The Indianapolis Colts, just like every NFL team, gets thirty pre-draft visits with prospects. That means that these visits are very much worth paying attention to, and the Colts today hosted Jackson State linebacker Javancy Jones for a pre-draft visit, according to reports from the Anderson Herald Bulletin’s George Bremer and the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder.
Jones had a productive career for Jackson State, and last year as a senior he recorded 82 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks, contributed on special teams, and even caught two touchdown passes while playing tight end. The 6-1, 245 pound defender could contribute as an edge and as a linebacker, depending on where teams want to play him. He really began to gain attention at the East-West Shrine game earlier this year, when he had an impressive week.
The fact that the Colts are bringing him in for a pre-draft visit means that they’re obviously interested in him. Often times, when a team brings in a player on one of these visits it is an attempt to better get to know him and develop a relationship, as well as clear up any questions they might have.
With Jones, it’s likely that he’ll be a later round draft choice - but he is an under-the-radar prospect who could be worth taking a flier on, especially for a Colts team desperately needing defensive help. It’s possible that the Colts are bringing him in for a visit to clear up any remaining questions they have about him, to determine whether he’s a player worth drafting, and to develop a relationship in case Jones doesn’t get drafted and winds up as an UDFA.