This is a
list of first-round draft picks made by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. The Pittsburgh Steelers, a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, participated in the first NFL Draft prior to the 1936 season. The franchise changed its name to the Steelers prior to the 1940 season, to represent the city's heritage of producing steel. [1 ]
event, which is officially known as the "Player Selection Meeting", is held each April. The [2 ] draft is used as the primary means to distribute newly available talent (primarily from college football) equitably amongst the teams. Selections are made in reverse order based on the previous season's record, i.e. the club with the worst record from the previous season selects first. Through 2009, only two exceptions were made to this order: the Super Bowl champion always selects last (32nd), and the Super Bowl loser is awarded the penultimate (31st) pick. Beginning in 2010, teams making the playoffs will be seeded in reverse order depending upon how far they advance. The draft consists of seven rounds. Teams have the option of trading selections for players, cash and/or other selections (including future year selections). Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades. [3 ] The Steelers have traded away their first-round pick eight times; they have had two first-round selections in two drafts. [4 ]
The Steelers' first selection in the
inaugural NFL draft was William Shakespeare, a halfback from Notre Dame. The Steelers have selected first overall three times, drafting [5 ] Bill Dudley in 1942, Gary Glick in 1956 and Terry Bradshaw in 1970. The team has selected second overall once, and third overall four times. Through 2009, seven Steeler first-round picks have gone on to have playing careers deemed worthy of enshrinement into the [5 ] Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dudley, Len Dawson, Joe Greene, Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Rod Woodson. The team's most recent first-round selection was [6 ] Ryan Shazier, a linebacker from Ohio State.
Player selections [ edit ]
Gallery of Steelers first-round draft selections
Byron "Whizzer" White was selected fourth overall in the 1938 draft – he went on to serve on the
U.S. Supreme Court.
1954 first-round selection
Johnny Lattner played only a single NFL season.
Alan Faneca (center) was a 5-time All-Pro for the Steelers after being drafted in 1998.
Kendall Simmons (#73, right) was the team's Rookie of the Year in
Drafted in 2004, Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl in
2005 at the age of 23. [7 ]
Heath Miller (#83, center) was the team's Rookie of the Year in
Shakespeare, William William Shakespeare
Basrak, Mike Mike Basrak RB
White, Byron Byron White RB
Eakin, Kay Kay Eakin RB
Dudley, Bill *† Bill Dudley RB
Daley, Bill Bill Daley
Podesto, Johnny Johnny Podesto RB
St. Mary's (CA)
Duhart, Paul Paul Duhart RB
Blanchard, Doc Doc Blanchard FB
Bechtol, Hub Hub Bechtol
Edwards, Dan Dan Edwards WR
Gage, Bobby Bobby Gage RB
Chandnois, Lynn Lynn Chandnois RB
Avinger, Butch Butch Avinger FB
Modzelewski, Ed Ed Modzelewski FB
Marchibroda, Ted Ted Marchibroda
Lattner, Johnny Johnny Lattner RB
Varrichione, Frank Frank Varrichione
OT Notre Dame
Glick, Gary * Gary Glick QB
Davis, Art Art Davis RB
Dawson, Len † Len Dawson QB
Spikes, Jack Jack Spikes FB
Ferguson, Bob Bob Ferguson RB
Martha, Paul Paul Martha RB
Leftridge, Dick Dick Leftridge RB
Taylor, Mike Mike Taylor OT
Greene, Joe † Joe Greene
Bradshaw, Terry *† Terry Bradshaw QB
Lewis, Frank Frank Lewis WR
Harris, Franco † Franco Harris RB
Thomas, J. T. J. T. Thomas
Swann, Lynn † Lynn Swann WR
Brown, Dave Dave Brown DB
Cunningham, Bennie Bennie Cunningham
Cole, Robin Robin Cole
Johnson, Ron Ron Johnson DB
Hawthorne, Greg Greg Hawthorne RB
Malone, Mark Mark Malone QB
Gary, Keith Keith Gary
Abercrombie, Walter Walter Abercrombie RB
Rivera, Gabriel Gabriel Rivera DE
Lipps, Louis Louis Lipps WR
Sims, Darryl Darryl Sims DE
Rienstra, John John Rienstra
Woodson, Rod † Rod Woodson DB
Jones, Aaron Aaron Jones DE
Worley, Tim Tim Worley RB
Ricketts, Tom Tom Ricketts OT
Green, Eric Eric Green TE
Richardson, Huey Huey Richardson DE
Searcy, Leon Leon Searcy OT
Figures, Deon Deon Figures DB
Johnson, Charles Charles Johnson WR
Bruener, Mark Mark Bruener TE
Stephens, Jamain Jamain Stephens OT
North Carolina A&T
Scott, Chad Chad Scott DB
Faneca, Alan Alan Faneca G
Edwards, Troy Troy Edwards WR
Burress, Plaxico Plaxico Burress WR
Hampton, Casey Casey Hampton DT
Simmons, Kendall Kendall Simmons G
Polamalu, Troy Troy Polamalu DB
Roethlisberger, Ben Ben Roethlisberger QB
Miller, Heath Heath Miller TE
Holmes, Santonio Santonio Holmes WR
Timmons, Lawrence Lawrence Timmons LB
Mendenhall, Rashard Rashard Mendenhall RB
Hood, Evander Evander Hood DT
Pouncey, Maurkice Maurkice Pouncey
Heyward, Cameron Cameron Heyward DE
Decastro, David David DeCastro G
Jones, Jarvis Jarvis Jones LB
Shazier, Ryan Ryan Shazier LB
The Steelers traded their 1939 pick (2nd overall) to the a Chicago Bears. [8 ]
The Steelers traded their 1941 pick (3rd overall) to the Chicago Bears (3rd overall) b [9 ]
This was a lottery bonus pick. c [10 ]
The Steelers traded their 1958 pick (8th overall) to the d San Francisco 49ers. [11 ]
The Steelers traded their 1959 pick (8th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers. e [12 ]
The Steelers traded their 1961 pick (6th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers. f [13 ]
The Steelers traded their 1963 pick (11th overall) to the Chicago Bears. g [14 ]
The Steelers traded their 1965 pick (3rd overall) to the Chicago Bears. h [15 ]
The Steelers traded their 1967 pick (9th overall) to the i Green Bay Packers. [16 ]
The Steelers acquired the 1989 pick (24th overall) from the j Minnesota Vikings. [17 ]
The Steelers traded their 1990 pick (17th overall) to the k Dallas Cowboys for Dallas' 1990 pick (21st overall, obtained from Minnesota Vikings) and a third-round pick (82nd overall, obtained from San Francisco 49ers). [5 ]
The Steelers traded their 2001 pick (16th overall) to the l New York Jets for their first-round pick (19th overall), their fourth-round pick (111th overall) and their sixth-round pick (181st overall). [18 ]
The Steelers traded their first-round pick (27th overall), third round pick (92nd overall) and sixth round pick (200th overall) to obtain the 2003 pick (16th overall). m [19 ]
The Steelers obtained the 2006 pick from n New York Giants by trading their first-round pick (32nd overall), their third round pick (96th overall) and their fourth round pick (129th overall). [20 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Steelers' History". Pittsburgh Steelers . Retrieved April 27, 2008.
^ Branch, John (April 9, 2000). "The 2000 Liars Club/ Draft makes Broncos coach cloak intentions". The Gazette (Colorado Springs) . Retrieved 2009-04-07.
^ Duffy, Mike (March 26, 2009). "New Draft Order, More Rule Changes". BaltimoreRavens.com . Retrieved 2009-04-07.
^ Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". About.com . Retrieved May 26, 2008.
^ a b c "Steelers' All Time Draft History". Pittsburgh Steelers . Retrieved 2008-06-11.
^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008 . Retrieved May 28, 2008.
^ Associated Press (June 12, 2006). "Steelers Quarterback Roethlisberger Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash". Fox News . Retrieved July 10, 2008.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1939". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1941". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1956". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1958". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1959". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1961". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1963". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1965". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1967". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1989". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "2001 NFL Draft weekend trades". cnnsi.com (CNN) . Retrieved May 5, 2007.
^ "2003 NFL Draft trades". ESPN . Retrieved 2008-07-04.
^ "2006 NFL Draft Trader". ESPN . Retrieved 2008-07-04.