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NFL Draft 2017: NC State safety Josh Jones announces decision to turn pro

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Alas, not the news we wanted, but not surprising, either.

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NC State safety Josh Jones announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will be skipping his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Jones, along with defensive end Bradley Chubb, submitted their paperwork for evaluation earlier in December, and Jones must have liked what he heard from NFL scouts.

This is likely the smart move for several reasons. First and foremost, any time a football player can shave off a year of unpaid labor involving a ton of physical abuse, that is pretty ideal. Football takes a physical toll on everyone playing, but especially on guys like Jones who are in on a lot of contact. At least now he will be paid money for enduring all of that contact.

Jones is also coming off a season in which he racked up 109 tackles, nearly doubling his career total. After an inconsistent sophomore season, he was a lot better in 2016, no doubt placing his draft stock as high as it has ever been.

Josh Jones would have been a big part of an NC State defense that looks like it’s going to be outstanding in 2017, but I don’t fault this decision at all, and I look forward to seeing him on Sundays.

Best wishes, Josh, and thanks.