On September 3, 2011 I can remember watching the Georgia Bulldogs versus the Boise State Broncos. In the first half the game was tight but the Broncos ended up pulling away with a 35-21 victory. The thing that stood out to me the most was Georgia’s Outside Linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Whenever I evaluate a player I like to break down coach’s film to see every step and get an up close view. If you don’t do it that way, you are doing what NFL Scouts call as “Couch Scouting.” I must admit on that day I had no problem “Couch Scouting” Jarvis Jones. The thing that caught my eye about Jones was his explosion. That is the one consistent thing I always look for in a pass rusher. A former USC Trojan who transferred to Georgia after his freshman year, I look forward to seeing how Jones grows in the upcoming season.
- Georgia Bulldogs
- 241 lbs
- Long looking athlete, has frame to add more size
- Explosive player that has the ability to deliver an initial blow
- Does great at bending and flatting out, displays a good closing burst to Quarterback
- Able to attack half man versus Offensive tackles, shows good ankle flexibility
- Excels at setting up Tackles well by getting them off balance with inside and outside moves
- Good get off LOS (Line of Scrimmage), able to get skinny while stunting
- Displays a great motor, consistently runs down field in pursuit. Never stops working toward the Quarterback.
- Does a good job of taking on pulling guards and delivering a good pop although I would like to see him use his inside shoulder which would spill plays to the outside
- Uses proper hand placement versus run
- Looks to reroute crossers while in zone coverage
- Would like to see him add more overall bulk and strength
- Needs to bend his knees as he tends to play with a high pad level
- Would like to see him be more consistent at the POA (Point of Attack) versus the run but adding more size would help as he struggles to sustain his position
- Needs to attack cut blocks instead of catching
- Rarely in pass coverage but when he is would be more effective by bending his knees
- Could be more consistent with hand movement and pass rushing arsenal
- A bit inconsistent with disengaging blocks
Jarvis Jones projects as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker at the next level. I actually had Jones as my number one rated Outside Linebacker prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft but he decided to return to Georgia for his Redshirt Junior Season. If Jones can add more overall size, work on his upper and lower body strength and clean up his technique, then I look for Jones to be a possible top 10 pick in next year’s 2013 NFL Draft.
Trey Randall is the Director of Player Personnel for the Eastern Kentucky Drillers, Arena Football and the Co-Owner/Director of Operations for Gridiron Scouting Southwest. A former Division I college football player Trey also hold a position as a Scout for the Players All-Star Classic College Bowl Game. You may contact Trey directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @TreyRandall1