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?
|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.|