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On location: Steelers draft OLB Jarvis Jones at No. 17

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to Bengals on the clock …

Event: NFL Draft 2013, first round

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: Radio City Music Hall, New York, for main event, with Steelers conducting all business from their South Side headquarters

TV, radio: NFL Network, ESPN Radio

Live draft tracker: NFL.com

Steelers’ pick: No. 17 overall, rough estimate of time 10:15 p.m.

Here’s this morning’s Trib sports cover …

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: Below is one of 32 NFL team HQs tonight. For those who don’t know. Despite all the pageantry of the main event in New York, each team stays in its own city and conducts business via conference call, Cisco and the like.

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8:15: In a move that stuns no one, the Chiefs still think it’s 1975 and draft OT, Eric Fisher, first overall. No reflection on the player here, but people who knock the Steelers for being old-school have no clue about how Kansas City is … and always will be.

8:44: Our Mark Kaboly sitting to my left, agonizing at being 0-4 in his mock draft. It’s not an easy science, for sure. Follow along with Kaboly’s angst at his Steel Mill blog.

9:11: There goes Tavon Austin of West Virginia, first local. Rams thought enough to move up at No. 8, so dire was their need at wide receiver. Man, this kid’s stock soared the past two months, even the past month alone.

10:13: Steelers take Jarvis Jones at 17th overall.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

162 Comments

  1. wow, I thought that was tomorrow’s cover. Seriously though, they could just re-use that part at the bottom.

  2. Do they have enough coffee on the South Side for tonight, Dejan? Going to be a long evening. Have fun. Looking forward to the coverage.

  3. Yes, since it looks like the Steelers pick (unless a trade is involved) not likely much before 1AM and then there is still 15 more picks…about at least 2 MORE hours.

    Obviously, SOMEBODY thought that it is a great idea.

  4. Pete Dougherty, the fine Packers reporter for the Green Bay Press Gazette, has the Packers selecting Lacy. Sounds like Green Bay is very interested in him.

    • I saw that. Sounds like they’re very high on Lacy. Mayock says he’s on top of the Bengals board too. Guess we’ll find out soon.

  5. Heard a report that Sid the Kid is cleared to practice with the team

    Now if Colbert can just hit a homah tonight and thru the weekend….

  6. DK,

    Wish I was there. I know you will provide awesome coverage. I am looking forward to it.

  7. Some are saying up to 6 teams are looking to trade up for Tavon Austin. Could get really interesting.

    DK: Tells you something about the player, too. Suddenly, his name never comes up with any team outside the top 10.

    • Trading up moves make this a fun event. Throws wrenches into the best laid plans of mice and men.

      • Two and one/half words: Ki-Jana Carter

        • Sorry, that reply was for Milo not me.

        • Draft will commence with a moment of silence for Boston. Classy move from NFL.

          I did not know it at the time but one of my happiest days as a football fan was the day Green Bay drafted Tony Mandarich.

          The potential to fall flat on your face and set back an organization is omnipresent tonight.

    • He’s a toy. Something bright & shiny to play with when the day’s work is done. Teams drafting that high are there for a reason. They need football players, not toys. If a team like the Niners trades up to get him, I can buy that. But the reason some of these teams draft in the top 10 every year is because they continually draft players like Tavon Austin way too high.

      • Agree with you Milo (been doing that a lot lately). Austin with, like you said, San Fran would look totally different than Austin with the Bills or Raiders.

  8. Should be an interesting night – I will turn in for a bit for sure.

    Anybody watch the ESPN 30 for 30 Montana to Marino? Thought it was pretty interesting…especially for me since I was just a 9 year old kid then. Man, those NFL Helmet phones were (and still are) cool.

    Take care,
    Randy

  9. They’re saying Jarvis Jones reminds people of James Harrison.

    Man, I just do not see it. I saw him play a few times last year. He’s an elite pass rusher that the really good teams Georgia played ran at. Sure hope they go wr or rb with the pick.

  10. That was some top notch trenchant analysis on Geno Smith from Mel Kiper.

    Good gravy.

  11. In honor of the NFL “Draft” tonight, I will be selecting Yeungling Light as my first pick. ;)

    Come on Mr. Colbert………… make good picks!!

  12. Lot of boos for Goodell.

    Peppering of boos for Namath and Simms as well (there to promote next year’s NY Super Bowl).

  13. Definition of crazy – giving Joe Namath a live microphone. Luckily Suzy Kolber is safely in Bristol.

  14. I’ve already had enough of Berman

  15. KC has been on the clock since the season ended and they need to take this long to make their pick? Geez

  16. If you want to know ahead of time, Jason LaCanfora will tweet the picks when he gets them. He’s not following the edict.

  17. Central Michigan Chippewas!!! Hail the MAC!

  18. Now, cue the awkward hugs.

  19. Oh no ! Suzy’s not in Bristol. Who’s day is it to watch Namath ?

  20. Kolber is in Manhattan. Probably pretended to be on cell phone when Joe showed up.

    Berman quoting Gordon Lightfoot’s song about a doomed Great Lakes ship wreck. Guy is a total pro.

  21. Difference in money aside, wouldn’t you just rather play for the Kansas City Chiefs than the Jacksonville Jaguars ?

  22. 8:23 and 1 pick… I miss the old days of the draft.

  23. Oh good, twitter questions.

  24. I would rather watch Deion Sanders and Michael Irving have a 10 hour debate on peace in the middle east than hear 10 seconds of Chris Berman.

  25. First trade?

  26. All the player girlfriends there hoping to be the next Katherine Webb.

  27. Yes. Mel Kiper just made himself look like an idiot.

  28. Reason #1 this draft is going to be almost impossible to predict.

  29. Did Berman really compare football to Lego’s?

  30. The Browns will draft the best corporate defense attorney available.

  31. I wonder if Barry Sanders will break a leg leaving the stage.

    Madden Curse and all…

  32. People do know Barry Sanders retired, right?

    Second greatest back I ever personally saw play.

  33. Did the Lions just select Steve Erkel’s brother? Jeez if he wasn’t so tall he’d get beat up for his lunch money

  34. There are absolutely no lenses in those glasses.

  35. I hope that minimum security prison Haslam ends up in has DirecTv with the NFL package so he can watch Mingo and Kruger play on Sundays

  36. Kiper just said Brandon Weiner…. BAHAHAHA

  37. Edge rushers seem to be the flavor of the day.

  38. I am still baffled by Arians being a head coach… Talk about stunning rises like Ansah…. I’d put Arians right up there.

  39. Seriously; Kiper just said this guy had strong hands. If thats one of his best attributes he’s in trouble

  40. Wow; really amazed Austin went that high. One or two hits and its lights out for this kid.

  41. Tavon Austin goes to the perfect place for him… STL Rams on turf…

    he’s going to be dynamite on special teams, slot receiver, real nice pick by Rams.

    • If he is going to be counted on as a big part of the offense I think you can’t expose him on returns. He’s so freaking small he’s going to get killed.

  42. Hah; love the comment from Kiper…. Jets are a glorified expansion team. Might be by far my favorite comment ever from Kiper

  43. What are the Jets thinking??? They could have taken Matt Barkley from USC; all those QBs from USC are sure things in the NFL. Big mistake.

  44. So Suzy Kolber doesn’t have a wedding ring; she resisted the great Joe Namath… Is she Amish?

  45. I think Dejan is going to be spot on with that prediction for the time of Steelers draft.

    Lucky might have to adjust his list.

  46. “I love his ball skills”… God these guys are like a middle school kids dream team

    • You are doing your avatar proud, TJ.

      • I’m sorry but man these guys are like shooting fish in a barrel the way they throw comments out there. I’m seeing the beach balls lobbed in by Jonathan Sanchez and ready to take them yard

  47. So Suzy reports that Doctors compared it to trying to put toilet paper back together. That leads me to ask… Who has ever attempted to put toilet paper back together and why

  48. ESPN Tim Tebow alert!!!!

  49. God unless your a superstar it would suck to be drafted by a new york team in new york. Nothing like the warm welcome they provide for you

  50. Lets create a drinking game; every time either Kiper or Chuckie says “I love the athleticism” we take a shot. I’m glad we have these 3 chuckle heads giving us quality insight. I would have never guessed players being drafted in the top 15 would be athletic

  51. Anybody think Geno Smith could become this year’s Aaron Rodgers-late pick that becomes an MVP?

    I didn’t think so.

  52. 10:15 is still not out of the question. Steelers don’t fool around if they aren’t trading the pick

  53. I’m sticking with my guns; I do not want Jarvis Jones

  54. TJ

    Gotta help the daughter with homework and put kids to bed but your posts have been far more entertaining than ESPN’s well paid, well coiffed analysts.

    Pick well, Steelers.

  55. Jones & Eifert will be there. I like both, but prefer Eifert.

  56. Wow. EJ Manuel in the first round. Crazy!

  57. Ok, now the only reason to watch is here.

    No more bad hair, stupid comments, hot air, toilet paper analysis.

    Make it a good one !!!

  58. Looks like DK was a litte over on his estimate

  59. Well, I hope Jones is awesome.

  60. It’s Jarvis Jones.

  61. I’m not sold on Jones at OLB for Steelers, rather have Eifert at TE…

  62. Welcome to Pittsburgh Jason Worilds, er, I mean Jarvis Jones.

    • Was about to leave the following message

      Jones = Worilds 2.0

      Anybody else agree or disagree with that?

      In my opinion, Ogletree will become a matchup nightmare for teams. I compare him to Burfict for Cincy. Would like to see him next to Timmons. Oh well.

  63. Count me among those who would rather have taken Eifert. Don’t like this pick.

  64. Don’t like the pick at all. This team is going to have problems scoring points next year. I see Eifert as someone that could have helped them score more than Jones is going to help prevent points.

  65. The only thing that would salvage this night for me is if Goodell would get up there and announce Te’o as the pick and then say “Gotcha!”

  66. Love the pick. Great value at 17 and also fills a need.

  67. I don’t not like the pick. My concern is that we need players who can step in and start and historically rookies on defense don’t start. Maybe he can play as a situational pass rusher like Lamar Woodley his rookie season. He’ll be a good player maybe in a year or two, but with the players we’ve lost and coming off an 8-8 season I’m not seeing the kind of splash player we need to come in and play right away and get this team back to the playoffs.

  68. An 8-8 team is not one player from the Super Bowl. It is many. Value picks.

    I know. We’re spoiled.

    But sometimes parents have to stand up to us spoiled children and do the right thing.

  69. It might be a good pick if they don’t ask him to do anything but rush the qb. That’s pretty much all he was asked to do while in Athens.

  70. Sounds like I made the right decision in just tuning in to see the Steelers’ pick. Even then, I still switched back to “Hannibal” before I saw it, as I had already seen DK’s tweet.

    Count me among those that miss the all-day party that this used to be.

  71. I like this pick.

    Lacy, Eifert, Patterson, et al. were not value picks at 17. Those positions appear deeper in later rounds.

    As Drew said, this draft has many picks. Lets see what the later rounds provide.

  72. Pardon me for interrupting all this football talk but Washington beat Cincinnati tonight.

    Winner of Bus-Cards goes to first place tomorrow.

    • Very pleasantly surprising, indeed. If ever there was a time for Jonathan Sanchez to come up with a good one, tomorrow would be that night.

  73. The best thing about the Jones pick is that he is not Kenny Vaccaro. Alright, I’ve beat that horse enough. The next best thing then is that we’ll hopefully have a two-headed snake again with Woodley at one edge and now Jones at the other. Opponents can’t double-team both. Supposedly, Jones is more plug-and-play-ready than rookies usually are with Dick Lebeau’s defense. Since the Steelers are clearly still all-in with the 3-4, I like getting Jones then. If Woodley is healthy this year, he’s going to like having Jones on the other side even more than I do.
    The Steelers have drafted Heyward and Hood and re-upped McClendon. For better or worse, that’s our D-line going forward. Lawrence Timmons in the middle and our two edge rushers are now set. Setting aside the issue of Larry Foote’s heir, now it is time get a good safety or two on Friday. If the Steelers can pull that off, suddenly the Steel Curtain is looking younger and reloaded.

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