According to Pro Football Focus' latest rankings, Kansas City Chiefs rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones trails only Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin and Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa among all rookies this season.
With the exception of Prescott, who was drafted in the fourth round (No. 135 overall), all of the rookies ahead of Jones were selected within the first eight picks of the draft.
Pro Football Focus had high praise for the defensive tackle's play this season:
"In PFF's now 11 seasons of charting and grading, no interior defensive lineman for the Chiefs has come close to the production as a pass-rusher that Chris Jones has already shown as a rookie. His 9.9 pass-rushing productivity is third among all NFL interior defensive linemen, behind only Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins. His 31 QB pressures on 240 pass-rushes are only four fewer than fellow rookie DeForest Buckner (49ers) has registered—except Buckner's have come on 123 more total pass-rushing snaps."
With linebackers Justin Houston and Dee Ford returning from injuries in recent weeks, Jones looks to have even more opportunities to make his presence felt through the rest of the season.