TALE OF THE TAPE:
Born October 13, 1989
Position: Outside linebacker
College: University of Georgia
If I made a big board, Jones would be the #2 player on it behind only Luke Joeckel. What's scary is that for a player with 28 sacks, 46 QB hurries, 9 forced fumbles, 44 tackles for a loss and 5 passes defensed the pass two seasons, Jones may only be scratching the surface of his potential. Many of the flaws listed above are the kind that can be fixed through coaching: improved workout regimen, the development of more pass rushing moves and the refining of coverage skills. What can't be taught is the way Jones explodes off the snap and attacks the quarterback in much the same manner a cheetah stalks a gazelle. The best single play that perfectly sums up Jarvis Jones I can think of is in the SEC Championship game when Jones blew past Alabama right tackle DJ Fluker, ran right through the block of running back Eddie Lacy and strip sacked AJ McCarron. Fluker and Lacy are (or will be) both quality NFL talents and Jones made them look ridiculous.
The Raiders defense died last year for many reasons but none as great as the lack of any kind of pass rushing threat. Jones can provide that in spades. The Raiders haven't had a true playmaker on defense in years. They need one. Badly. If Jones is medically cleared by Oakland's doctors, and he's available when the Raiders are on the clock, there's no reason Reggie McKenzie should hesitate.
At his best...he can single-handedly take over a game like he did against Missouri.
At his worst...he is tired, worn down and being ridden out of the play by a single tight end such as late in the game against Alabama
James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Jones is much better about not taking stupid penalties than Harrison but they're both slightly undersized linebackers who nevertheless play with a "damn the torpedos" style and the ability to make opposing quarterbacks stay awake at night in fear.
(The games used in this evaluation were the 2012 Georgia matchups against Florida, Missouri, Alabama and Nebraska)