2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

by Cory J. Bonini on March 4, 2013 @ 15:20:48 PDT

 


Georgia Bulldogs outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is an exciting prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he comes with almost as much risk as upside.

Jones has tallied 28.0 sacks and 44 tackles for loss over the last two years. Perhaps the most impressive stat of all, he forced a whopping seven fumbles in 2012.

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Star potential

Strengths

  • Extremely quick off the edge
  • Times snaps very well
  • Surprisingly strong for his size
  • Strong motor - constantly in pursuit and doesn't give up
  • Able to drop into the coverage
  • Tenacious desire to strip the ball
  • Shows awareness in clogging passing lanes
  • Good wrap-up tackler
  • Short-area closing speed
  • Pro-style 3-4 defense experience
  • Utilized on stunts and twists to blitz inside

Weaknesses

  • Undersized (6-foot-2, 245 pounds)
  • One-year starter
  • Lacks a full repertoire of pass-rushing moves
  • Can cover tight ends but struggles with fast running backs on wheel routes
  • Spinal stenosis diagnosis - a narrowing of the spinal column that has caused premature endings to several NFL careers
    ; Jones wasn't cleared to play at USC before transferring to Georgia
  • Struggles shedding bigger blockers

Expected draft placement

Jones has early first-round talent, but his medical grade will determine where teams feel comfortable taking a chance on him. He legitimately could go as early as about No. 5 (Detroit Lions) or fall out of the first round entirely. A placement in the mid-teens to early-20s is fair at this time.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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