Steelers Bring Georgia LB Jarvis Jones In For Pre Draft Visit

Another draft hopeful is visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday as Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is at the Southside.

Jones, has long been linked to the Steelers as a potential first round target. He had 28 sacks and 155 total tackles in his last 26 games played in at Georgia.

Jones suffered a neck injury while initially at USC and was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the neck canal.  USC doctors would not clear him to play, so he transferred to Georgia. He then underwent several tests in Athens, Georgia before being cleared to play for the Bulldogs in June of 2010.  After being tested extensively at the combine, there are differing medical opinions on Jones\’ condition as it pertains to long-term durability in the NFL.

The Steelers are expected to draft an outside linebacker at some point during the April draft. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was present at the Georgia pro day a few weeks ago, where Jones reportedly had a rough showing.


4.92 in the 40-yard dash…1.75 10-yard dash…2.78 20-yard dash…4.46 20-yard shuttle…

11.87 60-yard shuttle…7.21 three-cone drill…30 ½-inch vertical jump…9’3” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times…33-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands…78-inch wingspan.

  • steeltown

    I’m not sure how much the s.stenosis will impact the thoughts of the Organization regarding J.Jones.. obviously it will factor in some, but if he’s the best player available when they select, they’ll pick him. Michael Irvin had the same condition and went on to play 11-12yrs, same with Sterling Sharpe who had 7-8 very productive yrs… On the flip side a player like Marcus McNeill only played 4-5 seasons, but he was still a ProBowler

  • zbluez1

    based on this game tape, I am of the opinion that he is not worthy of a pick at 17, got caught inside instead of setting the edge way too much and did not wrap up tackling well, was handled one on one too many times pass rushing.

  • TsarPepe

    There aren’t many 3-4 LBs that are consistently good against the run coming out of college. This should not affect Jones’s stock too much. His production is hard to ignore. Although he struggled at times against Bama’s run-heavy offense, he also recorded two sacks and consistently beat D. J. Fluker to the outside.

  • $19122620

    Good, I’m glad! I figured they would bring him in. Curious to see what other 1st round prospects they bring in. I couldn’t wait for this period of the draft process. Usually between the 1st and 2nd round prospects they bring in you can usually tell what they intend on targeting in the first two rounds of the draft.

  • steeltown

    He seemed to play well against top competition, thats a big plus in the eyes of NFL Organizations, they want to see no drop off in big games

  • Maurice_hill_district

    The purpose is to have Steelers doctors examine him & any medical documents he has, for example a copy of an Xray or copy of an MRI, I hope!

  • Exactly, and he will not start for another year or two in our system…barring injuries to the depth charts.

  • TsarPepe

    Indeed, what scouts want to see from a rush LB coming out of college is that they regularly beat their man to the QB, and do so against top-level tackles. Rush backers are not expected to be also perfect against the run. Remember Bruce Irivin, who is a major liability against the run (much worse than Jones)? Remind me when he was taken in the 2012 draft…

  • steeltown

    I hope you are correct, but with players like Woodley and Chris Carter.. Jones would probably see action sooner than later due to injury

  • Cody Younkin

    I like him but i hate wasting a first round pick on him if Worilds pans out. There will always be next year for an outside linebacker if worilds doesnt produce. We just cant be sure and this draft if really important.

  • SteelSpine

    If select video of any defensive player against just Alabama is not going to make many defensive players look good. But fair if base on UAlabama is the closest thing to an NFL minor league. Just evaluate any other defensive player in the same light though, I wonder how other OLBs faired against UAlabama.

    Another thing that game is good for tho is to watch Warmack (beast) & Eddie Lacy.

  • steeltown

    Very good point.
    Woodley/Worilds duo might produce good numbers in ’13…. wait and see

  • Superdriller316

    If Jones is this great pass rusher, we need to draft Bama’s TE’s. they had his number all day. Where are the Te’o critics at? Looks like Jones got abused by Lacy too.

  • David Edward

    Hi Tsar, you actually make a great case for why they shouldn’t pick Jones @17 using the Bruce Irvin example. Irvin was picked in a similar spot @15 by Seattle who are a 4-3 team. Irvin is a pash rushing DE for them. Also, Irvin ran a 4.5 @ 245 which is the same size as Jones, that’s a significant difference! Plus all of Irvin’s measureables were better than Jones. Basically, many scouts feel Jones may be a better pass rush DE in a 4-3 than an every down 3-4 OLB. If Steelers want just a pass rush specialist, then there’s better value later on than picking Jones @ 17.

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  • I don’t recall Jones doing anything in the Souith Carolina game. I hope Steelers don’t take him. Would favor getting TE, WR, RB, then Defense. They’ll already have an OL from Free Agency. They should not draft a back-up QB. For them, just a wasted pick. A K or P would be worth more.

  • $19122620

    I agree, Bama’s o-line practically dominated everybody. They make whole teams look terrible, not just one player. In that game, Georgia displayed maybe the worst run D I ever saw in a single game in my life. With the lack of penetration, they got absolutely mauled up front and so the ENTIRE defense looked awful. I mean how many defensive players look good against them?Therefore, it is not fair to expect one player to look stellar when his supporting cast is getting destroyed. Despite GA getting gashed against them, Jones still had 8 tackles (5 solo) and 2 sacks, so it’s not like statistically he got absolutely shut down.

  • Superdriller316

    With what your saying, then Te’o should be back in the picture. Not only did he have a bad game against Bama too, but he’s smarter, faster, and a better player than Jones. Just look at his trophy room. If we draft anyone from that game it should be Michael Williams. He had Jones in check with the exception of when the QB took off running and ran into his own guy and Jones got him from behind. Other than that jones didn’t have a chance against Williams.

  • JDR

    what’s with all the te’o love? is he a gay superhero or something now?
    Ace, Gary and Te’o

  • Superdriller316

    Just making the point that there is biased toward him. Everyone crucified him after the Bama game. Bama had over a month to prepare for that game. Now that video is out on how bad Jones did, that’s ok that he didn’t play well or that Bama’s OL is that great. Most of the time Jones was being blocked by a TE. Then after the combine, Te’o not a first round guy because he ran a 4.82 and the same with Minter. Now that Jones runs a 4.9, well Suggs ran a slow 40 time and that’s ok. If you watch tape on jones you will see that he’s NOT that great. Most of his tackles are when he’s not even blocked and he goes down the line and gets the back who is stacked up at the line. I’ve seen at least 2 sacks that were coverage sacks and that falls on the lack of experience of the QB. He can’t set and hold the edge. If I was a QB and Jones was on the field I would move my TE to his side and RUN right at him. He can’t stop it. He can’t cover either. How many times did James Harrison come out of the game? NONE. He played he whole game, not just rushing the passer, he also dropped in coverage. That’s something Jones can’t do either. He would be a waste of a first round pick. If your going to JUDGE someone make sure you JUDGE all others the same way, and not just to make your point. And one last thing, look in Te’o’s trophy case, I don’t think they give those out for the thought of being gay. How many awards did Jones get or Clowney get? If I’m not mistaken Te’o got them all. Someone must think he’s the best on defense.

  • JDR

    think he’s the best… there you go, its not about what somebody thinks about you its what you do on the field…ND plays nobody all year and the first good team they play crushes them and makes him(teo) look lost… don’t want Jones either, anybody can make a tackle when not blocked, hell sign me if no one will block me, I’m bigger and run about as slow as teo too