Jones tops two NFL draft prospect lists

September, 19, 2012
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He didn't even play last Saturday against Florida Atlantic and Jarvis Jones still rose in the opinions of ESPN's NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Jones occupies the No. 1 spot in both analysts' lists of the top prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. The All-America outside linebacker rested a tweaked groin during the FAU game, but said he will be ready to go Saturday when Georgia hosts Vanderbilt.

Bulldogs fans can only hope he picks up where he left off the last time he was on the field, when he generated two fourth-quarter turnovers that helped Georgia pull away from Missouri -- a buzzworthy performance that helped him rise to the top of the boards.

Said Kiper, guessing that many will see the move being more about demoting USC quarterback Matt Barkley: " ... this move is still more about how exceptional Jarvis Jones has been, even coming off a weekend where he rested. The Georgia star can really do it all on defense.

He's the most relentless pass-rusher in the country, a guy who closes fast and must be planned for."

See Kiper's full rankings here. Insider

Said McShay of Jones' rise: "That's not to say I believe Jones will be the top overall pick when April rolls around, but at this point he's taking advantage of Barkley and other struggling prospects and boosting his stock." See McShay's full rankings here. Insider

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