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A knee injury slowed Jones during his junior season at Syracuse, but that didn't stop the defensive end from declaring for the draft a year early. The decision couldn't be working out much better. The younger brother of Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones, Chandler was a star at the combine, shining in the vertical jump and showing scouts he was fully recovered and ready to contribute quickly at the next level. Jones is a bit undersized for a typical 4-3 defensive end, but has the athleticism to get into the backfield and wreak havoc. He has an excellent wingspan and uses those arms very well while also possessing strides long enough to allow him to quickly change direction when necessary. He isn't out of position often, though. Jones takes good angles and has developed a reputation as a wrap-up tackler. Despite minor concerns about his bulk, Jones added 15 to 20 pounds from 2010 to 2011 without sacrificing mobility. While some believe he could make the move to outside linebacker in a 3-4, he may ultimately lack the coverage skills to work more than occasionally in space. Even if he's seen only as a 3-4 DE, however, Jones is flying up draft boards based on his impressive workouts and recovery from injury. With premier pass rushers at a premium in the NFL, there's a chance he'll be off the board late in the first round or, at the very least, early in the second.