"I'd be excited for Jarvis to get drafted that high," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday of the fourth-year junior. "It's just a matter of when. That day comes, I'll be the first one to be genuinely thrilled for him."
Kiper writes that the "Georgia star can really do it all on defense. He's the most relentless pass-rusher in the country, a guy who closes fast and must be planned for. He now excels against the run and will drop into coverage and use his instincts and athleticism there. You'll hear comparisons to guys such as Von Miller, and for now, it's all fair game. He's that kind of talent."
Jones practiced again in a regular jersey on Wednesday. Richt said Jones got work against the scout team. Jones said a day earlier that he would play Saturday against Vanderbilt. Richt didn't go that far.
"I would say we're hopeful I guess is the best way," Richt said. "I always say we're hopeful, but I'm hopeful he'll feel healthy enough to go. I'm not 100 percent sure he will be."
Other Georgia players are also regarded highly as draft prospects.
Nose guard John Jenkins is No. 13 on Kiper's list and No. 5 on McShay's. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who has yet to play a game this season due to suspension, is McShay's No. 19 prospect and safety Shawn Williams is No. 29.
Lee could play, may not start
Georgia may have the first change to its starting offensive line this season.
"I think you'd have to measure a gimpy Lee compared to a healthy Beard," Richt said. "What do you do? Even if he's given the OK to go, he still may not. If he starts he may rotate more than normal because Beard played good enough to prove that he can get around so we may rotate around and take some pressure off that ankle."
Beard realizes there's pressure in protecting Aaron Murray's blind side, but he said left tackle is the only position he's played since pee wee football
As for starting, Beard said: "You can get the first jitterbugs out faster. The guys (starting) already have had contact. Their butterflies are gone, but you still have yours."
Richt said that freshman John Theus continues to work strictly at right tackle.
"The assignments wouldn't be as much of an issue as just learning how to pass set from the left side," Richt said. "He's got so many quality reps on the right, it's hard to throw a guy over there, especially as a freshman. I don't know if he'll change to left ever, but there's more of a chance of getting him some reps in the spring and that type of thing if you want to at least experiment."
Vanderbilt's talent upgrade
The 16 1/2 points Georgia is favored by over Vanderbilt is one indication the perceived gap between the programs still remains rather large, but Richt is talking up the state of the Commodores program under second-year coach James Franklin.
"I don't think there's any doubt that they're the most talented Vanderbilt teams these last couple of years that we've played in a while," Richt said. "Coach Franklin's really got them revved up and ready to go. They've got a lot of belief. They're playing to win and they're doing a good job of it I think."
"I think some of it is attitude," Richt said. "I think they're a faster team, I think they're a stronger team. I think they've got really good athleticism. When you watch the film, they're playing as hard and fast as physical as anybody. They're schemes are outstanding. It's not like they're doing something that nobody else is doing, but what they do, they do very well. They believe in it. You can see that. Coach Franklin's not afraid to take calculated risks to put his team in position to win games. I think it's paying off."
This and that
Asked if there was any new update on offensive lineman Kolton Houston, Richt said: "Still the same," Richt said. "Yeah, still the same." The NCAA has ruled Houston ineligible for continuing to test positive for a banned substance.