We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again. If case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
A three year starter for Florida State and the key part of his game was versatility. Jones played both outside linebacker as well as defensive end. In his senior year he had 56 tackles 8 for loss, one interception and two sacks. At 6’3″ and 241 pounds he physically gifted, tall and long, with great upside. He is a fluid linebacker that can sift through traffic, has the speed to move into every angle and can cover a lot of ground. Moves quickly up field against the run, good pass rusher and plays coverage well. He is still a bit raw, needs to work on shedding blockers and understanding coverages better.
He was rated a 4th or 5th selection but went undrafted. The main reasons were, that due to his versatility and a less than stellar senior season most teams didn’t know where to use him. Also, he failed his drug test at the Combine. At the first day at Bears rookie mini camp, Christian admitted he made a mistake, a life learning experience and was grateful to the Bears for the chance. During mini camp he impressed the coaches with his athletic skills.
He will definitely compete in training camp for a roster spot at either SAM or WILL backer. With Briggs entering what some believe his last season (either by contract or playing ability), Jones should press Greene for the back up role at WILL. Otherwise, if Bositc moves to MIKE he could rotate with McClellin at SAM. Regardless, where he finds himself, he will contribute on special teams.
His father, Willie Jones played football for the Seminoles with Bears linebacker coach, Reggie Herring.
Jones fits the physical criteria that Emery likes. A long and tall player with great upside and has the potential to be a NFL star.