Nazair Jones is turning pro

Nazair Jones
Nazair Jones is turning pro

North Carolina defensive tackle Nazair Jones has announced in a statement that he’s decided to leave school and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

“The University of North Carolina has changed me so much since the first day I stepped on campus,” Jones said in a statement. “Throughout my career, I have been with a family of brothers and found people that have become my closest friends. I want to thank our amazing coaching staff, support staff and an incredible fan base. I know Tar Heel nation will always have my back.”

Jones currently ranks as the #10 defensive tackle in the junior class by NFL Draft Scout.

The 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman had 62 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, 1½ sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups this season.

Jones is an interesting case, in woke up one morning in November of 2011 and wasn’t able to move his legs due to a mysterious illness.

He missed his entire senior year of high school football as he was forced to live at The Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill for six weeks while he was rehabilitating from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome when he was 16 years old.

“He has overcome great physical adversity and improved tremendously since he came into the program in 2013,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “This season he was the leader of our defensive line and someone everyone on the team respected.”

The Tar Heels finished the season 8-4 and will take on Stanford in the Sun Bowl on December 31st.


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