KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
The next installment of this series focuses on Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones.
Of the Chiefs top needs, outside linebacker definitely isn’t on that list. The Chiefs are set with Pro Bowlers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali playing the outside linebacker spots. However, John Dorsey said he’ll take the best player available and if he thinks Jones is that (he’s the number 1 player on my big board), he’ll be the selection.
Jarvis Jones was absolutely dominant this season for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder racked up 85 tackles, a whopping 24.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, SEVEN forced fumbles, and two interceptions in his dominant junior campaign. He had his best performances against Mizzou and Florida, neither team could contain him. He’s an elite pass rusher, who is good in run support, and can cover when asked. His speed and athleticism for an outside backer is shown often as well. He is an elite prospect who plays with a non-stop motor, he never takes a play off.
The big concern, and a big reason of why he could fall in the draft, is the fact he had a mild case of spinal stenosis. He started his collegiate career at USC, but a routine hit caused a “mild case of spinal stenosis”, or a narrowing of the spinal column and USC doctors advised Jones never to play football again. However he transferred to Georgia, was cleared to play, and the rest was history.
It’s been known to affect players in the past, but with recent successes such as Chris Samuels of the Redskins and Marcus McNeill of the Chargers, it’s not as big of a deal as it used to be; especially because it was only a mild case. It could easily scare a team, such as the Chiefs, away from using an early selection on Jones.
If John Dorsey can look past the back issue, Jones might be a good candidate for the first overall selection in this year’s draft. Jones is really an elite talent that could replace a declining Tamba Hali. More likely than not, I don’t think Jones will be the selection. There’s a good chance he won’t even make it into the top-10, leaving a good team with an elite player in the latter half of the first round. Whatever team selects Jones won’t be disappointed.
What are your thoughts on the Chiefs using the first selection on an elite pass rusher in Jarvis Jones?