Jarvis Jones says Jets are High on him...............
by Conor Orr Star Ledger
NFL Draft 2013: Jarvis Jones says Jets are high on him
Jarvis Jones hasn't read any mock drafts and, by now, is done listening to anyone who thinks a bad 40-time at his pro day workout will knock him out of the upper-tier in Thursday's NFL Draft.
"It's still in the air, I just know that the teams I've visited, and from what I've been hearing, I can go as early as the Top 5 and as late as the Top 20," Jones told The Star-Ledger following an appearance he did with Subway in Manhattan this afternoon.
The event featured a giant sub made to look like Jones, a 6-2, 245-pound outside linebacker from Georgia.
One of those teams apparently high on Jones? The Jets, who are in desperate need of a pass rusher and have two chances (No. 9 and No. 13) to select him in the first-round.
"From what I've been hearing they've been high on me and hopefully, if I'm available at that time they'll pull the trigger," Jones said. "I've been hearing a lot of Jets talk."
Jones said he had a great experience with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who worked him out personally at the Georgia pro day. The focus was on a lot of coverage-related drills, likely because Jones' reputation as a pass rusher has already been cemented. This season he had 24.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, 85 total tackles, 14.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups, one interception, and 34 QB pressures, according to the Mel Kiper Draft book.
He has drawn comparisons to Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, who also didn't run well at his pro day. Suggs, obviously is one of Ryan's favorites.
"Coach Rex was out there, he worked me out on the change of direction drills," Jones said. "Cool guy, man. He loves football, knows a lot of football. I asked him about the game and he loves defensive players who make plays."
He added: "Teams wanted to see me in coverage a lot. So (Rex) wanted to see me move, stop, backpedal, all the stuff like that, turn and run."
Ryan also gave Jones a list of things to work on.
"It was a great experience, I was talking to him about different football techniques," Jones said. "The times we spent, I did learn something from him and the most important thing was him telling me some of the things I needed to work on and just to stay positive."
Jones took the words to heart, and is continuing not to worry about his reputation being clouded before the draft. At his pro day workout, he ran a 4.92 40-yard dash. Teams are also checking in about his spinal stenosis condition, which has caused some NFL players to hang it up in the past.
"I feel like I don't have to prove anyone wrong," Jones said. "At the end of the day, I feel like the team who drafts me -- I don't get into politics, what they think and don't think, my job is to play football and that's what I'm focused on. (I'm focused on) making myself the best player in America by training and staying focused.
"At the end of the day the coaches and GM's are going to make that decision and if they choose me, I'm willing to sacrifice everything to be great. They're going to have a wonderful football player and a guy with great charachter. All the other stuff, the mock drafts, the 40 time and all that other stuff, it's done with. It's over."