Steelers Sixth Round Draft Pick History Under Kevin Colbert

The NFL announced on Monday from the 2013 NFL owners meetings that the Pittsburgh Steelers received a sixth-round compensatory draft pick for the upcoming 2013 NFL draft. With that pick now official, the Steelers will have two picks in the sixth round baring them trading their original one away during the draft.

I thought that now would be a great time to look back at the Steelers sixth round draft picks dating back to 2000, when general manager Kevin Colbert came on board.

What\’s interesting is that both of the wide receivers that were drafted in the sixth round by Colbert wound up, not only making the 53 man roster, but sticking at least three seasons. Antonio Brown, of course, will stick much longer than that.

Only one offensive lineman drafted in the sixth round out of five stuck and that was Chris Kemoeatu.

Although one of the two tight ends drafted made the 53 man roster, Matt Kranchick didn\’t last long.

Jonathan Dwyer is the lone running back to be drafted in the sixth round by Colbert and he has lasted three seasons thus far.

When you look at the entire list of 16 players drafted since 2000, the Steelers are essentially batting .500 as far as players that actually saw any playing time.

Can Colbert and company hit again like they did in 2010?

2011196Keith WilliamsGNebraskaWaived after camp.
2010188Jonathan DwyerRBGeorgia TechMade 53 man roster and still on roster.
2010195Antonio BrownWRCentral MichiganMade 53 man roster and still on roster.
2009205Ra\’Shon HarrisDTOregonWaived after camp.
2008188Mike HumpalOLBIowaWaived injured and reverted back to injured reserve before being waived the following February.
2008194Ryan MundyFSWest VirginiaWaived injured initially but signed to practice squad later in the season and eventually made 53 man roster in 2009.
2006201Marvin PhilipCCaliforniaWaived after camp.
2005204Chris KemoeatuGUtahMade 53 man roster and played in 75 regular season games over the course of 7 seasons.
2004177Bo LacyTArkansasWaived after camp and signed to practice squad.
2004194Matt KranchickTEPenn StateMade 53 man roster and bounced between the 53 man roster and practice squad and later signed by the Giants.
2004197Drew CaylorCStanfordWaived after camp and signed to practice squad and eventually signed by the Jets.
2002202Lee MaysWRTexas-El PasoMade 53 man roster and dressed for 49 games over course of 5 seasons.
2001181Rodney BaileyDEOhio StateMade 53 man roster and dressed for 48 games over course of 3 seasons. Came back for 12 games in 2006.
2001182Roger KnightLBWisconsinWaived after camp.
2000173Chris CombsDEDukeMade 53 man roster and dressed for 8 games over course of 2 seasons. Cut by the Steelers before the 2002 season.
2000204Jason GavadzaTEKent StateWaived during camp.

  • zyzak

    This is a spot to pick a WR or RB.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Way to many players waived after camp. I do not expect great things from the 6th round but I would think that more be around a lot longer than just getting cut after their first camp. That to me is poor scouting.

  • steeltown

    This Team is usually stacked
    or atleast has its roster set and filled with groomed veterans.. late
    Rd picks are usually training camp fodder or practice squad material.
    Sometimes you land an Antonio Brown, sometimes you dont, of course you always hope to find a diamond in the rough, but most are released after camp because there arent enough spots on the active roster..

    This year is one of those years where we actually have some holes to fill, not just for 2013 but also beyond due to our veteran core players nearing the end of the respective careers.. with all of the possible open roster spots would be nice to hit on some later Rd picks in this draft

  • Bob Francis

    I’d love to see someone do some digging to see if there are particular positions that tend to have more success in later rounds. You’re playing the percentages with every round, but maybe we’d learn something if, say, late round LBs tend to wash out while late round RBs have a greater than average chance of sticking.

    All players in later rounds will have some deficiencies, so I also wonder if you’re better off taking a guy with the physical tools who needs coached up or the solid college performers who are limited athletically.

    Personally, I feel like the last couple rounds are chances to take the athletic guys who need work or the injured guys who would have gone higher if healthy or the small school guys. Basically, take guys with higher ceilings vs. taking guys who are already topped out or or have athletic limitations that no amount of coaching can overcome.

  • steeltown

    I bet you the stats would show that the skill positions, namely, WR & RB have a greater success rate.. just seems like those are the two positions/players that can be found almost anywhere

  • Marky Zeigler

    BIG draft year, everyone of these late round picks have to be hits. Based on Dave’s 6th round analysis, we should take a WR… Would have been nice to get Toney Clemmon’s another shot at cracking the 53 man roster this year, will be interesting to see if he sticks in JAX.

  • chris dimarino

    I agree with this and zyzak’s comment, it’s a good spot to try for raw talent. In my opinion, it might be easier to go after skilled positions as well. While the word “skill” being in that equations might beg to differ, at least it is an easy position to evaluate talent and know if you’ve got someone special, or just a camp body. While the Steelers have nothing but pros in the head office, it’s not easy to grade other positions because their performance on the field (of which they get little to none) is the biggest indicator. A great example is a Wes Lyons. While he might not have been drafted and didn’t work out, he was intriguing.

  • steeltown

    Yea, its funny how stacked we were at WR thru the course of last season (Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Burress, and youngsters Gilreath, D.Williams, Maze & Clemons) …now, not so much, though I’m glad we reacquired Gilreath at the end of last season, he has upside

  • Marky Zeigler

    good point, the last preseason game, I was really impressed with Gilreath. Hopefully he can pick up some of the slack.. Gilreath showed more than Clemon’s, luckily this year’s draft is loaded with mid round WR talent!

  • redneckmuslim

    Missing on half of these made me curious to know how other teams did in the sixth round. Ain’t nobody got time to study all those picks across the entire league, but I figured checking out the Ravens would be worthwhile.

    They had 19 picks to our 16, but they did seem to find a lot more players that stuck. They ended up signing 15 of those 19 to their roster. The four that got waived all ended up playing for other teams in the league.

    It was interesting to see that they went for a QB three times in the sixth round over that period. Derek Anderson was one of them.

    Three of the 19 are still on their roster, including their longtime punter Sam Koch.

    Some big names included Adalius Thomas in 2000 and Chester Taylor in 2002.

    Check it out:

    2000, 186, Adalius Thomas, LB, Southern Mississippi, Made the roster and dressed for 96 games, starting 73, over seven years. Played three years with Patriots. Two time pro bowler.
    2000, 191, Cedric Woodard, DT, Texas, Waived. Played four years with Seahawks.
    2001, 194, Joe Maese, LS, New Mexico, First pure long snapper ever drafted in the NFL. Made the roster and dressed for 62 games over four years. Signed with lions for three games then went to indoor football.
    2002, 195, Lamont Brightful, CB, Eastern Washington, Made the roster and dressed for 38 games, starting none, over two years. Traded to Dolphins and played two games before moving on to NFL Europe and later the CFL.
    2002, 206, Javin Hunter, WR, Notre Dame, Made the roster and dressed for 12 games, starting three, over one year. Injuries prevented more starts.
    2002, 207, Chester Taylor, RB, Toledo, Made the roster and dressed for 62 games, starting eight, over four years. Played four years with Vikings, one year with Bears, one year with Cardinals.
    2002, 209, Chad Williams, S, Southern Miss, Made the roster and dressed for 64 games, starting five, over four years. Played one year with 49ers.
    2003, 182, Gerome Sapp, S, Notre Dame, Made the roster and dressed for 38 games, starting one, over four years. Played two years with Colts.
    2004, 187, Josh Harris, QB, Bowling Green, Waived, signed to practice squad. Played two years with Browns before moving on to the CFL and indoor football.
    2004, 199, Clarence Moore, WR, Northern Arizona, Made the roster and dressed for 29 games, starting eight, over three years. Played on year in the CFL.
    2005, 213, Derek Anderson, QB, Oregon State, Waived, signed to practice squad. Played five years with Browns, one with Cardinals, two with Panthers. One time pro bowler.
    2006, 203, Sam Koch, P, Nebraska, Still on roster. Dressed for 112 games over seven years.
    2006, 208, Derrick Martin, CB, Wyoming, Made the roster and dressed for 28 games, starting three, over three years. Played two years with the Packers, one year with Giants, one year with Patriots.
    2007, 207, Prescott Burgess, LB, Michigan, Made the roster and dressed for 40 games, starting none, over four years.
    2008, 206, Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati, Made the roster and dressed for 56 games, starting none, over four years. Played one year with Panthers.
    2009, 185, Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia, Waived. Played one year with Lions, three years with Bengals.
    2010, 194, Ramon Harewood, OT, Morehouse, Still on roster. Dressed for six games, starting 5, over two years.
    2011, 180, Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech, Still on roster. Dressed for nine games, starting none, over two years.
    2012, 198, Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (FL), Placed on IR during camp.

  • steeltown

    I fully expect them to draft a WR between the 1st and 3rd Rd.. but yes, I think Gilreath could make the team for sure, he was a dynamic return man in college (check out his college bio)

  • redneckmuslim

    You make a good point about how the makeup of the current team impacts your perceived success in the draft. The good players you draft may not make the team because we already have great players in those positions.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean you drafted poorly since those players may go on to start on other teams. A lot of our “misses” certainly did.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That was nice work neck. I was wondering the same thing.

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  • LucasY59

    I agree that WR and RB are positions that have a good chance of being picked and making the roster and being a decent player in the 6th

    In this years draft I think WR and S are the two positions with really good depth and there could be some good players still available in the 6th

    Some of those that could be available are:

    Marcus Davis WR Virginia Tech 6’3″ 233#s 4.56 sec. 40
    Aaron Mellette WR Elon 6’2″ 217#s 4.54 sec. 40
    Marquess Wilson WR Wash. St. 6’3″ 194#s 4.51 sec 40
    Rodney Smith WR Florida St. 6’4″ 225#s 4.51 sec 40
    Denard Robinson WR/RB? Michigan 5’10” 199#s 4.43 sec 40
    Josh Evans S Florida 6’1″ 207#s 4.58 sec 40
    Earl Wolffe S NC State 5’11” 209#s 4.44 sec 40
    Duke Williams S Nevada 6′ 190#s 4.52 sec 40
    Rontez Miles S California (PA) 6′ 203#s 4.62 sec. 40

  • Brendon Glad

    I’d agree, but the Steelers under Colbert have done very well with undrafted free-agents. I think once you get to the 5th-UFA rounds of the draft, then it’s kind of a wash if the UFA’s beat out the players drafted late. He hasn’t been the greatest third round drafter either, if my memory serves me correctly. Wallace is the only prominent one who comes to mind.
    His first rounders have been pretty “spot-on” though…and that’s the key to staying a major factor.

  • Brendon Glad

    I watched the combine, and I’m just hoping Mathieu blows it for himself. 3 reasons. 1) The Steelers would never draft him. 2) The Bengals WILL…it’s just a matter of which round. 3) He was SO head-and-shoulders above the rest of the DB’s in the field drills that it could be a little scary (at least til he messes it up for himself).

  • Brendon Glad

    I do find it weird that the success rate on UFA’s in the draft is way better than the later round guys. I just have to put it on the players. The UFA’s just must be hungrier.