BTSC continues to look at the Pittsburgh Steelers least successful first round selections since 1969 with a Cowher/Tomlin region matchup between a hard-luck corner from Colorado and a more recent LB pick from UGA. But first let’s conclude the first round with the final Noll region match fron the first round.
1986 John Rienstra 85% (365 votes
1988 Aaron Jones 15% (67 votes)
432 votes total
As always, the criteria for selection is performance in a player’s Steeler career. There may be done players that you find not worthy of conclusion on this list. That is a good thing. That proves that the Steelers remain a very good drafting team, especially in the first round.
1993 Round 1 Pick 23 — CB Deon Figures-Colorado
Figures spent four seasons with the Steelers and started 23 of 61 games. Figures recorded four fumble recoveries, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one sack in his Steel City career. He was thought to be emerging as a dominant corner in 1994, but the Compton native was the victim of a drive-by shooting that went through his car door in South Central L.A. The bullet penetrated the Steeler player’s left knee and hampered him enough to cost Figures his starting job. He left for Jacksonville in 1996 and doubled his interception totals in two seasons to finish with nine in his career. The 6’ All-American from Colorado recovered the memorable surprise-onside in Super Bowl XXX.
2013 Round 1 Pick 17 — OLB Jarvis Jones
The 2013 Draft produced plenty of players that failed to produce all around the NFL. Jarvis Jones is one of those players and he heard the boos from a disappointed Steeler Nation. Jones always seemed to be in the area, but always a step too slow. Jarvis lost a lot of games to injury early on and only had six sacks and two picks in four seasons. His fate seemed sealed when he was a healthy scratch for a pivotal contest on Christmas Day 2016 against Baltimore. Jones departed for Arizona, but was cut there.
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CB Deon Figures (‘93)
OLB Jarvis Jones (‘13)