This week’s update to the FanSided.com mock draft has a new name linked to the Detroit Lions’ pick. After several weeks of the pick being Dee Milliner or Manti Te’o, Josh Sanchez’s update has the Lions going with Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Sanchez explains:
The Lions would benefit from moving back a few spots to select the top corner in this year’s class, Dee Milliner, but they would also benefit by adding a dynamic linebacker like Jones who has been compared to current Broncos star linebacker Von Miller.
It’s an interesting pick for the Lions. Jones has excelled primarily as a pass rusher in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme but he does have experience as a 4-3 outside linebacker earlier in his career when he was at USC.
Going in the top five isn’t out of the question for Jones – that is where many big boards rank him – but it would seem high for a team that would use him as a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker. Especially for a team like the Lions who rely on their front four to generate pressure rather than bringing a heavy does of blitzes.
There are some health concerns surrounding Jarvis. He suffered a neck injury at USC and transferred to Georgia after the USC medical staff refused to clear him to return to football. He has been healthy as a Bulldog but may be too great a risk for the Lions to take so high in what will be a very important draft for the team.