Tag:Syracuse Orangemen
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...


Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2009 12:52 pm
 

Minnesota-Syracuse, Ohio State-Navy prospects

The first Saturday of the season and the morning begins with two interesting inter-conference matchups with plenty of potential NFL talent.

The key players to watch in the Minnesota-Syracuse game currently on ESPN is Gopher wide receiver Eric Decker and Orange defensive tackle Arther Jones and wideout Mike Williams

Jones, (#97) is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line. Despite missing some of the off-season conditioning due to a torn pectoral muscle, he enters the season as a legitimate first round prospect.

Despite the assertions of TV analysts, Minnesota WR Eric Decker (#7) is not currently viewed as a likely first round caliber prospect. He is, however, a valuable possession receiver with size (6-3, 215) and very good hands. He already has one long reception in this game and could be on the verge of a big season.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch, however, is Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams (#1). Williams was suspended last year due to academics, but scouts will quickly disregard that if he can prove his eye-popping athleticism remains. The 6-2, 215 pound receiver enters today's game with a streak of receiving touchdowns in 9 consecutive games... And with 32 seconds to go in the first quarter, he just extended that streak, catching much ballyhooed QB/PG Greg Paulus' first touchdown pass of his NCAA career.

On ESPN, a "slightly" less competitive game is being shown between Ohio State and Navy. Navy, as you might expect, doesn't offer much in terms of NFL prospects, though the Buckeyes more than make up for them.

Many of Ohio State's top prospects are underclassmen but their talented secondary is led by senior safety Anderson Russell (#21) and Kurt Coleman (#4). The Buckeyes seemingly always have talent along the defensive line and DE Lawrence Wilson (#87) has an opportunity for a breakout campaign after missing the second half of last year with a torn ACL. Playing opposite junior rising star Cameron Heyward (son of the late NFL standout Craig "Ironhead" Heyward). Versatile offensive lineman Jim Cordle (#64) is one to watch, as well.

 
 
 
 
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