Draft Capsule: DT Chris Jones

Draft Capsule: DT Chris Jones

April 14, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Chris Jones (DT), Bowling Green

2012 Stats:

42 tackles, 19 TFL, 12.5 sacks

Projection:

7th-FA

Strengths:

He's a prototypical 4-3 defensive tackle who uses power to play stout against the run and to shoot gaps. He shows some bursts of quickness to get behind the line and to the quarterback, but he's going to make his money with his strength and ability to hold the line of scrimmage. Production speaks for itself, though he did it at a mid-major level.

Weaknesses:

Doesn't have excellent size for the position and it won't be enough to simply overpower interior offensive linemen in the NFL. His lack of speed is below-average for the position and that can hurt him when pursuing weak-side. Can lose leverage at times, which could be an issue at the next level.

Fit for the Bears:

Production is production, and Jones had plenty of it his senior year at Bowling Green. The Bears will be looking hard at their defensive tackle depth and Jones, with his solid strength inside, seems like a prime candidate for the Bears to consider late in the draft. If he can improve his footwork and get just a bit quicker, he has the potential to be an end-of-the-line rotation player on a defensive line.

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