KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With an eye toward a potential positional need next season, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones with the first of their two second-round picks.
My take: The Chiefs could be losing defensive lineman Dontari Poe to free agency after next season. The addition of Jones gives the Chiefs insurance in case that happens. In the meantime, the 6-6, 308-pound Jones gives the Chiefs another big, capable player to plug into their defensive line rotation. The Chiefs can use Jones in a rotation that also includes Poe, Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard. Jones probably won’t be a starter as a rookie but could get a lot of snaps and help keep the veteran defensive linemen fresh. The Chiefs have given their starting lineman, particularly Poe, a lot of snaps in recent seasons.
Not lacking for confidence: Asked for a scouting report on himself after being drafted by the Chiefs, Jones said, “A very dominant player. Has the ability to be a Pro Bowler. Needs to work on a few things. Could be one of the best of all-time. It’s up to him." Asked what he needs to work on, Jones said, “I feel like there’s always something to get better at. When you stop getting better at something, you start losing concentration and things and you think you’re too good. So I’m always looking for ways to get better as a player and an individual."
Basketball background helps: Jones was a basketball player in high school in Houston, Mississippi. He says playing basketball helped his development as a football player. “It kind of gave me that lanky, pass-rushing mobility. In basketball, you’ve got to be (quick). I was a heck of a basketball player, too. Let me state that.’’
What’s next: The Chiefs have another second-round pick, this one No. 59 overall. They don’t have a third-round selection.