Jones declares early for NFL Draft

Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Chris Jones has declared for the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Chris Jones has declared for the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Chris Jones is ready to take his talents to the next level.

The Houston native and Mississippi State defensive tackle has decided to pass up his final season in Starkville to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

After discussing it with my family, I will forgo my senior season at Mississippi State and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Jones said. “The past three years in Starkville have been unforgettable, and I am proud to be a part of the legacy that we created. I want to thank my teammates and coaches, especially head coach Dan Mullen and defensive line coach David Turner, for giving me the opportunity to wear the maroon and white. As I pursue a dream of playing in the NFL, I will always be a Bulldog.”

Jones started all 13 games for the Bulldogs this season, recording 44 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and four pass breakups. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after two tackles for loss and a sack in the Missouri game.

The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder concludes his collegiate career appearing in 39 games with 16 starts. Jones made 102 tackles, 18 for loss and 8.5 sacks.

Jones joins wide receiver teammate De’Runnya Wilson to declare for the NFL draft early. Mullen has lost five players to the NFL as underclassmen as Jones and Wilson join Fletcher Cox, Benardrick McKinney and Josh Robinson.

Jones is a former five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 2 prospect when he signed with MSU in 2013.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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