Chiefs choose Jones in second round

Mississippi State’s Chris Jones celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs as the 37th pick in the second round. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Mississippi State’s Chris Jones celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs as the 37th pick in the second round. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chris Jones was the first Bulldog off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Mississippi State defensive tackle was selected as the 37th overall pick in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.

Jones, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from Houston, entered the draft a year early after starting all 13 games for the Bulldogs as a junior making 44 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and four pass breakups.

During his three-year stint in Starkville, Jones appeared in 39 games including 16 starts. He concluded his college career with 102 tackles, 18 for loss, 8.5 sacks and nine pass deflections.

Jones is the first MSU player picked by the Chiefs since Greg Favors in 1998. Kansas City did sign former Bulldog track standout Tautvydas Kieras as a free agent following his strong showing at MSU’s on-campus pro day last month.

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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