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2012 NFL Draft: Chandler Jones Has 'Exceptional' Pro Day; Giants Show Interest

The draft stock of Syracuse pass rusher Chandler Jones has been on the rise after a good performance at the NFL Combine, and he may have helped himself even more following his 'exceptional' Pro Day workout.

William Hicks, assistant athletics director for athletic performance, said Jones increased his vertical jump from the combine -- in which he hit 35 inches, tied for fourth among defensive lineman.

Hicks termed Jones' performance "exceptional."

In Todd McShay's latest mock draft, Jones went to the Patriots in the first round – one pick before the Super Bowl champion, New York Giants, who reportedly have shown increased interest in Jones.

Jones said a scout from the New York Giants showed more interest Thursday following up on his performance from the Combine and talked about the team's history in drafting pass-rushers from the Big East, referring to former South Florida standout Jason Pierre-Paul, who emerged as one of the league's leading sack totalers this season.

Jones, along with 13 other players worked out at Syracuse's Pro Day. Those players are as follows:

Antown Bailey, running back

Van Chew, receiver

Olando Fisher, safety

Dorian Graham, receiver, kick returns

Michael Hay, offensive tackle

Chandler Jones, defensive end

Tombe Kose, fullback

Nick Provo, tight end

Kevyn Scott, cornerback

Phillip Thomas, safety

Andrew Tiller, offensive guard

Jose Cruz, tight end

Rob Long, punter, kicker, holder

Aaron Weaver, receiver

-- For more on Syracuse Orange football NFL Draft prospects, check back to this StoryStream. Need more reaction to Jones' possible departure, visit the SB Nation blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.