Georgia Bulldogs junior linebacker Jarvis Jones is projected as one of the top defensive players on the board if he enters the NFL Draft this year, and an Atlanta radio interview with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham implies that the coaching staff believes Jones will go pro.
Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald wrote that Grantham hinted toward the junior from Columbus (and transfer from the USC Trojans) declaring for the draft during a radio interview on 680 The Fan in Atlanta on Thursday. Grantham was asked about the role in 2013 for stud freshman linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who recorded 30 tackles and four sacks this season. Here's how Grantham responded:
"We look for him to help continue the tradition of a guy from Georgia being on top of the SEC in sacks next year. Obviously he's got shoes to fill, but I think he's more than capable."
The interview took place just a day after Jenkins commented to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that "everybody knows" that Jones and fellow linebacker standout Alec Ogletree would leave for the NFL. Jones and Ogletree combined for 175 tackles, 14.5 sacks (12 by Jones) and 31 tackles for loss, and would leave a huge hole in the Bulldogs defense if they jumped for the NFL.