Despite not hearing his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft, Maryland linebacker Keandre Jones has found his way onto an NFL squad.
The Olney, Maryland, native announced he signed with the Chicago Bears Monday.
Jones never had the chance to perform in front of scouts and team personnel, as his pro day was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But he impressed in his lone season in College Park after transferring from Ohio State.
The five-star product out of Good Counsel led Maryland with 15.0 tackles for loss in his graduate season after transferring from Ohio State. He also led the team with seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three quarterback hits in 2019, and he also had 74 tackles — 49 of which were solo stops — to be named an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection.
He also proved to be a leader on and off the field for Maryland, even organizing a players-only meeting during the season.
Now Jones will look to fight his way onto the Chicago’s roster and prove teams wrong for not taking him within the seven rounds of the draft. And though they never played together, he’ll be in the company of former Terp linebacker Josh Woods, who is also on the roster.