2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

by Cory J. Bonini on March 21, 2012 @ 16:47:51 PDT

 


Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones forecasts as a defensive end with the potential to play 3-4 rush linebacker, which gives the senior plenty of landing spots in the 2012 NFL Draft

Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Smallish defensive end prospect

Strengths

  • Extremely athletic
  • Great size and wingspan (35 1/2 inches)
  • Plays with hustle - constant motor
  • Good vision
  • Bloodlines - brother Arthur Jones plays for the Baltimore Ravens; brother Jon is the UFC light heavyweight champion
  • Team leader
  • Quick burst off the line - enhanced by a strong understanding of cadence
  • Does a good job of locating the ball in traffic
  • Upside with the right coaching and scheme
  • Effective swim and rip moves

Weaknesses

  • Thin build for a defensive end (6-foot-5, 266 pounds) - a 'tweener prospect
  • Lacks ideal strength
  • Takes too many unnecessary steps
  • Struggles transitioning from a back step into a forward gear
  • Balance can be an issue - plays too upright at times
  • Missed five games in 2011 with an unspecified knee injury

Expected draft placement

Jones should be a late first- or high second-round selection in April's draft. He profiles as a left end in a 4-3 Cover 2 base defense. Teams that could be most interested in him include the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears

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Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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