So, a couple of months back, I ran an article on Jackson State defensive end Keontre Anderson (http://dynastyfootballfactory.com/fcs-spotlight-de-interview-keontre-anderson-jackson-state/). During my interview with him, he mentioned Javancy Jones (@TheRealJavJones) as the best player he had played alongside. So I decided to look into Jones a bit further.
What I saw was not disappointing. This is a big, powerful guy who is so versatile. Jones plays defensive end or outside linebacker, and even played middle linebacker at the East-West shrine game at the end of last season. It isn’t just that, he plays every position really well. He is listed on CBS prospect rankings as the 19th best OLB in the draft. I would have him ranked higher.
Jones received recruiting interest from Duke and Vanderbilt, among others but as we will learn, was unable to act on these.
Since he entered the 2017 NFL draft, I wanted to find out more about Javancy Jones. I was fortunate enough to speak to him and learn what makes him tick.
So Javancy, tell me a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in Mississippi (Noxubee County) to a single mother. That’s about it really, I always played football since peewee level it has always been in my life.
How old were you when you started playing football?
I was 6 years old when I started playing.
Growing up, did you always want to be a football player?
I always wanted to be around football, I wanted to be a coach. I always loved the game of football. I never knew I would have the chance to actually play at a higher level.
What made you choose Jackson State?
In my high school senior year my mother was diagnosed with Devic’s disease and given three months to live so I wanted to stay close to home with my brothers because we are all we have got. I visited Jackson State and fell in love with it so I went there.
I am sorry to hear that. So I have seen you listed both as a defensive end and an outside linebacker. Which do you believe to be your best position?
I don’t know to be honest. I went to the East-West shrine game and played middle linebacker and fell in love with that position, it was a position I wanted to play all my life, but defensive end and outside linebacker was a natural position for me.
Last season you were a second team all American and received an invite to the East-West shrine game. Would you say this is your proudest moment in football so far?
My proudest moment in football so far? I have got a few but playing in a championship game in my first year. This defined who I was I think.
You put up 19.5 sacks and 339 tackles while at Jackson St. Which would you say is your most memorable game in your college career?
It would have to be my best game ever against Alabama State in my junior year. I had 18 tackles, 2-forced fumbles and 1.5-sacks.
You have been through some tough times so far, what is your inspiration when you are playing?
Just knowing where I came from. I came from a place where a lot of people don’t make it out. I’ve got my mother in her place so I know if I don’t do good then she doesn’t do good so I play for her.
What aspects of your game do you think help you succeed the most?
My knowledge. Just being able to know exactly where the ball is going, I watch a lot of film and try and know as much about the opposite team as possible so when they line up in a specific formation I know what play they are going to run.
Are there any NFL players that you watch and try to model yourself on?
Well I watched a lot of Ray Lewis, I love his passion for the game. You won’t find too many people who are that passionate about the game. A lot of players do it just to say they are doing it, but Ray Lewis is passionate about it. Khalil Mack I also look at because like me he can line up at defensive end or outside linebacker and he is an all pro at both position.
If you could play alongside any current or former NFL player, who would it be?
It would have to be Khalil Mack or Von Miller, it would have to be one of those.
Who would you say is the best player you have ever played alongside?
It’s got to be Keontre Anderson.
That’s funny, because I asked him the same question and he said you.
Yes sir, he has got to be the best player I have ever played alongside. He is a traditional defensive end, it is his natural position.
With you leaving Jackson State this year, do you have a message that you would send to Keontre?
Keep the two Gs! Keep grinding, he has a bright future ahead of him so do what you always do. Make plays and be more than just a football player. Be a leader and continue being a great man!
Obviously, we are based purely around fantasy football here at DFF and we want to know what part of your game will translate into us drafting you and you scoring us some points in our IDP leagues?
I get a lot of sacks and cause havoc. I am a ball hawk, I find the ball and go and get it.
So, you are going into the draft this year, is there any team that you are hoping you get drafted to?
Any team that would give me the opportunity. It doesn’t matter to me, I just hope somebody gives me the chance to play football at the next level.
I don’t know whether or not you will be able to answer this, but has any team contacted you yet?
No Sir, well my agent told me that he has set up an interview with a GM and an assistant coach but he hasn’t given me any details yet.
A random question to finish on, if you could go and see any musician in history perform, who would you go and see?
Any musician in history? It would have to be Michael Jackson.
So that is Javancy Jones. If he isn’t on your radar yet, he should be. He is a fantastic player, a great guy who plays with passion and you can guarantee he will work hard to be a big name in the NFL.
I would like to thank Javancy for taking the time to talk with me and wish him all the best in the upcoming draft and the future.
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