Chris Jones announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft on Twitter and Instagram today.
In a move that doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Mississippi State Defensive Lineman Chris Jones announced his intention to enter the NFL Draft in April. Here is the tweet he sent out earlier.
Jones was a relatively unknown prospect when he fist committed to Mississippi State as part of the Bulldogs 2013 recruiting class. But as Jones was seen by more and more scouts through various clinics and All-American games, his stock began to shoot up. He eventually finished as the second highest rated recruit behind only Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss.
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Chris Jones had a fantastic freshman season in which he was named to the Freshman All-SEC team. He finished the season with seven tackles for loss and three sacks.
The sophomore season was more of a struggle. Bulldog fans never saw the same motor and drive they saw from the highly rated recruit in 2014 that they saw in 2013. His tackle numbers went down, and his tackles for loss were cut in half. Jones rebounded some in his junior season reaching seven tackles for loss for the second time in his career.
He never quite played as well as many thought he would. But there were flashes of the great player that made scouts drool his senior season. And its those flashes that are driving Jones to the NFL.
A good combine and pro day could propel Jones to the first round, but it will be a stretch to get him there. He’s likely a second round pick, though third round is very possible as well. Jones finishes his Mississippi State career with 94 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. We wish him the best as he pursues his NFL dream!