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Prospect Profiles- DT Arthur Jones (Syracuse)

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Arthur Jones is a “rangy” (that’s a lame pun) in the 2010 N.F.L. Draft. Arthur Jones has great ability to make plays from sideline to sideline (weird for a defensive tackle) because he’s a very good athlete at defensive tackle. His N.F.L. draft stock is also very curious and covers a wide range. There are a lot of people who believe he is a fringe first round prospect and a lot who believe he is a third round prospect.

let’s take a look at Arthur Jones

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Arthur Jones

Measurables

Born 6/3/1986.

6’3” 305 pounds, 6’4 295 pounds (seen both listed)

(Nfl draft bible) Despite missing the final quarter of the season as result of a knee ailment, Syracuse University senior defensive tackle Arthur Jones was named a first-team Big East Conference football all-star for a second consecutive season. He had 1 1/2 sacks and recovered two fumbles. Jones made 38 1/2 tackles for losses, the most all-time by an SU interior lineman and third on the overall list. His 145 career tackles rank 10th best among Orange interior linemen. His average of .22 fumbles recoveries per game ranked sixth in the Big East this season.

Stats

2009: missed 5 games and played in 7 games. 18 tackles and a sack.

2008: 60 tackles and 3 sacks.

Big Games:

4 tackles vs Penn State (1 solo)

3 tackles vs West Virginia (1 solo)

7 tackles vs Louisville (4 solo)

8 tackles and a sack vs Rutgers

15 tackles (8 solo) and a sack vs Norte Dame

Jones did not put up gaudy statitics in his four years at Syracuse, but they are respectable for an interior  Defensive linemen, but you would like to see more sacks. Jones, however did not have a lot of other talent to work with on the defense, but still against a medicore schedule Jones did not dominate stretches of games,but he has shown (like vs Norte Dame in 2008-against a pretty good offense) that he can dominate at times.

Scouting Reports

ESPN’s Scouting Inc (1 exceptional, 3 average, 5 marginal)

Production 2 2005: Red shirt. 2006: (12/0) 15 tackles, 1 TFL, .5 sacks and 1 FR 2007: (11/11) 51 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 1 sack; Second-team All-BIG EAST 2008: (12/12) 60 tackles, 13 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR; First-team All-BIG EAST
Height-Weight-Speed 3 Functional height, weight and top-end speed.
Durability 4 Leaves the 2007 South Florida game with an ankle injury and does not play against Connecticut the following week. Tears pectoral muscle while lifting weights in February 2009 and undergoes surgery in March.
Intangibles 2 Three-year letterman. Wrestled in high school. Member of the Fall 2008 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
Defensive Tackle specific Traits
Strength/Toughness 1 Above-average upper-body and lower-body strength. Plays hard regardless of score.
Quickness(hands/feet) 3 Initial burst is a notch below elite but quick enough to establish position in most cases. Flashes a powerful punch but its not sudden or violent enough. Doesn’t jar blockers on contact.
Versus the Run 2 More stout than his size suggests. Generally gets under blockers’ pads and flashes the ability to hold ground working against double teams, though he stands up at times. Powerful tackler. While he locks his arms out and locates the ball quickly he can take too long to disengage. Appears to guess at times and can get caught out of position. Lacks ideal range but plays with a good motor and flashes the ability to make plays in pursuit.
Pass Rush Skills 4 Effective bull rusher who flashes the ability to collapse the pocket but doesn’t show a variety of pass-rush moves. More quick than fast and frequently step late getting to the quarterback. Could do a better job of getting hands up and into passing lanes

Draft Board Insider (click on link for visual representation of attributes)

Scouting ReportJones has decent size for a defensive tackle, but ideal size to play a DE in the 3-4 defense, and in my opinion that’s where his future lies.  He’s excellent at beating a one on one, with a quick first step, nice set of moves and excellent hands.  He does lack strength at the point of attack meaning playing inside facing double teams could neutralize him.  He’s very good at getting penetration, shows nice down the line speed and pursuit and is a very good tackler.  He wraps up well, drives through the ball carrier and secures the play.  He was a very experienced and productive player while at Syracuse and considering the lack of defensive talent around him that says volumes about his play making ability.  On one hand, you see Jones and you see this likable young man with a huge beaming smile, but on the field, he flips the switch and plays with a nasty demeanor and great intensity.  The real downside to Jones and the thing that could hurt him most is his injury history.  He’s just had surgery on a torn meniscus, that will almost certainly keep him out of the Senior Bowl, and possibly even a full workout at the Scouting Combine.  This isn’t his first injury and they seem to be getting progressively worse.

Draft Status:  As I said, where Jones will be drafted has less to do with his talent and much more to do with what the doctors say.  If he checks out medically, there’s no doubt he’s a first round type of talent, especially to a 3-4 team, looking for a DE who can get pressure on the quarterback in the base set.  But his stock could slip out of the first round, because teams don’t want to commit that first round money to a player who might not be as durable as they should be.

Final Analysis:  I’ve always felt like Jones was playing out of position in college.  He did a great job on the interior for Syracuse, but he is a little light in the back end, and got pushed around at times.  Moving him outside, letting him work one on one with a tackle, would really showcase his talents.  He’s a better run defender than his stats would indicate, because he just doesn’t always get the chance, and his ability to get into the backfield on passing downs is on record.  I would like to think he’ll be find in the medical checks and cement a first round pick to a team like Denver or the Jets who need that big body on the outside of their defensive line.  Jones is certainly not on the same level as Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh, but he’s absolutely part of that next tier of defensive linemen.

Reminds me of: Darnell Dockett, DE Arizona Cardinals-Both disruptive tackles in college and Dockett has made the move to end, and is showing that he’s even better when he’s not seeing the double teams in the interior.  Jones, if he’s healthy can definitely be a productive pro.  It took Dockett a couple of years to learn his position and get comfortable playing outside, but it happened, and the same could happen for Jones.

Red Flags: Injuries

Football Fan Spot

3-4 defensive end/defensive tackle

Syracuse

6-4 294

40 time (projected) 5.03

Draft board overall prospect rank: #25

Draft board defensive end rank: #5

Overall rating: 85*

College career highlights:

2007 Second Team All-Big East

2008 First Team All-Big East

9/6/09: Arthur Jones is a defensive lineman with great agility for his size, but because he’s only 294 pounds, he’s not going to be able to play defensive tackle in the NFL, with the exception of on clear passing downs, and for teams that use a cover 2 defense. Jones projects best as a 3-4 defensive end, and in my opinion he’s the best pure 3-4 defensive end in the draft class. His agility and quickness allow him to get into the backfield with ease and he has 30.5 tackles for losses over the past 2 years, an amazing stat for a defensive tackle. He’s never played 3-4 defensive end before, but his skill set translates very well to the position. He plays a lot faster than his 40 time indicates and he’s actually stronger than his weight would indicate. He’s in very good shape and should do very well on the bench press at the combine for someone of his size. Still, he’s not overall big enough to be a true space eating 4-3 defensive tackle. He makes plays all over the field, a rarity for a defensive lineman and has great chase speed. He has an amazingly high tackles total for a defensive tackle. Even though he’s in the backfield a lot, he doesn’t have a high sacks total, for whatever reason. He only had 3.5 sacks last year against average competition in the Big East, but I’m not too concerned about that because he is in the backfield on almost every play. He shows great hustle and loves the game of football. He’s constantly around the ball which I think is his best attribute as a football player. He tore his pectoral lifting weights in the offseason and scouts will keep an eye on him to make sure there are no negative lasting effects from that. His skill set and great motor suggest that he should be a first round pick lock, but he is limited position wise so he’s not a lock at this point. There are more and more teams switching to the 3-4 defense so he should go somewhere high and thrive if he goes to a team with the right system.

NFL Comparison: Tommie Harris

NFL Draft Bible

Pros: Jones has linebacker-like skills in moving from sideline to sideline and chasing down ball carriers. He never lets up and finishes his plays. In addition, he’s quick to the ball and flashes the ability to drop into coverage on the zone blitz. He typically maintains good leverage and uses his long arms and powerful lower body to hold his ground when playing the nose. The Rochester native, though, is more of a gap penetrator than he is a zero-technique defender that plays across the opposing center.

Cons: When it comes to getting after the quarterback, Jones is very capable on the bull rush and exhibits elite hand skills in one-on-one coverage, but he doesn’t possess enough speed to be a true sack master at the next level.

Our View: There’s no doubt that Jones has been constantly double-teamed this season, which has limited the amount of splash plays we’ve seen on his behalf so far in his senior season. But that hasn’t caused the highly decorated lineman to tone down his motor one bit. Jones’ all-out hustle, enthusiasm, and leadership skills make him a solid individual on a personal level.

Big Board Rankings (1/22)

NFL Draft Bible 42nd

Football Fan Spot 63rd

Draft Board Insider 24th

ESPN Scouts INC 29th

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Arthur Jones is a very athletic Interior Defensive linemen who does not have protoypical defensive linemen size. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but some people feel as though Arthur Jones should move to a penetrating 3-4 Defensive End and not a 4-3 interior defensive linemen.

Truth be told I did not watch enough of Syracuse football to give you a full dissection of what I think is correct at that point. I’ll just say this: if people are basing the ability to play inside in a 4-3 only on size, they are off-base.

Jay Ratliff is listed at 6’4” 305 pounds and play interior 3-4 and dominates game.

It’s more about strength, proper hand technique, and will than it is purely about size.

Jones is very athletic and makes plays side line to sideline.

Jones also have very high upside, but a lot of injury concerns to boot.

Final Verdict

For those of you looking to go Safety First Round, Defensive Tackle second round Arthur Jones is probably your man…if he lasts that far.

As you see by the big board rankings there are people who think he is a low first round draft choice, and others who think he should be late second round early third round. It is very possible, especially with his injury concerns that he lasts until the middle of the second round where the Giants pick.

Jones has PLENTY of upside and if the Giants went Earl Thomas (my boy) first round and Arthur Jones in the second round I would not be disappointed.

Arthur Jones is not and should not be a high first round target though.

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OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

S Taylor Mays


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14 Responses to “Prospect Profiles- DT Arthur Jones (Syracuse)”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Base case scenario would be to draft him in the third round like we did Tuck. Earl Thomas in the first and best player available in the second weather that’s offensive lineman or linebacker. This draft is looking to be very very deep. Also I get the feeling Peirce will be back next year. This defense needs all the leaders it can hold.

  2. Jeremy says:

    My bad about the spelling errors. LOL

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