PITTSBURGH — The Steelers have signed their first-round draft pick from the 2013 NFL Draft, linebacker Jarvis Jones. Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.
Jones (6-2, 245), who was the 17th overall pick, spent three years at the University of Georgia (2010-12) after playing one season at the University of Southern California (2009). He played in a total of 34 games and started all 26 he played for the Bulldogs. Jones posted 28.0 sacks at Georgia, tying Jimmy Payne (1978-82) for third in school history.
As a senior, Jones was named to numerous All-American first-teams and was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy, Butkus Award, Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Award and the LOTT Impact Trophy. As the Bulldogs’ permanent captain, he was the recipient of the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year Award and was named one of team’s Most Valuable Defensive Players.
The Steelers have signed their second-round selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, running back Le’Veon Bell. Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.
Bell (6-1, 244), who was the 48th overall selection, played collegiately at Michigan State University. He saw action in 40 career games, starting the final 19, when he rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. As a senior, Bell won the Big Ten rushing title, recording 1,743 yards, and he was named a consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection.