On day one of the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers took outside linebacker Jarvis Jones from Georgia. Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were very excited to see Jones fall to 17. Colbert had this to say about Jones:
“We didn’t even talk to Jarvis at the Combine, because we didn’t think there was any chance that he’d get to us,” said Colbert about what he saw as the chance of being able to make him the 17th overall pick. “When he ran the 4.9, the first thing I did was go over and see (Jones’) agent and set up a (predraft) visit because I knew then that we had a chance.”
Colbert’s comments about Jones’ medical issues:
“There was no problem,” said Colbert about Jones’ medical reports. “The kid has played two seasons without an issue at the University of Georgia. Of course, he has to go through a physical (at the Combine), and just to be sure we made another check when he came in (for his predraft visit). Certainly we’re very comfortable with his medical status, or we wouldn’t have made that pick.”
Now we are moving forward with day two of the NFL Draft. What positions will the Steelers address in the second and third rounds? The Steelers still have a vast need at wide receiver, running back, safety, and even cornerback. With two picks in day two (48 and 79th overall), the Steelers have been predicted by many to get a running back on day two. With guys like LB Manti Te’o, RB Eddie Lacy, WR Robert Woods, and S John Cyprien are still available after round one. The chances for good talent to fall are good.
Below the writers of STEELERS N STUFF will give their top 10 players to look at in rounds two and three.
Brandon Sweeney’s top 10 prospects to look at
- DT Jesse Williams, Alabama: A nose tackle for the Crimson Tide who played the five technique. Athletic enough to play multiple spots in the 3-4.
- WR Robert Woods, USC: Woods is a good slot receiver and could learn under Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders in year one.
- RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama: Lacy is a big back with light feet who uses the spin move to an advantage while carrying the ball.
- WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee: Hunter possesses good talent and size, however has had issues of dropping the football in his college career.
- CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State: Not afraid to get physical with his match up. Resulting in nine pass break-ups in 2012 along with three forced fumbles.
- S John Cyprien, Florida International: All-time leading tackler in team history. Known for his big hits. Aggressive and a smart player.
- RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: A big play waiting to happen. He is very small, but with that size comes elusiveness.
- DE John Simon, Ohio State: Two-time captain for Ohio State. Scouts knock him on his size, but a good athlete. Will need to prove himself at the next level.
- S DJ Swearinger, South Carolina: Known for his big hitting ability. Covers receivers and tight ends exceptionally well.
- DT John Jenkins, Georgia: Jenkins has a ton of upside as a 3-4 nose tackle. particularly in his run stuffing ability.
Steve Kimble’s top 10 prospects to look at
- WR Robert Woods USC: Tough ,reliable receiver ,crafty route runner with 32 TDs in three seasons.
- WR. Justin Hunter Tennessee: Tall reciever with great body control ,tracks the ball very well. Has a tendency to drop balls.
- LB Kevin Minter, LSU: Smart player with passion and high motor for the game.
- RB Johnathan Franklin UCLA: runs well ,catches well big play capable .
- RB Montee Ball Wisconsin: Highly productive runner with a nose for the end zone
- S John Cyprien, Florida International: Football smart, small school big talent.
- WR Keenan Allen Cal: Great skilled receiver with prototype build hurt late in season.
- LB Manti Te’o Notre Dame: Great production in college has off field drama .
- OLB Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi: good athlete lots of upside.
- RB LeVeon Bell Michigan St: Strong runner with good balance lacks great speed.
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