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2016 NFL Draft: Chris Jones selected 37th by Kansas City

Chris Jones - DL, Mississippi StatePick Analysis


Chris Jones – DL, Mississippi State

Pick Analysis

One of the Green Room guys who was left behind after day 1 finally gets his name called. Dontari Poe is in the final year of his contract and could be pretty expensive to keep around, so it is wise to bring in a possible replacement. Jones surprised a lot of people when he announced he would enter the draft as a junior, but at his Pro Day he showed us why. He lit it up. He must be more consistent, but he has all the tools. He’s very powerful and will plug the middle of the defense. He could be great pretty soon. (Remy Cabache)

Player Analysis

While from a football perspective it would have been preferable to see Jones stay for his senior season in college and improve his overall game and consistency, he’s none-the-less a talented addition to the 2016 pool.  There’s no question that Jones comes with first round measurables in terms of size, length and power, and that he flashes first round ability as a disruptor with an explosive pass rush.  Right now though, the consistency isn’t quite there.  The motor can run a little hot and cold.  The great plays he makes get you excited but then leave you asking where is that powerful rush more often?  Jones saw plenty playing time in his freshman season but was part of a strong rotation of defensive tackles that the Bulldogs had at their disposal.  As a result, his snaps and number of starts were limited in his first two years before finally becoming a full time starter in 2015, and will enter the pros as still fairly inexperienced having started just 16 of his 39 games played.  His game is quite raw, and the fact that teams can’t be certain what they will be getting with him adds an element of risk to selecting him.  In terms of upside and potential, Jones has as much as all these top prospects.  His game looked much improved all round as he took on a more prominent role this past season, helped by the fact that he had cut down some of the weight on his long frame, leading to a step up in production with a still admittedly modest 44 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks.  During his time in college, his athleticism and speed for such a big guy was put to use at times as a 4-3 defensive end as well as playing inside.  It’s unlikely to see him used that way in the NFL but speaks again to his physical abilities (he also used to play some basketball before committing to football).  If he can put it all together, Jones has as much to offer as anyone in this class. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Chris Jones selected 37th by Kansas City

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