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Road to the Draft: Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
6-foot-5, 265 pounds
Draft projection: Late first, early second round

Lowdown: Jones has an ideal frame and has an intriguing power-and-speed combination as a prototypical 4-3 defensive end. He left college a year early, and his junior season was cut short by a knee injury. That complicates the evaluation. He had 4.5 sacks in seven games last fall. He missed five games with a knee injury suffered in the season opener. As a red-shirt sophomore in 2010, he played all 13 games and had four sacks. His timed speed in the 40-yard dash (4.87 seconds) was only OK. His vertical jump (35 inches) was good. tied for fourth among defensive ends. Given his inexperience, he has plenty of room to get better.

Big Brothers: Jones’ oldest brother, Arthur, was a fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 out of Syracuse. Arthur Jones is a 300-pound defensive tackle. The middle Jones brother, Jon, is light heavyweight title holder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Jon Jones was a national junior college wrestling champion before dropping out of college to begin his mixed martial arts career. He has held the title the past year and will defend his title next month against Rahsad Evans.

Quoteable: Chandler Jones says he frequently is asked who is the best athlete of the three Jones brothers: “To be honest with you, every team I met with asked me," he told reporters at the SU pro-day workout. “I would say that I would win, but Jon's the toughest.”

Booster: ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is a fan of Chandler's. Said McShay on a national conference call with reporters: "I think he has untapped potential. At 260 pounds, 6-5, he’s very smooth-moving, showas a lot of upside. He can continue to improve his hands and do a better job against the run. But he’s versatile. He can put his handin the dirt. His instincts his motor his pass rushing potential is what stands out. If he gets a clear bill of health, I think he’ll move up the board. When he was healthy, and you look at the production - 109 tackles in the 15 games he played over two years. He did have the one injury, but its not like he’s been constantly injured or he wasn’t producing when he wasn’t injured."

---Mark Gaughan


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