The Pittsburgh Steelers got great value with the 17th pick in the first round by drafting Jarvis Jones. As a perfect fit in Pittsburgh, the pass-rushing linebacker will end up being a huge steal for the Steelers.
Jones' physical style of play is right in line with the hard-hitting and ferocious Steelers defense.
Jones tweeted his excitement about joining the prestigious Steelers defense:
Great to b a STEELER!!Thanks to all my fan/friends and family..Love y'all— Jarvis Jones (@SacManJones_29) April 26, 2013
While there are injury concerns with Jones, he received solid news regarding his spinal stenosis leading up to the draft. By selecting with him the 17th pick, the Steelers have to be comfortable with the reports and the outlook for Jones.
By adding Jones, the Steelers were able to fill their biggest need with one of the best pass-rushers in the entire draft. With James Harrison now playing for the rival Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers needed to bring in an outside linebacker for their rotation.
Jones will come in and contribute right away playing opposite LaMarr Woodley. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's 3-4 system relies heavily on the outside linebackers being able to get to the quarterback, making this the perfect fit for Jones.
Here is Jones getting straight to the quarterback:
Because he still has work to do in terms of containing the run, Jones may need to split time with Jason Worilds. That gives the Steelers a competent group at the position and gives them solid depth if an injury occurs.
The Steelers defense was dominant last year, as they allowed the fewest total yards. They ranked first against the pass and second against the run. While they didn't give up very many yards, they didn't come up with enough big-impact plays, which resulted in ranking sixth overall in points allowed.
They struggled to get to the quarterback consistently, coming up with just 37 sacks on the year, which ranked 15th in the league. Not getting pressure led to infrequent turnovers. They finished with just 10 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries, ending the year ranked 25th in turnovers with 20.
With Jones in the mix, the Steelers should be able to get more pressure on the quarterback and in turn force more turnovers. Those big plays will help the Steelers defense keep teams off the scoreboard and give their offense good opportunities.
Jones should thrive in the Steelers system. The elite coaching of LeBeau and head coach Mike Tomlin will get the most of Jones in a quick span.
At the end of the year, many teams will be severely disappointed that they didn't take a chance on Jones earlier in the draft.