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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jarvis Jones

  • Jarvis Jones, 6-2/242

  • Outside Linebacker

  • Georgia

  • Jarvis Jones Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Fabulous edge pass-rusher
  • Fast off the edge
  • Instincts
  • Great pursuit linebacker
  • Lives in the backfield
  • Constant source of pass pressure
  • Consistently produces splash plays
  • Excellent at stripping the ball out for forced fumbles
  • Skilled at shedding blocks
  • Chases running backs down from the backside
  • Has some pass-coverage potential
  • Great motor
  • Experience against double-teams
  • Disruptive
  • Causes havoc behind the line of scrimmage
  • Uses hands well
  • Can use his hands and feet at the same time
  • Plays with good leverage
  • Pad level
  • Quickness
  • Scheme versatility
  • Should be able to play immediately

  • Weaknesses:
  • Not a hard worker
  • Timed slow
  • Needs to add strength
  • Can miss some tackles
  • Can struggle with runs straight at him

  • Summary: Jones was one of the best pass-rushers in college football over the last two seasons and dominated the SEC, the nation's strongest conference. He started out his career at USC before a neck injury caused the Trojans staff to tell him to quit football. Other doctors disagreed and Jones transferred to Georgia. After sitting out a season, he took the SEC by storm in 2011.

    Jones tied for fifth in the nation in sacks with 13.5 that year. The sophomore also had 70 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles. His season was highlighted with a four-sack game against Florida.

    Despite all the teams sending double-teams his direction in 2012, Jones was even better as a junior; he led the nation in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss. Jones totaled 85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, three passes broken up and one interception on the season. He had a string of dominating performances while missing the Kentucky game with a knee injury and didn't look the same against South Carolina, but bounced back in late October.

    Jones had a game for the ages in Week 2 against Missouri. He stepped up with huge plays to help lead the Bulldogs to a win. Jones had nine tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass batted and an interception returned 21 yards to the goal line. The turnovers he created came late in the game and sealed the win for Georgia.

    Once again, Jones dominated Florida and carried the Bulldogs to a win that secured them a spot in the SEC Championship. He had 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery against the Gators. Late in the fourth quarter Florida was driving for a game-tying touchdown, but Jones made the game-saving play with a forced fumble on a tackle from behind on tight end Jordan Reed at the Georgia 5-yard line. The Bulldogs recovered for the win.

    In the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, Jones notched two sacks and a forced fumble. His sack-fumble was a phenomenal play on which he beat blocks from right tackle D.J. Fluker and running back Eddie Lacy to take down A.J. McCarron. Jones picked up another coverage sack later, but the Crimson Tide had a lot of success running straight at him. It was an ugly game for Jones as a run-defender. He finished his collegiate career strong with two sacks against Nebraska.

    Jones should be a pass-rushing demon and a phenomenal edge-rusher in the NFL. He fires up field off the snap and is extremely hard for offensive linemen to get a hold of. Jones has good hands to fight off blocks with moves to get around linemen. While he isn't a power player, he uses some functional strength along with his athleticism to shed blocks.

    Jones is a heat-seeking missile in pursuit. He is great at chasing down quarterbacks and running backs from behind. Jones is always cognizant of the ball and does a great job of slapping it out to force turnovers. He was a sack-fumble machine in college. While Jones does not have blazing speed, he is football fast and that was clear with how he dominated the SEC.

    There are a few areas Jones needs to improve for the pros. He needs more strength to hold up against runs that come directly at him. That would also help him to avoid some missed tackles.

    Scouts at the East-West Shrine told that Jones would slide on draft day because it was their belief he would test poorly before the draft and isn't a hard worker in the weight room. The scouts said that watching the game tape, Jones is worthy of being a high first-round pick, but they didn't feel he will go that high. That prediction was validated in the months to come. Jones declined to work out at the Combine and had an ugly showing at his pro day with a terrible 40-yard dash time between 4.9 and 5.0 seconds. spoke with scouts who were in attendance at the pro day, and they said he did well in the linebacker drills, but really struggled in the timed tests. Scouts said that Jones isn't a bad teammate or a bad guy, but he isn't a guy who coaches will love during the week because he doesn't put in a lot of work. However, scouts said they loved the way he showed up on game day.

    Jones could be an elite pass-rusher at the next level. If he goes to a good organization and coaching staff that can motivate him, he could be an absolute force. If Jones lands with a bad team that has frequent coaching changes and instability, there is the potential for him to not pan out. With the workout concerns and the neck injury, he could easily fall to the middle of the first round.

    Player Comparison: James Harrison/Von Miller. It was a tough call between Harrison and Miller. Harrison, Miller and Jones are all tremendous pass-rushers off the edge. Jones and Miller (6-3, 245) are nearly identical in size, but Jones isn't as fast or explosive as Miller. Jones' speed off the edge is more similar to Harrison (6-0, 242). Jones could turn into a dangerous pass-rusher off the edge like these star NFL linebackers.

    NFL Matches: Detroit, Arizona, New York Jets, New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh

    There are a number of teams that could consider Jones in the first round, and a surprise team could easily snatch him up. It wouldn't be a big surprise if a playoff team like Atlanta, Houston or San Francisco trades up for him.

    The earliest that Jones could hope to go is to Detroit with the fifth-overall pick. The Lions need to add talent at outside linebacker, and they also have to replace their best edge-rusher after losing Cliff Avril. Jones coming off the edge would be a nice complement to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

    The Cardinals (No. 7) and Jets (No. 9) both need to upgrade their edge rush. Jones would be a good fit in either team's 3-4 defense. However, it looks more likely that Jones will fall out of the top 10.

    New Orleans at No. 15 makes a lot of sense. The Saints need an edge-rusher for their change to the 3-4. Jones could easily go to New Orleans.

    The Rams also need outside linebacker help, so their pick at No. 16 could be used to take Jones.

    The lowest that Jones should fall is to the Steelers at No. 17. They need to replace Harrison, and Jones is a great fit in their defense. Jones landing with Pittsburgh makes complete sense.

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    This is a terrible assesment of a player have you seen anything on this guy he was far and away the hardest working player on Georgia's team. He literally carried the bulldogs for the past two seasons and you question his work ethic. The guy was told he could never play the game again due to his neck injury / spinal stenosis he had to work his tail off just to be able to play. Awful take on the player. This guy is a stud and will do very well in Pittsburg.
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