Thursday was supposed to the Jarvis Jones show for Georgia’s pro day. But he didn’t exactly have the best of days.
Jones decided not to participate in last month’s NFL Combine, making his pro day all the more important. He was one of two SEC players who had the most to gain, with the second being Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore.
NFL coaches Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Mike Smith (Falcons) and Rex Ryan (Jets) were in attendance, along with defensive coordinators Rob Ryan (Saints), Ken Wisenhunt (Chargers) and Jack Del Rio (Broncos).
However, Jones had a lackluster day overall in front of the scouts. He ran an unimpressive 4.92 40-yard dash on a chilly morning, which would have put him second to last among linebackers who ran the 40 at the combine. Jones posted 20 reps of 225-pounds on bench press, which would have tied him for 16th at the combine.
However, despite a boring performance, Jones remains optimistic that he’s the best player in the draft.
“I’m a football player,” Jones told the media after the workout. “It’s about football, right? I’m a football player. That’s what I do. At the end of the day, you get those drills — I’m not saying they ain’t worth nothing — but you get those drills, running the 40 and all that stuff. You could get someone off the street who can run a 4.3, but they can’t play football. That’s easy.
“At the end of the day I think I’m the No. 1 player.”
His biggest obstacle is out of the way after a leading orthopedist Craig Brigham said Jones never had a significant spinal cord contusion earlier this month. Brigham believes that he had a very mild incident of a contusion or even a stinger.
Brigham concluded, “Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction.”
Jones had two All-American seasons at UGA, and a bad workout won’t erase the crooked numbers – 28 sacks and 44 tackles for loss – he posted on the stat sheet. But it will be interesting to see the impact it has, if any, on his draft stock.
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