Jarvis Jones claims he's healthy, not dropping in NFL draft

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Jones's draft stock was falling due to his spinal stenosis, but the former Georgia linebacker is emphatic that that isn't the case.

Jarvis Jones is emphatic that his neck is not an issue, and that his NFL Draft stock is not taking a hit. The former University of Georgia linebacker was in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to throw out the first pitch at an Atlanta Braves spring training game, and he spoke with the media to clear the air about his spinal stenosis. Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"That ain’t true," he said of the reports, before throwing out the first pitch of the Braves’ spring training game against Detroit at Disney. "People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the [scouting] combine went fine for me. I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation. Everything went great. I did everything they asked me to do. I’ll have my pro day [at Georgia on March 21], and then I’m going to meet with a whole lot of teams."

Despite being rated as one of the top prospects available in the 2013 NFL Draft, there's no consensus about where Jones will be taken in April. SB Nation's own Dan Kadar has Jones coming off the board at the eighth pick to the Buffalo Bills, but many have him dropping into the second half of the first round, and potentially out of it all together.

Spinal stenosis is a condition where the open spaces in the spine narrow, and put pressure on the spinal cord. It can cause pain, numbness, and muscle weakness, as well as cause issues with some internal organ functions.

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