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Jarvis Jones (LB) | Georgia | Scouting Report
Prospect: Jarvis Jones
Best Position: Hybrid Linebacker (Von Miller Role)
Year: Junior (RS)
40 Time: 4.60 (Estimated)
Scouting Report Overview: Jarvis Jones is a naturally talented pass rusher that could have a major impact in the NFL. He lacks the bulk required to play your standard 4-3 Defensive End, but if a team is willing to be creative with Jones and move him around a bit, you could see a similar type of impact on the game that Von Miller has had with the Denver Broncos. The major downside with Jones is that he isn’t great against the run and there are major medical concerns that could cut his career short.
Pass Rush: Jarvis Jones is simply a natural pass rusher with that god-given explosive get off. He will beat the tackle out of his stance on many occasions and can bend the edge with the best of them. While he doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves he doesn’t need them with his ability to blow by tackles with speed and burst. Jones’ nine forced fumbles in two season is attributable to his knack for strip sacks as he runs down quarterbacks.
Run Defense: Jones doesn’t have the size currently to be an effective run defender in the NFL. Effort is not the issue as he plays with a high motor, but when faced with big OLineman he has struggled to win those battles. If a team wants him to play as a down lineman he will need to add some weight. On the downside adding weight could hinder him in his pass rushing; taking away some of his explosiveness. His speed rushing style can also leave big running lanes inside, if the Defense doesn’t account for it.
Pass Coverage: A very underrated skill set for Jones. He wasn’t asked to do a whole lot in coverage because he’s so great at rushing the passer. That said, he has solid instincts in coverage and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He could be effective in the NFL in a heavy zone-blitzing scheme.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: His size is a slight concern. He’s not as long as you would like out of rush linebacker and doesn’t have ideal arm length. Playing a traditional style of defense, Jones would need to add weight and strength to lineup down in and down out in the NFL. If he can move around and become more of a Defensive playmaker his size is less of an issue.
Medical: Jones is a top five talent but may be forced down draft boards because of medical concerns. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis while at USC. The USC doctors wouldn’t clear him to play, which caused his transfer to Georgia. He has played very well the past two seasons, and it doesn’t seem to be effecting him, but we will see how the medical examinations go.
NextEra RAP Best Postion Grade: 101.3 (Hybrid Linebacker/Von Miller Role), (#1 Rated Hybrid LB) (#7 Overall)
Other Positions: 96.7 (3-4 OLB), 77.1 (4-3 DE)
In the right role, Jones can be a game-changing Defensive player. As the grades show, playing in that hybrid role is where Jones will be the most successful at the NFL level. There is some risk associated with a transition to your standard 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB roles, due to the uncertainty of how his pass rushing will be affected by the required weight gain. If I was going to take Jones in the top 5, I would build the Defense around him to let him move around and put him in position to create havoc.
Projection – Top 10
NFL Player Comparison – Von Miller