Chris Jones is hoping that his world flips upside down this weekend.
The 2009 Brownsburg High School graduate and standout Bowling Green senior defensive lineman is expected to get selected in today’s third day of the NFL Draft (rounds 4-7 are chosen today).
Jones has been playing football since the age of 7 and hopes that his childhood dream of playing in the NFL becomes a reality today.
“It’s exciting, but at the same time it’s probably the most nerve wrecking thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Jones said.
During his time at Bowling Green, Jones was a 2012 MAC defensive player of the year and was a three-time all-MAC selection. The 6-foot-2, 302-pound lineman racked up 157 tackles, 28 sacks, and six forced fumbles in his four years as a Falcon.
Jones has heard from NFL teams, scouts, and even mock drafts online that he could be selected anywhere from the third round to going undrafted.
“Everybody could really look online and they could know about as much as me or more,” he laughed.
The NFL Combine gave Jones an opportunity to show teams why he should be drafted and the chance to get drafted in the NFL is not lost on him.
“It’s just an honor and a blessing,” Jones said. “But now it’s more of a nervous feeling. I’m trying to enjoy it, but it’s really hard not knowing where I’m going to be.”
Jones is planning on watching the draft with family, friends, and teammates in a large conference room on campus at the Bowling Green stadium today. He said he’ll also make sure he’s got his phone charger handy.
“My phone runs out of battery pretty quick already, but with all of the calls and texts I’ll probably be making, I feel like it’s going to die within three hours of my day,” he said.