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AFC North: First-Round NFL Draft Analysis

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November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) reacts to a run play against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Georgia Southern 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh Steelers: The Pittsburgh Steelers held the 17th pick and drafted OLB/DE Jarvis Jones. In my opinion, this was the best pick of the whole AFC North. Jarvis Jones has immense talent and was once regarded as the best in this draft class, however, he has medical issues. He also didn’t do well for his Pro Day and isn’t going to wow anyone during workouts, but once you put on the tape, you realize how special of a player he truly is. He not only fills a need, but fits as a BPA. Oh, and did I forget to mention that he had 14.5 sacks last season against the SEC? Jones is going to have a chip on his shoulder, and every other QB in the AFC North is going to dread playing against Jones. He has great talent, great character, and a pretty big chip on his shoulder. If he stays healthy throughout his career, Steelers found a special player.

Grade: A+

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  • Robert Dadd

    This division will be interesting this year. I think there will be a shift with Bengals being the divisional winner. Pittsburg and Baltimore seem to have slipped while Cleveland is building some good players