Jones talks about selection
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Posted Apr 28, 2008


Defensive End Jason Jones talks about his selection by the Titans.

 Where did you expect to go in the draft?

Jason Jones  “Me and my agent discussed it and knew that I had a very good chance of going in the later part of the second round and if I didn’t go then the early part of the third.”

How much interest did the Titans show and who else was interested?

Jones  “They showed a lot of interest when I went there, especially the D-line coach really liked me.  I sat down with Coach Fisher and he really liked me so I got a good vibe from them.  They were probably ranked number one on my list, but I also thought Minnesota and Tampa Bay were going to try to get me.  I’m so excited right now to be a Tennessee Titan.”

Are you relieved to be selected on the first day of the draft?

Jones  “I was just sitting there playing cards.  I have been sweating all day and when it got to the second round I was getting kind of nervous and anxious, but I am so happy now and don’t have to sleep funny.  I know where I am going.”

Are you more of a defensive end or tackle?

Jones  “That is up to the Tennessee Titans.  I am a very versatile player so I’m going to let them decide that.  Right now I am just happy to come.”

How were you used in college?

Jones  “In college, I played both but mostly inside.”

How was it switching from tight end in college to defensive line?

Jones  “I liked it.  It is paying off right now.  I liked that move.  I didn’t like offense too much anyway.  This where I need to be at, defensive line.”

What about your wingspan and what advantage does it bring?

Jones  “That is something I felt I used to my advantage in college.  I feel like I can use it a little more.  Hopefully with the help of Coach Washburn he will help me become a great defensive lineman in the NFL.”

What did Coach Washburn tell you about your game?

Jones  “He said I had natural talent and natural ability.  He said with his coaching he can get me there.  I am a very raw person right now.  I know my technique needs to be improved but I feel with his help and my athletic ability, we can make things happen.”

What do you know about the defensive linemen already on the team?

Jones  “Actually when I came in for a visit I met [Kyle] Vanden Bosch.  I know [Albert] Haynesworth is still there.  They just signed Jevon Kearse.  I going to come in there and there are veterans I can learn from.  They can help me out as well too.”

What do you think about the veterans on the team?

Jones  “They are some hard workers, especially Vanden Bosch.  He is a hard worker and that is something I think I can learn from him.  Albert Haynesworth is a very good defensive lineman too.  Jevon Kearse speaks for himself.  I feel that with that supporting cast around me, I feel I can be a great player.”

What are your strengths?

Jones  “My strengths as a D-lineman I feel like my versatility – I can play inside and outside, my get-off on the ball and my speed and my long arms.”

What do you want people to know about you?

Jones  “Just that I’m a real good person at heart.  When I get on the football field, I’m going to work hard for the fans and I’m going to work hard for my team to produce wins.”

How long did you spend down at D1 training in Franklin?

Jones  “I spent two months down there from December 18 all the way to the Combine.  We actually stayed in Franklin but I got a chance to experience the Nashville life and the people and I really liked it.  That is why I felt when I left there if I ended up playing there I thought I could live there and have fun there.”

Do you still weighs 270 and do you plan on playing at that weight?

Jones  “Right now I weigh 270 and it depends on if they want me to gain weight or lose weight.”

Are you able to go either way with the weight?

Jones  “Yes.”

 Were you suprised to be picked?

Jones  “To tell you the truth when the Titans came up and I saw the pick was in I didn’t think they were going to call.  I thought they were going to pick someone else.  I saw a 615 number on my cell phone and my heart started pumping real fast.  I picked it up and sure enough it was the Titans and they were saying they were getting ready to draft me.  That was it.”

Who did you speak with first?

Jones  “I talked to Coach Jeff Fisher and then I talked to the general manager and then I talked to Coach Washburn.”

Do you know any guys on the team and did you play against them in college?

Jones  “No, none at all.”

What is your comparison to other players from bigger schools?

Jones  “I feel once I got to the Senior Bowl and the first and second practices got under my belt, I felt like I belonged out there.  Even though I was from Eastern Michigan, I felt like I belonged out there with the other people.”

Did you go into the into the Senior Bowl wondering where you stood?

Jones  “No.  Actually I went in and I didn’t want to be just another small school person.  I wanted to make a name for myself and get a buzz from down there to help me out as far as in this process.  I went down there with kind of a chip on my shoulder.  I wanted to prove something.”

Who is your agent?

Jones  “Mike McCartney.”

Did other college teams recruit you?

Jones  “Just Eastern Michigan.  That was my only football scholarship.  I was all-state in basketball and I averaged 25 [points] and 15 [rebounds] in basketball.  I kind of excelled on the basketball court.  I did pretty good on the football field, but I excelled more on the basketball court.”

Did you get any basketball offers from college?

Jones  “I didn’t get any offers.  If I probably would have waited because signing day for football is before signing day for basketball.  I didn’t know if I was going to get something, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to have my school paid for and my parents didn’t have to pay for school.  I just took it and made the best out of it.”

Transcript courtesy of the Tennessee Titans



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