Breaking Down Mississippi State DT Chris Jones

Jones was an underclassmen who decided to enter the draft early. While he has very good natural talent he probably would have been better off staying in school another year. He certainly has talent and entering the draft now certainly won’t affect his draft status that much, but the key here is he emotionally ready to play and compete at the next level. He is said to be a good kid but he is still young and immature. He basically doesn’t know how good he can be. When he enrolled at Mississippi State he was a very highly recruited player with offers from some of the better programs in the country. He played in all games as a true freshman including three starts. He didn’t progress as expected and played as a backup in 2014. In 2015 he started every game and showed inconsistent. When he was good, he was very good, but still only finished with 44 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Chris Jones – DT – Mississippi State Size – 6060 – 310 – 5.03 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. Summation – 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. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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