5. Chris Jones
Chris Jones has quickly turned into one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL today. Although he missed three games this past year, the first time he’s missed a game before in his four-year career, he’s always made life hard for opposing offensive linemen.
Jones garnered attention in 2018 after finishing third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks. That came after setting an NFL record of 11 consecutive games with a sack. This past year, Jones managed to lead the team in sacks with nine, doing so in 13 games. Jones has led the team in sacks each of the last two seasons.
Jones’ biggest moment was in Super Bowl 54. His stat line of zero tackles, zero sacks, zero quarterback hits and one assist does not fairly describe his contributions in helping the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 years. When the Chiefs were rallying to come back in the fourth quarter after facing a 10-point deficit, Jones was a vital part in forcing quick three-and-outs to help the Chiefs get the ball back and take the lead, and again, allowing the Chiefs to add to their lead. Jones finished the game with three passes defended, which were big difference makers in the Super Bowl.
In the last three seasons, Jones has collected 31 sacks, averaging more than 10 sacks per year. He also has seven forced fumbles, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown during that three-year span.
Jones has been Kansas City’s most consistent defensive lineman the past three seasons. The Chiefs revamped their defense the last two offseasons, releasing and trading a lot of key players. Jones was one of the few players who the Chiefs decided to keep, and it has shown why.