NFL Draft 2012 prediction: Chandler Jones, UFC champ Jon Jones' brother, 'might be best defensive player in draft'

Top NFL draft prospect Chandler Jones wears his brother, Jon's, UFC light heavyweight championship belt.

By now, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans know all about Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. His run through the 205-pound division has produced one of the greatest calendar years in the history of the sport and it's already safe to wonder if the 24-year-old phenom is one of the best to ever put on a pair of gloves.

As impressive as that might sound, he's got an entire family of athletes, including his older brother, Arthur Jones, who plays defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens. You may or may not have heard much from him because he's not exactly blowing anyone's doors off in the National Football League (NFL).

Don't get me wrong, he's a fine player, but you're not going to see him in the Pro Bowl any time soon (if it's still around, anyway).

That may not be the case for Chandler Jones, however, yet another one of Jon's siblings who is poised to break into the NFL and make a big splash sooner rather than later. Or at least that's what NFL expert Mike Mayock predicts.

In his one and only mock draft for tonight's (April 26, 2012) live first round -- which will have live ongoing coverage of right here -- Mayock has Jones projected to go number 19 overall. And if you fine Maniacs know anything about The General, that means Jones would be going to my beloved Chicago Bears.

But, it's not just that Jones would be going that early in the draft that makes Mayock's pick so interesting. It's the remarks he made to go along with it.

"The Bears cannot believe Chandler Jones has fallen to them. The general public might not know a lot about him, but my view is -- and I'll take a lot of heat for this -- three years from now, he might be the best defensive player to come out of this draft."

To see Mayock's complete first round mock draft click here.

For those who aren't aware, Mayock is an extremely well respected name in pro football circles, so for him to dish out such high praise, it's kind of a big deal.

Is it really possible that in three years, Jon Jones could be ruling the UFC while his brother Chandler is running wild in the NFL as the best defensive player to come out of tonight's draft?

We'll have to stay tuned for all that.

In the meantime, remember to check back here later tonight to see who your favorite team drafted with their first round selection. Unless, of course, you're a fan of the Atlanta Falcons or Oakland Raiders.

And here's a video released by UFC profiling the Jones family and how successful they've all been in athletics:

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