Jarvis Jones to the Lions with the fifth overall pick is an option that may have gained new traction.
While waiting for any activity related to free agency, the Lions and other NFL teams have received good news on Jones’ health.
The outside linebacker from Georgia, a pass-rush specialist, had a red flag beside his name due to a diagnosis when he was a freshman at USC of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine that could make him more susceptible to spinal-cord injury. The Trojans wouldn’t let him back on the field so he transferred to Georgia and had no problems.
A new study has been completed by orthopedic specialist Craig Brigham who issued a report to NFL teams after an examination of Jones.
Brigham said Jones has never had a serious condition. His theory is that Jones had a “very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that had long since revolved” accord to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. The doctor said Jones should be “cleared to play without restriction.’’
This report should keep Jones among the top five pick in April’s draft.
He’d be a good fit for the Lions. He could play outside linebacker like Von Miller in Denver or he could be moved to defensive end where there is a huge need.
In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him going to the Lions with the fifth best overall pick and list Jones as the fifth best NFL prospect on his big board.
NFLDraftScout.com’s mock draft also has Jones going to the Lions in the first round.
On NFL.com’s mock drafts, Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks have the Lions drafting cornerback Dee Milliner and Daniel Jeremiah has them taking defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
The draft starts on April 25.