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The Ravens reached an agreement in principle with fifth-round draft pick Arthur Jones, the first member of Baltimore’s Class of 2010 to do so. Jones agreed to a three-year deal.
The Syracuse product was regarded as one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation had he entered the 2009 draft, but Jones opted to stay for his senior year.
Jones then tore a pectoral muscle in February of 2009, which caused him to miss nearly all last offseason. He also dealt with a knee injury that slowed him late last year.
A four-year letterman who started 32 of 44 games played, Jones totaled 145 tackles (85 solo), 38.5 tackles for loss (-136 yards), 6.5 sacks (-61 yards) and four fumble recoveries during his career. His 38.5 career TFL are the most in Syracuse history by an interior defensive lineman, while his 145 career stops tie for 10th on SU’s all-time list for tackles by a down lineman.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Jones was elected as a team captain for the Orange during his senior season after earning All-Big East first-team honors in 2008.
Jones has looked solid in organized team activities thus far. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder claims to be 100 percent healthy.
A former state champion high school wrestler in New York, Jones has excellent leverage and technique and has a good shot at making the Ravens’ roster to provide depth along the interior defensive line.
“Art Jones is a guy that is a big-body D-tackle with athleticism and competitiveness,” Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz said after the draft. “He was a high school wrestler, so he’s a leverage player like [Tony Siragusa] and like Kelly Gregg. He has that background and strong foundation.”
The 157th-overall selection came with the pick Baltimore obtained from the Arizona Cardinals in the trade for Anquan Boldin.