Not knowing the college game at all, was J Jones the BPA at number 17 ??
He was a good pick for 31 other teams that would actually give him a shot to play. Lets face it this team doesn't even consider starting rookie defensive guys. BPA is overrated IMO, we needed some offense in the first round, our D was fine as is.
This is a good pick. It will be a stretch to say he will start at week 1, but if he doesn't it won't take him long to do so. Much like Woodley did in his first year, where he was a situational pass rusher he will play a lot in year 1. JJ does have a few advantages over Woodley as a rookie. He was a OLB in college where Woodley played more DE. At UGA he played a very similar role to what the OLB plays in DL's system. He might not be the sexy WR or TE that a lot hoped for but this isn't Bruce Carter or Alonzo Jackson we're talking about here either.
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Jones is a first rounder, so they will let him learn. Once he gets the D learned he will get a few looks here and there. But he will not be asked to step in from day one...
Reality is not many rookies in the draft would/will start for the Steelers anyways:
Coop or Warmack @ guard could have
A RB still can
a TE could only b/c of injury
No WRs will start over AB and Sanders (but could contribute)
No DBs would (a cpl of the elite CB's could have, but they are gone now)
Perhaps a DL could but we wont draft one high enuff more than likely
Everything we are drafting for is for the future, for depth or for contributing factors.
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