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)

YEARNAME (Overall Pick#)
POSITIONCOLLEGE
1970Terry Bradshaw (1)QBLouisiana Tech
1971Frank Lewis (8)WRGrambling
1972Franco Harris (13)RBPenn State
1973James Thomas (24)DBFlorida State
1974Lynn Swann (21)WRSouthern California
1975Dave Brown (26)DBMichigan
1976Bennie Cunningham (28)TEClemson
1977Robin Cole (21)LBNew Mexico
1978Ron Johnson (22)CBEastern Michigan
1979Greg Hawthorne (28)RBBaylor
1980Mark Malone (28)QBArizona State
1981Keith Gary (17)DEOklahoma
1982Walter Abercrombie (12)RBBaylor
1983Gabriel Rivera (21)NTTexas Tech
1984Louis Lipps (23)WRSouthern Mississippi
1985Darryl Sims (20)DEWisconsin
1986John Reinstra (9)GTemple
1987Rod Woodson (10)CBPurdue
1988Aaron Jones (18)DEEastern Kentucky
1989 (2)Tim Worley (7)RBGeorgia
Tom Ricketts (24)TPittsburgh
1990Eric Green (21)TELiberty
1991Huey Richardson (15)LBFlorida
1992Leon Searcy (11)TMiami
1993Deon Figures (23)CBColorado
1994Charles Johnson (17)WRColorado
1995Mark Bruener (27)TEWashington
1996Jamain Stephens (29)TNorth Carolina A&T
1997Chad Scott (24)CBMaryland
1998Alan Faneca (26)GLouisiana State
1999Troy Edwards (13)WRLouisiana Tech
2000Plaxico Burress (8)WRMichigan State
2001Casey Hampton (19)NTTexas
2002Kendall Simmons (30)GAuburn
2003Troy Polamalu (16)SUSC
2004Ben Roethlisberger (11)QBMiami (Ohio)
2005Heath Miller (30)TEVirginia
2006Santonio Holmes (25)WROhio State
2007Lawrence Timmons (15)LBFlorida State
2008Rashard Mendenhall (23)RBIllinois

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