After the Steelers had OLB Jarvis Jones fall to them at the 17th overall spot, GM Kevin Colbert told the media that Jones was one of the “6-8 special players” he had identified as being part of this particular pool of prospects. But as Tom Petty might say, the waiting is the hardest part.
After the Carolina Panthers, who run a 4-3 defense, selected DT Star Lotulelei, it was all going to come down to the New Orleans Saints, who had the 15th overall pick. That’s because Buffalo, at 16 overall, were expected to go for a quarterback there, especially once they traded down from eighth overall.
The buzz on the Internet was that the Saints would choose from Jones and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, and what worried the Steelers a bit was that at Vaccaro’s pro day, the Saints weren’t represented by either Sean Payton or defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Usually a team will send its significant coaches to the pro day of a guy it’s considering on the first round, and that’s why there were some sweaty palms in the Steelers’ draft room when the Saints were on the clock.
Once Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Vaccaro as the Saints’ pick, the Steelers felt very good about the prospects of getting their man — Jarvis Jones.
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