After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected outside linebacker Jarvis Jones with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, coach Mike Tomlin said he would not "close the door" on the rookie's potential for earning a starting job opposite LaMarr Woodley.
"It's not fair to the rest of the guys to have him out on the field," Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He knows that. Before he plays, he's got to know what he's doing."
The Steelers typically redshirt their defensive rookies, as coordinator Dick LeBeau's scheme is one of the most complicated in the NFL. Jones' head still is spinning as he picks up the finer points of pass coverage while losing his tendency to freelance.
"It's like trying to teach algebra to basic math," safety Troy Polamalu said. "You've got to almost erase their career and what they've learned to this point and start anew with this defense."
The Steelers rarely miss on first-round draft picks. There's no reason to believe Jones won't be an impact player once he masters LeBeau's defense, but he'll likely take a backseat to Worilds early in the season.
Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.