Arthur Jones, the Nose Tackle for the Syracuse Orangemen was regarded fairly high at the beginning of his collegiate career. However, after a freak injury in the weight room in the '08 Season, Jones tore his left pectorial muscle and in doing so had to have surgery. At the beginning of the '09 Season he seemed to have recovered okay but once again, a little bit past mid-season, Jones suffered another crucial injury with a torn lateral meniscus in his knee which require him to have a second surgery in two seasons. The 6'3" 303 lb Nose Tackle has been plagued with injury throughout his career which in turn will leave alot of question marks in the minds of those that will consider drafting him.
Jones leaves the Orangemen with a record for interior lineman with 38.5 Tackles for loss. When healthy, he was considered among the top candidates coming out but I imagine with all the surgeries and injuries, his stock had taken a dramatic hit. Depending on how far he falls in the draft, he may be worth some consideration.
Below, we'll look at some of Jones' stats, highlights, and awards...
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AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2008 ALL-BIG EAST 1ST TEAM
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|9/12||@Penn State||L 28-7||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|9/26||Maine||W 41-24||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|10/3||South Florida||L 34-20||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|10/10||West Virginia||L 34-13||4||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|11/7||@Pittsburgh||L 37-10||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/14||@Louisville||L 10-9||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/21||Rutgers||W 31-13||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/28||@Connecticut||L 56-31||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
SUMARRY AND PROJECTIONS:
If Jones can keep that knee healthy, he has the chance to be a very effective Nose Tackle in the NFL. He's going to need to pick up some more moves and will have to work on using his hands alot more. Overall, Jones could go as high as the 3rd round and as late as the 5th. His injuries have made it really difficult to predict where exactly he will go.
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