The Steelers have their first-round pick under contract.
The club announced Monday that it had reached a deal with outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, the No. 17 pick in the 2013 draft.
Jones recorded 28 sacks in two seasons for Georgia, including 14.5 in 2012. He will play outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 defense.
Now, the focus turns to how Jones progresses in the Steelers’ scheme. The Steelers have a veteran-laden roster on defense, and rookies can take some time to adjust to Dick LeBeau’s scheme. Nevertheless, Jones would figure to contribute in some form or fashion in his first season, with his rush ability likely his ticket onto the field.