Jeremiah: Mock Draft 4.0
Daniel Jeremiah provides his latest first-round projection. Two prospects on the rise: Dion Jordan and Tavon Austin. More ...
The Georgia linebacker didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine last month despite doctors clearing him of spinal stenosis stemming from a 2009 neck injury. It is why NFL masses eagerly awaited his March 21 pro day.
Jones didn't help his NFL draft stock, though, after running a muddy 4.92-second 40-yard dash in chilly conditions, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Among the linebackers who ran at the combine, only Virginia Tech's Bruce Taylor was slower. Jones' 20 bench-press reps would have tied for 16th.
Those aren't the numbers you expect from a possible top-10 pick who recently called himself the best player in the draft.
"I'm a football player," Jones said after the workout. "It's about football, right? I'm a football player. That's what I do. At the end of the day, you get those drills -- I'm not saying they ain't worth nothing -- but you get those drills, running the 40 and all that stuff. You could get someone off the street who can run a 4.3, but they can't play football. That's easy."
Jones was an All-American for the Bulldogs, so one workout won't erase everything he put on tape. We'll have to wait to see what, if any, impact it has on his draft position.