“It’s awesome to be able to have the opportunity to learn from such great guys that have done a lot for the game and are very good at what they do,” he said.
Houston General Manager Rick Smith was asked by the Houston Chronicle to name a player to keep an eye on who was picked after the first three rounds.
“I really liked him,” Smith said. “I think when he comes in the building, just the way that he approaches the game and the kind of make up that he has, I think it’s going to be very hard to keep him off the field because he just plays relentlessly, and is very productive.”
Jones said he was flattered to hear his general manager talk about him like that.
“They drafted me for a reason,” he said. “I’m going to go there and show them that they didn’t waste a draft pick, that they got more than what they were banking on. But that’s great to see that they think highly of me and it definitely gives me more motivation to show them more.”
Once Jones signs his contract and gets his first paycheck, he’s going to get a car because he doesn’t have one of his own, a place to live, and most randomly, a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
“I need to have great nights of sleep,” Jones laughed. “That’s one thing I know, after long days of working out and stuff I want to come back to a comfortable bed and be able to sleep.”
Brownsburg has had alumni drafted in the MLB (Lance Lynn, Tucker Barnhart, Drew Storen), MLS (Chris Estridge) and NBA (Gordon Hayward) and now Jones completes the men’s professional sports circle with the NFL.
‘To be the first guy drafted in the NFL from there is a huge accomplishment. I feel very blessed,” he said. “To be in the same category as like Gordon Hayward and like all the other guys who got drafted from Brownsburg. Brownsburg is a great school, a great program and great people come from there.”