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Detroit Lions draft: Jarvis Jones visit scheduled

Jarvis Jones, the outside linebacker, worked out at Georgia’s Pro Day on Thursday (today) and declared himself the No. 1 player in the draft.

 We’ll see about that. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him ranked fifth on his big board while Todd McShay from Scouts Inc. ranks him at 14th.

Jones did say on Thursday that the Detroit Lions are one of three teams that has a visit scheduled with him. The Lions own the fifth overall pick. The other teams he will visit are Kansas City (No. 1 pick) and the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4 pick).

 Jones did not work out at the Combine instead waiting for Pro Day. He has been cleared by an orthopedic doctor after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis when he was a freshman at USC. The Trojans wouldn’t let him continue to play so he transferred to Georgia where he played three seasons without incident.

  Jones has the possibility to fill a pass-rushing role similar to that of Denver’s Von Miller who has 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. 

 The Lions have not re-signed Justin Durant leaving a hole at outside linebacker. There’s a chance they could move Jones to defensive end  which is also a position of need with Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch gone.

Kiper and McShay have the Lions drafting defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah from BYU with the fifth pick. Ansah lacks experience but was dominant in the Senior Bowl.

Drafting an offensive tackle is a possibility, but the Lions have more needs on defense.

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