In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Jones was available when Pittsburgh went on the clock. The Steelers were more than happy to announce the selection. Now, Jones is more than happy to be a Steeler, but does he hold a grudge against the other teams which picked before Pittsburgh, but passed him over?
"I’m glad I slipped. At the end of the day, those guys are picking early for a reason. I landed right where I wanted to be. I don’t think anything of it. This team chose me for a reason, because they wanted me to be here, and I fully accept that. Those teams passed on me for a reason. They didn’t want me to be there, so I fully accept that. I’m just going to continue to get better, do everything my coaches ask me to do and just love being a Pittsburgh Steeler."
Jones comments exemplify the very reason the Steelers held him so highly on their draft board. He gets it.
Players want to go as high as possible, because the higher the draft selection, the fatter the contract. Jones views the opportunity to play for a perennial contender as a better incentive than making more money. He carries a humble attitude, already assimilating to the team concept.
As a team attempts to rebuild a reportedly fractured locker room, finding replacements with a team-first mentality is the proper path, and drafting Jones was a very good first step.