Steelers sign first-round pick Jones


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Updated: 6/03/2013 4:56 pm Published: 6/03/2013 4:56 pm


Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their first- round draft pick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, to a four-year contract on Monday.

Jones, who was the 17th overall pick in this year's draft, spent three years at the University of Georgia (2010-12) after playing one season at the University of Southern California (2009).

Jones, a finalist for every major national defensive award this past season, led the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the SEC Championship Game.

The 23-year-old led the FBS ranks in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (7) in addition to registering 85 overall stops and one interception last fall. Jones also set the Georgia single season record for sacks after racking up a pair in the Bulldogs' 45-31 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

Jones recorded 13 1/2 sacks and 19 1/2 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2011, after sitting out the previous season as a transfer from USC. His freshman year at USC was limited to eight games due to a neck sprain.

The Steelers have now signed seven of their nine selections from the 2013 NFL Draft.


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