Why looking for red flags will help Steelers avoid mistakes of the past
EDGE Jarvis Jones
1st round, 2013
- Horrible athletic testing
- Somewhat undersized as a full-time edge player
- Schemed free in college, more of a blitzer than a pass rusher
- Spinal cord issue
Here are some red flags the Steelers should have seen coming a mile away. Though Jarvis Jones was wildly productive at Georgia (24.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks in 12 games as a senior), his testing numbers were more than concerning. Jones 4.92-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day tested in just the 8th percentile of outside linebackers. His 7.43 3-cone was also in the 8th percentile, and his 4.69 20-yard shuttle was historically bad (1st percentile). These numbers are almost always faster at the Pro Day as well, and Jones likely would have tested even worse had he participated at the NFL Combine.
However, pathetic athletic testing wasn’t his only red flag. Jones had a severe spinal cord, and possibly spinal stenosis (or narrowing of the spine). Also, He didn’t possess ideal size as a full-time edge rusher, and he was often uncontested or matched against a tight end when blitzing from the edge in college.