For the second draft in a row, the Steelers had the guy they wanted fall right to them in the first round.
As GM Kevin Colbert had said on Monday, one of the thin areas of this draft were the 3-4 outside rushers, and when Dion Jordan, Ziggy Ansah, and Barkevious Mingo all were picked within the first six overall selections, the chances of the Steelers getting one seemed to be slim at best.
The things that helped Jarvis Jones fall to the Steelers were the Jets’ selection of DT Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall selection, and then the Saints deciding upon S Kenny Vaccaro. The Jets are without an outside pass rusher for Rex Ryan’s defense, and the Saints were reported to be deciding between Vaccaro and Jones with the 15th overall selection, which was two slots ahead of the Steelers.
One final thank-you from Steelers Nation should go to the Buffalo Bills and their decision to hire former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone as their head coach. Marrone coached QB Ryan Nassib in college, and so there was a comfort level there. But in the end, the Bills decided upon E.J. Manuel of Florida State as their quarterback of the future, and the Steelers were able to sit at their spot and get one of the guys — Jarvis Jones — who was among the highest-rated prospects on their entire draft board.
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