Steelers' top pick: Glad I slipped

Steelers' top pick: Glad I slipped
May 5, 2013, 1:15 pm

Talk about putting on a positive spin. The Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, dropped to Pittsburgh at No. 17 after being projected in the top 10 heading into the pick-fest. That will cost him as much as $8 million. But Jones said (via ESPN.com) he is just as glad to have skipped past the teams with losing records that passed on him.

“At the end of the day, those guys are picking early for a reason," Jones said at Steelers rookie minicamp. “… I’m glad I slipped.”

For one thing, Pittsburgh runs a similar defense to the 3-4 he played at Georgia.

"I think this was the best choice of the whole draft, me being in Pittsburgh," said Jones, who has already heard from new teammates Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley. "This is what I was hoping for and wishing for. It happened and it’s just like a dream come true for me."

His arrival right after James Harrison’s departure could make some people view him as a replacement for the high-impact linebacker. He can’t do much about the perceptions or expectations, but Jones said that’s not in his head.

"I don’t compare myself in any way to James Harrison," Jones said. "He’s a great player and I respect him … but I’m just continuing to do what my coaches ask me to do and continuing to better myself as a player."

Yeah, but c’mon, man, wouldn’t you really like to have that extra $8 million?