Jarvis Jones' resume is undeniable. He led college football in sacks and tackles for a loss. He was the defensive player of the year in the best conference in the nation. Typically those credentials are more than enough to ensure your status as a top 10 pick. However, questions still remain about the Georgia LB and those questions weren't answered at his pro day.
After turning in what was seen by many as a disappointing pro day and electing not to work out at the combine, Jones says he's still confident because his tape should tell teams all they need to know.
"At the end of the day, the tape shows everything," he said. "I'm not the greatest player to play and I still have a lot of things to work on. I understand that and that is what humbles me. I still have a lot of things to work on but I have been a productive player since the day I stepped on the field. Led the SEC twice, I was SEC Player of the Year and I think accomplished it in the best conference. No knock to anybody else because there are a lot of great players out there, but I do what I do. I'm a football player. I love the game and the football drills show a lot, but when you get on the field, it's a whole different ballgame."
It is interesting how fickle draftniks can be. They're quickly to decry teams that fall in love with so called "workout warriors" who don't have great tape, yet they also knock a guy like Jones with great production but subpar workouts. Of course, there are plenty of examples of workout warriors with little to show on tape who did make good (Jason Pierre-Paul) as well as guys who were productive in college but had bad workouts (Terrell Suggs). So as always with the draft, the only thing we know for sure is that we don't know...
Jones says teams he's spoken to have asked about his medical condition. He was originally diagnosed with spinal stenosis at USC, but Jones reiterated the most recent diagnosis he received that said not only does he not have the condition, he never did.
"The main thing they want to know is my medical situation and they wanted to know me. They asked about my background. But they have seen my tape, they know what kind of person I am and the medical part is clear, so I'm good. Everything they want to know about me is out there now. I just have to wait my turn and just keep getting better."
The Eagles are one of 3 teams Jones confirmed he had private workouts scheduled with.