Mississippi State's Chris Jones provides of tale of unaccomplished greatness and untapped potential. A five star recruit out of high school, Jones was heavily recruited before settling on Mississippi State, manning their defensive line for the three subsequent years. Despite his lack of production, (2 and a half sacks and his junior year) Jones graded well in pro football focus' metric system.
"For a guy with the "questionable motor" label, he was awfully productive in our grading system," Jeff Dooley wrote. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder had PFF's No. 1 pass-rushing grade among DTs last year, with 46 pressures and three sacks on 284 pass-rushing snaps
Jones brings tremendous versatility to the table. He's lined up at every position on the defensive line, 7 technique included.
Picking Chris Jones in the second round brings better value then picking DeForest Buckner at six. An ideal hypothetical situation would be for the Ravens to trade down in the first round and gain an extra second round pick to use on a combination of Jones and a pass rusher or a cornerback in the second round.
With his versatility and his pass rush prowess, despite his lack of production, Jones could become one of the steals of the draft.