Finding Broncos: Scouting Defensive Lineman Chris Jones

Does MHH's draft insider think this heavy handed defensive lineman has what it takes to succeed with the defending world champions?

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 5.03 SEC







-Excellent at shedding blocks with strength in arms and upper body

-Quick initial step and burst off the snap

-Very efficient spin move

-Can bring his blocker to a stalemate against the run, before shedding to make the stop

-Shows excellent ability to split double teams

-Knows how to use leverage

-Long arms to keep offensive lineman's hands off of him

-Has quick feet and quick lateral foot quickness

-Can shift through the garbage to make the tackle

-Versatile and capable of playing multiple spots in multiple fronts

-Well-rounded player who can shut down the run and rush the passer

-Changed his off-field habits and improved his work ethic off-field and on

-Has flashed excellent and quick hand technique

-Athletic as the come for defensive linemen

-Strong lower base to hold ground against the run

-Heavy hands

-Has more than just a spin move to rush the passer

-Smarter player than some realize

-Understands complex concepts

-Quick to diagnose the play, and where the running lane is

-Gets around the edge really quick for a player his size


-A lot of inconsistency in his game

-While he understands leverage, he gets too upright at times

-Needs to get better at bending his knees

-Tends to give up pass rush when first move fails

-Slow change of direction

-Flat-footed rushing, which stalls momentum

-Only a one year as a full time starter

-Emotional in a bad way

Overall Thoughts

There is so much to like about Jones and what he would bring to a team, especially when the defense runs a scheme like Wade Phillips in Denver. Jones does so well when asked to play a single gap concept, as he can use his burst and athleticism to shoot the gap. However, Jones isn’t limited to playing in a single gap scheme and can two gap very well. To continue to talk about his versatility, Jones can play inside at nose tackle in a 3-4 front or as a 5-tech defensive end, but can also play on the inside of a 4-3 front.

Teams love versatility and athleticism and Jones has both. In fact, one of the closest athletic measurement comparisons for Chris Jones is a high draft pick from a year ago in Leonard Williams, but he also measures close to Muhammad Wilkerson, Malik Jackson and Cameron Heyward. Now these comparisons are just with their results from the combines athletic testing. So there is no doubt Jones is athletic as each of those players are praised for how athletic they are for their size.

For the Broncos, Jones would be a day one starter opposite Derek Wolfe on the defensive line. Pairing Jones with Bill Kollar would be huge from Jones development. Kollar has a history of molding big time defensive linemen, and Jones needs that kind of coaching to help him grow. His ceiling is much higher than Jacksons, and could make the defensive line even better than it was this past season.

Broncos Round Projection: Late first

Where He Goes: Mid-late first

Per sources, at least four teams have a top ten grade on Jones and many others have his as one of the top three defensive linemen in the draft. That is the high end of his grades, with other teams having a mid-late third round grade on Jones, as they just find him to be too much of a work in progress.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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