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Jarvis Jones chooses not to run at the Scouting Combine

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Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, widely viewed as one of the top players in this year’s NFL draft, has decided not to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jones has decided to put all his focus on peaking at Georgia’s Pro Day on March 21, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Jones chooses not to run or do any other workouts in Indianapolis.

For Jones, the biggest question is whether he checks out medically: Jones started his college career at USC and transferred after the school’s doctors recommended that he quit football because of spinal stenosis. Georgia’s doctors cleared him to play and he had no further neck problems, but he did have ankle, groin and shoulder injuries that slowed him at times in 2012 and caused him to miss two games. Jones will go through the standard medical exams at the Combine.

If NFL team doctors believe Jones can have a safe and healthy NFL career, he’s likely to be a very high pick: NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has called Jones a Top 5 talent, while ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Jones as the best prospect in the entire draft. But we won’t get to see Jones showing off his impressive physical gifts at the Combine.

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11 Responses to “Jarvis Jones chooses not to run at the Scouting Combine”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 2:42 PM

    Jarvis doesn’t want to be slapping unfamiliar blocking dummies and running through DIII cones during his workout. It’s too important.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 2:43 PM

    Better to be thought a lazy dud leading up to the Combine workouts than to go out there and prove it.

  3. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Feb 21, 2013 2:43 PM

    The consensus among agents is that if a player is a Top 5 – 10 pick it makes no sense to even attend the combine.

    Having said that, I don’t think I’d spend a top ten pick on him. He was spectacular at Georgia but may be a bit of a DE / LB tweener in the NFL. Then there’s the injury history.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 2:44 PM

    Jarvis says it’s nothing to be concerned about, just his spinal stenosis acting up.

  5. malachiofcourse says: Feb 21, 2013 2:52 PM

    mayock >>>>> kiper.

  6. transam7816 says: Feb 21, 2013 2:53 PM

    I wouldn’t pick a player who skips the combine if there are no current health issues stopping them from performing

  7. londonps says: Feb 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    Why do some of you bash high profile players for skipping the combine, he is projected top 5 what’s the point

  8. ctgiant says: Feb 21, 2013 5:27 PM

    This is “THE EVENT” where you showcase to all 32 teams, what you got!

    If indeed there is a good reason, then he should explain himself, or through his agent, which Milliner, CBR Alabama did, simple.
    It’s always a flag when he either gets bad advice, or is hurt.

    Now its open speculation time, imo.
    CT GIANT

  9. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    Bust.

  10. hrmlss says: Feb 21, 2013 5:55 PM

    The real question is does he have a fake girlfriend.

  11. cmstrick says: Feb 21, 2013 11:07 PM

    “Oh, you don’t want to come to the Combine and show NFL scouts what you can do? No, no… that’s cool. Just uh, send us back your invitation and we’ll give to someone who does.”

    Let’s make the combine more about skills and less about money!

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