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
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