- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL draft is almost here. With the first round set to begin Thursday night on ESPN, I now present to you the final big board and mock drafts for ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
The Seahawks need a pass-rusher, and I really like the fit. Pete Carroll can use a player with Jones' length and athleticism in a "Leo" role, and create an added dimension to the rush. The Seahawks will have built a pretty formidable defense if they can add a final piece or two up front. Jones makes sense here.
Jones ends up at No. 20 on Kiper's Big Board, a ranking of the top 25 prospects in the draft.
Meanwhile, McShay has Jones listed as No. 11 on his ranking of the top 32 players, moving up five spots. McShay says, "Jones' versatility and long frame make him an attractive prospect. He's risen steadily in recent weeks, from underrated prospect to the top half of the first round."
McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl did a complete mock draft, rounds one through seven. Here is where they have the Big East prospects:
Jones, No. 12 overall, Seattle
UConn DT Kendall Reyes, second round, New England
Cincinnati DT, Derek Wolfe, second round, Atlanta
Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead, third round, Pittsburgh
Temple RB Bernard Pierce, fourth round, Denver
Syracuse S Phillip Thomas, fourth round, Green Bay
Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu, fourth round, Minnesota
Syracuse OG Andrew Tiller, fifth round, Cincinnati
Cincinnati TE Adrien Robinson, sixth round, Arizona
Pitt OG Lucas Nix, sixth round, Oakland
Temple TE Evan Rodriguez, sixth round, Indianapolis
Rutgers OG Desmond Wynn, seventh round, Buffalo
Pitt LB Brandon Lindsey, seventh round, Green Bay
Can't wait to see where everybody ends up!