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Jarvis Jones says #Steelers won't pass on him if he's there at 17. Sounds similar to what they told Cameron Heyward in 2011 at 31.
Steelers' 2013 NFL Draft Results
1 17 ( 17 ) Jarvis Jones, OLB; Georgia
2 16 ( 48 ) Le'Veon Bell, RB; Michigan State
3 17 ( 79 ) Markus Wheaton WR; Oregon State
4 14 ( 111 ) Shamarko Thomas, SS; Syracuse
4 18 ( 115 ) Landry Jones, QB; Oklahoma
5 17 ( 150 ) Terry Hawthorne, CB; Illnois
6 18 ( 186 ) Justin Brown, WR; Oklahoma
6 38 ( 206 ) Vince Williams, LB; Florida State
7 17 ( 223 ) Nick Williams, DT; Samford
I just don't think Colbert and Tomlin are going to come out and say, "We expect to draft two or three immediate starters this year". You would be putting a lot of pressure on yourself in the public and the veterans reactions would also cause a stir. Who are they trying to replace, etc, etc.
In all honesty, why even have a pre-draft meeting? All 32 pre-draft meetings probably went the same way: no information given and vague answers.
When you have a good team, as the Steelers generally do, and pick late, as the Steelers generally do, there is not a lot of opportunity for rookies. Plus, the coaches see these guys every day in practice. When they demand playing time through their performance, they make it onto the field. That seems preferable to handing the team over to rookies and hoping for the best.