Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Green Bay may have just gotten the best defensive lineman in the draft with Chris Jones. He can play every spot/technique in a 3-4, interior in a 4-3 and even on the edge in a 4-3 in a pinch. He's big enough to play NT and has long enough arms to hold off double teams and 2 gap. He's also a great 1 gap penetrator. So why does a player of his talent fall this far? Lack of effort at times and questions about his technique.
The former is more concerning than the latter, but it is still amazing that he was as productive and disruptive as he was while being so technically raw. This may mean he has the highest ceiling of all D linemen because he's literally just scratching the surface.
He will slide perfectly into GB's defense as a 3-4 end. He can also play NT for them in a pinch. In nickel/dime situations he can slide in and play DT next to Mike Daniels who played at an elite level last year.
Green Bay needs a disruptive presence on the interior of the line to allow Peppers and Mathews the chance to exploit Tackles in 1 on 1 situations, and Jones provides that.
Here's a good article from ProFootballFocus explaining why we should all pay more attention to him.
Position fit: 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle. Could also play some base end in a 4-3.
What he does best:
Elite strength. When he plays low, offensive linemen end up in the backfield
Elite length. Able to keep his body clean and control guards with one or two hands
Size and skillset to line up anywhere on the line and be effective
Plays through linemen to the running back as opposed to attacking running backs and getting washed out
Terribly inconsistent. Lowest grade of the season came against Northwestern State
Effort is a concern. Looked to give up on some plays even though he wasn't playing a high volume of snaps and had more negative grades than you'd like from a top pick.
Burst off the line is lacking. Has a tendency to get high off the snap and play patty cake
Didn't show the change of direction to translate pressures into sacks and bring down quarterbacks
It's hard not to see some Wilkerson in Jones' game. Strength and length are the calling cards for each. And it's not unlikely for Jones to have a similar career arc. Wilkerson struggled adjusting to the pro game as a rookie before becoming one of the game's premier interior defenders.
Bottom line: The Mississippi State defensive tackle is terribly unrefined at this point, but his physical tools are too vast to ignore. He's only a junior yet already produced at a level unrivaled in the SEC. If his consistency improves in the NFL, he'll be worthy of a top-10 pick.
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||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tennessee||Leremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss||Chris Dunnells||74%|
|2||Cleveland||Jared Goff, QB, California||quickdrawdoc||44%|
|3||San Diego||Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
|4||Dallas||DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon||Tee Word||52%|
|5||Jacksonville||Myles Jack, LB, UCLA||SxSnts9||73%|
|6||Baltimore||Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida||Lostastic||64%|
|7||San Francisco||Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.||BlackandGold4ever||58%|
|8||Philadelphia||Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State||ukesilence||64%|
|9||Tampa Bay||Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State||RyanAb9||85%|
|10||New York Giants||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.||Johnny BeGood||38%|
|11||Chicago||Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson||NOLASaintsBeast||63%|
|12||New Orleans||Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville||Dave Cariello||69%|
|13||Miami||Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame||saintmanumit||45%|
|14||Oakland||Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama||Chris Dunnells||60%|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis||quickdrawdoc||32%|
|16||Detroit||Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State||Khannar||67%|
|17||Atlanta||Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State||Dave Choate||66%|
|18||Indianapolis||Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia||NOLASaintsBeast||69%|
|19||Buffalo||Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky||Jaimichaelugp||33%|
|20||New York Jets||Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/OLB, Oklahoma St||RyanAb9||54%|
|21||Washington||Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.||saintmanumit||69%|
|22||Houston||Will Fuller, WR, NotreDame||Tee Word||35%|
|23||Minnesota||Josh Doctson, WR, TCU||SxSnts9|
|24||Cincinnati||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor||coldpizza|
|25||Pittsburgh||William Jackson III, CB, Houston||WhoDat365|
|26||Seattle||Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas St.||Matt Mosley|
|27||Green Bay||Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi St.||Johnny BeGood|
|29||New England (Forfeited)||Forfeited pick||---------||--------|