Former FSU LB Uses Draft Snub as Motivation
What’s his motivation now that he’s in the NFL? The fact that he was not drafted.
Jones told ChicagoBears.com that he will never forget the disappointment he experienced when his name wasn’t called just a week ago. He said that as he watched the guys get drafted, he just waited.
Now, he’s putting the negativity behind him to focus on the future. Jones has signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent and he’s ready to make big things happen.
“It’s going to help fuel me, [but] I believe that things happen for a reason. I really feel like I belong here and I’m just making the best out of this opportunity.”
Some might think that Jones is really just whining about not getting drafted but he was predicted to go in the second or third round. Most even projected him to be picked on the last day of the draft. He’s fast, he’s physical and he’s extremely passionate.
It’s difficult to accept reality when others expect something bigger. Luckily, Jones understands that the draft is all about business.
“I’m not going to sit here and mope about it. Like I said, things happen. I’m fortunate enough and blessed to still be able to get on a team and I’m just going to make the best of it.”
The Bears held rookie mini-camp this past weekend and Jones worked at strongside linebacker.
Coach Marc Trestman was impressed by his athleticism.
“He’s got a smile on his face the two days that we’ve seen him. It’s clear that he loves football, and we’re going to watch him close as we proceed through OTAs and at training camp.”
As a free agent, Jones had some options as far as where he could sign. He chose the Bears for family reasons.
Linebakers coach Reggie Herring played football with Jones’ dad at FSU. Jones says that he wants to be coached by Herring and play for a great organization.
Jones started all 13 games as a sophomore with the Seminoles and he led in tackles as a junior. He’s a solid player and a threatening addition to the Bears defense.
For more on this story visit: Larry Mayer, ChicagoBears.com