Chandler Jones scouting report

Chandler Jones DE Syracuse #99
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 265

Prototypical build for a pass-rushing end; tall with long, strong arms. Explosive off the snap; consistently beats offensive tackles off the edge. Strong wrap-up tackler who can also deliver the big hit. Does a nice job keeping his eyes on the backfield; good all-around awareness on the field. An intense player who plays with an impressive motor. Has some experience dropping into zone coverage. NFL bloodlines; older brother Arthur plays for Ravens. Top intangibles; coaches speak very highly of his leadership skills. Intelligent on and off the field.
Struggles to shed blocks against the run; has the frame to add some weight, which would help him against more powerful offensive linemen. Needs to develop an array of pass rush moves; too reliant on pure speed and athleticism at this stage in his career. Missed five games with an undisclosed knee injury in 2011.
Jones would have benefited from returning to school, as he still needs to get stronger against the run, but should still draw interest from teams as early as the late 1st-round based on his potential. He has the size, strength and athleticism of a prototypical left defensive end in the 4-3 scheme, and could develop into an elite three-down lineman. Some 3-4 teams may also view him as a candidate to shift to outside linebacker, where he could make an immediate impact as a pure pass rusher. Had Jones returned to school and improved upon his weaknesses, he potentially could have climbed into the top-10 discussion. As a result, someone could wind up with a steal in the late 1st or 2nd round.
2011 vs West Virginia 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment

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