As it turns out Jarvis Jones was just slow enough.
The 4.9 40-yard dash Jones ran at his pro day got Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert excited.
That unsightly number suggested some teams might back off and the Georgia outside linebacker might fall to the Steelers at No. 17 overall in the first round of the NFL
Draft after all.
Jones hadn’t run at the scouting combine and “we didn’t talk to Jarvis at the combine,” Colbert confirmed. “When he ran the 4.9 the first thing I did was talk to his
agent and set up the visit.”
Jones had pretty much sacked everything in sight the past two seasons while playing in the monster SEC.
And at that visit the Steelers learned Jones is also a Steelers’ kind of guy.
“He plays the game with a certain disposition we value, with a demeanor we value,” head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’ll fit in with our guys.”
And the Steelers didn’t even have to trade up to get him.
They watched in Round One as three OLB candidates went off the board in the first six picks, including LSU’s Barkevious Mingo, a player the Steelers would have taken over Jones.
But in the end they were more than happy to settle for what they got.
“Very, very pleased,” Colbert assessed. “We’re honored to have this guy join our team.
“We’re really excited.”
The departure of James Harrison suddenly doesn’t hurt nearly as much.