KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joining the Kansas City Chiefs could be a good thing for defensive lineman Chris Jones, their top draft pick. The Chiefs, who have veterans in Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard occupying their defensive line, don't have to rush Jones into their lineup.
But Kansas City has plenty of temptations for the 310-pound Jones, who was drafted early in the second round and is the Chiefs' top pick. They come in the form of the city's numerous barbecue joints and Jones indicated before his first rookie camp practice on Saturday he was eager to try as many as possible.
"I heard it's the best barbecue around," he said. "It's pretty exciting.
"I'm definitely going to have to go around the block to some barbecue places. I'll have to check everybody. You can't just go on one of them. You have to go around."
Frequent visits to such establishments can pack on the pounds. Poe, in fact, admitted to being a regular at some of those places shortly after joining the Chiefs as a first-round pick in 2012. Later, after realizing how that was setting him back physically, he said he quit those visits cold turkey.
Jones may eventually have to show that kind of discipline because ribs, brisket and everything else served at a barbecue joint happen to be Jones' favorites.
"You know on the test back in high school -- A, B, C or D?" he said. "I like all of the above.
"I've really never had an issue with . . . weight. I can keep it balanced. But I definitely have to watch how much I eat and what I eat and what time I eat so I won't just be packing on pounds."