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Offensive tackles who know Chandler Jones' background will have little interest in engaging in hand-to-hand combat.
The defensive end from Syracuse does mixed martial arts training with his brother, who happens to be UFC superstar Jon "Bones" Jones.
"Some flying knees, punching, elbowing, throwing everything I can," Chandler Jones told The Journal Sentinel about workouts with Jon.
And if he wants to learn how to put those skills to good use on the field, he can turn to another brother, Art, who is a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.
That football pedigree is certainly playing in Chandler Jones' favor as he attempts to work his way into the first round of this year's draft.
"The way I was taught to play football, I was told there was a target I had to hit every snap," Jones told the paper. "Looking at the target out of snap, my hands were a lot more fast. I was on that target before I could even think about being that fast. My hands got lightning fast and I'm excited to see them get even better."
Jones was a highly-touted recruit, and was a third-team All-Big East selection as a redshirt sophomore. He built on that with second team honors in 2010 and first team last season, despite missing five games with a knee injury. Having watched Art's draft stock plummet due to a knee injury before the 2010 draft, Chandler Jones opted to leave Syracuse with a year of eligibility remaining.
He has just 10 sacks in 33 career games, but he is considered a good run defender, has good initial quickness and does a nice job of anticipating the snap count.
As you'd expect from someone with martial arts training, Jones is a physical defender who competes through the whistle on every snap. He projects best as a left defensive end in the 4-3 alignment. With added size and strength he could also become a very solid defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. His size, strength and scheme versatility should result in a top 75 selection but his lack of elite pass rush traits limit how high he'll go.
Despite lacking elite pass rushing skills, Jones' stock has been steadily rising during the pre-draft process.
Pass rush: Relies on hustle, vision and strength as a pass rusher. Times the snap well and has a good initial burst off the line. Lacks sustained speed around the corner, however, and will have a hard time beating NFL offensive tackles to the outside. Very long arms and an effective swim move, though he doesn't use this often enough. Good rip move. Good upper body strength and quick hands to knock away the blocker's attempts to control him. Good leg drive for the bull rush, though Jones struggles with pad level, at times. Very good vision and effort. Plays to the whistle.
Run defense: Good upper body strength and length to lock-out his opponent. Has at least moderate lateral agility to ride the block to the sideline and keep contain, though he's a bit stiff in changing directions and has only average speed, overall, for the position. Good vision to locate the football on the draw or QB scramble. Quick to break off his pass rush and pursue downfield. Recognizes the cut block but has only average balance overall to avoid it due to his high-cut frame.
Explosion: Possesses a quick burst off the line which is enhanced by his ability to time the snap count. Does not have the speed to turn the corner consistently. Good upper body strength to drive his opponent into the backfield on the bull rush but lacks true explosiveness to rock them back onto their heels. Is a wrap and drag down tackler more than an explosive hitter than ball-carriers need to fear.
Strength: Flashes upper-body strength to rip past blockers and lower-body strength to stand up to double-teams, but will need to get stronger and play with more leverage to succeed at the next level. Controlled on the line too often by strong-handed blockers. Good strength for the pull-down tackle as the ball-carrier is rushing past him.
Tackling: Good hustle and chase tackler. Goes down the line and gets back to help teammates wrap up ballcarriers downfield, though his limited speed means he can be left in the dust quickly. Long arms and good strength for the drag-down tackle from behind, though he will leave his feet and lunge, on occasion. Is not a quick-twitch athlete who can change directions in small spaces and thus, can be eluded. Relies on his long arms to catch the ball-carrier rather than the agility to corral them.
Intangibles: Suffered a knee injury in the 2011 season opener against Wake Forest. The injury caused Jones to miss five games but was not publicly defined. Team doctors will certainly want to take a closer look at the Combine Took on more of a leadership role in 2011, taking extra time to help coach up teammates from every defensive position on the team's scheme and expectations. Athletic bloodlines. Has two brothers -- Arthur, a former all-conference DT at Syracuse and currently with the Baltimore Ravens and Jon, who has been the UFC light-heavyweight champ.
All-BIG EAST First Team honors Started in seven games Against Wake Forest, made five tackles, including 0.5 sacks for a loss of three yards Against West Virginia, had six solo tackles and two sacks for a loss of 19 yards Was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against West Virginia in his first game back from injury Also broke up a pass Played against Louisville and had four solo tackles as well as a pass break up had one sack for an opponent loss of six yards Against Connecticut, had five solo tackles and one assisted one made a sack with a UConn loss of six yards had two forced fumbles Against South Florida, recorded four total tackles, including three solo tackles, and two QB hits At Cincinnati, had 7 solo hits and one assisted tackle Missed the Rhode Island, USC, Toledo, Rutgers and Tulane games due to a lower body injury At Pittsburgh, had four solo tackles, including two tackles for a total loss of four yards, and one interception.
All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Phil Steele's All-BIG EAST Third Team selection Started all 13 games Tied for 32nd nationally and fourth in the BIG EAST with 0.25 forced fumbles per game Tied for 14th in the BIG EAST with 0.33 sacks per game At Akron, recorded a pair of total tackles and a pass breakup At Washington, had four total tackles and a pass breakup Against Maine, posted seven tackles, including a pair of sacks for a loss of 15 yards and forced two fumbles Against Colgate, he had seven total tackles, including an assisted tackle for loss At South Florida, tallied five total tackles, including one for a loss of yards Against Pittsburgh, had four tackles and a quarterback hurry At West Virginia, had eight tackles, including six solo stops and pair of sacks for 14 yards, and a pass breakup At Cincinnati, had two tackles and a quarterback hurry Against Louisville, made three tackles, including six solo stops and a pair of sacks for 14 yards, and a pass breakup At Rutgers, had six tackles, including two for a loss of yards Against Connecticut, had four tackles, including one for a loss, and forced a fumble Against Boston College, recorded an assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry Against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, recorded four tackles including three solo stops and one tackle for a loss of yards.
Phil Steele All-BIG EAST Third Team and National All-Freshman Second Team selection Played in all 12 games, including eight starts Against Minnesota, recorded four tackles, including one tackle for a loss of yards, and a quarterback hurry At Penn State, recorded an assisted tackle Against Northwestern, posted two tackles, including first career sack Against Maine, had three solo tackles, including one for a loss of yards Against South Florida, posted three tackles, including one for a loss of yards Against West Virginia, had two solo tackles, including one for a loss of yards Against Akron, tallied five tackles, including one for a loss Against Cincinnati, had four tackles At Pittsburgh, had eight tackles At Louisville, posted a career-best 10 tackles, including seven solo Against Rutgers, had four solo tackles.
Did not play in any games.
2007 SuperPrep All-Northeast selection Rated the 12th-best prospect in New York by SuperPrep 2007 PrepStar All-East Region selection Listed as the eighth-best prospect in New York by Scout.com Played for New York in the 2008 NIKE NY-NJ All Star Classic 2007 Football NYSSWA All-State Class AA First Team Defense and first-team All-Metro honoree after recording 75 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries Also helped lead a defense that limited opponents to 14.4 points per game and held four foes to seven or fewer points in 2007 Competed in three consecutive Section 4 Championship Averaged a team-best 17.4 yards per reception as a tight end High School Coach: Shane Hurd.
Chandler James Jones Born in February 1990 in Rochester, N.Y. Son of Camille and Arthur Jones Two brothers, including Arthur, a fifth-round NFL Draft selection by the Baltimore Ravens who was a Syracuse defensive tackle, and Jon, a UFC fighter Majoring in child and family studies in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.
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