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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Jarvis Jones Starting for the Steelers as a Rookie

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Jarvis Jones Starting for the Steelers as a Rookie
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When an NFL team spends a first-round draft pick on a rookie prospect, the plan is for that player to become a significant part of the team's future.

In many cases, first-round selections are asked to start as a rookie (even quarterbacks, as we have seen in recent years) and most are expected to have an immediate impact in one form or another.

There are exceptions, of course, like in Pittsburgh, where rookie players are typically worked into the starting lineup over a period of time.

This is especially true on the defensive side of the football, where no rookie has earned a starting job since 2001.

This trend could end this season, thanks to the presence of former Georgia star Jarvis Jones.

Jones, taken with the 17th overall pick in April's draft, is expected to be Pittsburgh's pass-rushing outside linebacker of the future.

He could, however, take over that role this season and become the first rookie outside linebacker to start for the Steelers since Jack Ham, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jones is expected to compete at right outside linebacker, which was vacated when James Harrison left in free agency.

Starting Jones would be an unusual move for the Steelers, and one that comes with both risks and potential rewards.

Let's take a look at some of the pros and the cons of starting Jones as a rookie this season. 

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