|(updated 10:10 p.m.) Jones drafted in 6th round; Roussos signs with Seattle|
|Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:16|
Two Bowling Green Falcons have the opportunity to continue their football careers at the highest level.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the National Football League draft on Saturday. He was the 198th pick overall.
Offensive tackle Jordon Roussos will be signing a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
‘‘It was crazy,’’ Jones said. ‘‘When I looked at it, I saw the Houston Texans were up. We hadn’t really talked a lot before the pick. I just nonchalantly, said ‘Oh, all right.’
‘‘And then I looked at my phone because it started to ring and it said Houston Texans and I was like ‘Oh my gosh.’’’
Jones said that he, his family and friends were able to then sit back and see his name flashed up on EPSN.
‘‘It was a really cool experience,’’ Jones said.
Jones is the first Falcon to be drafted in six years. Kory Lichtensteiger was drafted by Denver in the fourth round in 2008 and is now a starter with the Washington Redskins.
“I really liked him,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said about Jones. “I think when he comes in the building, just the way that he approaches the game and the kind of makeup that he has, I think it’s going to be very hard to keep him off the field because he just plays relentlessly, and very productive.”
Unlike Jones, Roussos was not invited to the NFL combine and that made the waiting even more difficult, even though he had recently gone to Seattle for an interview with the Seahawks and had a very good feeling after meeting.
‘‘I kind of expected going in that I would probably end up in free agency,’’ Roussos said. ‘‘I got my hopes up that I would get a little lucky and we would have two guys drafted.
‘‘But just getting that call, I didn’t think I would be as excited as I was, but it really hit me,’’ Roussos continued. ‘‘I don’t know who I was more excited for, me getting picked or Chris getting drafted.
‘It was a really great day,’’ Roussos added. ‘‘To have all these people around, supporting us, all the texts from family and the calls, it really meant a lot.’’
The Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year, Jones was one of the Texans’ four picks in the sixth round. He is the first defensive tackle drafted by the Texans since Earl Mitchell in the third round in 2010.
Jones, 6-foot-2, 302 pounds had a standout career with the Falcons. He played in 50 straight games for Bowling Green, making 44 starts. Jones finished with 157 career tackles, 28 sacks, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
“I talked to the D-line coach at the combine,’’ Jones said. ‘‘Other than that I had one other call (from Houston), they were just checking up for some information.’’
Before the draft, Jones said he had the most contact with the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
‘‘I guess they had who they wanted to pick and the Texans came along ... I don’t know what to say about it; it’s just awesome.’’ Jones said. ‘‘I didn’t see it coming, but I’m really happy that it did.’’
There wasn’t a real run on defensive tackles, but they were steadily coming off the board and Jones was getting a little anxious.
‘‘When the fifth round was over, I was just like I don’t know when this is going to happen,’’ Jones said. ‘‘Finally it happened and all the waiting ... all the stress, it was definitely worth it.’’
Roussos, 6-4, 296 pounds, began his Bowling Green career as a defensive tackle, but was moved to offense during his sophomore year and started 32 games at right tackle.
Roussos and Jones have been working out together in anticipation of getting an opportunity to play in the NFL.
‘‘I’m just so excited to play football again,’’ Roussos said. ‘‘We are just really motivated and ready to get after it; it’s just a very real surreal time.’’
Seattle had two picks in the seventh round and called Roussos during that round.
‘‘They said ‘we’re not going to say whether or not we’re going to draft you, because anything can happen. But if worst comes to worst we’re going to bring you in as a free agent,’’’ Roussos said. ‘‘That was really reassuring.’’
A second-team All-MAC performer this season, Roussos said he started to get nervous when Seattle did not draft him, but he finally got the second call from the Seahawks that they wanted him.
‘‘The stress is over, now it’s just time to work,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m excited for this next period of my life.’’
Roussos said the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans also showed some interest in him.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:09|
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