In the many months leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, linebacker Jarvis Jones out of Georgia was at the top of many people’s big boards and considered one of the best pro prospects in the draft. After a poor showing at the NFL Combine, though, the opinions of Jones became a little less favorable.
On draft night, Jones ultimately dropped out of the top 10 and was finally scooped up with the 17th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though his numbers at the combine and questions of his durability are somewhat problematic, Jones is undoubtedly set up for success as he starts his career with Pittsburgh.
In his final season in college, Jones was a force off the edge for the Bulldogs. He notched 86 tackles, one interception and an impressive 14.5 sacks. Those numbers also don’t account for the number of times where he broke up plays, caused poor decisions or caused defensives to focus on him, which allowed his teammates to make things happen on the defensive end.
With James Harrison no longer with the Steelers and a hole waiting to be filled at outside linebacker to compliment veteran LaMarr Woodley, Jones is the perfect guy to step into that role and make things happen. Jones may have registered a poor 40-yard dash time at the combine, but he’s incredibly quick in his reactions, which goes along with an impressive amount of strength and a nice repertoire of moves to get around the line.
Jones may not come in and immediately run rampant on the league, however, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be a success story in his first season at the pro level. He has the tools in place to make it happen, he’s filling a need with the Steelers, and he’s with a team in Pittsburgh that is fantastic in terms of developing defensive players. It seems like all is about to work out for Jones.