If you’ve heard or read one analyst, you’ve heard them all—in my opinion—but I tend to like Mike Mayock (NFL Network) more than most as he at least seems to know what he’s talking about most of the time. That said, he recently offered his opinion on former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones’ as a potential Top 5 pick:
“Jarvis Jones, now that’s a good football player,” Mayock said. “He fits as a 4-3 outside linebacker; that’s what he played at Georgia. He’s an impactful, explosive player and he’s ready to play now – but he has a medical issue.”
There is concern that Jones has stenosis in his back.
“Unfortunately, there’s nothing he can do (at the combine) to alleviate the medical concern,” Mayock said. “Either he has stenosis or he doesn’t. Either it’s continuing to narrow the spine or it isn’t. Coming out of the combine, in a month or so when teams start to share medical information, we’ll know more about it.”
If he checks out medically, Mayock said he’s easily a top 10 prospect.
Mayock is high on Jordan, as well, but may need to put another 20 pounds onto his 235-pound frame before he could play end in a 4-3.
“Jones and Jordan are two different players,” Mayock said. “Jones can play 4-3 outside linebacker tomorrow where Jordan cannot. He’s too small to play the 4-3 end position. Two years from now he could if he puts on another 20 pounds.
While I wouldn’t dare put my personal analysis up against that of a ‘Mike Mayock’, I still contend that Jones is a better fit for a 3-4 than a 4-3; that’s where he excelled for Georgia and that is likely where he would make the most immediate impact at the next level; I’ve stated this before and I stand behind my original thoughts on the matter.
While Detroit needs a 4-3 defensive end in the worst way, and I have no doubt Jones has the ability to adjust his playing style to meet that need, I believe his skill-set is better suited for a 3-4 because of his exceptional pass-rushing ability; I like him at No. 4 (Eagles) even more now than I did before and feel they will take him if all the medical questions are answered to their satisfaction.
The Combine begins this weekend and will air on the NFL Network; linebackers and defensive lineman will be featured the following Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.