The Big East's best: No. 17, Arthur Jones

February, 9, 2010
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's top 30 players:

No. 17

Jones
Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse, Sr.

Preseason rank: 9

Why him here: On 2009 statistics alone, Jones might have a hard time making this list. He had only 18 tackles last season, though more than a third of them were for a loss.

But let's look at the big picture here. Jones had a standout four-year career for a team that often wasn't very good around him. He was subjected to constant double-teams as the Orange's best defensive lineman. He was coming back from a torn pectoral muscle in the preseason and missed the end of the regular season with a knee injury.

The bottom line is that the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was one of the best interior linemen in the Big East, and he remains an intriguing NFL draft prospect. Just maybe not the first- or second-rounder he was projected to be a year ago.

Previous:

No. 18: Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut
No. 19:
Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers
No. 20:
Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut
No. 21:
Bill Stull, QB, Pittsburgh
No. 22:
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
No. 23:
Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut
No. 24:
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
No. 25:
Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
No. 26:
George Selvie, DE, South Florida
No. 27:
Kion Wilson, LB, South Florida
No. 28:
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
No. 29:
Lindsey Witten, DE, Connecticut
No. 30: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati

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