By Philip Robinson | @chocP3thunder | 03/26/2017
Javancy Jones comes from Jackson State University, a small school in Mississippi. Hailing from Macon Mississippi, Jones is a talent yet to be discovered by the mainstream media.
Jones is one of four SWAC players to be named STAT FCS pre-season All-American in 2016. In his senior season Jones produced 82 tackles four sacks 19.5 tackles for loss, earning him a spot as an AFCA National FCS second team All-American. Jones is a three-time All-SWAC First Team Defender. As a freshman Jones won the Jerry Rice Award (Freshman of the year), posting: 48 tackles, 12 TFL’s, five sacks, two pass defensed, one forced fumble, a blocked kick and returned a blocked punt for a Td. As a junior, Jones led the nation with 77 tackles for loss. Jones would be a Finalist for the Conerly Trophy in 2015 and 2016, an award given annually to the best football player in the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi hall of fame. High praise, previous winners of this award include Eli Manning (2x), Patrick Willis, Gabe Jackson, Dak Prescott (2x) and most recently Evan Engram.
Jones first hit my radar when watching the East West Shrine Game. Being asked to play the position of inside linebacker a switch from his normal defensive end position Jones played well. Jones flashiest play came when he flowed from his position of weakside linebacker and shot a gap on a toss sweep making a stunning tackle for loss on the complete opposite side of the field.
Not amongst the invited to participate in the yearly scouting combine Jones chose to focus on only what he could control, leaving the rest up to the creator. He prepared for his pro day at Jackson State.
Jones pro day would be cut short as he would suffer a pulled hamstring while running his impressive 4.54 second 40-yard dash. Despite suffering the disadvantage of being unable to display his mobility and athleticism, Jones was still able to get valuable measurements on record. Standing at six-foot-one and 240 pounds, His vertical jump measured 32 inches. Jones ability to rep 225 pounds 26 times on the bench is indicative of good strength for his frame.
By comparison some other linebackers in the draft measure up like this:
Zach Cunningham six-foot-three 234 pounds, benched 16 reps, ran 4.67 40-yard dash and jumped 35-inches vertically.
Anthony Walker Jr. six-foot-one 238 pounds, benched 23 reps, ran 4.65 40-yard dash and 30.5 inch vertical.
Hassan Reddick, considered the second best linebacker in the draft six-foot-one 237 pounds, ran the fastest pure linebacker 40-yard dash at 4.52, benched 24 reps and logged a 36.5 inch vertical.
Jarrad Davis six-foot-one 238 pounds, 4.78 40-yard dash and Davis would decline any other recordable stat
Javancy Jones will not be outworked by anybody, nor will he be discouraged by adversity. Centered in life Jones is looking for an opportunity not a handout. His physical abilities alone merit a look on an NFL roster, but not only will teams be getting an accomplished player with a chip on his shoulder, “Pissed off for greatness,” they will be getting a high character guy who will never be a distraction.
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