Montana Tech has not been known as a school that annually produces NFL talent, but one player from their 2013 roster will be heading to NFL this season.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of Montana Tech linebacker Ryan Jones.
"It's just a very unique opportunity that is probably not going to happen very many times coming out of Montana Tech," said Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell. "He's put a lot of time into his training. The whole staff is excited for him right now."
Last season Jones recorded 83 tackles, 8.5 of those for a loss. He also recorded 5 sacks.
Jones hadn't received much attention after the season, but put himself on to NFL scouts radars with a big performance at the University of Montana Pro Day. Jones ran a 4.68 second 40 yard dash, posted a 37 inch vertical and knocked out 28 reps on the bench.
"It's a tough business to crack into," Morrell said. "I think he went in there and definitely impressed some people with his numbers. He's a really versatile player."
Morrell says Jones should fit well with the Ravens, who have been known for their defense over the last decade.
"He's got the length to be able to play the edge, but also runs extremely well," said Morrell. "I think the combination of those two things make him an intriguing prospect. He's got his foot in the door, now it's time for him to shine."