Okay so I didn’t get to see much of Jarvis live in games on ESPN UK, however I’ve watched plenty of tape on YouTube and I have to be honest I wasn’t overly impressed. Jones doesn’t seem strong enough to physically dominate offensive tackles, meaning he’s not much of a factor against the run, but does have a good burst off the line of scrimmage.
I know a lot of people have fallen in love with Jones, but I just don’t see it. I watched every snap of the Georgia v Alabama game and Jones was dominated by Tight Ends and showed no pass rushing moves in that game.
Please do not think that Jarvis is a new version of former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, because he simply is not. Miller shows both power, speed and I have seen him in coverage. I think I saw Jones in coverage once but the ball wasn’t thrown that way. I would be very uncomfortable if he was covering most running backs in the NFL. The Patriots would motion Woodhead or Vereen out and just blow him away.
Professionals have Jones as a very high 1st round draft pick, but I would stay well away until the later rounds. Especially once you factor in that Jones has a long standing problem with a condition called spinal stenosis – with is described as “a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column”. It was this condition that forced USC to prevent Jones from practicing, causing his transfer to Georgia.
Only time will tell if I’m right but just watch the Alabama highlights below and tell me how he did against a pro-ready offensive-line.