The Jarvis Jones to the Detroit Lions bandwagon is starting to grow a bit. Last week, ESPN's Mel Kiper projected the Lions to take Jones in his first 2013 NFL mock draft. This week, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Lions selecting the Georgia linebacker in his first mock draft.
Banks explains that the Lions are in need of a pass rusher, and Jones is "one of the best this draft has to offer." While he may not be a perfect fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker, Jones has dynamic "athleticism" and "playmaking skills." Banks also says that if Jones is cleared medically (meaning his spinal stenosis isn't an issue), it'd be surprising for him to make it out of the top five.
Because of the spinal stenosis concern, I still am not on board with the idea of picking Jones. He may be a solid pass rusher, but it seems like a risk the Lions can't afford to take. Then again, if both Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore are gone by the time the Lions go on the clock like in this mock draft, perhaps the risk may outweigh reaching to fill a need.