After losing their entire defensive unit this offseason, the New York Jets will need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball, especially with their pass-rushing. Although it hasn’t been terrible, Rex Ryan will definitely be looking for that sack-machine.
Jarvis Jones, the linebacker from Georgia, would be a natural fit as a pass-rusher in Ryan’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Jones’ resume speaks for itself, which proves he has a knack for disrupting the pocket and getting to the quarterback.
The linebacker is a First-Team All-American, First-Team All-SEC and was also the SEC Player of the Year. Not only is Jones a great pass-rusher, he is also productive in stopping the run. The past two seasons at Georgia, Jones totaled 155 tackles, nine forced fumbles and 28 sacks.
Although on paper Jones tested poorly, he has shown the complete opposite on the field. He was a playmaker in college, and he showed great instincts. Jones would make an immediate impact on the Jets’ defense. He is explosive and can blow right by pass-blockers, or he can use numerous moves, like ripping off blockers to get around the edge, or cutting inside to get to the quarterback. Jones is also a decent (not great) run defender and a good tackler but doesn’t have much experience in pass coverage.
The biggest concern for Jones entering the draft is his health. Jones suffers from a mild case of stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column), so will his condition affect his long-term ability to play in the NFL?
With the ninth overall pick, should the Jets draft Jarvis Jones?