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04-24-2013, 02:15 PM
Jarvis Jones: I will be taken by No. 17 pick in NFL draft

By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: April 23, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2013 at 06:09 p.m.

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/jarvis-jones?id=2540137) has drawn a lot of varying opinions throughout the draft process. His game film is outstanding. His pre-draft workouts were less so.

As the draft approaches, Jones' forecast is coming in to focus. At least he thinks so.

"If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the (Pittsburgh) Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT)," Jones told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
"I mean, from what I've been told, I don't think I get past the Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT)."

Jones' thinking is consistent with draft buzz we've heard. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has been projecting Jones to the Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT) for weeks. The New Orleans Saints (http://www.nfl.com/teams/neworleanssaints/profile?team=NO) at No. 15 are another strong candidate. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes Jones is a player who New York Jets (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkjets/profile?team=NYJ) fans should get to know better (https://twitter.com/MMehtaNYDN/statuses/326709846235815938). The Jets (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkjets/profile?team=NYJ) hold the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks.

Jones has seen some mock drafts that aren't as kind, but he's not listening to them.

"Then you got the people that do the mock drafts, they say I'm way down here, I talk to the coaches, all the coaches don't think I'm gonna get past a certain point, so, coaches -- for me personally -- the coaches are on something different than all the analysts on TV at home. So, for me, I'm listening to the coaches because they're the ones that have the draft picks."

The medical questions (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000149233/article/jarvis-jones-reportedly-receives-good-medical-report) surrounding Jones have quieted over time. He was cleared at the NFL Scouting Combine (http://www.nfl.com/combine) and didn't need to go back for the re-check. In a draft full of questions, it would be a big surprise if Jones fell too far in the first round.

04-24-2013, 02:36 PM
I agree, he doesn't get past 17.

04-26-2013, 02:57 AM
he wasn't lying...

Jarvis Jones provides playmaking element in nickel packages

By Paper Champions on Apr 26 2013


The Steelers now have an abundance of outside linebackers. If the 2013 NFL Draft has shown us anything, it is that you can never have enough guys to rush the QB. How can the Steelers use all of the guys at their disposal?

One of the most intriguing questions going into 2012 training camp was what the Steelers were going to do with Sean Spence. Could Spence, because of his lack of ideal NFL linebacker size, become an eventual replacement for Troy Polamalu?

The question is not as simple as it seems. Everyone knows that the Steelers employ a complex zone blitz package. There are two major components to a zone-blitz defense: the "seam-curl-flat" player and the "middle hole" player.

Oftentimes, the Steelers would employ Troy Polamalu as the seam-curl-flat ("scuf") player. The scuf player is vital to this defense because they have to disrupt that zone. The scuf player has to be fast enough to carry a receiver in the seam, they have to understand coverages well enough to stay under the curl, and they have to be able to tackle players in the flat.

If the scuf player does his job well, it allows a defense to keep their safeties high to defend against vertical routes. Keeping two safeties high also allows them to be force players against the hottest offense in the NFL -- the read-option. In order for the scuf player to be effective, he has to be able to read patterns and react accordingly, and he also has to be able to rush the quarterback. The ability to rush the QB from the slot causes fits for offenses. If the scuf player doesn't blitz, the defense has a 3 on 2 advantage on the offense.

The other player I was mentioning was the "middle hole" player. Lawrence Timmons now plays this role for the Steelers. This player has to be able to cover a TE down the middle of the field, pick up a crossing route, and also react to the run.

What I am describing here is the modern day 4-2-5 defense that just about everyone plays in college, and the Steelers have used a lot in Big Nickel situations. With this defense, the Steelers have a ton of options.

Troy has dropped down in the slot and has played the scuf position as well as anyone. Remember him jumping the out route against Atlanta in the opener a few years ago? We have all seen him bait quarterbacks into throws. James Harrison has also done this with Troy playing high. If you remember the Tennessee game from last year, you remember Harrison not getting a jam on Jared Cook as he then ran unmolested across the field for a huge gain.

Jarvis Jones can play both the scuf and the middle hole player in our Big Nickel defense. Foote did a good job blitzing on 3rd down last year, but I think Jones is an upgrade. Also, Jones can play the scuf player (and if Spence comes back, he may be able to play there also) and either drop or blitz.

The Steelers have still more flexibility. A few times last year, Cameron Heyward played the DE (with his hand down) in the Big Nickel, and he is a presence rushing the quarterback. Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, and Ziggy Hood can all play on the interior. Jones can start on the edge then drop in the middle, and Timmons can blitz. Heyward can get bumped inside and Jason Worilds can rush off the edge. Getting Worilds, Jones, and Woodley on the field at the same in the Nickel defense makes the Steelers equally stout against the run and the pass.

Jones is a high motor and high character player that has done nothing but produce. Production in terms of sacks and tackles for loss. He can bend, and he has great short area quickness and explosion. He can also do what Harrison could no longer do - which was be effective dropping into coverage. His ability to play in coverage allows the Steelers to get more athletes on the field and keep both Troy and Ryan Clark on top of the defense. That also helps to extend both of their careers.

Either directly or indirectly, adding Jones is going to help our defense do the one thing it did not do last year -- make game-changing plays.


04-26-2013, 11:33 AM
Now, since he is a Steeler will he wear that number 29 for us? That seems like a weird # for a LB, it also is the reverse of Harrison's number.

04-26-2013, 11:57 AM
Now, since he is a Steeler will he wear that number 29 for us? That seems like a weird # for a LB, it also is the reverse of Harrison's number.
I think a LB's number has to be in the 50's or 90's...

04-26-2013, 05:15 PM
so, ya just give him 92 and call him BeeDo

Dee Dub
04-26-2013, 05:22 PM
I'd like to see him wear 99.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-26-2013, 05:25 PM
he is wearing 91

04-26-2013, 05:28 PM
he is wearing 91

Thats what I heard, Aaron Smith's old number

04-26-2013, 05:32 PM
he is wearing 91

The last #91 was the best ever at his position. Could be a good omen.

04-26-2013, 07:08 PM
he is wearing 91