The Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting tangible contributions from their newest draft class as they embark on the 2013 season.
That’s something that was missing in 2011 and 2012, when they followed a one-and-done playoff showing by missing the playoffs altogether.
It’s still too early to really assess the Steelers’ 2013 draft. These guys need to play in real football games. But with training camp and preseason games under their belt, there’s more to go on now than there was in April. The eve of the season opener is a good checkpoint for a draft class evaluation.
Expect to hear the names of first-round pick Jarvis Jones and third-round pick Markus Wheaton at least once on Sunday.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in Tuesday’s press conference on Steelers.com that Jason Worilds will start at outside linebacker in the season opener, but that Jones will play.
It’s only a matter of time before Jones starts. He recovered a fumble and forced a fumble in the preseason. He helped st...