Chris Jones
Round 2-3
Eventual Starter

Chris Jones

Defensive Tackle
Mississippi State
  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 310
  • 40-Yard: 5.03
  • Arm: 34 ½
  • Hand: 10 ¾

Strong Points

Has ideal defensive tackle size at 6’6 – 310 with 34 ½” arms. He can run and change direction and overall movement skills are very good. Has strength and flashes play making ability. Has plays where he looks like a top 10 type pick. Very tough to move off the line of scrimmage and can occupy two blockers. Doesn’t get much sack production but does get a number of pressures.

Weak Points

Inconsistent production. His motor runs hot and cold. Can look great one play and very average the next. Lacks a consistent high level of intensity. Lacks good hand use and can be slow to shed. Not a top pass rusher. Can be inconsistent as a pursuit player. More of a reactor than an instinctive player. While strong, he doesn’t show consistent explosiveness.

The Way We See It

Jones is a perfect example of a boom or bust type pick. He has excellent natural talent but we only see flashes of it on the field. Looking at his physical dimensions, he has all the tools to be great. He is tall, long, strong and athletic. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be a very good NFL defensive lineman. It gets frustrating looking at the tape though because he is an inconsistent competitor. He can look dominating one play and very average the next. He is said to be a good kid who loves the game but on the immature side. If the light ever turns on, look out because his natural traits are hard to find. Because of that, he will get drafted high, most likely in the second round. Whether or not he lives up to being drafted that high remains to be seen.