Jarvis Jones passes medical check, but questions linger

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Former Georgia outside linebacker jumped his first big hurdle of the offseason.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that doctors gave Jones a "clear bill of health." As Brandt points out, that report will be sent to NFL teams later this week.

Questions have lingered about Jones having spinal stenosis. Although individual NFL teams will also send him through a litany of doctors, this should alleviate some fear about Jones' long-term health.

It could also help firm Jones up as a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. Because of health worries, he's always been on the fringe of the top 10. Now he's probably more likely to be considered for the Raiders and the third overall pick if Philip Wheeler isn't brought back.

Up until draft day, look for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns, both switching to the 3-4 defense, to be heavily linked to Jones. Both teams are in need of an outside linebacker that can get after the quarterback. The Buffalo Bills are also in need of an outside linebacker.

There is arguably no better pass rusher in the draft this year than Jones. In his last two seasons he had 44 tackles for loss and 28 sacks, following a transfer from Southern California. Jones played eight games for USC before injuring his neck and being diagnosed with a "mild" case of spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spine). Southern Cal recommended Jones stop playing football. Instead, was twice an All-American at Georgia.

Still, look for some teams to be wary of Jones. There have been questions about his pure athleticism and size. He can quiet concerns about his athleticism at next week's NFL Combine, but the size issue may only become greater.

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