Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Chris Jones will enter the 2016 NFL Draft and forgo his senior year in Starkville. Jones released a statement earlier today.
“After discussing it with my family, I will forego my senior season at Mississippi State and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” said Jones. “The past three years in Starkville have been unforgettable, and I am proud to be a part of the legacy that we created. I want to thank my teammates and coaches, especially head coach Dan Mullen and defensive line coach David Turner, for giving me the opportunity to wear the maroon and white. As I pursue a dream of playing in the NFL, I will always be a Bulldog.”
It’s thought that Jones will be a better fit for a 3-4 defense and play on the end. At 6’6 320 pound Jones can cause a lot of havoc up front. This year he had 44 tackles, 7 1/2 were for a loss with 2 1/2 sacks. While that may not seem like alot of tackles it doesn’t take into consideration how he disrupted the offensive line and messed up the running lanes. The Bulldog standout was voted second team All-American by Pro Football Focus
Jones could’ve benefited by another year on campus but without Dak Prescott under center next year it was probably best to try his hand at the NFL. He is projected to be a third or fourth round pick but that could always change as player’s stock rises and falls all the way up to the draft.
The Titans might be a good for Jones with the 3-4 scheme. He wouldn’t start right away but he’s a big guy who can move and with his big body he could really make things difficult for AFC South offensive lines.