Georgia All-America OLB Jarvis Jones unimpressive at Pro Day
Jarvis Jones, the Georgia outside linebacker who had been projected to fall to the New Orleans Saints in the upcoming NFL draft, may fallen even further after his Pro Day workout.
Georgia's Jarvis Jones ran a 4.92 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. a.ssociated Press
Jones, an All-American who led the nation is sacks and tackles for losses this past season, was unimpressive at his Pro Day workout, running the 40-yard dash in just 4.92 seconds. He broad jumped 9-3 and had a vertical leap of 30 ½. He did 20 reps on the bench press, according to multiple media reports.
Many scouts were eager to see the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Jones work out after his skipped drills at last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Even before Jones turned in his less-than-stellar workout numbers, his high draft status had been in question because of a medical condition. As a freshman while playing at USC, Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. The condition already had dropped Jones, who had been projected as high as the No. 2 overall draft prospect, in some mock drafts. But he apparently checked out well at the Combine.
The condition certainly didn't hinder Jones at Georgia, where he registered 28 sacks in his final two seasons. But his Pro Day performance could prove costly.
The Saints, who are switching to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, are in need of a 3-4 outside linebacker with pass-rushing skills.
But it remains unclear if any team will take a chance on a productive college player, with limited athletic ability, early in April's draft.
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