For anyone who follows this site, you probably know that i love Jarvis Jones. I see Von Miller with more developed pass rushing skills when I watch him. I see one of the most explosive and instictual OLB prospects in recent memory. Rated on pure talent and ability alone, Jones is a top 3 player in this draft.
That said, Jones has medical issues. He has some serious spinal problems that forced him to leave USC to go to Georgia just to get cleared to play. This weekend at the combine, there are a lot of rumors that Jones did not test well medically and could see a huge drop in his stock. It is rumored that “at least” ten teams took him completely off their boards because he failed physicals. One scout likened him to DaQuan Bowers from 2011, Bowers was considered among the candidates to go number 1 overall and ended up being a mid second rounder. I think Jones is more talented than Bowers and I also think his health issues arent as severe(Bowers has basically no cartilage in his knees which makes him unable to bend like he used to).
It is possible that the Ravens have Jones off their board already(they removed Bowers in ’11), but if they think he is good to go and he slides like many are expecting, then they could have a huge value at the end of the first.
In my mind Jones is a day one starter opposite of Terrell Suggs, I beleive that based on what i saw in his rookie season, Courtney Upshaw has enough athleticism and technique to slide inside to ILB next to Ellerbe. That creates a LB corp of Suggs, Ellerbe, Upshaw and Jones. Not to shabby.
Jones sliding to the Ravens would be a god-send, and it looks more and more likely every day.