Jones Hopes Ravens Draft His Brother

Chandler Jones is an entirely different athlete than Art Jones, but equally intense.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The eldest, Art, is a defensive tackle for the Ravens.

The middle, Jon, is the UFC light heavyweight title holder.

The youngest, Chandler, is a defensive end projected to be an early second-round draft pick this April.

So who’s the best athlete of the three Jones brothers?

“I would say Chandler,” Art told this week. “He came a long ways from being a skinny little basketball player to being a solid, [266]-pound potential NFL player. Sky’s the limit for him.”

If that’s not a ringing endorsement, what is?

Hortiz’s Take On Pass Rushers

Chandler is a 6-foot-5 pass rusher out of Syracuse who more than passes the eye test. He’s long, he’s lean, he’s strong, he’s explosive. He showed all of that at the combine.

Chandler looks nothing like his eldest brother, who is 6-foot-3, 313 pounds.

“I got jipped out of the deal,” Art said with a laugh. “I have these two brothers who are real lean, cut up. They look like more of an athlete. I kind of got the bad body out of the deal.”

But Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz sees the similarities between the brothers on tape, and saw even more during a chat with Chandler.

“It’s funny, he’s just a long, skinny version of Art,” Hortiz said. “You can tell they’re brothers in term of their mannerisms and how they look. Their smile’s a dead giveaway in my opinion.

“We know what we got in Art, and whoever gets Chandler is going to get the same type of player in terms that he loves football, tough guy with intelligence and passion.”

In just seven games last year (he missed five due to a knee injury), Chandler recorded 38 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Today, he’ll have his pro day. ESPN’s Kevin Weidl pointed to it as one of the biggest of all the NFL prospects.

Art went through it in 2009, and has coached his little brother through the process. After a standout junior season, Art was given a second-round draft grade by the NFL Advisory Committee. At one point, he was on draft guru Mel Kiper’s Top 25 board.

But Art decided to stay in college for his senior year. A major reason was he wanted to play football with Chandler, something he didn’t get a chance to do in high school.

Two weeks after making the decision to return to Syracuse, Art tore his pectoral muscle. He returned to the field by the start of the season, but later that year tore the meniscus tendon in his knee. The injuries pushed him to the fifth round.

Art said he had no idea what round Chandler will be drafted. He’s learned, you never know what’s in store for you.

“We’d all like to go in the first round. I’m nervous and happy for him,” said Art, who won’t be able to attend his brother’s pro day because he’s sick.

“There are a lot of emotions that go through your body at this time. I’m there for him whenever he calls me. It’s been fun being his mentor during this time. He’ll do fine.”

Chandler has been asking Art everything he possibly can, from what exercises he should be doing to prepare for his pro day, to what supplements he should be taking and what plays he should know.

Chandler, who was strictly a 4-3 defensive end in college, will be trying to show he can also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 system and particularly fall into coverage. He didn’t look particularly smooth in doing such at the combine.

“For our defense, he’d either have to get bigger and move inside to a five-technique or he’s going to have to develop as a dropper,” Hortiz said.

That said, could the Ravens draft Chandler?

According to draftnik’s predictions, he would be somewhat of a reach at No. 29 overall and is expected to be gone before the Ravens are on the clock in the second round.

Art is crossing his fingers, however, and let the world know it on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Asked how badly he wanted to see his brother become a Raven, Art emphatically said, “Bad!”

“It would be awesome to play with him again,” he said.

“Honestly, I think he’s going to [get drafted] really high. I don’t know where, but I know he’s going to go high. Whoever gets him, that’s going to be a blessing for that team. The kid’s a hard worker and he has unbelievable talent.”

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