Detroit Lions selected Reeves-Maybin in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[12] He was the 11th linebacker chosen in 2017 and the second linebacker drafted by the Lions, behind first-rounder Jarrad Davis.


On May 12, 2017, the Detroit Lions signed Reeves-Maybin to a four-year, $3.01 million contract with a signing bonus of $618,887.[13]

Throughout training camp, he competed against Thurston Armbrister, Steve Longa, and Antwione Williams for a role as the backup outside linebacker. Head coach Jim Caldwell named Reeves-Maybin the backup weakside linebacker behind Tahir Whitehead to start the regular season.[14]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Detroit Lions' season-opening 35–23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.[15] On September 18, 2017, he recorded two combined tackles in a 24–10 victory at the New York Giants.[16] In Week 8, Reeves-Maybin collected five combined tackles while playing only 22 defensive snaps in the Lions' 20-15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reeves-Maybin missed two games (Weeks 10-11) with an ankle injury.[17] On December 10, 2017, he made a season-high six combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made assisted on his first career sack in the Lions' 24-21 victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He made his first career sack with teammate D. J. Hayden, as they both tackled quarterback Jameis Winston for a nine-yard loss.[18] He finished his rookie season with 30 combined tackles (25 solo), two pass deflections, and was credited with a half a sack in 14 games and zero starts.[19] Head coach Jim Caldwell was fired after the season although the Detroit Lions finished second in the NFC North with a 9-7 record.


In 2018, Reeves-Maybin played in nine games before being placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2018 with toe and neck injuries.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Reeves-Maybin is the cousin of current New York Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin.[21]

Additionally, he is the son of former Louisville Cardinals standout basketball player Marques Maybin. Marques was a shooting guard at the University of Louisville from 1998-2002.[22]


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  4. "Georgia vs. Tennessee - Game Recap - October 5, 2013". ESPN. October 6, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  5. "2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Official Game Stats". Stat Broadcast.
  6. "2016 Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Tennessee Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  7. "Virginia Tech vs Tennessee (Sep 10, 2016)". CBS Interactive. September 10, 2016.
  8. Crawford, Brad (December 3, 2016). "Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin will enter NFL Draft". Knoxville News Sentinel.
  9. Kirschner, Alex (March 6, 2017). "NFL Combine results 2017: Full numbers for linebackers".
  10. Griffith, Mike (March 31, 2017). "Tennessee football pro day results: Butch Jones relishes outgoing players’ growth, performance".
  11. "Jalen Reeves-Maybin, DS #23 OLB, Tennessee". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  12. Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  13. " Jalen Reeves-Maybin contract".
  14. Meinke, Kyle (September 5, 2017). "Detroit Lions list 6 new starters on first depth chart of regular season".
  15. "Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions - September 10th, 2017" (in en).
  16. "Detroit Lions at New York Giants - September 18th, 2017" (in en).
  17. rotowire (November 3, 2017). "Lions' Jalen Reeves-Maybin: Absent from injury report". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  18. "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2017: Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  19. "NFL Player stats: Jalen Reeves-Maybin (2017)". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  20. "Lions place LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin on Reserve-Injured". December 5, 2018.
  21. Meinke, Kyle. "New Lions LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is cousins with ex-Tigers OF Cameron Maybin". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  22. Rothstein, Michael. "Jalen Reeves-Maybin's goal: Similar success as his cousin, Cameron Maybin" (in en).

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