Jarvis Jones: Analyzing Latest Buzz on Former Georgia LB

Brian GrammanContributor IIIApril 23, 2013

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Jarvis Jones #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Running a 4.92 40-yard dash has done very little to improve the draft stock of Jarvis Jones.

That being said, there wasn't much room for improvement to begin with.

The junior linebacker out of Georgia has left many questions about past injuries behind as he was medically cleared at this year's combine. And despite a poor showing at workouts, the two-time first-team All-SEC selection has an impressive body of work for prospective NFL teams to see.

So who's interested?

The most obvious suitor is Pittsburgh. With James Harrison no longer present in the Steelers defense, Jones is an excellent option as a replacement. If he lasts until the 17th pick, Jones is sure to be headed to the steel city.

In fact, in an interview with NFL.com, Jones sheds a little light on what he's heard about where he might go.

"If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the Steelers. I mean, from what I've been told, I don't think I get past the Steelers... I'm listening to the coaches because they're the ones that have the draft picks"

While Jones will only know for sure who drafts him when his name is called, every source he has is telling him the Steelers will take him if available.

One team that may look to snag him before Pittsburgh has a chance is the New Orleans Saints.

For a team desperately looking to improve their pass-rushing, especially with Rob Ryan now the team's defensive coordinator, New Orleans would be a quality fit for Jones. Over the past two seasons, Jones has racked up 28 sacks—many of them against SEC offensive lines.

In Bleacher Report's mock draft, as well as in ESPN's Blogger mock draft this week, Jones became a Saint. And with the 15th pick, New Orleans won't have to worry about another team taking him first.

Unless, of course, the New York Jets decide to take a stab at him.

Possessing both the ninth and 13th picks, New York could take a chance on a player who has consistently performed without possessing a wow factor. He would also fit well in the Jets' 3-4 scheme.

But without clear evidence that he can defend the run and handle at least a little pass coverage, the Jets will in all likelihood consider him less than adequate for their quality picks.

Look for Jarvis Jones to be adorned in either Saints or Steelers gold on Thursday.