As we get closer to draft day we’ll start to see Mock Drafts become more and more indicative of what teams should be doing to better their respective rosters. The weekly Fansided 2013 Mock Draft is out and we’ll waste no time here at The Jet Press in analyzing the pick for the Jets……..
“9. New York Jets – Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Georgia
Jarvis Jones’ medicals seem to no longer be a question and his stock sits firmly in the top ten. There is little doubt that Jones is one of the most talented player’s in this year’s draft class and he has continuously drawn comparisons to Von Miller of the Denver Broncos. If the Jets could get half of that production from Jones, it would be better than a few of their other pass rushers that they’ve taken chances in recent years”
Outside of his much debated medical “issue” and his lack luster Pro-Day, Jarvis Jones is the epitome of an ELITE pass rushing prospect. Jones amassed 14.5 sacks last season and simply had no issues getting in the backfield or to the QB altogether. Jones is an explosive pass rusher with elite straight line speed that is coupled with a tremendous burst, especially off the ball. He has quick and fluid change of direction. Jones has the ability to stop, start and turn on a dime and explode out of cut. He’s not really that big a prospect but has deceptively great playing strength and can take on and fight off blocks with power.
His acceleration is nothing short of impressive as he’s usually the first one off the ball and reaches top speed quicker than anyone on the field.
The Jets desperately need prospects at the OLB position as the position has been depleted this off-season so adding an OLB in the first round of the draft should be a given but what isn’t a given is just what type of pass rushing OLB are the Jets looking to add to their defense? No matter what type the Jets are looking for, Jarvis Jones most likely fits the description. Extremely fast off the edges to go along with the production in college is very appealing to say the least and the thought of him coming off the edges of a line being occupied by Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson is something opposing QBs should be very concerned about.
I’m not one to totally dismiss Jones’s Pro-day workout concerns as a 245 pound OLB should be running faster than a 4.85 40 but his production at Georgia cant be dismissed either and I think Rex would certainly find a creative and highly effective way to utilize someone with Jones’s attributes in this Jets defense. Given Jones’s question marks right now I wouldn’t be upset if Rex and co decided to go with LSU’s DE Barkevious Mingo here who is still on the board in this mock.
At the end of the day, the Jets need adequate bodies to pair with Coples and Wilkerson to beef up the pass rush and Jarvis Jones not only has the skills to be one of those bodies but he actually has the skills and attributes to be a start in this league. I say GREAT potential selection for the Jets that has the potential to pay huge dividends for a team that desperately need a payoff at the OLB position right now.