Jarvis Jones may be pushing himself out of consideration of being as a top choice by an AFC West team.
The Georgia pass-rusher reportedly had a “terrible” pro day workout Thursday as he ran a sluggish 4.90 40-yard dash. The poor workout comes after Jones was one of the stories of the NFL combine last month because of a medical concern regarding a narrowing of his spine. Physicians have said Jones should be able to enjoy a healthy NFL career.
But there are no guarantees. Combined with the poor workout, Jones -- once considered a top-five pick -- could tumble down in the first round despite his dynamic ability. The Chiefs, who have the No. 1 pick, are scheduled to visit privately with Jones. But they are talking to several players and he seemed like a long-shot to be the top pick even before Thursday’s workout.
Oakland could use a pass-rusher and there was some thought Jones could be in the mix. But his tough offseason may scare off Oakland, which has other defensive needs, anyway.
In other AFC West notes:
Ryan D'Imperio, formerly of the Vikings, signed with the Chiefs. He played 12 games last season. He is not a lock to make the roster.
The AFC West has a combined 28 draft picks, which is the fewest of any division.