Kiper lists UGA’s Jarvis Jones No. 2 among NFL prospects

Jarvis Jones blows up, figureatively speaking, a Big Blue ballcarrier. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Jarvis Jones imparts a big bruise on the Big Blue. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

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

111 comments Add your comment

mike addington

May 10th, 2012
2:04 pm

better watch out for Cornelius washington this year. gonna b a monstor

Hail Munson

May 10th, 2012
2:08 pm

2nd, but 1st to care

Mark Bradley

May 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

I care, Hail Munson.

todd grantham

May 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

Mark, have you read Frank Deford’s latest piece on concussions and football?

missed oportunities

May 10th, 2012
2:12 pm

Oh man!!! 10 minutes earlier I could be first!!!

todd grantham

May 10th, 2012
2:13 pm

it’s very interesting stuff. football, on some future date, might be viewed as we now view the contests in the Rome Colosseum.

Spike

May 10th, 2012
2:13 pm

Mel Kiper and Eddie Munster were seperated at birth.

Burdell

May 10th, 2012
2:14 pm

Check the list again Mark.

According to the ESPN ACC Blog…Kiper has Uzzi as the No. 5 OG in the 2013 senior class…I don’t pay for that Insider garbage.

Hail Munson

May 10th, 2012
2:15 pm

Thank you, Mr. Bradley. It’s not quite kudos, but I’m very happy to have finally elicited a response from you.

Relegation Zone

May 10th, 2012
2:25 pm

Grantham has got it going on! Guy can coach. Need to get his contract taken care of asap. Just give him what he wants, McGarity!

Mark Bradley

May 10th, 2012
2:26 pm

You’re right, Burdell. Oops.

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
2:32 pm

Why did the leave USC in the first place?

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

BUT but but 35:55minute MURRAY is a Heisman Candidate playing a high school schedule.

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

GT has some great DBs and Attochu & Dieke are players.

RecentWreck

May 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

“Inescapable” might be the best Kiper adjective I’ve heard… Seriously, I can hardly stand the guy, but at least I only have to remotely care about anything he opines one month a year- except just as soon as we’re done, we start the show all over again.

Jarvis left USC because...

May 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

…they said he had a broken neck and could not play anymore, so UGA said “c’mon down” – and he did…

Big Crimson 75

May 10th, 2012
2:44 pm

Twink —- $$$$$$$$$

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
2:50 pm

Bi Cri 75 you are talking UGa not Auburn

Dawg Doo

May 10th, 2012
2:52 pm

All that talent and yet CMR still will drop a couple of games that he shouldn’t.

cattledawg

May 10th, 2012
2:58 pm

Will Murray ever live up to the hype?

Rickster

May 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

And we care about what Mel Kiper says…. because?

Mel Kiper

May 10th, 2012
3:12 pm

Rickster is just jealous of my hair.

JB

May 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

If our OL play well we will be in the thick.

HTTR!!!

1eyedJack

May 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

Mel Kiper = 3rd string vampire.

B

May 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

Mel Kiper is entertaining. He’s not always right, but he is a very good entertainer.

Mel Kiper

May 10th, 2012
3:23 pm

To all you haters, for the last time, it’s not my fault that you’re bald and I’m beautiful.

Big Hairdo and Loud Mouth=Successful Career

May 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

Wow, Murray #5 Junior QB? Kiper has no idea what he’s talking about

Pepe

May 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

Kiper got one right. He said Stafford would go number one before he ever played a snap at Georgia.

Braves fan who gets annoyed with Mark Bradley

May 10th, 2012
3:33 pm

“The inescapable Mel Kiper of ESPN Insider rates Jones the No. 2 player on his Big Board for the 2013 NFL draft,”

I see Mark is still trying to make UGA fans seem relevant. Fact is, there’s a long long time between now and the 2013 draft. Heck, who was number two this time last year?

Answer: Not RG3.

Now get back to building up dawg fans, Bradley.

Braves fan who gets annoyed with Mark Bradley

May 10th, 2012
3:34 pm

Is this the same Mel Kipper that said Cam Newton would be a bust and that whats his face from Jacksonville would be great?

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
3:34 pm

Yes 35:55minute Murray the Heisman Candidate is like the #12 junior QB.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

After this next season Murray will move up to the top of the Junior QBs. Mark it down. Last season he threw for only 500 yards less than Andrew Luck, had only 2 less TD passes than Luck. Everyone knocks him for some INTs last year but he threw only 4 more than Luck did.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

Don’t forget about Shawn Williams. He rates Rambo as the 2nd best Safety. Williams may be the 3rd or 4th best.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

I wonder if Lane Kiffen fired the team doctors at USC yet. What a terrible diagnoses. Glad they disqualified him from playing there.

Alphare

May 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

I don’t buy it. If UGA has so many good players, why cannot they win a big game in the past 2-3 years then?

rduck

May 10th, 2012
4:06 pm

Rambo as the 2nd best safety… Just don’t serve brownies at the combine…
Sorry. Couldn’t resist

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

Richt 34-19 in the last 4 years with NO big wins.

Todd McShay

May 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

Enter your comments here

DawginLex

May 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

I personally hope Murray’s TD’s and INT’s drop which will mean we are running the ball more…………

Todd McShay

May 10th, 2012
4:30 pm

Please leave Eddie i mean Mel alone! The agents of some of these first round suckwads pay him big bucks to move that player up his draft board. I’m still waiting for my big payday. Where’s the next JaMarcus Russell playing? That’s right the Dolphins drafted him number eight this year. If Murray gets the right agent eddie will make Aaron a Drew Brees clone!

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

DiLex………..that is the NEED of UGa. Take Bobo’s headset away and Run the ball. Brice could be great Murray could be great but BOBO passing too much has KILLED the Dwags.

Braves fan who gets annoyed with Mark Bradley

May 10th, 2012
4:34 pm

” why cannot they win a big game in the past 2-3 years then?”

Bad coaching.

Vinings Dawg

May 10th, 2012
4:37 pm

Imagine if we could keep guys 4 years consistently. I’m super glad to have Jones back. He’s a beast!!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

Vinings Dawg………it is the SEC. ALL schools lose players early. UGa just has them Fail out, get Kicked out, Transfer out or maybe go to the NFL.

Tony

May 10th, 2012
5:01 pm

I think you’re fried and just dropped your twinkie.

Game Changer

May 10th, 2012
5:06 pm

pressure linebackers are at a Premium in todays NFL. This is a no brainer for anyone, Mel must have saved this for a day that he did not want to think or work hard, much like Mark Richt giving diving lessons to 300lb manatees but ones that can’t swim

Sid

May 10th, 2012
5:15 pm

So we can kinda get an idea who will be available for the Falcons with the 32nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft………………………..!!!! RISING AND FLYING!!

Reminds me of a favorite quote: The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those that cannot fly.

Silly lily fleurs-de-lis is grounded!!!!

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

All the pot smoking jokes are old. Get new material we’ve heard them all. I guarantee you that EVERY team in college football would have players suspended if they just had the guts to test like they should.

I dropped my fried twinkie

May 10th, 2012
5:43 pm

kerryb…….true and IF colleges ONLY took kids that qualify for college then it would be a different playing field too.

Rationale

May 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

I so hope Murray plays up to and above his #5 status so he will go into the NFL draft and we can actually get on to a better candidate for QB. If, he will just learn to “protect the ball’ instead of throwing it into the hands of the defense, he will improve his skills. However, we will see.