Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Says Browns Bypassed Him In Draft Due To Medical Concerns And Poor Pro Day

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was busy this week in Ohio at the annual NFL Rookie Symposium, but he let local reporters there know that he likely would\’ve been drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft if not for his medical concerns and poor Pro Day workout back in March.

According to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, Jones said the Browns told him that they wanted him, but concerns about a stenosis problem persisted, despite several positive medical checks at the combine, and Jones’ poor pre-draft workouts caused them to bypass him in lieu of drafting LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo instead.

Mingo, who was also present for the symposium, praised Jones play during his time at Georgia.

“He’s deceptively strong,” Mingo said of Jones, per the report by Grossi. “He walked those big offensive tackles back, and he was getting in the backfield, getting sacks, and he just never stopped.”

As far as Jones falling to the Steelers in the first round, he once again reiterated that he is happy where he ultimately landed.

“I think I fell to a great organization,” Jones said. “I’m blessed to be there. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m loving it. There’s nothing like playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can feel the intensity when you walk into that building. Being a part of this defense is going to mean a lot to me. It’s all about winning.”

Just as Steelers fans will forever link rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell with Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy, you can bet that Browns fans will also be up-to-date on what Jones does with the Steelers, being as the organization chose to draft Mingo instead.

Jones had more than twice the production that Mingo did over the course of their last two years in college, so the Browns must have had some pretty strong red flags associated with the Georgia linebacker to warrant them removing him from their first round draft board.

As far as the relationship between Jones and Mingo goes, they appear to get along pretty well, despite the fact that they will be enemies on the field twice a season for several years to come.

“Me and Mingo are friends,” Jones said. “I know he’s going to do great. Hope he has a great career. I know he will.”

  • Stephen Dale

    i suspect several teams bypassed jones because of his medical problem as well as his poor pro day…..

  • dgh57

    Looks like J. Jones has a little bit more to play for when he plays the Browns! I’m sure he’ll be up for those games, maybe not this year but on going years! I guess it’s the Browns loss and our gain! It’s nice to know Jones could of went as high as #6 in this past draft. I’m feeling better about J. Jones as every day goes by!

  • Steeler Wheeler

    And I was going to be the #5 overall pick except that I’m 45 and not much of an athlete compared to NFL players.

  • steeltown

    Im liking what im hearing from this draft class, all seem to be high character guys on top of being highly athletic. Obviously Jarvis and Shark are locks, Im hoping Hawthorne has a stellar camp and makes the Team as well

  • Mike Sweeney

    how Cleveland of them. thank you brown ball

  • Jazz

    I’m still not sold on this kid; I was hoping the Steelers would have traded back and picked up more picks. I can’t argue with the Front Office, I’m going to trust in those that have been doing it for quite some time. “Go Steelers”

  • nicolaisim

    Don’t sell yourself short 🙂

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Jones is a beast! Mingo more like flamingo! Browns don’t know how to conduct business! They passed on Big Ben for crying out loud!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Are you related to Michelle Sweeney? Twin Brother in fact?

  • cencalsteeler

    Steeltown- Didn’t Hawthorne sign a four year contract? Also, I thought Lake commented on how high he was on this kid. I assumed he was locked up.

  • hergieburbur

    He’ll make the PS at least, probably the final roster. He still has to show something though.

  • hergieburbur

    Like they said back at the draft. IF the kid works out, his poor pro day is likely the best thing that could have happened for the Steelers. We never pay much attention to pro days, so they were always high on him.

  • Mike Sweeney

    no sir

  • Nick Halden

    Just another reason why I’m sure Jarvis will be a stud

  • steeltown

    Same could be said for Wheaton at the combine..who ran an “official” 4.45 (instead of 4.3 range) which he is capable of, he very well could’ve been selected in the 2nd Rd with a sub 4.3 time, but he falls to the 3rd aaand we pounce

    I like Wheatons 20reps on the bench press personally, that’s truly impressive for his frame

  • steeltown

    Yes, but rookies sometimes don’t make the final roster (think Terrence Frederick from last yr) the only reason I bring up Hawthorne is because he had surgery and wasn’t able to really participate in OTAs, if god forbid he doesn’t fully recover and compete in training camp and preseason..then…

  • steves

    It will take Jarvis time as it took James. Brownies always were a 2nd class organization. Maybe with a new owner they can get with it.

  • hergieburbur

    Right now, I think Wheaton was our biggest overall value pick. Pre-draft I wasn’t huge on Jarvis Jones due to his perceived work ethic issues, but once the draft played out, he was the pick to make. Wheaton I thought could have easily been a 2nd rounder.

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  • steves

    I wished the Steeler would have got the draft pick for Sanders. He’s a one year wonder and don’t deserve to be in a Steeler uniform after signing with the enimy Pats. Damm Traitor if you ask me. Good riddance after this year.

  • Stuck in Ravens country

    I will forever compare Jarvis Jones with Sharrif Floyd, not Mingo. I felt that Floyd was the BPO and would have been an immediate enforcer making it easier for lesser line backers to get through the holes to get to the QB or RB.

  • sgtrobo

    exactly. Jones’ production in college was damn impressive. If he doesn’t workout as poorly as he did, he goes early. Let’s hope he’s another Tamba Hali, rather than Bruce Davis

  • sgtrobo

    drafting a 3rd defensive end in the first round, in a span of 5 seasons? Are you serious?
    1. We only start 2 defensive ends. It would be a supreme waste of draft picks to draft 3 of them in the first round within 5 seasons
    2. We can’t get Cam Heyward onto the field now as it is. What the hell are we going to do with Floyd?
    3. Floyd has stumps for arms. He’d make a worse defensive end in our system than Ziggy would.
    4. Why the hell would we draft yet ANOTHER space eater in the first round, when the only reason defensive linemen are first rounders to begin with is because of their ability to penetrate the line and get to the QB?

    Floyd = good player
    Floyd = HORRIBLE fit (and pick) for the Steelers