Sep 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones (7) reacts on the field against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Florida State Seminoles won 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft: Florida State LB Christian Jones suspended


 

Sep 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones (7) reacts on the field against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Florida State Seminoles won 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida State Seminoles lot a wealth of players on defense last year to the NFL Draft, but linebacker Christian Jones remained in Tallahassee to help lead a young Noles defense in hopes of  once again carrying the team to an ACC crown.

But the senior leader won’t be on the field this weekend, as he’s been suspended for a violation of team rules:


Jones is FSU’s top returning tackler, and  started all 14 games at weakside linebacker in 2012. He moved to middle linebacker in new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s scheme, and through two games, has registered 13 tackles.

Following last season, the NFL Draft Advisory Committee gave Jones a mid-round grade, and by returning, was projected to be one of the top LBs in the 2014 NFL Draft, but this will certainly affect his stock, as the NFL is cracking down on character-concern players.

Here sis a brief excerpt of a scouting report by NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin, who believes he can be a first-rounder:

Still, because of his length, athleticism and productivity, Jones has a chance to be the first FSU linebacker selected in the first round since Lawrence Timmons in 2007.

 

 

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