Mississippi State’s Chris Jones declares for NFL draft

Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Chris Jones has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season at MSU. MSU photo
Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Chris Jones has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season at MSU.
MSU photo

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones has decided to declare for the NFL draft.

The school released a statement confirming Jones’ decision on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound junior has been one of the best players on Mississippi State’s defensive line the past three seasons. He had 44 tackles, including 7½ for loss and 2½ sacks as a junior.

Jones thanked Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and defensive line coach David Turner in the statement released by the school. He added that the “past three years in Starkville have been unforgettable, and I am proud to be a part of the legacy that we created.”

The Houston, Mississippi, native had 102 total tackles in his career, including 18 tackles for a loss and 8½ sacks in 16 starts.

Some scouting services have Jones as a possible third round pick.

Jones’ announcement comes one day after his defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, announced he was leaving MSU to take the same position at the University of Miami under new coach Mark Richt.

Mississippi Press staff writer Warren Kulo contributed to this report.

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