Steelers pick up Georgia LB Jones
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- When Jarvis Jones slogged through the 40-yard dash in a pedestrian 4.9 seconds during Georgia's Pro Day, a red flag went up to NFL scouts.
Just not the scouts that work for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Where some saw a problem, the Steelers saw an opportunity. General manager Kevin Colbert didn't need his stopwatch to know the All-American linebacker can play.
And when Jones remained on the board when the Steelers took their turn in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, Colbert didn't hesitate to grab the player he believes is the next great linebacker at a franchise that churns them out with regularity.
"When he ran that 4.9, we were happy," Colbert said. "We knew we had a chance."
The Steelers most certainly had a need after cutting 2008 Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison in a salary cap move last month. The 23-year-old Jones understands he can't replace one of the most intimidating players in the game, but that doesn't mean it would hurt to try.
"I think we both play relentless," Jones said. "You can tell we're both passionate. We're ballhawks. We're impact players."