History has shown that it's not always a good thing to sit atop Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board. But in the case of Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, the No. 1 spot is earned and well-deserved.
Standing 6'2" and weighing just under 250 pounds, Jones combines elite pass-rushing skills with the ability to drop into coverage and defend against the run. He's explosive, he's instinctive and he's a natural fit for the game of football. Teams will love his versatility and assumed easy transition to the pro game.
However, a huge concern regarding Jones, at least in my opinion, is his diagnosed spinal stenosis.
According to the National Library of Medicine, spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.
Spinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages and the disks become drier and start to bulge. At the same time, the bones and ligaments of the spine thicken or grow larger due to arthritis or long-term swelling.
As we all know, different doctors have different opinions. While one guy may imply that Jones' career is cut short, another may claim that Jones' mild spinal stenosis is just that—mild. Truth is, no one really knows.
Jarvis Jones will hear his name called in the first round of April's draft simply because he's too good of a football player to pass on. But anyone labeling Jones as a no-risk talent is lying.