Four years after the Steelers drafted Jarvis Jones as James Harrison’s heir apparent, they find themselves back to square one entering this year’s draft. After registering six sacks in four mostly disappointing seasons, the Steelers allowed Jones to walk away in free agency last month and sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers weren’t the only team to take a big swing and miss in the first round of the 2013 draft, a year that has become infamous for its number of busts. It was a particularly brutal year for teams trying to find edge rushers.
Six teams invested first-round picks in edge rushers. Only one of those picks â?? Detroit’s Ezekiel Ansah â?? earned a second contract with their original team.
â?¢ Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick, lasted two seasons with the Dolphins and did not play in 2015 or 2016 because of a drug suspension. The Seahawks signed him earlier this month despite the fact he only registered three sacks in 26 career games before his drug issues surfaced.
â?¢ Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick, lasted three seasons with the Browns before they dealt him to New England last year. He owns seven career sacks in 62 NFL games. After an unremarkable season with the Patriots he signed with the Colts last month.
â?¢ Bjoern Werner, the No. 24 overall pick, registered 6½ sacks in three seasons with the Colts before being released. He did not play last season and announced his retirement earlier this year.
â?¢ Datone Jones, the No. 26 overall pick, had 9½ sacks in 59 career games. He signed as a free agent with the Vikings last month.
The only first-…
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