New York Jets Draft Prospect Jarvis Jones Has Rough Pro Day

Mar 21, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones participates in drills during Georgia pro day at the University of Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this did not go how Jarvis Jones hoped that it would.

Yesterday afternoon was Pro Day for the University of Georgia prospects, and it did not go well for Jones.

We all know about his health problems, the issue has been well documented.  Spinal stenosis is not something easy to get past when you play professional football.  Despite that, doctors cleared him for the Combine, but Jones decided not to work out, and save it for Pro Day.  Coach Rex Ryan was in attendance, amongst other coaches as well.

How did that work out?  Well, he ran a 4.92 forty yard dash, which would have been second to last amongst all linebackers at the Combine.  He would have been 16th amongst linebackers in the Bench Press with 16 reps. Here is what Jones had to say following the day’s events:

“I’m a football player,” Jones said after the workout. “It’s about football, right? I’m a football player. That’s what I do. At the end of the day, you get those drills — I’m not saying they ain’t worth nothing — but you get those drills, running the 40 and all that stuff. You could get someone off the street who can run a 4.3, but they can’t play football. That’s easy.”

How will this affect his draft stock? It’s hard to say. As talented as Jarvis Jones is, one day that doesn’t go well is not going to change that. The kid has a lot of football talent, and in a sense, the above quote is absolutely right. The drills don’t all exactly relate to football skills on-field.

But, these are the skills that a lot of evaluation is based on when the draft approaches. Will this scare coaches off? Will it scare Rex off? It’s hard to say right now. Maybe it will scare others away, and make sure Rex and Idzik can take the guy if they want him. How will they feel about him?

It should be an interesting storyline that could go a whole bunch of different ways. We will find out soon enough.

Topics: 2013 Nfl Draft, Jarvis Jones, New York Jets

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  • Dustin Schrank

    We need to draft chance warmack, build for the future he is not a “skill position” player but he will last 10-14 years in the league and be a corner stone for a team an offense is nothing if it cant protect the QB and give the RB a chance…….Chance can do that:)

    • TheJetPress

      That’s what everyone says about him Dustin, about how special he is. What do you think about taking a guard that high? I am not sure that taking a lineman that isn’t a left tackle is needed necessarily when you can get a guard later on. Just my opinion what do you think?

      • Dustin Schrank

        Like I said I think we need to build for the future,warmack gives you 10-14 years of service, jarvis jones running a 4.9 might not even ever make starter, I think between those two its a no brainer, now sharrif floyd ran a 4.93 and hes 6’3 303, if he was available at 9 I would say draft Floyd but I think he will be gone and chance will be there and I think you risk little on Chance:) and I know 40 times are not everything but what OLB in the NFL runs a 4.9 and is 249lbs?

        • TheJetPress

          Fair enough Dustin…….I just wanted to question you a bit more as far as your opinion.

          Warmack is supposed to be great, I know this. I still just don’t love the idea of taking a guard at 9 overall. Just my opinion but I just feel we can get an anchor to the o-line at the guard position later on in the draft, or even after it’s over. Remember Brandon Moore was never drafted, and he has been a great anchor.

          I certainly understand and can’t find a flaw with your thinking either Dustn.

          Thanks for reading.

          • Dustin Schrank

            Thanks for responding and good point on Moore. You might be right about finding a gaurd later in the draft, I just want a starter for sure not a buster, we are so thin in so many spots we need a starter, I guess I will just hope Sharrif Floyd falls into our lap somehow, I think having a dominate NT and having Coples and Wilkerson on the ends would be great.

          • TheJetPress

            You are most welcome…will always respond.

            I like that line, “a starter not a buster”. I may use that in the future. I would love to have Floyd, Coples and Wilkerson…imagine Rex’s reaction to having a line like that. Look, Chance certainly wouldn’t be a bad pick. You couldn’t argue against it too badly, he should be pretty special. Honestly, I wish there were a big play offensive player that would be a lock at #9, but I don’t see that there is one you know?

  • Vincent Hall

    I think this is great. If it can push his value down, the Jets can trade down in the first round, and still have a chance to pick him up later on. He had a bad day, it happens. Vontaze Burflict ran a 4.9 and didn’t even get drafted. He was probably the defensive rookie of the year for the Bengals last year.

    • TheJetPress

      Agreed Vincent. One bad day does not take away all that this guy has put on tape. If he slips and they can take him later in the round, that would be excellent.

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