One of the most often talked about… and if his career turns out well one of the biggest future examples of how little Pro Days truly mean, Jarvis Jones, is in town to visit with the Buffalo Bills today according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
LB Jarvis Jones is visiting the Bills on Friday, per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 5, 2013
The Georgia linebacker had two of the most productive college seasons of any player in the country last year. In 26 games Jones accumulated 155 tackles, including 44 for a loss to go with 28 sacks.
With the primary worry about Jones being diagnosed with spinal stenosis that ended his career at USC three years ago, Jones checked out fine medically this winter. However, his stock allegedly slipped again after a “poor” pro day at Georgia when he ran just a 4.92/40-yard dash.
Like many of this year’s prospects, talk has varied on where Jones may go in the draft. Most consider him one of the top 5-10 players in the draft while others don’t think he should even be off the board in the first round.
Personally I’m with the former on this one. I don’t care what his 40 time was, Jones can flat-out play and make an impact. The Bills can go in many directions with their eighth overall pick and if you don’t think Jones is at least a viable option, you’re fooling yourself. The Bills need playmakers at linebacker and going off the production he posted the past two years at Georgia, Jones certainly fits the bill.
In related news, NFL.com reported yesterday that Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was slated to visit the Bills today as well, so Jones will be having some company on campus. I’m sure we’ll get official word on who visits today later from the team.
Buffalo had four players visit One Bills Drive yesterday, including top quarterback prospect Geno Smith.