2013 Draft

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?

YEAR PICK # PLAYER POS COLLEGE NOTES
2011 196 Keith Williams G Nebraska Waived after camp.
2010 188 Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech Made 53 man roster and still on roster.
2010 195 Antonio Brown WR Central Michigan Made 53 man roster and still on roster.
2009 205 Ra\’Shon Harris DT Oregon Waived after camp.
2008 188 Mike Humpal OLB Iowa Waived injured and reverted back to injured reserve before being waived the following February.
2008 194 Ryan Mundy FS West Virginia Waived injured initially but signed to practice squad later in the season and eventually made 53 man roster in 2009.
2006 201 Marvin Philip C California Waived after camp.
2005 204 Chris Kemoeatu G Utah Made 53 man roster and played in 75 regular season games over the course of 7 seasons.
2004 177 Bo Lacy T Arkansas Waived after camp and signed to practice squad.
2004 194 Matt Kranchick TE Penn State Made 53 man roster and bounced between the 53 man roster and practice squad and later signed by the Giants.
2004 197 Drew Caylor C Stanford Waived after camp and signed to practice squad and eventually signed by the Jets.
2002 202 Lee Mays WR Texas-El Paso Made 53 man roster and dressed for 49 games over course of 5 seasons.
2001 181 Rodney Bailey DE Ohio State Made 53 man roster and dressed for 48 games over course of 3 seasons. Came back for 12 games in 2006.
2001 182 Roger Knight LB Wisconsin Waived after camp.
2000 173 Chris Combs DE Duke Made 53 man roster and dressed for 8 games over course of 2 seasons. Cut by the Steelers before the 2002 season.
2000 204 Jason Gavadza TE Kent State Waived during camp.
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