Tag:Arthur Jones
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:51 am

Significant talent still at QB, WR, DT

Every position still has a few players to keep an eye on, but a quick look at the best players available shows that the talent at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive tackle is especially intriguing.

The quarterback group lacks a clear-cut front runner. Some teams have Dan LeFevour as the best available. Others have Tony Pike, Levi Brown or Jonathan Crompton. Expect a mini-run on the position in the late 4th and 5th round.

I'm a big Carlton Mitchell fan amomg the receiver group. He's very raw, but has considerable tools worthy of development. Former UAB quarterback Joe Webb is a similarly gifted, long-limbed athlete. Michigan State's Blair White surprised scouts with his straight-line speed and agility in workouts, though this athleticism didn't always show itself on film. What does impress about White on tape, however, is his reliable route-running and sticky hands. He could prove quite the steal as the draft goes on.

The talent at defensive tackle is thinned out with the selection of Al Woods by New Orleans, but North Carolina's Cam Thomas, Virginia's Cam Thomas, Alabama's Brandon Deaderick and especially Syracuse's Arthur Jones are players who could come off the board soon.
Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:33 am

DT Arthur Jones finally works out

Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones finally had his opportunity to work out for scouts.

Jones, a two-time first team all-Big East pick, entered the 2010 season graded by NFL scouts as a potential first round choice. However, suffered two injuries in 2009, a torn pectoral during the offseason and a knee injury late in the season that sidelined him for the final three games of the season. Both injuries required surgery. The knee injury sidelined him for the final three games of the 2009 season and kept him from being able to participate in the Senior Bowl, though he'd been invited. Jones, due to the injury, was unable to participate in the Combine.

He and a handful of other former Syracuse players worked out for scouts yesterday.

Jones, 6-3, 301, was the headliner, though former Duke point guard and Orange quarterback Greg Paulus was also on hand.

Jones disappointed scouts by not running in the 40-yard dash due to a pulled hamstring. He did however, show off his agility in defensive line drills and pushed up the bar 30 times. His impressive strength erased any concerns scouts may have had about his previously torn pectoral.

Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Indianapolis were among the clubs represented at the workout. Jones has met privately with the Buffalo Bills and has plans to meet with the New England and Atlanta in the coming days.
Posted on: November 10, 2009 12:45 pm

Arthur Jones' lack of durability a concern

In terms of NFL caliber talent, the Syracuse Orangemen had two senior prospects worthy of early round consideration: defensive tackle Arthur Jones and wide receiver Mike Williams.

Williams stunned the school and scouts, alike, with his decision to quit the team two weeks ago. Now, the Orange will have to do without Jones, as well, as the university announced Monday night that Jones had torn the lateral meniscus in his left knee in the loss to Pittsburgh, Saturday, ending his collegiate career.

The meniscus tear, on its own isn't necessarily a huge concern for scouts. Depending on the location and severity of the tear, Jones may not even need to undergo surgery. If the injury does require surgery, it will be arthroscopic in nature and isn't expected to keep Jones from participating in rookie mini camps, or perhaps even the Combine.

Jones has been prone to injuries throughout his career, however, which will certainly give teams reason to pause on draft day. Of most concern is the fact that Jones' injuries have become more serious and occurred more frequently as his career has gone on. Jones tore his pectoral muscle during a February workout and missed time earlier this season with a "upper leg injury."

Jones is a versatile, talented defender that ordinarily would receive strong first round consideration. Considering the injuries and the relative depth along the defensive line, however, his status is much cloudier.

Jones leaves Syracuse with 38.5 career tackles for loss -- the most by a defensive tackle in Orange history. He was Syracuse's lone First-Team Big-East selection in 2008.

Posted on: October 3, 2009 10:39 pm

Oklahoma OT Williams among Slant considerations

As part of NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF, Draft Slant, I break down one player of the week, a Diamond in the Rough, and 8 other NFL prospects from the weekend's televised action.

One of the more enjoyable decisions I get to make as part of writing the ten player breakdowns is to determine just which senior prospect deserves Player of the Week honors.

The players I've highlighted thus far this season have been DTs Ndamokung Suh (Nebraska) and Arthur Jones (Syracuse), FS Taylor Mays (USC), ILB Brandon Spikes (Florida) and WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati).

I've recorded over a dozen games this weekend and have a decision ahead of me, as Oklahoma OT Trent Williams, LSU WR Brandon LaFell, Florida State CB Patrick Robinson, Boston College OC Matt Tennant, and South Florida DE George Selvie are among the prospects I'll be considering.

Thus far, Williams' size, athleticism and upper body strength have been impressive. He's a bit heavier around the middle than scouts would like for a traditional left tackle. He's been susceptible to counter-moves inside by Miami's quicker defensive linemen -- the same struggles that BYU took advantage of in Week One to pressure (and ultimately knock out) Sam Bradford...

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