Christian Jones – Outside Linebacker – Florida State
Size – 6033 – 240 – 4.71
Strong Points – Size, athlete, play speed, pass rush, pursuit, pass drop and coverage
Weak Points – Average instincts, can be slow to shed, has average hands
2013 stats – 56 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, six QB hurries, one interception
Summation – Jones is a fourth-year junior and a three-year starter. He has played both Will and Sam linebacker for Florida St. On passing downs, he is often lines up in a three-point stance as a pass rusher.
Jones has very good outside linebacker size at 6033 – 240. He is a very good athlete who is smooth, has good change of direction, and plays faster than his timed speed. He has loose hips and moves well in transition.
Jones is more of a reactor than an instinctive player. He doesn’t anticipate things. It’s more "see" then react. This can cause him to be a step late getting to plays. His overall run defense is good. He plays with strength at the point and seldom gives ground to blockers. He needs to use his hands better and shed more quickly. He is a very good pursuit player who takes good angles and shows he can catch plays from behind.
While not used in coverage a lot, he has a good drop, shows he can play man or zone and has good ball reactions. At the combine, he showed average hands. As a pass rusher, he gets off the ball quickly, stays low, and is able to push the pocket. He has some moves, and while he doesn’t have a great many sacks, he gets pressures.
Overall, Jones can play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or be a Sam in a 4-3. In either case, he will probably be used as a designated pass rusher for passing situations. I don’t see Jones coming in as a rookie starter, but he can contribute on special teams. He needs to develop quicker reactions in order to become a starter. It will be his second or third year before he becomes a fulltime player.
Grade – B 6.5