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Scouting Report: Georgia OLB/DE Jarvis Jones

Many regard Georgia's pass rusher Jarvis Jones as the best player in this draft class. The junior from Columbus, Georgia, got to Athens in 2010 after transferring from USC. Jones redshirted that year and started every game in 2011, posting 70 tackles and 13.5 sack. Being named a first team All-American by every major sports media outlet. 

In 2012, Jones has recorded 72 tackles, 10.5 sacks and one interception in 12 games. He is playing on a Georgia team that is ranked No. 3 in the country and a defense that ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense. 


Pass Rushing Moves - Jones has pass rushing skills that very few college defenders have. Jones' best move is his spin move, which compares to that of Dwight Freeney's. Jones is not just a one move player, he uses multiple moves to get past offensive lineman and to the quarterback. Jones can rush off the edge or get inside and fight off interior lineman.  

Use of Hands - Jones' use of his hands is quite advanced for a junior in college. He uses his hand placement to get leverage over offensive lineman and improve his position. Jones' best move is his swim move, where he uses his strength to move offensive linemen out of the way. Jones also uses his hands to fight off blocks.

Intelligence/Fundamentals - Jones is a smart football player. He knew how to handle Florida's read option and rarely got fooled on misdirection plays. Jones is explosive off the line of scrimmage and almost always gets good jumps off the snap. The Columbus native is also a very good tackler. 


Versatility - From what I saw on film, Jones does two things really well. Rush the passer and tackle. Jones is not asked to drop in coverage much in Georgia's defensive scheme. With the emergence of the tight end position in the NFL, outside linebackers are asked to cover tight ends, receivers and backs in the passing game. From what I have seen, Jones fits the mold of a 3-4 outside linebacker perfectly, however it remains to be seen if he can excel in a 4-3 scheme. 

Projection/NFL Comparison

Jones has a very good chance to have the best NFL career of any player in this draft. No pass rusher in this class has the athleticism or skills that Jones possesses. I do not think Jones will be taken first overall, because the teams projected there have too many holes on offense. Jones will not fall out of the top five though. Watching his film, he reminds me of Dwight Freeney and DeMarcus Ware.