For the first time since 2005 Georgia had a defensive player taken in the first round of the NFL draft. The Steelers selected Jones at 17 and Alec Ogletree was taken by the Rams at 30.
For Tree the message is simple: off the field problems made a number of teams back off of giving him first round money. Understandable. As I said earlier, the key for Alec will be to earn that second contract both on the field (which we know he can do) as well as off of it.
For Jarvis it's a little more perplexing. This year's draft is not stocked with tons of playmakers - guys that can make a difference when the game is in the line. Continually we heard this week that teams should be looking at his tape more than worrying about his Pro Day. But pick after pick last night, teams passed him up.
The good news is that Jones is going somewhere known for having great defenses. He should fit right into what Pittsburgh does defensively, more so than the edge rushers taken before him.
No onto rounds two and three tonight.