Jarvis Jones, Georgia Bulldog. Second-best player in the land?
The inescapable Mel Kiper of ESPN Insider rates Jones the No. 2 player on his Big Board for the 2013 NFL draft, which is only 50 weeks away. He slots Jones behind Matt Barkley, the Southern Cal quarterback, and ahead of Barkevious Mingo, the LSU defensive end. Here’s Mel on Jones (all links requires registration):
Explosive, relentless edge rusher, profiles well as a 3-4 OLB. Great first step, violent hands, extremely good burst off the snap, tackles well, closes fast. Could improve against run, but coaches there also tell me people don’t realize how well he can cover.
More UGA-related Mel: He rates Bacarri Rambo second among senior safeties; Jonathan Jenkins second among senior defensive tackles; Aaron Murray fifth among junior quarterbacks (behind both Tyler Bray of Tennessee and AJ McCarron of Alabama); Kwame Geathers fifth among junior defensive tackles; Alec Ogletree second among junior linebackers and Jones first among junior outside linebackers.
(Factoid: Barkley and Jones were briefly Southern Cal teammates, Jones having signed with the Trojans out of Carver-Columbus before transferring to Georgia. For the record, Barkley was the No. 5 prospect in Rivals’ Class of 2009; Jones was No. 72.)
You’ll note that five of those six Bulldogs play defense. You might also note that Kiper names six LSU defenders among his top five juniors at each position.
You might also note that one Georgia Tech player is included among Mel’s listings of top seniors or juniors: Omoregie Uzzi, ranked fifth among senior guards. You might also note that the player listed No. 4 on his Big Board — quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech — is set to oppose the Yellow Jackets in their opener on Labor Day night. So why am I starting to like the Jackets’ chances in that game?
No need to answer all at once.
By Mark Bradley