Jeez, somebody ought to get this on tape so every defensive recruit Georgia’s chasing hears the word:
… The Steelers say the best thing about [Jarvis] Jones’ game is that it might be ready-made for the NFL. Pittsburgh has had a habit over the years of drafting undersized 4-3 defensive ends and transforming them into outside linebackers in the 3-4 formation it has so successfully fielded since 1982. But those transitions always took time, as the Steelers drained the players’ defensive end instincts and taught them how to think, move and react in space, as outside linebackers must do.
No such learning curve is needed for Jones, who played 3-4 rush linebacker at Georgia. His coverage responsibilities for the Bulldogs weren’t extensive, but dropping isn’t a new skill he must master, and that key distinction should enable him to start making an impact early.
“The difference between him and some others that we’ve acquired since I’ve been here is we’re asking him to do a job that we saw him do in college,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s not a convert, and I think there’s an advantage from that perspective. There’s going to be more young men you can say that about moving forward, because of the evolution of the 3-4 defense in college football.
“This is really the first one that I’ve personally had a chance to deal with, and you see the background being an advantage for him, having played on two feet in college. Just in him having an outside linebacker’s perspective on the game, as opposed to playing with your hand in the dirt.”
Sell it, brother.