Jarvis Jones: I will be taken by No. 17 pick in NFL draft
- By Gregg Rosenthal
- Around The League Editor
- Published: April 23, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
- Updated: April 23, 2013 at 06:09 p.m.
Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has drawn a lot of varying opinions throughout the draft process. His game film is outstanding. His pre-draft workouts were less so.
As the draft approaches, Jones' forecast is coming in to focus. At least he thinks so.
"If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the (Pittsburgh) Steelers," Jones told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
"I mean, from what I've been told, I don't think I get past the Steelers."
Jones' thinking is consistent with draft buzz we've heard. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has been projecting Jones to the Steelers for weeks. The New Orleans Saints at No. 15 are another strong candidate. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes Jones is a player who New York Jets fans should get to know better. The Jets hold the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks.
Jones has seen some mock drafts that aren't as kind, but he's not listening to them.
"Then you got the people that do the mock drafts, they say I'm way down here, I talk to the coaches, all the coaches don't think I'm gonna get past a certain point, so, coaches -- for me personally -- the coaches are on something different than all the analysts on TV at home. So, for me, I'm listening to the coaches because they're the ones that have the draft picks."
The medical questions surrounding Jones have quieted over time. He was cleared at the NFL Scouting Combine and didn't need to go back for the re-check. In a draft full of questions, it would be a big surprise if Jones fell too far in the first round.