Reporting Justin Pawlowski
Although his play on the field would constitute Jarvis Jones being a top 5 pick in April’s NFL draft, a neck injury could have Jones facing a severe free fall on draft day.
According to profootballtalk.com, a league source has told them that multiple teams have removed Georgia LB Jarvis Jones from their boards and from draft consideration because of a neck injury sustained a few years back.
While at USC, Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and urged to retire from football. The USC medical team refused to clear Jones to play football again, so he transferred to Georgia and became one of the top defensive players in the country as a rush linebacker.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers do have a need for a pass rusher and a linebacker. The Bucs have shown a willingness in years past to take chances on players who might have some medical concerns, but whom also have extreme talent.
Just 2 years ago, Da’Quan Bowers was hyped as the top player in the 2011 draft, but fell to the 2nd round because of knee concerns.
It will be interesting to see how Jarvis Jones checks out medically at the combine.
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