On day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers did something that they have not done since their now maligned 2008 draft, when they took Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones using their own fourth round pick after having traded up for Shamarko Thomas a round earlier.
Here are some video highlights of Landry Jones career as an Oklahoma Sooner (available as of 4/17/13):
Beyond their first round selection of Ben Roethlisberger 2004, Jones now becomes the highest picked quarterback for the Steelers since they took Neil O’Donnell in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft.
Since Kevin Colbert arrived, the Steelers have made it a practice to draft quarterbacks in the 5th round, including Tee Martin in 2000, Brian St. Pierre in 2003, Omar Jacobs in 2006, and Dennis Dixon in 2008.
Speaking to reporters via teleconference, Jones had this to say about coming to Pittsburgh:
“Getting to stand behind [Ben] Roethlisberger is going to be a huge opportunity for me. I get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.”