I wrote earlier this week that if I had my druthers I would take Texas’ Safety Kenny Vaccaro over Georgia Linebacker Jarvis Jones with pick 17 in the first round of the NFL Draft. The next day, I wrote about taking Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert if the Steelers were to go offense with the pick.
As it turned out last night in New York, the one team I thought would take Jones was New Orleans at 15 but they took Vaccaro instead. The pick for the Steelers therefore became Jones even though Eifert had slid down the board and was just begging for our selection.
In taking Jones, the nation’s most prolific pass-rusher the last two seasons, the Steelers are clearly looking to replace James Harrison and they are also looking to the future as well. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau is well-known for not exactly throwing rookies into the fire in year one and I expect Jones’ situation to be no different.
The selection of Jones also sends a clear shot across the bow of Jason Worilds who the St...