NFL Draft Profiles: Inside Linebackers For The Chiefs To Consider

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Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones (7) works out prior to the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 240 COLLEGE: Florida State

40 TIME: 4.74 BENCH: n/a 3-CONE: n/a

Christian Jones may be one of the more versatile linebackers in the draft, having success as both an outside and inside linebacker at Florida State. Given the way the Chiefs move Johnson around the field and the importance of his athleticism, Jones may make a lot of sense for Kansas City.

Jones could also act as a backup for either Justin Houston or Tamba Hali as an outside pass rusher. While he had only eight career sacks, his role was constantly changing at Florida State. Jones’ lack of numbers do not accurately reflect his abilities on the field as a pass rusher.

Drafting Jones is drafting a utility linebacker, which could be very useful given the way the Chiefs are always altering a flexing the defense. Keep in mind Eric Berry is about as likely to line up at linebacker as anyone else on the team. Creating positive matchups on defense is something that may be easier to do with Jones because of his versatility.

Here’s Dane Brugler’s thoughts on Jones.

"Tremendous athlete with has fluid footwork who flawlessly flips his hips to blanket tight ends or receivers down the field in coverage. Tall and long, which he uses well in coverage. Plays with excellent range and speed to chase down the action, taking proper angles in pursuit. Flashes the take-on strength to blow past blockers when he uses proper technique."

Jones is projected as a fourth round draft pick.