Georgia's Jarvis Jones so-so at pro day

Georgia's Jarvis Jones so-so at pro day

March 22nd, 2013 by David Paschall in Sports - College


Georgia practiced Thursday and will scrimmage for the first time Saturday.

"We'll go in the stadium, and that helps them get revved up a little bit," coach Mark Richt said.

Richt said sophomore right tackle John Theus (foot) could return to practice next week.

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones performs a broad jump during a workout for NFL football scouts at Georgia's pro day Thursday in Athens, Ga.

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones performs a broad jump...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Former Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones racked up 24.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks last season, more than any player in the Bowl Subdivision.

His statistics at Georgia's pro day Thursday were not as overwhelming. The 6-foot-2, 248-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds, posted a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and had 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

"Those numbers aren't going to blow you away," former Georgia defensive end David Pollack said on the ESPN3 showing. "No one will look at these and say he's a No. 1 pick, but it doesn't matter. He's not a guy who will test through the roof.

"I've seen him on Saturdays, and I've seen him dominate the competition."

Jones spent most of this winter pegged by longtime NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper as the top overall prospect, though Kiper recently moved him down to fifth. Kiper projects Jones to go eighth overall to Buffalo, while fellow ESPN analyst Todd McShay has him going 17th to Pittsburgh.

The biggest draft factor with Jones is his spinal stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. The same condition cut short the NFL careers of receiver Michael Irvin and offensive tackles Marcus McNeill and Chris Samuels.

"At the end of the day, I think I'm the No. 1 player," Jones told reporters after his performance.

There were 18 players who went through various drills in Athens: 17 former Bulldogs and Mars Hill quarterback Jon Richt, the son of Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Georgia could have at least 10 players selected next month, which would break the program high of eight in the 2002 draft.

It was no surprise that all 32 NFL teams had representatives in Athens. Among them were three head coaches: Atlanta's Mike Smith, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and the New York Jets' Rex Ryan.

"This is a big deal for Georgia," Coach Richt said on ESPN3. "Our players have done such a wonderful job of doing everything we've asked them to do, and now it's their day to have a dress rehearsal or a job interview for the NFL."

Cornerback Branden Smith, who did not receive an invitation to February's combine in Indianapolis, recorded the fastest 40 time among the participants in 4.38 seconds. Smith's vertical jump of 34 inches was surpassed only by safety Bacarri Rambo, who jumped 34.5.

Sanders Commings, who played safety and cornerback for the Bulldogs, had 23 reps on the bench to top the 21 by noseguard Kwame Geathers and the 20 by Jones.

Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, whom McShay has going 15th overall to New Orleans, did not participate in the vertical jump or bench after jumping 33.5 inches and posting 20 reps at the combine. He ran a 4.7 at the combine and ran it Thursday in 4.63.

"It was much more calm," Ogletree said on the telecast. "At the combine, everybody is all worked up. Out here, guys are friends, and it's just another day to get together."

McShay has noseguard John Jenkins going 26th overall to Green Bay to give the Bulldogs three first-round picks. He projects Rambo, safety Shawn Williams and receiver Tavarres King in the third round, Commings and Geathers in the fourth and defensive end Abry Jones in the sixth.