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Steelers bring in Georgia's Jones for visit

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) follows the action during a game against Georgia Southern in Athens, Ga. The All-American linebacker will enter the NFL draft and won't be returning for his senior year.

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By Alan Robinson
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 2:15 p.m.

Jarvis Jones, an outside linebacker from Georgia who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft later this month, was one of five potential draft choices who visited the Steelers on Tuesday.

Also brought in for personal visits were linebackers Jamie Collins of Southern Mississippi and Khaseem Greene of Rutgers, and safeties Jonathan Meeks of Clemson and Phillip Thomas of Fresno State.

Since Monday, the Steelers have brought in eight players for in-house visits, including five linebackers. Outside linebacker John Simon of Ohio State and inside linebacker Vince Williams of Florida State met with them Monday. They can bring in as many as 30 players for such visits.

Jones, a strong pass rusher, began his career at Southern Cal only to miss the final nine games in 2009 with a neck injury. He subsequently was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the neck canal, and USC doctors would not clear him to play. He transferred to Georgia, where he finished his career.

Jones had 12 12 sacks last season, but the neck condition has left some teams wary of devoting a first-round pick to him.

Collins, Greene and Thomas are projected to go as high as the second round, and Meeks is regarded as a lower-round pick.

Thomas accounted for 20 turnovers during his college career and led the nation with eight interceptions last season. Collins turned in one of the top workouts of any player at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, running a 4.64 in the 40 and leading his position group in five categories. Greene is the half-brother of Pitt running back Ray Graham; he began his college career at safety but was moved to weak-side linebacker by former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now the Buccaneers' coach.

The NFL Draft is April 25-27.

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