Draft Capsule: LB Jarvis Jones

Draft Capsule: LB Jarvis Jones
March 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Jarvis Jones (LB), Georgia 

6-2 | 245 lbs.

2012 Stats:

85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 24.5 TFL, 7 FF, 2 FF, INT, 39 QBP 

Projection:

1st Round

Strengths:

Always a threat to get to the quarterback, combining for 28 sacks his last two seasons with the Bulldogs. Possesses exceptional closing speed getting to running backs on the outside and crashing the running lane up the middle. Plus-strength with the knack for ripping the ball loose from his opponents. Capable of dropping back in coverage. Relentless in pursuit. 

Weaknesses:

Doesn't have ideal size and doesn't have the frame to add much more muscle mass. Inconsistent at times in the passing game. Must develop more pass-rushing moves to get to the quarterback at the next level. Developed spinal stenosis in 2009 which have scouts questioning his long-term durability. 

Fit for the Bears:

Despite long-term health issues, Jones has the ability to make an impact from Day 1. The Bears now have a glaring need at linebacker after losing both Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach. With little cap room, the Bears must select a linebacker sometime during the first or second day of the NFL Draft. While Jones is projected to go in the Top 15, his health may cause him to drop to No. 20. If he's there, would Phil Emery be willing to pull the trigger on a possible future Pro Bowler and line him up next to Lance Briggs? Time will tell.