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Former Aquinas football start is an NFL Draft hopeful

Jamir Jones as an Aquinas student. Jamir Jones as an Aquinas student.

Rich Donnelly
Updated: April 23, 2020 08:13 AM
Created: April 22, 2020 09:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There will be 32 brand new millionaires at this time Thursday night as the first round of the NFL Draft comes to a close.  

Rochester has a couple of guys who hope to hear their names called at some point in the draft and one just might have the luck of the Irish.  

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Pass rushing always comes at a premium in the NFL, so don't be surprised if former Aquinas star Jamir Jones hears his name called this weekend.  

He switched to defensive line as a senior at Notre Dame and had 4.5 sacks last season. Coaches can see his skill on the field by looking at game tape, during the shutdown he's been getting to know them on a personal level.

"I've been on the phone with coaches who are trying to get to know me and making sure they had all the info on me," Jones said.

While NFL coaches are trying to get the full report on Jones, his older brother Jarron has been a part of a number of NFL teams and already gave Jones the full report on what life is like in the NFL.

"It's a great resource just knowing what to expect, to make sure you're prepared.  I just use it to prepare for me when I walk into meeting rooms and locker rooms," Jones said.

His work on the field will be the reason why an NFL team decides to draft Jones, but he adds that his personality is why NFL teams will want to keep him on the roster.

"I am someone who loves to win, I just want to build into a winning culture, a winning team, want to be someone who is accountable, same guy every day," Jones said. "If you add me to your team I'm going to do the best to add to your culture and be a team guy."

And when it comes to being a team guy, Jones is rooting for his friend and former high school teammate Earnest Edwards, a dynamic wide receiver at Maine for the past 4 years and a former flag football teammate of Jones's when they were 5 years old.

"Earnest, I think he's one of the biggest sleepers in the draft, the wide receiver group is stacked but just put on his tape, you can't argue with that, he's been doing it for 4 years.  I don't know why he's not one of the top guys,” Jones said. "He's definitely going to be a star in the NFL."

And with the draft this weekend, maybe the 2 friends will become teammates again.  The first round of the draft is Thursday night and the rest of the NFL Draft continues Friday and Saturday. If Jones isn't drafted he can still make an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent.


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