Name: Christian Jones
Weight: 232 lbs
Twitter Handle: Unknown/Unavailable
2012 Season Stats: 95 total tackles, 3 passes defended, started all 14 games
Prognostication: A new defensive coordinator and a new position for Christian Jones. Now that Jeremy Pruitt is constructing the defense, expect Jones to move to the inside linebacker spot for good. Considering his strengths as a player (see below) the move shouldn’t be too difficult. You can also expect Jones to continue to improve on his play as he has done each season he has been with the program. Will now be expected to be a leader on and off the field as well as being the eyes and ears for Pruitt during the games themselves.
Strengths: Holy athleticism Batman! Christian Jones is built like a linebacker you would create in a video game. Even more so, Jones is huge and athletic — a combination of things that seems to be a recurring theme while evaluating Florida State players. Despite making the move from weakside linebacker to the inside, fully expect Jones’ natural talents to exceed whatever limitations would normally come with a position change. He also performed very well from the inside spot during spring practices. Don’t expect a drop in production nor any adjustment time for the veteran.
Weaknesses: Jones does have some weaknesses. If he didn’t, well, he would have entered early for the previous NFL Draft. For the college level, however, there isn’t a slew of issues that would prevent him from being a top linebacker in the nation. With playing weakside linebacker last season one would hope he would have gotten to the QB a little bit more (zero sacks). To be fair, though, they didn’t really ask for him to attack on passing plays all that much. Jones is clearly expected to be one of the nation’s top defensive players. That is evident by his preseason nods on several defensive player of the year award lists.
Fairly random, but awesome, Christian Jones factoid: Jones’ father, Willie Jones Sr., played defensive end for FSU. Making Jones a legacy player.
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