Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
It’s a new week, ladies and gentlemen. With that new week comes a new version of the Fansided Mock Draft. If you follow this blog, you know that each and every week until draft day, Fansided will release a new version of their mock draft for your reading pleasure.
Let’s take a look at the Jets’ pick…………………………
JARVIS JONES, OLB, GEORGIA
We talked about this guy a bit yesterday, with the Bucky Brooks mock draft. However, this guy is so wonderful to watch on film, it’s no problem at all to talk about him again.
In case you forgot, here is some video:
I think I could watch this guy on film, beating linemen around the edge as if they were Wayne Hunter, on every play, on a loop, and never get tired of it. This guy is so fast…..can you imagine him on a Rex Ryan defense? Can you imagine the types fo plays and schemes that could be run? The possibilities are endless.
Yesterday, we talked about Jones’ overall stats while at Georgia. What we didn’t talk about was how he came up big when it counted, posting 2 sacks in the Capital One bowl. You cannot teach ability in big games, and Jones has it. He would be a terrific fit in the Rex Ryan scheme.
That is, as long as Jarvis is healthy. We talked a bit about his condition yesterday, but since we are talking about Jarvis Jones again, I wanted to give some more information on his condition, “Cervical Spinal Stenosis”. Here is a definition, per WebMD:
Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. The spinal canal is the open area in the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column . The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that runs through the spinal canal from the base of the brain to the lower back. These nerves allow us to feel, to move, and to control the bowel and bladder and other body functions. In cervical spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows and can squeeze and compress the nerve roots where they leave the spinal cord , or it may irritate or injure the spinal cord itself. The seven vertebrae between the head and the chest make up the cervical spine. Squeezing the nerves and cord in the cervical spine can change how the spinal cord functions and cause stiffness, pain, and numbness in the neck, arms, and legs.
I am no medical professional, but I get the idea that squeezing the nerves in the cervical spine in a bad idea. Stiffness, pain, ..etc. is not a good thing for a guy that makes his living chasing down people and hitting them. His job also seems to make him a prime candidate for this situation to occur. Hitting someone with your upper body on a consistent basis is going to hurt the spinal cord area.
He must be seriously cleared for his health. If he is, great pick.