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NFL Draft: UConn Beast Joins Baltimore Ravens

University of Connecticut defensive lineman, Travis Jones, will get his start in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

In an exciting NFL Draft weekend, with major trades, projected first-round picks falling on the draft boards and surprises when you least expect them, one thing has been for certain: UConn defensive lineman, Travis Jones, will take flight in the NFL.

The Ravens need to fill some holes in their defense, and Jones will be that explosive player Baltimore needs. The team picked Jones in the third-round as the 76th pick overall.

The New Haven, Ct. native was a star player from a young age. He had the chance to stand out at Wilbur Cross High School, easily paving the way for him to go to University of Connecticut. He became a key asset to the team right when he got to the campus, recording 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack. Through the years on the team, he earned numerous accolades, such as 2019 UConn Defensive Player of the Year and the 2021 Bednarik Award Watch List, given to the nation’s best defensive player.

The 6-foot-4, 333-pound beast put on a fantastic show at the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Al. in February, catching the eyes of many teams ahead of this year's draft. Baltimore gets to capitalize on Jones' combination of strength and speed heading into the upcoming season.

In just his 2021 season, Jones had 48 tackles, 16 solos and four and a half sacks. He'll bring his versatility on defense to the Baltimore Ravens.