At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, reports surfaced that teams were beginning to remove Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones from their draft boards because of fears over his spinal stenosis diagnosis.
The injury makes Jones’ more likely to suffer a spinal injury because of his narrow spine than a player without the diagnosis.
While the injury scare could cause teams to look in another direction, Jones downplayed any talk of injuries causing teams to consider other options.
“That ain’t true,” Jones said, per Jeff Schulz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the 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.”
Jones wasn’t alone with his belief that the injuries are not a major concern. His trainer, Tom Shaw, says that the concerns over Jones’ spinal stenosis was a media fabrication.
“No one has taken him off the board,” Shaw said. “That’s just news reporters. Jarvis got real upset about it because he doesn’t even know why that was going on.”
No one will know how many teams are removing Jones from their draft board until the draft rolls around in April, but the possibility that Jones could suffer a draft day slide is a growing possibility.