Jarvis Jones and Le’Veon Bell were together at Heinz Field for the first time on Saturday afternoon.
The paths of the Steelers’ No. 1 and No. 2 picks had crossed before.
In the 2012 Outback Bowl Jones’ Georgia Bulldogs met Bell’s Michigan State Spartans.
Jones remembers, and in recalling that first encounter offered up an endorsement of Bell on Friday night on the South Side.
“He’s huge,” Jones assessed of Bell. “We were saying the same thing when we got the scouting report on him a couple of years ago.”
Jones characterized Bell as a “big, strong, physical guy, a guy that can take the route.
"They beat us in double-overtime," he continued. "He’s one of the running backs that I definitely respect and I love his game.”
Georgia actually lost that one in triple-overtime, 33-30.
Bell’s contribution to Michigan State’s victory that day as a sophomore included 17 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns and five catches for 39 yards.
“When you’re built like that (6-foot-1, 244) and can move like that you’ve got a bright future,” Jones insisted.
If you’re still looking for endorsements of Bell to make yourself feel better about the Steelers not picking Eddie Lacy, consider a comparison to Bell made by Michigan
State head coach Mark Dantonio, who grew up in Ohio rooting for the Steelers.
“I'm thinking more Franco Harris,” Dantonio told the Detroit Free Press.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley opted for Eddie George as a player Bell resembles.
Current NFL beast-back Stephen Jackson has likened Bell to Stephen Jackson.
The Steelers will settle for any of the above.