Steelers' top pick could come up big

Steelers' top pick could come up big
April 29, 2013, 12:45 am
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Though the Ravens may have had the best overall draft in the AFC North, the best single pick in the draft may belong to the Steelers — Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones with their first-round selection.

Here’s how Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com frames it: “The Steelers had a top-five talent — Jones — fall into their laps at No. 17. So, how is that the ‘best move’? Pittsburgh invested a first-round pick in Jones when other teams were scared off by medical concerns and a poor pro-day workout.”

Hensley compares Jones’ drop in the first round to Terrell Suggs’ in 2003, letting the Ravens pick up a future Defensive Player of the Year.

The Steelers need someone to get at opposing quarterbacks after they let QB disrupter deluxe James Harrison leave via free agency to the Bengals.

On the other hand, no one in the division picked a better name than the Browns’ top pick, LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Watch during their rookie seasons to see who develops into the better pass rusher, Mingo or Jones. The Browns have so many other issues that they can probably afford to watch Mingo come along slowly, but if the Steelers are to leap back into the postseason picture, they will need Jones to produce right away.