Position: Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6’3″/313 lbs.
Age: 24/Experience: Rookie
Analysis: Arthur Jones is a player that came froma football poor college program and his draft stock was hurt by a knee injury in his final year at Syracuse. Despite being surrounded by virtually no talent, Jones was a standout, equally gifted at playing the run and rushing the passer.
Jones played on the interior of the defensive line in college, but because of the Ravens depth of big lineman he could have the opportunity to play both the tackle and end positions in the Ravens 3-4 scheme. Jones is an active lineman who has the ability to get into opposing backfields and disrupt plays. Assuming injury problems are behind him, Jones could be a real steal as a fifth round pick for the Ravens.
2010 Outlook: As positive as the reviews about Jones have been early on, he still needs to fight for a job on the Ravens roster. There is a chance that Jones could end up on the practice squad. Jones is behind guys like Trevor Pryce, Corey Redding on the outside and will need to beat out guys like Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney and Lamar Divens for one of the final defensive line spots. Jones’ versatility really helps him hear as guys like Talavou, McKinney and Divens are strictly interior lineman. In the coaching staffs eyes, Jones also may possess more upside than either of those 3. Jones will need to stand out in the pre-season to make the active roster. I did not notice anything spectacular from Jones against the Carolina Panthers, but I will admit that it is often hard to evaluate line play from the sideline angle.