At 6 feet 6 and 310 pounds, defensive tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ first pick in this year’s draft, wears his weight well.
But he is still a big man, and as such, he’s already heard some positive things about Kansas City’s pride-and-joy: barbecue.
“Getting drafted to Kansas City, I heard it’s the best barbecue around,” said Jones, a second-round pick from Mississippi State, who met with reporters Saturday. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Jones said he hasn’t been anywhere yet — he just arrived in the city Friday for the start of the Chiefs’ rookie camp — but he has plans to visit all of the city’s top barbecue spots. He good-naturedly fielded suggestions on Saturday, and laughed when asked whether he orders ribs or brisket when he goes to barbecue places.
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“All of the above,” Jones said. “You know on the test back in high school — a, b, c or d? I like all of the above.”
But don’t worry; Jones is aware that as a big man, he can gain weight quickly, though he insists he’s never had an issue keeping his weight under control.
“My weight, I can keep it balanced,” Jones said. “But I definitely have to watch how much I eat and what I eat and what time I eat so I won’t just be packing on pounds.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said all of the Chiefs’ nine draft picks were in attendance Saturday, even though three of them — third-round cornerback KeiVarae Russell, fourth-round cornerback Eric Murray and fifth-round quarterback Kevin Hogan remain unsigned.
Speaking of Hogan, Reid was asked if he was confident there would be enough snaps in organized team activities to go around for Hogan, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray as they battle for the top backup job behind starting quarterback Alex Smith.
“Yeah, I think we’ll be OK there,” Reid said. “And one nice thing is they all have a good head on their shoulders. So they’re smart guys. I think we’ll be OK there.”
The Chiefs let the previous No. 2 quarterback, eight-year veteran Chase Daniel, depart for Philadelphia in free agency. Daniel went 1-1 as a starter with the Chiefs and was valued for his knowledge and ability to work with Smith before and during games.