Steelers select Jarvis Jones with the 17th pick in the NFL Draft

Sam Greenwood

It isn't exactly a surprise, the Steelers take Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones with the 17th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones is a Dick LeBeau kind of guy.

He's now going to play for him.

Jones had been long considered to be the most likely option for the Steelers with the 17th pick, and that's what happened.

Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was still on the board, and the Steelers passed for a player who doesn't fit the mold of recent Steelers' drafts - he's an outside linebacker, and he's older than average.

Jones, 24, is the first outside linebacker the Steelers have chosen in the first round since they moved to a 3-4 defense in the early 80s. He's the oldest first round pick the team has made under head coach Mike Tomlin.

The Cowboys traded up to 18 to select Eric Reid, a safety from LSU, who was also mentioned as a potential target for the Steelers in the second round.

The draft continues, we'll have more here on BTSC.


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