By Mark Gaughan
Position: Outside linebacker
Measurements: 6-foot-3, 241 pounds.
40 time: 4.92 seconds. Vertical jump: 30.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches. 225-pound bench press: 20 repetitions.
2012 stats: 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss.
Draft projection: First round.
Jones led the nation in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) last season. He is one of the elite edge rushers in the draft and projects as a playmaking, 4-3 end or 3-4 outside linebacker. He could be a top-10 pick. There are two areas of concern. His 40 time at the Georgia pro day was surprisingly slow. By comparison, Oregon’s Dion Jordan ran a 4.6 and Louisiana State’s Barkevious Mingo ran 4.58. His vertical jump was well below the norm for a top pick. Obviously, he didn’t play slow on the field, against top competition. He also has a medical issue that might be a concern. He started his college career at Southern California, but was not cleared to play after his freshman year when doctors diagnosed him with spinal stenosis. Upon transferring to Georgia, he was medically cleared, and he had no problem with injury the past two seasons. They said it:
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Jones: “He's explosive. He's a playmaker. He fits in a 4-3, which is what he already played. But some teams that are in the 3-4 will like him. The teams like Pittsburgh, they don't care as much about length as some of the other 3-4 teams do.”
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