Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones opted to forego his senior year in Starkville, Miss., as he declared for the upcoming NFL Draft.
“After discussing it with my family, I will forego my senior season at Mississippi State and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Jones in a release on the school’s website. “The past three years in Starkville have been unforgettable, and I am proud to be a part of the legacy that we created. I want to thank my teammates and coaches, especially head coach Dan Mullen and defensive line coach David Turner, for giving me the opportunity to wear the maroon and white. As I pursue a dream of playing in the NFL, I will always be a Bulldog.”
Jones had 102 career tackles, including 18 for loss. He recorded 8.5 sacks and finished his career with 16 starts.
In 2015 he was named a second-team All-America selection by Pro Football Focus and was the recipient of the SEC defensive lineman of the week following a win at Missouri.