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Armchair GM – Steelers Draft Pick: Spinal Stenosis!

April 26, 2013
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Armchair GM – Steelers Draft Pick: Spinal Stenosis!

Steelers Draft Jarvis Jones but was he the right pick?

By Jeffrey Burton,

Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paraesthesia, and loss of motor control. The location of the stenosis determines which area of the body is affected. cervical spinal stenosis is dangerous because it involves compression of the spinal cord

steelers draftJarvis Jones OLB – This is a horrible pick. Will Jarvis Jones be a Pro Bowl quality player? Yes very probably. Will he have a splashy headline reel, sure. Will he be someone that the opposing OC has to plan for? I think so. Can his career be brought to an end in the blink of an eye? Yes, most definately. Could this injury result in lasting paralisys? Yes it could. Could it be life threatening? Yes. Was this the best player at the position of most need? No it most definately was not. Grade F-

James Harrison OLB – Pro Bowl – 2007,2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. All Pro 2003 thru 2010. Played on all recent Super Bowl teams. Has he been injury prone the last couple years? Yes.

Did it affect his play on feild? No. Does he have anything left in the tank? Two to Three years.

Do OC’s need to plan for him? Yes. Is Cincinatti a better team for picking him up? Yes . Are the Steelers worse? Yes.

So, I’m ready to see what they are going to do with the rest of the Draft. Let’s hope it’s better than the First Pick.

Go Stillers!

Jeffrey Burton

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  1. Jeff, I usually agree with your post but I got to say I am on the other side of the Jarvis pick. I love it. He will be a stud and the Spinal stenosis does not worry me as it should not effect him for during his career and if the Steelers stayed away from every injury risk when adding new players the bench would be empty as all players are just one play away from a career ender.

  2. He’s an elite playmaker who led the country in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He has “dominated” the best conference in football for two years after his spinal stenosis diagnosis.

    Is there an injury/character/performance risk with every player? Yes.

    Was he worth the risk, considering he was the BPA with elite skills at a position that was an immediate area of need? Yes.

    Is Jeffrey Burton a moron? Yes.

  3. Thanks for posting your thoughts Todd but no need to attack Jeff for having a different view then some of us who like the Jones pick.

  4. Avery

    Finally, we have a real doctor’s opinion on this! If only the Steelers had some sort of medical staff that could have evaluated him and stopped them from picking this impact player! Where did you go to med school again?

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