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The Big East's best: No. 17, Arthur Jones

A postseason ranking of the Big East's top 30 players:

No. 17

JonesArthur Jones, DT, Syracuse, Sr.

Preseason rank: 9

Why him here: On 2009 statistics alone, Jones might have a hard time making this list. He had only 18 tackles last season, though more than a third of them were for a loss.

But let's look at the big picture here. Jones had a standout four-year career for a team that often wasn't very good around him. He was subjected to constant double-teams as the Orange's best defensive lineman. He was coming back from a torn pectoral muscle in the preseason and missed the end of the regular season with a knee injury.

The bottom line is that the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was one of the best interior linemen in the Big East, and he remains an intriguing NFL draft prospect. Just maybe not the first- or second-rounder he was projected to be a year ago.

Previous:

No. 18: Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

No. 19: Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers

No. 20: Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut

No. 21: Bill Stull, QB, Pittsburgh

No. 22: Nate Allen, S, South Florida

No. 23: Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut

No. 24: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No. 25: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia

No. 26: George Selvie, DE, South Florida

No. 27: Kion Wilson, LB, South Florida

No. 28: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

No. 29: Lindsey Witten, DE, Connecticut

No. 30: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati