November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) shown on the sidelines during the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Georgia Southern 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Coming into the NFL scouting Combine, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was being regarded as one of the top draft prospects, and many pegged him as a top-5 pick. But the issue of his spinal stenosis was viewed as a potential red-flag that could cause him to fall into the later-half of the first-round.
According to Pro Football Talk, not only is Jones’ stock falling due to his neck issue, but some teams have completely removed him for their draft boards.
"Per a league source, Jones’ neck has prompted multiple teams to shy away from considering him, especially in round one. He left USC due to concerns over his spinal stenosis. The fact that Georgia welcomed him with open arms shows that reasonable medical minds will differ on whether to take the risk associated with a narrowed spinal canal."
This is an unfortunate development for one of top players in college football last year. Hopefully, he’ll continue to overcome this issue and go on to have a great NFL career.