Syracuse’s senior nose tackle and major NFL prospect Arthur Jones has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. He will miss the remainder of the 2009 college football season and likely will, unfortunately, miss the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Jones was a member of the 1st-team All-Big East squad last year and actually passed up a potential first round draft pick in 2009’s draft. He recorded 38.5 tackles for loss in his career – most in Syracuse Orange history by a lineman. This season, the 6’4” OT has 18 tackles, 12 solo tackles, six assists, and one sack.
The recovery time for a torn meniscus is:
Remove the meniscus: 4-6 weeks
Repair the meniscus: 4-6 months
Reconstruct the ACL: 6-9 months
This obviously kills Jones’ draft stock. He will be draft, there’s no doubt about that. However, he is no longer a first rounder. To know exactly where he will go is almost impossible to predict this early in his recovery process.
Ponder, the most recent prospect to hit the “out for season” list, has a separated right (throwing) shoulder. The junior QB for Florida State injured it while making a tackle after throwing his fourth interception of the game last Saturday against Clemson.
The separation has been reported to be a “3 AC” injury and will require surgery. Ponder plans to meet with doctors all this week and will likely have the operation within the next two weeks. The injury is extremely similar to Sam Bradford’s.
When asked what Ponder plans on doing now regarding his future in the NFL, Ponder said, “I think things have changed now. We’ll see at the end of the season but it looks like I will be back.”
Before the injury, Ponder was projected as being a 2nd-3rd round draft pick in this upcoming draft. But considering he will probably play out his senior season, I would say he is setting himself up for a possible first round pick and maybe the top QB available (if Bradford, Locker, Clausen, Snead enter 2010 draft).
Florida State’s gunslinger has a 148 QB rating on the year to go along with 2717 yards, 14 touchdowns, 7 interceptions (only 3 excluding bad game vs Clemson), and a 69% completion percentage. If he was not injured, and played out the rest of the season, Ponder would have been on pace for a 3500+ yard season, with 20 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.