The New Sackmaster In The HouseSeptember 2nd, 2013
The Bucs pulled a surprise move yesterday signing the pride of Bowling Green and the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, DT Chris Jones, a rookie sixth-round pick of the Texans. Jones was waived by the Texans and gobbled up by the Bucs.
Joe knows many fans mock the MAC, but it’s produced several stud pros, and Jones racked up 12 1/2 sacks last year. That’s pretty darn rare for a tackle.
In this pre-draft interview below, Jones references a formal scouting combine interview with the Bucs, and talks about how he advised teams and scouts to watch his performance against the Gators to open the 2012 college football season. Joe also read a Toledo Blade story in which Jones said he thought the Bucs were going to draft him.
Joe suspects the Bucs wanted Jones, if they couldn’t get Akeem Spence, who they obviously snagged by trading up in the fourth round. Joe also suspects rookie William Gholston, the Bucs’ other rookie fourth-rounder, might be on thin ice with the presence of Jones.