NFL Draft: Film review of Mississippi State DL Chris Jones

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on the potential first round defensive lineman.

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Chris Jones

Position: Defensive End/Defensive Tackle

College: Mississippi State

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 308 lbs

(Analysis of games vs. LSU, La Tech, NC State)

Positives: Chris Jones has a rare body type. He has a bit of a bubble butt where he generates strength but also has incredible length. He is very hard to move off the spot because he's strong and his arms are so long he's able to keep blockers off him. Interior lineman just do not have the arm length to contend with him. Jones is good at the point of attack holding blockers, reading and shedding to bring down ball carriers. He also does a good job eating up blockers so other players can make plays. Jones played as a 1-Tech and a 3-Tech from a four man front and as a 5-Tech in a three man front. He showed some good explosion off the ball when he was allowed to do it. Jones also showed an ability to beat blockers with quick hand moves.

Concerns: Jones needs to work on counter-moves. He often didn't have a plan if he didn't win after his initial surge. He also needs to remember he is 6'6" because he'd get too high after his initial surge and it made it harder for him to win match-ups. Jones lost weight from his last year to this year so hopefully he can keep that off because he looked quicker off the ball. 

If drafted by Redskins: Jones possesses that wingspan and length that GM Scot McCloughan loves. Being from Missisippi State, he also already been a teammate to budding star, Preston Smith who McCloughan took in the second round last year. The Redskins need youth in the trenches and Jones already hits on a few key prototype traits. Jones would play as a defensive end in base and then kick inside on passing downs. 

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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