Jordan Jones’ roller coaster career at Kentucky did not have a storybook ending, but he could parlay it into an NFL contract.
The linebacker earned All-SEC honors after his sophomore season. A year later he was not the same player, plagued by injuries and self-inflicted setbacks.
“I got in a little trouble in the beginning of my career, but I had a chance to redeem myself after that,” Jones told KSR at the NFL Combine. “When they gave me that other chance, I definitely capitalized.”
In his final season at UK, Jones recorded 68 tackles, 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He did it all without losing his cool on the football field. Even though Jones did not earn any unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, he made another significant mistake off the field.
“I dropped the ball on school a little bit. I was so invested in football at the time,” Jones said. “That wasn’t an excuse to drop the ball. I had to live with those mistakes. I had to miss the Citrus Bowl.”
He missed a chance to celebrate in the confetti with his teammates, a lesson learned he will not soon forget, thanks to Mark Stoops.
“Coach Stoops was always a little bit harder on me being from the same hometown. He definitely was a big help preparing for this process, without even me knowing just because everyday is a new challenge. Everyday you gotta prove yourself every single day.”
Jones has not yet hit the field at the NFL Combine, but he’s proved that he belongs. He measured in at 6’1″ 3/4 and weighed 234 pounds. Each number was a nice surprise. To reach 234 on the scale, Jones gained 22 pounds over the last two months. It paid off on the bench. Jones had 23 bench press reps, one more than projected top ten pick Devin White.
During his time in Indianapolis, Jones said he’s met with “at least” 15 NFL teams. The Steelers, 49ers and Patriots gave the prospect extra attention. The linebacker is willing to do whatever it takes to get a chance to make an NFL roster.
“I can bring energy to the team, production, anything; any position too. I can play special teams, linebacker. I can play running back, quarterback, any position I can come in and make an immediate impact.”
Jordan Jones’ pitch to NFL teams: “Any position I can come in and make an immediate impact.” pic.twitter.com/ov3PdFkC7F
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) March 2, 2019