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Outside LB, 6-foot-2, 245 pounds
University of Georgia
Jones may be the biggest wild card of the bunch. He’s undoubtedly a game-changer at the position, as seen by transformation Georgia’s defense took once he arrived after transferring from Southern California.
But he also comes with an asterisk. He left USC because team doctors wouldn’t clear him after he was discovered to have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open area of the spinal column.
Still, the numbers don’t lie. With Jones in the lineup, UGA’s sacks increased by 11 from 2010 to 2011 and the quarterback pressures rose by 29. In 2012, Jones finished with 14½ sacks and 39 quarterback pressures.
He was a finalist for the Butkus Award for the nation’s best linebacker in both 2011 and 2012.