The 2013 NFL draft will be no different from any other draft.
It will have its share of sure-fire, can’t miss prospects and its share of small school players who will ultimately exceed any pro scout’s expectation of them.
Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys, the three previous drafts, under head coach Jason Garrett, have produced six starters in the first two rounds, and hopefully that trend will continue in 2013. What may have gone unnoticed, however, is that he’s found some pretty good talent in the third through seventh rounds also.
I’m hopeful that trend will continue, which is why I want to place a spotlight on Bowling Green State University defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones is really flying under the radar right now, but that could change in the upcoming weeks.
When I watched Jones’ highlights, he definitely stands out. So, why is he not receiving more coverage? Well, that could be because he’s not a behemoth. At 6’1” 293 lbs. Jones is, by NFL standards, an undersized defensive lineman, but that shouldn’t overshadow what he’s been able to accomplish on the field.
In 2012, Jones received First Team All-MAC honors, Associated Press Third Team All-American honors and was named the MAC defensive player of the year. Besides the accolades, I like that this young man is durable, as evidenced by the 50 games he played in over his collegiate career, 44 of which he started.
His stats in 2012 included playing in and starting all 13 games while recording 42 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Overall, he finished third in the country in sacks, and tied for seventh in tackles for loss.
Currently, Jones is projected to be a late sixth or early seventh round pick, but that shouldn’t discourage you, Cowboys fans, or have you forgotten about a pair of undersized seventh-round defensive linemen who did pretty good with Dallas in Jay Ratliff and Sean Lissemore?