NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Get Their Man in Jarvis Jones at #17, San Francisco Trades Up With Dallas to Get Eric Reid, Giants Take Justin Pugh and Bears Go Lineman with Kyle Long


Jarvis Jones to Pittsburgh was the one pick that seemed most frequently to come up in mock draft projections once you got past the top ten. Pittsburgh needs to get younger, and replace their pass rush with a player that fits the OLB position in the 3-4. Jarvis Jones was an extremely productive player in the SEC, with concerns about his upside. Pittsburgh will plug him in and he will play his role. Couldn’t have ended up in a better spot.

Eric ReidSan Francisco then used some of their large number of draft picks to trade up to address their safety need after losing Dashon Goldson this offseason. San Francisco traded the 31st and 74th overall picks to get to #18 and take safety Eric Reid of LSU.

The Giants then took the 81st offensive lineman off the board in this draft when they took Justin Pugh of Syracuse at offensive tackle.

The Bears, a team known for their offensive line ineptness in recent seasons, then made a clear need pick by taking the (roughly-I’ll add it up later) 82nd offensive lineman off the board when they took Kyle Long of Oregon, who can play both guard and tackle. Long occasionally snuck into the 1st round in some mock drafts I saw, most had him in the second.

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