Stats & Info: Jarvis Jones

Top things to know: NFL Draft depth

April, 19, 2013
With the NFL Draft looming, here’s a look at the top things to know related to depth at notable positions.

QB class lacking a megastar
There have been four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL Draft each of the last two seasons. This year, Geno Smith is the top-rated quarterback in the class, but he has the lowest Scouts Inc. grade (91) of any top quarterback in the last nine seasons.

QB class has lots of shotgun/pistol experience
The NFL is trending toward spread tendencies, but the average NFL quarterback still attempted less than two-thirds of his passes after taking a snap from shotgun last season.

Four of the top quarterbacks in this draft class -- Landry Jones, Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, and EJ Manuel -- attempted at least 88 percent of their pass attempts last season from either a shotgun or pistol formation.

Lacy leads a light-RB class
Eddie Lacy is the only running back projected to go in the first round by both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. This would mark only the second time since 1985 that only one running back was drafted in the first round. It also happened in 2011.

In fact, since 2005, every NFL Draft but the 2011 one has had a running back drafted within the top 12 picks.

Lacy is the top running back prospect of the 2013 class according to Scouts Inc., but he was the beneficiary of one of the top offensive lines in football. Lacy gained 65 percent of his yards before initial contact and averaged 4.1 yards before contact per rush.

Receivers with lots of different skills available
An average of three wide receivers have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last five seasons. Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft has four. Todd McShay’s latest one has two.

Among the most notable leaders among wide receivers, Tavon Austin led AQ-school receivers with 947 yards after the catch, Terrance Williams led FBS receivers with 27 receptions on passes thrown 20 yards or longer, and DeAndre Hopkins and Stedman Bailey led FBS with 10 touchdown receptions on throws 20 yards or longer.

Teams looking for multi-purpose receivers should know that Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson were the only players in FBS with at least 300 rushing yards, 600 receiving yards and 500 return yards in 2012.

Tight ends that can go long
Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz highlight a tight end class with the ability to stretch the field vertically.

Eifert and Ertz combined for 45 receptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer over the last two seasons, including five deep touchdowns.

A rich defensive draft
According to Scouts Inc., defensive players make up 19 of the top 32 overall prospects. Todd McShay’s latest mock draft has 12 defensive front seven players taken in the first round of the draft, one behind the 2011 and 1974 NFL drafts for the most in the common draft era.

A look at some of the collegiate leaders in some notable areas:

LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery had three sacks against a double team, most among the 35 defensive FBS prospects rated 80 or higher.

Among the top-10 defensive end prospects as rated by Scouts, Inc., Florida State's Bjoern Werner had the most sacks on a standard pass rush (12) and Georgia's Jarvis Jones had the most from a blitz (7).

Purdue's Kawann Short led all FBS defensive tackle prospects rated 70 or higher with seven sacks and 13 run stuffs last season. A “run stuff” is a tackle on a rushing play that ends up in negative or zero yardage.

SEC Championship: Ten things to know

November, 30, 2012
Ten things you need to know about Saturday’s SEC Championship Game in Atlanta between the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) and No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1):

1. This is the first SEC Championship Game between teams coming off a win in which they both scored at least 40 points.

2. Contrary to what most might guess, Georgia Coach Mark Richt has outperformed his Alabama counterpart, Nick Saban, in career win percentage (.750-.733) and 10-win seasons (8-7) and both have seven bowl wins. Saban does have a distinct edge in one category – national championships (3-0).

3. Alabama QB AJ McCarron has made a huge leap in his deep-throw completion percentage this season. He is completing 65 percent of passes thrown 20 yards or longer. Last season he completed 39 percent of passes thrown 20 yards or more.

4. Georgia QB Aaron Murray leads all FBS quarterbacks in passing efficiency and comes to this game on a roll with 13 TD passes and no interceptions in his past four games.

5. The SEC Championship Game has been anything but competitive. Since 1998 alone, only one of the games has been decided by fewer than 10 points and the average margin of victory in the 14 games is 19 points. The past two SEC championships were decided by 39 and 32 points.

6. Big-play showdown: The Georgia offense had 75 plays that gained 20 or more yards this season. That ranked seventh among all FBS teams. Alabama’s defense, on the other hand, allowed only 32 plays of 20-plus yards. That was the sixth-fewest total in FBS.

7. Two players who might matter a lot: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones (he tied for the FBS lead in tackles for loss at 1.95 per game and was fourth in sacks) and Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley (only perfect kicker in FBS among qualified players, 60-for-60 on extra points and 10-for-10 on field goals).

8. Both teams average more than 7 yards on first-down plays (only eight other FBS teams can claim that) and Alabama and Georgia are two of four FBS teams that average more than 11 yards per pass play on first down.

9. Georgia is 2-8-1 since 1990 in games against teams ranked among the top three in the AP poll. In the past four seasons, Alabama is 4-2 against top-five teams and 18-5 against teams ranked in AP Top 25.

10. Presumably, Notre Dame and the BCS Championship Game awaits the winner. Georgia is 1-0 all-time against the Irish, winning the 1981 Sugar Bowl behind Herschel Walker’s two touchdowns and 150 yards rushing to claim the school’s only national championship. Alabama is 1-5 against Notre Dame but the schools haven’t played each other since 1987.