With the NFL Draft a couple of months away, the Cleveland Browns will be watching the Senior Bowl with a possible eye on Travis Jones.
One prospect that the Browns should keep tabs on is University of Connecticut defensive lineman, Travis Jones, according to Sayre Bedinger of NFL Spinzone.
The Browns will look to enhance the interior defensive line this offseason and will look to replace at least one member of last year’s roster. Malik Jackson, a stout veteran helped this year, but he just turned 32 a few weeks ago, so he might look to get one final NFL bag, and I don’t foresee the Browns retaining him unless he wants to stay and doesn’t demand a lot of money.
Malik McDowell had one of the NFL’s best redemption stories, but sadly that is likely over. McDowell was arrested on January 18 on charges of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and public exposure. Andrew Berry took a flier on him last year after a slew of off-the-field incidents including injuries and other troubles with the law.
Travis Jones would be a nice addition to the roster should Berry scout and evaluate him, which knowing how Berry operates, will likely be the case. Jones’s measurements down in Mobile go as follows: six-feet-four and 3/8 inches, 326 pounds, with an 82 ¾ inch wingspan and 34 in arms. That is a big dude who can help further enhance this defense.
Jones, a redshirt junior, was a three-year starter at UConn. In those three years, he racked up 8.5 sacks, 134 total tackles (47 solo), and a fumble recovery. He has the ability of playing the zero-three technique and is athletic enough to win one-on-one battles. He helped create sacks for his teammates, which could greatly benefit the likes of Myles Garrett and presumably Jadeveon Clowney, should he re-sign with the Browns.
He is projected to be a late-second round or third-round pick and that might be an ideal spot for the Browns to draft him. He would likely be a valuable backup with the potential of becoming a starter.
This Saturday, he will play on the National Team, coached by the New York Jets coaching staff. The Browns have representatives down in Mobile, so they can get a first-hand look at what Jones is truly capable of and determine if he is someone to target in April.