2013 NFL Mock Draft: Would Jarvis Jones make sense for Jaguars?

Sam Greenwood

If he checks out medically, the Georgia star would make a lot of sense for Jacksonville in the first round.

The modern NFL is becoming more of a passing league every year, which has further accentuated the importance of the QB position for nearly every team in the league.

However, the flip side of that is that rushing the passer has never been more important either. And since there aren't many elite QB prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jacksonville may be better off looking through a deep class of DE's and OLB's to anchor their defense for the next decade.

One name that immediately comes to mind is Georgia's All-American OLB Jarvis Jones, whom Jaguars fans know from his dominant performance in the Bulldogs win over Florida in Jacksonville this year.

Over at Draft Countdown, Scott Wright projects the Jaguars to take Jones with the No. 2 overall pick, but that's only if his history of medical concerns checks out:

The Jaguars simply must find a dynamic pass rusher who can wreak havoc off the edge and that is exactly what Jarvis Jones of Georgia does best. In the past two seasons Jones has racked up an eye-popping 42.0 tackles for a loss and 26.0 sacks against elite competition, drawing favorable comparisons to Von Miller. However, there is a medical issue that could potentially send Jones freefalling down draft boards. Jones actually began his college career at USC, where he was diagnosed with a case of spinal stenosis and advised to retire by the Trojans.

From the outside, it's impossible to know whether the USC doctors were being too cautious or whether Jones is a medical liability that could explode in his team's face at the next level.

While the training and medical staff don't get a lot of public attention, in a violent sport like pro football, they can often be the difference between a winning and a losing organization. Whoever is medically evaluating Jones over the next few months will certainly have their work cut out for them.

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