The Bills will be conducting a private workout with Syracuse DL Arthur Jones some time before the draft, along with two other NFL clubs including an AFC East division rival.
That according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. Jones is scheduled to hold his individual pro day Tuesday (April 6th) and 18 teams are expected to be in attendance at the Carrier Dome.
The Bills along with the Patriots and Falcons are the three teams for which Jones will perform an individual workout.
Jones has been unable to work out for NFL scouts and talent evaluators due a torn meniscus suffered last November, which forced him to miss the Orange’s last three games, the Senior Bowl, the combine and the Syracuse pro day.
At 6’3″ 301, Jones played nose tackle the past two seasons and racked up impressive stats including a junior season that saw him make 60 tackles including 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks. Not easy to do when you’re being occupied by two blockers all the time. He had 17 tackles for loss as a sophomore.
Being a former state wrestling champ, Jones knows how to play the leverage game and rarely loses. But he also has long arms enabling him to make plays even when he’s tied up. Jones is also a Rochester native, so if he were to become a draft pick of the Bills there’d be a hometown feel if Jones put on a Buffalo uniform.
Heading into last season he was widely thought to be a late first round prospect, but after a pectoral injury lifting weights last spring, followed by the torn meniscus, a good workout Tuesday will be needed to just get him back into round two. He’s currently seen as a third-round pick by most of the draft “experts.”
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Arthur Jones
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