Jarvis Jones, LB

  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 241 pounds
  • School: Georgia

Scouting Report

Jones arrived at Georgia hoping to prove people wrong. In doing so, he's seemingly done most everything right and is widely considered to be a top-10 overall pick. Jones suffered a neck injury as a freshman at Southern California, and then-new coach Lane Kiffin had his doubts whether Jones would fully recover. After redshirting the 2010 season, he transfered to Georgia, was cleared to play by doctors and immediately began showing USC what it was missing. He led the SEC in tackles for loss (19 1/2) and sacks (13 1/2) while being named a consensus All-American as a sophomore. Jones didn't slow down as a junior, leading the nation with 14 1/2 sacks, 24 1/2 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. He's more than proved that neck injury suffered in 2009 isn't holding him down, though there is some concern due to a spinal stenosis condition that has caused some past NFL players to retire. However, that hasn't deterred scouts from considering Jones to be one of the top prospects in the draft after forgoing his senior season. Jones did most of his damage in college as a speedy outside linebacker, though NFL scouts believe he'll be able to play inside if needed as well. He has the strength to fend off blockers and make plays on the ball carrier, the speed and pass-rushing skills to get into the backfield and the instincts to drop back in to coverage. As long as Jones hasn't peaked too early and can remain healthy, he should be an NFL contributor for many years after hearing his name called early on the first day of the draft.

 

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