TSV Scouting Department

Christian Jones

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Christian Jones Photo: 24/7 Sports

Breakdown:

#7
Class: Senior
Height: 6'3 1/4"
Weight: 234 lbs.
School: Florida State
Bio:
  • 2x Second-team All-ACC (2013, 2012)
  • Played ILB, OLB and DE in his career at FSU
  • Led the team with six QB hurries
  • 2013 stats:  56 tackles, two sacks and eight TFL

 

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Jones accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile
  • On Tuesday, the former FSU star came down to pass rush 1-on-1s and lit up the South tackles, in addition to two other strong edge players.  Jones, Auburn's Dee Ford and Arkansas' Chris Smith administered a proper whipping on the South OL on Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, again, Jones was way too much to handle in pass rush drills against skill position players and he showed fluid, quick-twitch explosion in coverage.  He was impressive this week and will catch the eye of defenses looking for scheme versatility.
  • Jones tallied six tackles during Saturday's game.

Pros

  • Has played ILB, OLB and DE over last two seasons
  • As a pass rusher, features outstanding first step off the snap
  • Drops fluidly into coverage and transitions forward smoothly
  • Good closing speed
  • Aggressive hand use and often gets "hands on" first
  • Steady, sure tackler who plays downhill
  • Shows ability to stack and shed in space

Cons

  • Relies much more on speed than strength
  • Has good hands, but sometimes too willing to avoid blockers as LB
  • Average recognition
  • Tall, angular body type without much of a base
  • As OLB, will have some issues setting edge against stronger TEs

Report

Some teams will call Christian Jones a "tweener" because he's been moved all over the field and they will look at that as a knock.  We tend to look at it as a strength in this day and age of hybrid football and hybrid athletes.
 
As a LB, Jones is aggressive and gets downhill quickly to attack running plays near the line of scrimmage.  He doesn't just sit back and wait.  Jones is one of the best tacklers in this draft with a tackle efficiency rating of 96.2% and he is well-schooled the art of shedding blockers and proper hand usage. 
 
Jones might be able to add more weight to his frame, but he doesn't have the body type to be a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE and his most likely destination will be 3-4 ILB or 4-3 WOLB.  While Jones doesn't have as much thickness as some teams want out of a LB, he makes up for it with aggressiveness, a nose for the ball and an ability to explode to ball.
 
Jones' biggest impact would be as an ILB in the 3-4 where he can run and chase and make plays.  His ability to rush the passer is an added bonus for teams who like to blitz with their ILBs and he can also bump outside and rush off the edge if a defensive coordinator wants to give an offense a different look.  Jones probably won't go until the 2nd round, but he's a rock-solid prospect with high football character and a great fit for teams looking for scheme-flexible talent.

Fantasy This or That?

Check out Fantasy Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome