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Jarvis Jones | Linebacker

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 242

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Steelers selected Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones with the No. 17 overall pick.
It's one of the few picks to go according to plan in one of the wildest drafts in recent memory. Jones (6-2, 245) led the nation in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (24.5) as a senior, and paced the SEC in forced fumbles (seven). He scared some evaluators with an early-career spinal condition and 4.92 forty time, but he's been cleared medically and his tape is too good to worry much about his straight-line long speed. Jones explodes off the ball and his motor is relentless. Although slightly undersized, Jones is a readymade 3-4 rush linebacker. He's an ideal replacement for James Harrison, and will be an immediate favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:15:00 PM

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NFL insider Adam Caplan does not think Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones will still be available for the Saints at pick No. 15.

Jones has been associated with the Jets recently, but only a few teams who utilize pass rushing outside linebackers and have a need at the position are picking in front of the Saints. The productive Georgia product has also been linked to the Steelers and the Colts.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 01:52:00 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes the Jets are unlikely to take a QB in the first-round.

Cimini lists guard Jonathan Cooper, guard Chance Warmack, tight end Tyler Eifert, LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, and Georgia pass rusher Jarvis Jones as possible targets. We find it interesting Tavon Austin's name is not mentioned.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 11:54:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora writes teams are "blown away" by Georgia LB Jarvis Jones' film.

"Jarvis Jones has seen specialists for his spinal condition and been on the rise lately, sources said," La Canfora writes. "Teams are more comfortable with the health, have gone back to watch tape and are blown away by the Georgia linebacker. There are knocks on most of the pass rushers in this draft, and I get the sense Jones still goes within the top 17 picks and possibly in the top 10."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 07:02:00 PM

Georgia LB Jarvis Jones said it would be "great" to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers because of the familiarity with the 3-4 defense.

"If the Steelers took me, it’d be a great place to play," Jones said. "I love playing in the 3-4 system. I definitely understand a lot concepts and the things that they do up there, being that I played in the 3-4 system. I mean, it wouldn’t be much of a transition from the scheme part, but I think the Steelers are a great place to play especially on defense. . . . Whoever picks me I think I’m gonna take full advantage of it and sacrifice everything to be great." Jones recently said he expects to be drafted by them, if he happens to fall to No. 17.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 06:21:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Steelers to be Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones' floor on draft day.

"If I even get to 17, I don’t think I get past the Steelers," Jones said. The pure outside linebacker will appeal to teams who utilize three man fronts, like the Jets, Saints, and Colts. However, we wouldn't be surprised if Jones somehow makes it out of the top 32 picks.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Georgia DC Todd Grantham compared LB Jarvis Jones to Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley.

Grantham also compared Jones to Cowboys OLB Anthony Spencer. "I think he's a little bit of a combination. We had 'Spence' in Dallas (Anthony Spencer). I think there are some similarities in Spence and LaMarr Woodley. Those guys are pretty similar. He can fit into a 3-4 and be a really productive player up there."
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:45:00 PM

Peter King of Sports Illustrated agrees with the recent connection between the Steelers and Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones.

The link makes a lot of sense as the Steelers will not have James Harrison in the starting lineup for the first time in many years. Jones plays low to the ground and wins with a good motor and jump off the line, but will need to improve his game just like most other prospects.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 04:08:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Georgia's Jarvis Jones as the top 4-3 OLB.

"Despite running 4.9 and despite the potential (spinal) stenosis, he's explosive and quick on tape," Mayock writes. "Most people think he's a 3-4 outside 'backer. He could play in either scheme. Pittsburgh (a 3-4 team), at 17, could love him. But I'm projecting him as a 4-3 SAM (strong side). I don't think he's as long as most of the 3-4 teams like. But he can stack the edge over a tight end. He has pass-rush ability which will add to his versatility. He just doesn't have that high-end elite speed. But to me, that's all he doesn't have. He plays hard."
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones visited the Colts on Thursday.

The connection is obvious, since the Colts will be without Dwight Freeney this season and could potentially rely on Erik Walden or Jerry Hughes to start. Jones doesn't have the same spin move as Freeney, but he wins with a jump off the snap and a great motor to chase. We wouldn't be surprised if he is still on the board when the Colts pick.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Only one of Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones' 14.5 sacks in 2012 occurred against a double team.

The number is noteworthy, since Jones was an ultra-productive edge rusher thanks to snap anticipation and a motor to chase down. Jets beat writer Rich Cimini notes that BYU pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah registered only 4.5 sacks, but 2.5 of them came after being double teamed. Jones has been known to be a liability in run defense at times.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 12:29:00 PM

NFL network's Daniel Jeremiah listed Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones, Alabama G Chance Warmack, and WR Keenan Allen as three of the most consistent prospects on tape.

Jeremiah notes that each had poor workout numbers. All three will be case studies regarding the dominance on tape or in shorts when working out. Jones' production was great, but he won with a great jump off the snap and a good motor to chase down. His lack of athleticism might hurt him more than the other two.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 04:30:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is "anxious to see where" Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones and LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo get picked.

"Jones (is) far superior on tape, Mingo far superior in shorts," Jeremiah tweeted. "Didn't fall in love with Mingo. Lacks functional strength, has to win early in the down or he's done." Jones is the opposite, in our opinion, in that he can win after jumping the snap but most of his production resulted from a great motor to chase. However, we aren't sure if Jones has speed.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 09:13:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports five scouts told him Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones is a mid-first round selection.

"Talked to 5 scouts on UGA's Jarvis Jones. All said similar things: We knew he'd work out poorly. But he's a football player. Think mid-1st," Rapoport tweeted. This report seems to match the thinking of many regarding Jones' talent, as he doesn't have ideal measurables or workout numbers but the physical talent to potentially become a quality rusher. He's very heavy-handed, albeit inconsistent.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones visited the Bills on Friday.

The team is likely doing their due diligence here, but we doubt Jones is a target with pick No. 8. The Bills will run a more multiple front in 2013, but Jones is strictly a pass rushing outside linebacker, so his fit and versatility might be in question. We like Jones' jump off the snap and motor to work around the edge.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 10:30:00 AM