The dust is finally settling from the 2013 NFL Draft, and the Steelers picked up 9 players when it was all said and done – several of which fans and pundits seem to be split on. The draft board was a wild one from the start. It was rather unpredictable, and players deemed top ten picks slid further down the board. Even when the Steelers were on the clock with the 17th overall pick, the field was wide open with highly valued positional players.
1st Round, 17th Overall: Jarvis Jones
With the 17th pick in the draft, the Steelers took OLB Jarvis Jones from Georgia. Jones has always been on the Steelers board, and his allure is less his consistency and more about his potential for playmaking. Many feared his health condition as well as his poor Pro Day numbers. Of Jones, our own Dom Di Tolla had this to say:
While many are off-put by Jones’ poor Pro Day workout and his spinal stenosis condition, the simple fact of the matter is that the Steelers’ cupboard is essentially “bare” at outside linebacker…. While the Steelers need pass-rushing help, I just hope that the soon to be 24 year old Jones can see the field and contribute early on in his career. Like most rookies and 2nd year players though on Pittsburgh’s defense, Jarvis will likely have to rot on the bench behind veterans due to Dick LeBeau’s “complex” scheme…. Over the last two years, Jones recorded 155 tackles, 28.0 sacks, and 45.5 tackles for loss. Furthermore, Jarvis was responsible for 10 turnovers last season (7 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception), and has a knack for taking the ball away from the opposing team.
Jones has the potential to push Jason Worilds out of starting job were he to outshine him from the beginning of camp. The expectation is that he will learn the system and contribute to special teams – hopefully his back will hold up in the return game. So Steeler Nation, it’s time to weigh in on Jones. What grade do you give Jones?