One of the biggest stories to follow during the combine this weekend has been the medical review of Georgia LB Jarvis Jones’ neck.
Jones has been projected as a top 5-10 pick, but concerns about his neck already has some teams dropping Jones from their draft board.
Late on Saturday, draft insider Tony Pauline said that Jones will face a Da’Quan Bowers type fall on draft day.
According to Chris Mortenson’s twitter account, Jones received good news about his neck from doctors at the combine today.
“Georgia’s Jarvis Jones did get favorable review on neck (stenosis) from Dr. Craig Brigham (neck, spine specialist), per various teams”
This news will definitely help Jones, however, I do not know whether it will make teams fully confident in Jones’ long-term health in the NFL.
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, if this news is true, I believe the Bucs would be very lucky if Jones did slip in round one. If available at 13, I believe the Buccaneers should seriously consider drafting Jones as a strong-side linebacker on run plays and a pass-rusher in passing situations.
On film from his college days, Jarvis Jones might be the biggest difference-maker in the draft.
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