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Steelers First Round Draft Picks By Position Since 1970


Below is the list by position of the first round draft picks the Steelers have made since 1970. Judging by history and current needs of the Steelers, it is a pretty safe assumption that the 2009 first round pick will be a cornerback, offensive lineman or wide receiver.

7 Defensive Backs (1973, 1975, 1978, 1987, 1993, 1997, 2003)
7 Wide Receivers (1971, 1974, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006)
6 Offensive Linemen (1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2002)
5 Defensive Linemen (1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 2001)
5 Running Backs (1972, 1979, 1982, 1989, 2009)
4 Tight Ends (1976, 1990, 1995, 2005)
3 Quarterbacks (1970, 1980, 2004)
3 Linebackers (1977, 1991, 2007)

YEAR NAME (Overall Pick#)
POSITION COLLEGE
1970 Terry Bradshaw (1) QB Louisiana Tech
1971 Frank Lewis (8) WR Grambling
1972 Franco Harris (13) RB Penn State
1973 James Thomas (24) DB Florida State
1974 Lynn Swann (21) WR Southern California
1975 Dave Brown (26) DB Michigan
1976 Bennie Cunningham (28) TE Clemson
1977 Robin Cole (21) LB New Mexico
1978 Ron Johnson (22) CB Eastern Michigan
1979 Greg Hawthorne (28) RB Baylor
1980 Mark Malone (28) QB Arizona State
1981 Keith Gary (17) DE Oklahoma
1982 Walter Abercrombie (12) RB Baylor
1983 Gabriel Rivera (21) NT Texas Tech
1984 Louis Lipps (23) WR Southern Mississippi
1985 Darryl Sims (20) DE Wisconsin
1986 John Reinstra (9) G Temple
1987 Rod Woodson (10) CB Purdue
1988 Aaron Jones (18) DE Eastern Kentucky
1989 (2) Tim Worley (7) RB Georgia
Tom Ricketts (24) T Pittsburgh
1990 Eric Green (21) TE Liberty
1991 Huey Richardson (15) LB Florida
1992 Leon Searcy (11) T Miami
1993 Deon Figures (23) CB Colorado
1994 Charles Johnson (17) WR Colorado
1995 Mark Bruener (27) TE Washington
1996 Jamain Stephens (29) T North Carolina A&T
1997 Chad Scott (24) CB Maryland
1998 Alan Faneca (26) G Louisiana State
1999 Troy Edwards (13) WR Louisiana Tech
2000 Plaxico Burress (8) WR Michigan State
2001 Casey Hampton (19) NT Texas
2002 Kendall Simmons (30) G Auburn
2003 Troy Polamalu (16) S USC
2004 Ben Roethlisberger (11) QB Miami (Ohio)
2005 Heath Miller (30) TE Virginia
2006 Santonio Holmes (25) WR Ohio State
2007 Lawrence Timmons (15) LB Florida State
2008 Rashard Mendenhall (23) RB Illinois

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