Jarvis Jones is a Steelers kind of guy
By Neal Coolong on Apr 25 2013
He isn't the typical age, he isn't in a common position for first round picks in Pittsburgh, but everything else about Jarvis Jones is Steelers all the way.
If the 2012 NFL Draft came as a shock to the Steelers, the 2013 Draft is pretty blase.
David DeCastro was expected to be drafted far earlier than he was by the Steelers. Jarvis Jones was picked to go to the Steelers nearly as soon as mock drafts took over the Internet.
It's somewhat ironic the oldest Steelers first round draft pick under Mike Tomlin was the most obvious choice. It's even more odd that the oldest first round pick is also the first outside linebacker the Steelers have taken in the first round, while being the most obvious pick.
DeCastro was the obvious pick in terms of need and talent in 2012, he just wasn't supposed to be available.
The Steelers don't draft outside linebackers that highly - and now the three likely at the top of their depth chart come Week 1 will be a first round pick and two second round picks; LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds.
But his production can't be beat. He works hard on and off the field and was a leader on one of the best defensive teams in the country.
So he's 24.
No one can question Jones' motor. He is relentless in pursuit and plays with a lot of heart.
Maybe the oldest guy just happens to be the most obvious Steelers player in this draft.
I have a feeling much of it is based on two things. 40 time in shorts. And disappointment in not getting members favorite guy. It certainly can't be based on production or ability.
Originally Posted by Dee Dub
What's not to like, here?
I find it VERY encouraging to read that Jones has been working out with Ike Taylor and Tom Shaw.
A lot of people are worried he will be lazy like Woodley has been of late. You can't be lazy and work out with those two.
2011 : All-American
Originally Posted by Slapstick
1st Team ALL-SEC
Led SEC in Tackles for loss & Sacs
2012: Team Captain
SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP)
American Football Coaches Assoc 1st team All-American
1st Team ALL-SEC
Led Nation in 1. Sacs 2. Tackles for loss 3. Forced fumbles
Set UGA all time record for sacs in a season with 14.5
Finalist for Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Butkus, Lott Awards
Like...what's not to LOVE! This guy was an animal in the toughest conference in college ball and had monster success.
I'd rather score "11ty billion points to win" than be the #1 defense and miss the play offs. The latter is good for a bumper sticker and nothing else.
Originally Posted by papillon
Huey Richardson? WTF? Come on now. I was at least expecting to hear some Kendrell Bell comparisons, maybe, but not Huey.
Way to override your draft board Tomlin. We could have Timmons and Sean Lee in the middle. Instead we now have to use an early pick on an ILB.
Originally Posted by NJ-STEELER
I think Colbert is doing this not Tomlin.
Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh
Looking back, I think the choice on Jones was basically sealed the moment the Steelers cut James Harrison.
They know they must have production at OLB. Obviously, they're also convinced that neither Worilds or Woodley can bring what James brought from his side of the field.