Georgia’s Jones lands with Steelers

semerson@macon.comApril 25, 2013 

ATHENS -- Jarvis Jones is headed to one of the most successful organizations in pro football.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jones, the two-time All-American from Georgia, with the 17th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. Once Jones slipped that far in the first round, it wasn’t much of a surprise. Several mock drafts projected Jones being picked by the Steelers.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was at Georgia’s pro day, when Jones had what was called a poor performance. But evidently Tomlin and the Steelers weren’t swayed.

The last Georgia player to be picked by the Steelers was receiver Fred Gibson, a fourth-round pick in 2005. The last Georgia player to be a Steelers first-round pick was running back Tim Worley, the seventh overall pick in 1989.

And, of course, Pittsburgh was the longtime home for former Georgia star Hines Ward.

One other twist: Jones broke the Georgia sack record held by David Pollack, who back in 2005 was also the 17th overall pick of the draft, by another AFC Central team, Cincinnati.

SEC players were taken with six of the first 13 picks. But the first pick from an SEC East program was unexpected. Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson went 13th overall to the New York Jets. It was Richardson who uttered the instantly infamous “old man football” quote about Georgia, propelling the Bulldogs (led by Jones) to a win at Missouri.

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