2013 NFL Draft: The Pittsburgh Steelers Select Jarvis Jones

By Curt Popejoy
Jarvis Jones
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The Pittsburgh Steelers used the 17th pick in the first round of the 2013 to select Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and it was a slam dunk. This is a team that needed help in multiple spots, and they were fortunate to have several top players still on the board when their 17th pick came up. Several good players would have fit the Steelers, but ultimately it was Jones who the team wanted and in a draft class like this, I am all for it.

Jones is an incredibly explosive and one of the most disruptive and dynamic players in all of college football last season. I still contend that his game against Florida this year was the best individual defensive performance I saw last year. He practically beat the Gators by himself. I understand that there are some concerns with Jones, namely his health and some concerns with his triangle numbers, but let me say this once so I don’t have to say it again. Watch the man play and you understand why he’s great.

When I did my scouting report on Jones, I said he reminded me of Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu at linebacker and I stand by that. Read my scouting report of Jones here and see what I mean. If there was a player in this draft was born to play in defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense, it’s Jones. I fully expect him to be in the three-man rotation at outside linebacker quickly and have an instant impact. If not for his health concerns, Jones likely comes off the board 10 picks sooner. The last time the Steelers took a shot on a super talented player with an injury concern who slid in the first round they got tight end Heath Miller and that worked out pretty well.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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