Draft order determines a lot of things for players.
Players drafted in the first and second rounds have higher expectations and higher salaries than those drafted in the seventh round. They also draw a lot more notice when they sign their contracts.
That’s why Monday brought a lot of fanfare for the news that the Steelers signed first-round linebacker Jarvis Jones and second-round running back Le’Veon Bell and not nearly as much about defensive end Nick Williams agreeing to his contract. The seventh-round pick became the eighth of nine Steelers picks to sign, leaving only quarterback Landry Jones without a contract.
Williams recorded seven sacks as a 3-4 defensive end at Samford in 2012 and he’ll be trying to earn a roster spot at the same position with the Steelers this summer. It might be more likely that he winds up on the practice squad, which is another difference between those selected on Saturday rather than one of the first two days of the draft.