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.