Bargains and busts in Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft history
The NFL draft is a week away, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to find a bargain or two in this year’s class. To get ready for the Steelers’ next round of selections, here’s a look at some of the picks in team history that stand out — for good reasons and bad.
The Steelers picked Lloyd, a linebacker out of Fort Valley State, in the sixth round of the 1987 draft. He played 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He finished his career with 54.5 sacks and was named to the Steelers All-Time team.
A wide receiver out of Georgia, Ward was picked by the Steelers in the third round of the 1998 draft. A five-time Pro Bowler, Ward won two Super Bowls in Pittsburgh and was the MVP of Super Bowl XL. He’s the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yardage (12,083) and touchdown receptions (85).
In the third round of the 1970 draft, the Steelers selected Blount, a cornerback from Southern University. Blount started for 14 years, winning four Super Bowls in Pittsburgh. A Hall of Famer, he was a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Blount finished his career with 57 interceptions and was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time team and 1980s All-Decade team.
A seventh round pick in 2002, Brett Keisel was a defensive end out of BYU. He went on to play 12 seasons for the Steelers, making the Pro Bowl in 2010 and winning two Super Bowls. He finished his career with 409 tackles and 30 sacks.