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Detroit Lions draft: Is Georgia's Jarvis Jones the guy?

So far the consensus from the two big dog draftniks is that the Lions will take outside linebacker Jarvis Jones with their No. 5 overall pick at the NFL draft.

 Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks and ESPN’s Mel Kiper project Jones as the Lions first-round pick.

 Are you good with that?

 Jones is a pass rusher, the Lions need a pass rusher. Kiper sees him playing a role similar to that of Von Miller with the Broncos. Miller, who played at Texas A&M, has 30 sacks in his first two seasons — 18.5 of them in 2012.

 Both are the same size — 6-foot-3 and about 240 pounds. 

 Jones played at Georgia. His spinal stenosis during his freshman season at USC remains a concern.

 It’s way too early to know anything for certain. The draft opens three months from today.

 But it’s interesting to see that Jarvis Jones seems  to fit the Lions needs — at least from the outsiders’ perspectives.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jones is a wildcard because of medical redflags but SOMEONE is going to roll the dice on him in the top ten. He was nationally-recruited as a top 4-3 linebacker at Carver High in Columbus, GA: Texas, Florida, LSU, Florida State, Southern Cal - all the best 4-3 defenses offered him after he went 15-0 as a junior and led Carver to a state championship.

Southern Cal coached him up as a SAM 4-3 linebacker in their system. His pass-rushing prowess in the Georgia 3-4 base is a recent revelation - never performed in such a system at Carver or Southern Cal. Jones is very versatile and strikes me as a playmaker in any system regardless. His overall abilities would instantly upgrade the outside linebacker roster of the Detroit Lions and they would be afforded the option of running a multiple D with a change-of-pace 3-4 formation on occasion. They can retain the Wide-9 4-3 base and Jones can learn it just as he learned the Georgia defensive system which he NEVER ran before.

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