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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:

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.


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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Kevin says:

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

  2. TJA says:

    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. tpbco says:

    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. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  5. Bizrow says:

    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. Brandie says:


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

  7. pattonbb says:

    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.

  8. pattonbb says:

    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.

  9. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    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.

  11. pattonbb says:

    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.

  12. Vette60 says:

    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,

  13. JohninOshkosh says:

    Two and one/half words: Ki-Jana Carter

  14. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sorry, that reply was for Milo not me.

  15. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  16. pattonbb says:

    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.

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

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

    Good gravy.

  18. theplanisworking says:

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

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

  19. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    Lot of boos for Goodell.

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

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  22. TJ says:

    I was waiting for him to say “Roger I just wanna kiss you”

    I think he got pulled over for a DUI walking off the stage

  23. TJ says:

    Light eh? Going with the read option beer… I’m going old fashion stay at home tackle… Yeungling

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Surprised Goodell didnt hug the mic.

  25. TJ says:

    I’ve already had enough of Berman

  26. theplanisworking says:

    + a lot.

  27. theplanisworking says:

    How do you think I got Hippo-sized?

    Have, I mean have to switch to the light beer. ;)

  28. Eric Bowser says:


  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Absence makes the heart grow colder.

  30. theplanisworking says:

    ESPN has 3 goofs on the air.
    NFL Network has five.

    Never has so little been said by so many.

  31. Eric Bowser says:

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

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is NFL Network coverage any better? I refuse to flip channels for this event and have subjected myself to Berman, Chuckie and the hair.

  34. JohninOshkosh says:

    Central Michigan Chippewas!!! Hail the MAC!

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now, cue the awkward hugs.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  39. theplanisworking says:

    I am waiting for the day Goodell goes in for the hug, and gets decked for his efforts.
    I would pay to watch that!

  40. Eric Bowser says:

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

  41. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh good, twitter questions.

  42. Careful. SeanAY is the SID at Western Michigan. Central Michigan is to him as Michigan is to we Buckeye fans.

  43. Milo Hamilton says:

    How cool. A Bronco in our midst.

  44. Brandie says:

    All sound and fury, signifying nothing, unlike this here blog.

  45. pattonbb says:

    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.

  46. pattonbb says:

    First trade?

  47. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  48. Brandie says:

    Maybe a horse collar tackle.

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    KC all the way. I used to live there, though.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    You changed your avatar!!!
    What exactly is it?

  51. theplanisworking says:

    Hit to the head? ;)

  52. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  53. Brandie says:

    A picture of some of the Muppets. Animal is in it.

  54. theplanisworking says:

    Is Musburger there?

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  56. theplanisworking says:


    Swedish Chef.


  57. What was that other one? I think I’ve seen that is some of my granddaughter’s stuff.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Didnt take much, did it? ;)

  59. Brandie says:

    Leading with the crown of the helmet, huh? That will get you fined.

  60. TJ says:

    I think Jeff Ireland is playing for this year; all the moves they have made I think he knows he is on the hot seat.

  61. pattonbb says:

    just a microphone and a camera

  62. TJ says:

    I think Berman outdid him when he brought into the conversation the Jags changing their uniforms and compared it to the Devil Rays changing their uniforms and started winning. UGH

    DK: Worst thing — by far — about covering draft inside Steelers’ media room. I can’t turn the sound off. Everyone else would get mad.

  63. Brandie says:

    Yeah. When I was young, I would always get Animal Muppet Valentine’s from the boys. I should have known something was up?

  64. Brandie says:

    Statler and Waldorf.

  65. theplanisworking says:

    I think I could get enough donations to pay for it…… ;)

  66. Brandie says:

    You mean the hair wasn’t the first clue?

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    Does he know those are 2 different cities ?

  68. DemonDachshund says:

    I got my Master’s from WMU. So there’s 2 of us, I guess.

  69. TJ says:

    Did Berman really compare football to Lego’s?

  70. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s like a car accident, TJ. This is what you get when you have tons of time and not much to talk about. Especially when you have no idea what is going to happen.

  71. Brandie says:

    Please tell me you are not surprised. Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin.

  72. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Browns will draft the best corporate defense attorney available.

  73. DemonDachshund says:

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

    Madden Curse and all…

  74. JohninOshkosh says:

    People do know Barry Sanders retired, right?

    Second greatest back I ever personally saw play.

  75. Brandie says:

    Joe Namath…Always 130 proof.

  76. TJ says:

    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

  77. TJ says:

    I wish Berman would be back back back back back and GONE

  78. Brandie says:

    Ooh. Milo you are sharp.

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    There are absolutely no lenses in those glasses.

  80. TJ says:

    Papercut opening the envelope

  81. TJ says:

    So he’s faking?? Does he know there are no lenses or has his eye doctor been leading him on for the past 6 months?

  82. Eric Bowser says:

    Mingo to Browns….

  83. TJ says:

    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

  84. JohninOshkosh says:

    I really thought they would trade for Eric Holder there.

  85. TJ says:

    Kiper just said Brandon Weiner…. BAHAHAHA

  86. pattonbb says:

    Edge rushers seem to be the flavor of the day.

  87. Brandie says:

    Best made up name ever…Barkevious.

  88. TJ says:

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

  89. Brandie says:

    I feel like I am in Jr. High.

  90. theplanisworking says:

    Will fit in well in the “dog” pound…….

  91. TJ says:

    Did you read the SI article on how his parents took parts of family names to create the name

  92. theplanisworking says:

    Were the Muppets the first clue? ;)

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    You’re trying to get me in trouble, aren’t you ? :)

  94. TJ says:

    Berman talking about Lego’s; Kiper calling Brandon Weeden; Brandon Weiner. Good stuff

  95. TJ says:

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

  96. Brandie says:

    No. Whatever it was they were on when they thought this was a good idea, I want some.

  97. TJ says:

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

  98. Brandie says:

    Sounds like a man crush.

  99. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  100. TJ says:

    DK you should do a live streaming chat for the draft. I’d much rather listen to you. Kind of like the old days of muting the TV and turning on Myron Cope

  101. TJ says:

    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.

  102. TJ says:

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

  103. pattonbb says:

    He’s a faster DeSean Jackson.

  104. TJ says:

    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.

  105. TJ says:

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

  106. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  107. Milo Hamilton says:

    They’re not going to take a RB at 17.

  108. TJ says:

    Who did he predict? Jones? I’d rather see Eifert

  109. JohninOshkosh says:

    I was talking about his 10:15 prediction for time of pick. :)

    You know, the important stuff.

  110. TJ says:

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

  111. TJ says:

    Nah Minnesota doesn’t pick till the 20’s. If they were in front of us we could speed the draft up after they allow their time pass and teams start jumping over them

  112. JohninOshkosh says:

    You are doing your avatar proud, TJ.

  113. TJ says:

    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

  114. TJ says:

    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

  115. Drew71 says:

    Don’t tempt me.

    I warn you. Don’t tempt me.

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    ESPN Tim Tebow alert!!!!

  117. TJ says:

    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

  118. theplanisworking says:

    This is why I turn in for the Draft coverage.

    Award-winning analysis like this.

  119. TJ says:

    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

  120. TJ says:

    All we are missing now is Ray Lewis

  121. JohninOshkosh says:

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

    I didn’t think so.

  122. TJ says:

    Its about as bad as watching CNN’s coverage of the terrorist search in Boston.

  123. TJ says:

    If Geno continues to slip I would be fine with the Steelers trading down to get more picks so someone could take Geno

  124. TJ says:

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

  125. TJ says:

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

  126. JohninOshkosh says:


    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.

  127. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  128. tcb says:

    I agree. Steelers probably will take somebody else.

  129. TJ says:

    Thanks John. Be sure to do a write in vote for me next year for the Madden Cover

  130. TJ says:

    I think you have to address the offense. Eifert would be my pick

  131. TJ says:

    Wow. EJ Manuel in the first round. Crazy!

  132. theplanisworking says:

    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 !!!

  133. TJ says:

    Looks like DK was a litte over on his estimate

  134. TJ says:

    There is that awkward hug again

  135. JMB says:

    Well, I hope Jones is awesome.

  136. theplanisworking says:

    Pick is already in. Wow.

  137. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s Jarvis Jones.

  138. Eric Bowser says:

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

  139. Milo Hamilton says:


  140. pattonbb says:

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

  141. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, how did you get this info 6 minutes before the pick?

  142. J Walter Weatherman says:

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

  143. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll never tell.

  144. You know the old saying, plan. It’s not what you know but who you know.

  145. TJ says:

    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.

  146. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos are outcasts by nature.
    Guess thats why I never got invited to the Hippo Prom…….

  147. TJ says:

    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!”

  148. Drew71 says:

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

  149. Harry says:

    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.

  150. SeanAY says:

    Can’t be mad. This is great for the conference. TREMENDOUS love right now.

    I’ll just have to deal with the fact that he’s a Chimp…I mean, a Chip.

  151. Jordan White says:

    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.

  152. Drew71 says:

    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.

  153. pattonbb says:

    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.

  154. SeanAY says:

    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.

  155. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  156. JHadar says:

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

    Winner of Bus-Cards goes to first place tomorrow.

  157. Milo Hamilton says:

    Time for Lenai Kekua to go apartment shopping in the Twin Cities.

  158. Ghost says:

    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.

  159. Ghost says:

    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.

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