The Detroit Lions have 23 players set to hit the free agent market this offseason. Two of the 23 players are Lions’ starting linebackers Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy. With so many free agents and so little money to go around it wouldn’t be surprising to see one, if not both linebackers sign with different teams. The Lions could also lose both of their starting defensive ends in Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. That means their could be a a serious need for pass rushers in Detroit and Jarvis Jones might be the best one in the 2013 class.
Traits and Projected Round
Jones is the ideal pass rusher. He has prototypical size at 6’2″, 242 lbs, good speed and athleticism and can play either linebacker or defensive end depending on the scheme. His versatility should intrigue most of the teams drafting in the top ten, but the knock on Jones is his significant back injury and his lack of work ethic during the week before games in college. There have been rumors among scouts that Jones is the most likely of all the prospects to fall out of the top five, because he doesn’t jump off the charts in work outs. Regardless, Jones is the most productive top five prospect with 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss in his junior campaign at Georgia. Jones also performed well as a sophomore registering 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, proving that Jones is anything but a one season wonder.
Why the Lions Should Draft Jones
Jones is the most ready pass rusher in the draft. He’s also one of the most versatile pass rushers in the draft, making him a good fit for the Lions. Jones’ versatility offers the Lions a starting pass rusher with whatever is left standing on their roster after free agency, whether that be at linebacker or defensive end. If Jones’ health checks out, this is the pass rusher I’d take with the fifth pick.
Player Jones Resembles Most In the NFL: Von Miller