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Chiefs sign second-round draft pick Chris Jones

Getting to know Chris Jones, the Chiefs' top NFL draft pick

The Chiefs selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones with their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Hear from Andy Reid, John Dorsey and Southeast scout Ryne Nutt on what attracted them to Jones, a massive man (6 feet 6, 310 pounds) wi
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The Chiefs selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones with their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Hear from Andy Reid, John Dorsey and Southeast scout Ryne Nutt on what attracted them to Jones, a massive man (6 feet 6, 310 pounds) wi

The Chiefs reached a contract agreement with Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones, their first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, a source confirmed to The Star on Thursday.

Jones, who is listed at 6 feet 6 inches tall and 308 pounds, declared for the draft after a 2015 season in which he recorded 44 tackles, 7  1/2 for loss, and 2  1/2 sacks to go along with four pass breakups in his first season as a starter.

Jones is the first of the Chiefs’ draft picks to sign with the club. All are expected to be signed before the three-day rookie minicamp begins Saturday.

The Chiefs drafted Jones with No. 37 overall pick, which they acquired by trading their first-round pick, No. 28, to San Francisco. The Chiefs also received a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick from the 49ers, who also received the Chiefs’ seventh-round pick.

The Chiefs’ defensive line returns its top three starters — Dontari Poe, Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey — but lost Mike DeVito to retirement. Jones also provides insurance in case Poe, who is slated to be a free agent in 2017 barring a franchise tag, opts to leave or if his back flares up again.

The Chiefs also have some other interior linemen they like, including Nicholas Williams, a 6-foot-4, 309-pound rotational player last season who is entering a contract year, and 2015 sixth-round pick Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

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