The Ravens reached an agreement with their first draft pick this year, striking a three-year deal with defensive tackle Arthur Jones.
A fifth-round pick out of Syracuse, Jones is making a push for the regular-season roster in a deep defensive line group that has young tackles like Terrence Cody, Lamar Divens, Brandon McKinney and Kelly Talavou.
"Right now, I'm just trying to learn. It's not about finding a roster spot," Jones said during a recent offseason camp. "I'm pretty sure things are coming along well. Hopefully, this year will be a great year for me."
Jones was considered a second-round pick entering his senior season, but two injuries in 2009 (a torn pectoral muscle and torn meniscus in his left knee) limited his effectiveness and caused him to slide in the draft. The Ravens used their second fifth-round pick on Jones, selecting him after wide receiver David Reed.
In 44 games at Syracuse (32 starts), Jones totaled 145 tackles, including 38.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. His 38.5 tackles for loss are the most in Syracuse history by an interior defensive lineman while his 145 career stops tie for 10th on the school's all-time list for a down lineman.
"Art Jones is a guy that is a big-body D-tackle with athleticism and competitiveness," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He was a high school wrestler who was a [state] champion, so he's a leverage player like 'Goose' [Tony Siragusa] and like Kelly Gregg. He has that background and strong foundation."
The Ravens have six draft picks left to sign: outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (second round); defensive tackle Terrence Cody (second round); tight end Ed Dickson (third round); tight end Dennis Pitta (fourth round); wide receiver David Reed (fifth round); and offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (sixth round).