Backdraft: Pittsburgh Steelers

Backdraft: Pittsburgh Steelers

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BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.

Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:

• 31

First-Ever Draft Pick:

• Bill Shakespeare, B, Notre Dame (1st Round, 3rd overall, in 1936)


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• Doug Worthington, DE, Ohio State (7th round, 242nd overall, in 2010)


Hall of Famers Drafted:

Bill Dudley - 1st Round (1st overall), 1942
George Connor - 1st Round (5th overall), 1946 (Also selected in 15th round, 145th overall, of 1945 draft by Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL ruled the pick to be ineligible and thus voided the selection.)
Ernie Stautner - 2nd Round (22nd overall), 1950 (Also selected in 1st round of 1949 secret two-round AAFC draft by the San Francisco 49ers.)
John Henry Johnson - 2nd Round (18th overall), 1953
Johnny Unitas - 9th Round (102nd overall), 1955
Len Dawson - 1st Round (5th overall), 1957
Joe Greene - 1st Round (4th overall), 1969
Terry Bradshaw - 1st Round (1st overall), 1970
Mel Blount - 3rd Round (53rd overall), 1970
Jack Ham - 2nd Round (34th overall), 1971
Franco Harris - 1st Round (13th overall), 1972
Lynn Swann - 1st Round (21st overall), 1974
Jack Lambert - 2nd Round (46th overall), 1974
John Stallworth - 4th Round (82nd overall), 1974
Mike Webster - 5th Round (125th overall) , 1974
Rod Woodson - 1st Round (10th overall), 1987

Bill Dudley Joe Greene Maurkice Pouncey
First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:
1970 – Terry Bradshaw, QB, Louisiana Tech
1956 – Gary Glick, DB, Colorado A&M
1942 – Bill Dudley, HB, Virginia


Did you know?

The Steelers selected four future Hall of Famers in the same draft. In 1974, Pittsburgh took Southern Cal receiver Lynn Swann as the 21st pick of the first round; Jack Lambert was taken out of Kent State in the second round; John Stallworth in the fourth round and center Mike Webster in the fifth round.

In case you missed our recent entry in the "Under the Dome" blog, here's a look at how the Steelers dynasty was built through the draft>>>



"What did I just write?"

That was the question posed by Steelers' o-line coach Sean Kugler to Maurkice Pouncey a couple of months before the team selected the Florida center in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Kugler had drawn up a several complex plays on a dry-erase board during the scouting combine. He then quickly wiped the board clean and asked that question.

Pouncey, without hesitation, duplicated exactly what has been shown just moments earlier.

The Rimmington Trophy winner as the best center in college, continued to impress his coaches. Pouncey earned a starting role and performed like a veteran. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shared this sentiment about Pouncey.

"He's been consistently better than any rookie I've ever been around. Ever!"



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