Does Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News know something we don’t? Earlier today he tweeted that Jets fans should “familiarize themselves with Georgia’s outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.
A player that Jets fans should familiarize themselves with: Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. #nyj
— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 23, 2013
So does that mean the New York Jets are looking at the linebacker?
The Jets are in need of a pass-rushing linebacker, so that would make sense. The team hasn’t had a player with more than six sacks in a season since the 2009 season—a very long time for a coach who prides himself on his defensive acumen. Since the 2009 season, the team’s sacks have decreased steadily, averaging one sack per every 18 dropbacks last season, ranking 23rd.
The linebacker corp is in the middle of a transition period and their main objective is to improve overall speed on the inside and outside. Especially with Darrelle Revis out of the equation, the Jets need to add pressure to opposing quarterbacks.
Let’s take a look at what Jarvis Jones would bring to the table:
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.
Jones 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 red flag 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?