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Colts show interest in Syracuse DT Arthur Jones

The Syracuse Orangemen had a terrible football year in 2009, but just because the team was bad doesn't mean that Arthur Jones was. From the blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, which covers Syracuse sports:

Art is agile for a big man, speedier than you think and always finishes plays. His long arms and powerful lower body give him a huge advantage in a one-on-one match-up.

At 6'3, 301, Jones is an ideal bad-type for a Tampa-2 style defensive line. His biggest strength is his ability to penetrate through the offensive line and get after the QB. A passing rushing threat from the DT spot would be a gigantic asset to Larry Coyer and his defense. From Mocking the Draft:

Hidden on one of the nation's worst teams, Jones reportedly received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory committee prior to the 2009 NFL Draft. He's a quick-penetrating tackle with 31.5 career tackles for loss entering his final season. If he can consistently break double teams this year, he could warrant that high grade.

Two days ago, Syracuse held their Pro Day, and Nolan Weidner of The Post-Standard wrote that the Colts took a strong interest in Jones.Jones is projected anywhere from Rounds 2-4, but don't be surprised if the Colts use pick #31 on him. I say this not because I have any insider info, but that if the Colts grade Jones in the mid-second round, they may either trade out of the first round to get him later or simply just use the #31 pick on him.

Be sure to check out our page on players the Colts have shown interest in pre-Draft.