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Arthur Jones

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 301 | College: Syracuse
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Jones' productive Syracuse career may not be enough to overcome a deep defensive tackle class and injury issues keeping him out of the top two rounds of the 2010 draft.

Less than two months after announcing he would put off a promising NFL career to return to the Orangemen, Jones tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights. This following a 2008 first-team All-Big East campaign in which he made 60 tackles, 13 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. This was not a one-year fluke, either; Jones made second-team All-Big East as a sophomore with 51 tackles inside, including 17.5 for loss. And those numbers came while playing nose tackle.

After playing nine games at a somewhat lesser level than he had the previous two seasons (28 tackles, seven for loss), Jones fell again to a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The injury prevented him from participating at the Senior Bowl or the Combine.

But if scouts believe they will once again see Jones' pre-injury versatility to push the pocket, discard blockers to make plays in the backfield and downfield hustle at the Combine or in postseason play, he may get himself back into the top 75 overall picks.


Pass rush: Excellent use of hands in one-on-one pass rush situations. Rips off interior linemen blocks violently. Good bull rush, driving centers into the backfield. Gets few sacks (only 4.5 in 2007-08) because he faces double-teams and does not have great closing speed to the quarterback. His constant pressures, however, make life uncomfortable for quarterbacks in the pocket. Athletic enough to be dropped in zone blitzes, showing fair agility in space for his size. Could get his long arms into passing lanes more often when he can't get to the quarterback.

Run defense: Very good run defender with above-average strength and ball awareness. Gets down the line when blocked on the move, using his length to keep blockers at a distance and covering his gap to prevent cutbacks. Uses his strong lower body to anchor against double teams inside when playing on the nose. Gets skinny to split double-teams and drag down running backs in the backfield. Great hustle, at times getting to the opposite hash to assist on a tackle after being in the backfield on a pass rush.

Explosion: Some teams may project him as a nose tackle because he lacks elite quickness off the snap. Owns a strong initial punch, however, to knock his defender back - or at least prevent getting pushed off the line.

Strength: Former high school state wrestling champion uses that strength on every play. Always maintains leverage, allowing him to stack his blocker and making him very hard to move inside - not often said about 300-pound nose tackles. Also owns strong hands, which he uses effectively to rush the passer and defend the run.

Tackling: Plays low and has length, making it tough for quarterbacks or running backs to escape his grasp once he's in the play. Makes tackles just after disengaging from blockers, even if he only gets one hand on the ballcarrier. Hustles and chases plays down the line and downfield, which is why his tackle totals are so high for an interior lineman.

Intangibles: Permanent positive attitude makes him a favorite of coaches and teammates. Has grown into a leadership role during his career. Worked through rehab from the chest injury to make it back for 2009 fall practice.

NFL Comparison: Ron Edwards, Chiefs

2009 Season

Jones recorded 19 tackles, including 12 solo and seven for a loss of yards in 2009. He also had 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in an injury-shortened season. The 2009 team co-captain missed SU's final three games due to a knee injury suffered at Pittsburgh. During his Orange career, Jones recorded 38.5 career tackles for loss, the most in SU history by an interior defensive lineman and third on the Orange record list. His 145 career tackles ties for 10th on the Syracuse record list for tackles by a down lineman. In 2009, he is tied for sixth in the BIG EAST with 0.22 fumble recoveries per game.

2008 Season

All-BIG EAST First Team … One of 10 players to start every game … Ranked sixth in the BIG EAST with 1.08 tackles for loss per game … At Northwestern, had four tackles including one for a loss of yards in the season opener … Against Akron, registered five total tackles, three for a loss of 16 yards … Against Penn State, recovered a fumble on the second play of the game and had four tackles … Against Pittsburgh, registered three tackles and one quarterback hurry … At West Virginia, made three tackles, including one for a loss … At South Florida, recorded three tackles, including his team-leading sixth tackle for a loss … Against Louisville, posted seven tackles, including one for a loss of three yards … At Rutgers, recorded eight tackles, including two for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards … Against Connecticut, had two tackles … At Notre Dame, earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and an ESPN Helmet Sticker' after dominating the field, recording a career-high 15 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss of 24 yards and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards … The 4.0 tackles for loss tied his career-best … At Cincinnati, recorded six tackles.

2007 Season

2007 ECAC All-Star … 2007 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection … Started all 11 games he played … Ranked third on SU's single-season tackle-for-loss list with 17.5 … Against Washington, had 1.0 tackles for loss … At Iowa, had a personal best nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss … Against Illinois, collected four tackles, including two for loss … At Louisville, had two stops … At Miami (OH), made seven tackles, including 3.0 for loss and one sack … Against West Virginia, registered three tackles, including 1.0 for loss … Against Rutgers, tallied seven tackles, including a career-high six solo stops and 1.0 for loss … Against Buffalo, had eight tackles, including a career-high 4.0 tackles … At Pittsburgh, posted six stops, including 2.0 for loss … Against South Florida, tallied two tackles before leaving the game with an ankle injury … At Connecticut, did not play due to injury … Against Cincinnati, had two stops, including 1.0 for loss.

2006 Season

One of 40 players to participate in every game … At Wake Forest, had one tackle … Against Miami OH), recorded one tackle … Against Pittsburgh, had one tackle … At West Virginia, registered two tackles … At Cincinnati, had two tackles … At South Florida, registered a career-high five tackles, all solo, and had his first career fumble recovery … Against Connecticut, made two tackles … At Rutgers, had one tackle.

2005 Season

Redshirted in 2005.

Injury Report

2009: Suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights during the offseason. Tore left lateral meniscus during the season.

High School

Ranked No. 18 prospect in New York by SuperPrep … Played in 2005 Governor's Bowl (N.Y. vs. N.J. All-Star game) … Recorded 64 tackles, including six sacks, and one fumble recovery as a senior … Won Section IV championship in 2003 … High school coach was Bart Guccia … He was also a heavyweight wrestler … Recruited by assistant coach Scott Spencer.


Arthur W. Jones III … Born June 3, 1986 in Rochester, N.Y. … Son of Camille and Arthur Jones Jr. … two brothers … Majoring in communications and rhetorical studies.


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