With the 17th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected — Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.
In just two years at Georgia, following his transfer from Southern California, Jones became the third top sack leader in Bulldogs history with 28. He forced nine fumbles, and recorded 45.5 tackles for losses.
Jones (6-2; 245 lbs.) was the first linebacker taken in this year’s draft. The only other linebacker selected in Thursday night’s first draft round was Jones’ teammate Alec Ogletree, who was taken with the #30 choice by St. Louis.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher (6-7; 306 lbs.), from Central Michigan, became the first Mid-American Conference player drafted number-one. In all, 18 of the 32 first-round selections were linemen, offensive or defensive. Only one quarterback was taken in the first round. That was Florida State’s E.J. Manuel, taken 16th by Buffalo, who had made a deal with St. Louis, and dropped down the first-round list to #16.
The draft’s second and third rounds will be conducted Friday night, and the remaining four rounds will take place on Saturday.