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Training Camp: Arthur Jones, No Surprise

Arthur Jones Starting, No Surprise

It’s training camp and much has yet to be decided, but for now it looks like second year player Arthur Jones is “running with the first-team at defensive end. He got the nod over Cory Redding, who made 11 starts last year.”

Last year following the draft I noted that Jones, was one of the top defensive tackles in the draft, but because of injury concerns he was drafted in the 5th round.  A guest here at Ravens Gab, Tom Sisti, draft analyst, www.mockdraftclub.com  stated, “I thought Jones was a real beast, couldn’t believe his injury caused him to fall that far in the draft.”

After being selected in 2010 Jones said, “I’m going to let Baltimore know they got a steal in the draft.”  If Jones does start, it wouldn’t just be a steal but a huge addition to the Ravens defensive line.

As pointed out by the Baltimore Sun, “Jones is noticeably slimmer. Having played at 325 pounds last year, Jones said he is 10 pounds lighter and has trimmed his body fat. Jones credited his weight loss to working out with his brother Jon Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight champion.”

Pre- Draft reports: 

…where Jones will be drafted has less to do with his talent and much more to do with what the doctors say.  If he checks out medically, there’s no doubt he’s a first round type of talent, especially to a 3-4 team, looking for a DE who can get pressure on the quarterback in the base set.  But his stock could slip out of the first round, because teams don’t want to commit that first round money to a player who might not be as durable as they should be.”http://draftboardinsider.com

Projected Round: 2 There’s no doubt that Jones has been constantly double-teamed this season, which has limited the amount of splash plays we’ve seen on his behalf so far in his senior season. But that hasn’t caused the highly decorated lineman to tone down his motor one bit. Jones’ all-out hustle, enthusiasm, and leadership skills make him a solid individual on a personal level.” http://www.nfldraftbible.com/

Arguably one of the top defensive players in the Big East the last two seasons, Jones has the size and strength to play tackle in either a 3-4 or a 4-3. Injuries have probably knocked him out of being one of the top 50 players selected.” www.USAtoday.com

 


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