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A Five Year Look At Fifth-Round Draft Picks


In response to my Monday post on past fifth-round picks made by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Kevin Colbert era, a few of you wondered what percentage of all fifth-round picks across the league wind up making their respective teams’ 53 man roster out of training camp.

I went all the way back to 2009 and had a look at every player drafted in the fifth-round to see whether or not they made the final 53 man roster as rookies, and the results are pretty surprising.

From 2009-2013 there were a total of 178 players drafted in the fifth round and 124 of those players (69.7%) wound up making the 53 man roster for the season opener. Only 27 players (15.2%), were waived by the team that drafted them prior to the season opener.

As for the other 27 players, 19 were placed on injured reserve, four were placed on reserve PUP, three were placed on the non football injury list and one, Hall Davis, was traded prior to the first week of the season.

As far as the Steelers fifth-round selections go dating back to 2009, of the eight players they drafted, only one, Terry Hawthorne, was waived outright prior to the start of the season. Six of the remaining seven made the final 53 man roster and the remaining player, Chris Scott, started his rookie season on the reserve PUP list.

This year, the Steelers drafted cornerback Shaquille Richardson and offensive lineman Wesley Johnson in the fifth-round, so odds are good that both will make the final 53 man roster out of training camp baring an injury.

I plan on looking at the sixth-round picks dating back to 2009 as part of my next study.

Fifth Round Draft Picks 2009-2013

YEAR PICK TEAM PLAYER POS COLLEGE 53 MAN WAIVED I/R PUP NFIL TRADE
2013 134 Kansas City Sanders Commings CB Georgia X
2013 135 Jacksonville Denard Robinson RB Michigan X
2013 136 Philadelphia Earl Wolff FS North Carolina State X
2013 137 Seattle Jesse Williams DT Alabama X
2013 138 Seattle Tharold Simon CB LSU X
2013 139 Indianapolis Montori Hughes DT Tennessee-Martin X
2013 140 Arizona Stepfan Taylor RB Stanford X
2013 141 New York Oday Aboushi OT Virginia X
2013 142 Tennessee Lavar Edwards DE LSU X
2013 143 Buffalo Jonathan Meeks DB Clemson X
2013 144 New Orleans Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma X
2013 145 San Diego Steve Williams CB California X
2013 146 Denver Quanterus Smith DE Western Kentucky X
2013 147 Tampa Bay Steven Means DE Buffalo X
2013 148 Carolina A.J. Klein ILB Iowa State X
2013 149 St. Louis Brandon McGee CB Miami (Fla.) X
2013 150 Pittsburgh Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois X
2013 151 Dallas Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma State X
2013 152 New York Cooper Taylor SAF Richmond X
2013 153 Atlanta Stansly Maponga DE Texas Christian X
2013 154 Washington Chris Thompson RB Florida State X
2013 155 Minnesota Jeff Locke P UCLA X
2013 156 Cincinnati Tanner Hawkinson G Kansas X
2013 157 San Francisco Quinton Dial DE Alabama X
2013 158 Seattle Luke Willson TE Rice X
2013 159 Green Bay Micah Hyde CB Iowa X
2013 160 St. Louis Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt X
2013 161 Denver Tavarres King WR Georgia X
2013 162 Washington Brandon Jenkins LB Florida State X
2013 163 Chicago Jordan Mills OT Louisiana Tech X
2013 164 Miami Mike Gillislee RB Florida X
2013 165 Detroit Sam Martin P Appalachian State X
2013 166 Miami Caleb Sturgis K Florida X
2013 167 Green Bay Josh Boyd DE Mississippi State X
2013 168 Baltimore Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin X
2012 136 Indianapolis Josh Chapman DT Alabama X
2012 137 Denver Malik Jackson DE Tennessee X
2012 138 Detroit Tahir Whitehead LB Temple X
2012 139 Minnesota Robert Blanton CB Notre Dame X
2012 140 Tampa Bay Najee Goode LB West Virginia X
2012 141 Washington Adam Gettis G Iowa X
2012 142 Jacksonville Brandon Marshall LB Nevada-Reno X
2012 143 Carolina Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina X
2012 144 Buffalo Zebrie Sanders T Florida State X
2012 145 Tennessee Taylor Thompson TE Southern Methodist X
2012 146 Kansas City DeQuan Menzie CB Alabama X
2012 147 Buffalo Tank Carder LB Texas Christian X
2012 148 Detroit Chris Greenwood CB Albion X
2012 149 San Diego Johnnie Troutman G Penn State X
2012 150 St. Louis Rokevious Watkins G South Carolina X
2012 151 Arizona Senio Kelemete G Washington X
2012 152 Dallas Danny Coale WR Virginia Tech X
2012 153 Philadelphia Dennis Kelly T Purdue X
2012 154 Seattle Korey Toomer LB Idaho X
2012 155 Miami Josh Kaddu LB Oregon X
2012 156 Cincinnati Shaun Prater CB Iowa X
2012 157 Atlanta Bradie Ewing RB Wisconsin X
2012 158 Oakland Jack Crawford DE Penn State X
2012 159 Pittsburgh Chris Rainey RB Florida X
2012 160 Cleveland Ryan Miller T Colorado X
2012 161 Houston Randy Bullock K Texas A&M X
2012 162 New Orleans Corey White SS Samford X
2012 163 Green Bay Terrell Manning LB North Carolina State X
2012 164 Atlanta Jonathan Massaquoi DE Troy X
2012 165 San Francisco Darius Fleming LB Notre Dame X
2012 166 Cincinnati Marvin Jones WR California X
2012 167 Cincinnati George Iloka FS Boise State X
2012 168 Oakland Juron Criner WR Arizona X
2012 169 Baltimore Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly-S.L.O. X
2012 170 Indianapolis Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State X
2011 132 Carolina Kealoha Pilares WR Hawaii X
2011 133 Buffalo Johnny White RB North Carolina X
2011 134 Cincinnati Robert Sands DB West Virginia X
2011 135 Kansas City Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa X
2011 136 Arizona Anthony Sherman RB Connecticut X
2011 137 Cleveland Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga X
2011 138 New England Marcus Cannon T Texas Christian X
2011 139 Minnesota Brandon Burton DB Utah X
2011 140 Kansas City Gabe Miller LB Oregon State X
2011 141 Green Bay D.J. Williams TE Arkansas X
2011 142 Tennessee Karl Klug DT Iowa X
2011 143 Dallas Josh Thomas DB Buffalo X
2011 144 Houston Shiloh Keo DB Idaho X
2011 145 Atlanta Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon State X
2011 146 Washington DeJon Gomes DB Nebraska X
2011 147 Jacksonville Rod Issac DB Middle Tennessee State X
2011 148 Oakland Denarius Moore WR Tennessee X
2011 149 Philadelphia Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh X
2011 150 Cleveland Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh X
2011 151 Tampa Bay Ahmad Black DB Florida X
2011 152 Houston T.J Yates QB North Carolina X
2011 153 New York Jeremy Kerley WR Texas Christian X
2011 154 Seattle Richard Sherman DB Stanford X
2011 155 Washington Niles Paul WR Nebraska X
2011 156 Seattle Mark LeGree DB Appalachian State X
2011 157 Detroit Doug Hogue LB Syracuse X
2011 158 St. Louis Jermale Hines DB Ohio State X
2011 159 New England Lee Smith TE Marshall X
2011 160 Chicago Nathan Enderle QB Idaho X
2011 161 Philadelphia Julian Vandervelde G Iowa X
2011 162 Pittsburgh Chris Carter LB Fresno State X
2011 163 San Francisco Daniel Kilgore G Appalachian State X
2011 164 Baltimore Chykie Brown DB Texas X
2011 165 Baltimore Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State X
2010 132 St. Louis Michael Hoomanawanui TE Illinois X
2010 133 Seattle Kam Chancellor DB Virginia Tech X
2010 134 Philadelphia Ricky Sapp DE Clemson X
2010 135 Atlanta Dominique Franks DB Oklahoma X
2010 136 Kansas City Kendrick Lewis FS Mississippi X
2010 137 Denver Perrish Cox CB Oklahoma State X
2010 138 Oakland Walter McFadden DB Auburn X
2010 139 New York John Conner RB Kentucky X
2010 140 Buffalo Ed Wang T Virginia Tech X
2010 141 Chicago Joshua Moore DB Kansas State X
2010 143 Jacksonville Larry Hart DE Central Arkansas X
2010 144 Houston Sherrick McManis DB Northwestern X
2010 145 Miami Nolan Carroll CB Maryland X
2010 146 San Diego Cam Thomas DT North Carolina X
2010 147 New York Mitch Petrus G Arkansas X
2010 148 Tennessee Robert Johnson DB Utah X
2010 149 St. Louis Hall Davis DE Louisiana-Lafayette X
2010 150 New England Zoltan Mesko P Michigan X
2010 151 Pittsburgh Chris Scott T Tennessee X
2010 152 Cincinnati Otis Hudson G Eastern Illinois X
2010 153 Jacksonville Austen Lane DE Murray State X
2010 154 Green Bay Andrew Quarless TE Penn State X
2010 155 Arizona John Skelton QB Fordham X
2010 156 Baltimore David Reed WR Utah X
2010 157 Baltimore Arthur Jones DT Syracuse X
2010 158 New Orleans Matt Tennant C Boston College X
2010 159 Philadelphia Riley Cooper WR Florida X
2010 160 Cleveland Larry Asante DB Nebraska X
2010 161 Minnesota Chris DeGeare G Wake Forest X
2010 162 Indianapolis Brody Eldridge TE Oklahoma X
2010 163 Miami Reshad Jones FS Georgia X
2010 164 Pittsburgh Crezdon Butler DB Clemson X
2010 165 Atlanta Kerry Meier WR Kansas X
2010 166 Pittsburgh Stevenson Sylvester LB Utah X
2010 167 Minnesota Nate Triplett LB Minnesota X
2010 168 San Diego Jonathan Crompton QB Tennessee X
2010 169 Green Bay Marshall Newhouse T Texas Christian X
2009 137 Baltimore Jason Phillips ILB Texas Christian X
2009 138 Atlanta William Middleton DB Furman X
2009 139 Kansas City Colin Brown T Missouri X
2009 140 Chicago Johnny Knox WR Abilene Christian X
2009 141 Denver Kenny McKinley WR South Carolina X
2009 142 Cincinnati Kevin Huber P Cincinnati X
2009 143 Dallas DeAngelo Smith DB Cincinnati X
2009 144 Jacksonville Jarett Dillard WR Rice X
2009 145 Green Bay Quinn Johnson RB Louisiana State X
2009 146 San Francisco Scott McKillop LB Pittsburgh X
2009 147 Buffalo Nic Harris LB Oklahoma X
2009 148 San Diego Brandon Hughes CB Oregon State X
2009 149 Baltimore Davon Drew TE East Carolina X
2009 150 Minnesota Jasper Brinkley LB South Carolina X
2009 151 New York Rhett Bomar QB Sam Houston State X
2009 152 Houston James Casey TE Rice X
2009 153 Philadelphia Cornelius Ingram TE Florida X
2009 154 Chicago Marcus Freeman OLB Ohio State X
2009 155 Tampa Bay Xavier Fulton T Illinois X
2009 156 Atlanta Garrett Reynolds T North Carolina X
2009 157 Philadelphia Macho Harris DB Virginia Tech X
2009 158 Washington Cody Glenn LB Nebraska X
2009 159 Philadelphia Fenuki Tupou T Oregon X
2009 160 St. Louis Brooks Foster WR North Carolina X
2009 161 Miami John Nalbone TE Monmouth (N.J.) X
2009 162 Green Bay Jamon Meredith T South Carolina X
2009 163 Carolina Duke Robinson G Oklahoma X
2009 164 New Orleans Thomas Morstead P Southern Methodist X
2009 165 Miami Chris Clemons DB Clemson X
2009 166 Dallas Mike Hamlin DB Clemson X
2009 167 Arizona Herman Johnson G Louisiana State X
2009 168 Pittsburgh Joe Burnett DB Central Florida X
2009 169 Pittsburgh Frank Summers RB Nevada-Las Vegas X
2009 170 New England George Bussey T Louisville X
2009 171 San Francisco Nate Davis QB Ball State X
2009 172 Dallas David Buehler K USC X
2009 173 Tennessee Javon Ringer RB Michigan State X

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About Dave Bryan

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • joed32

    That’s a lot of work. Thanks.

  • Steelers12328882

    Any chance both Wesley Johnson and Guy Whimper make the team? There seems to be 7 locks, so that would mean 9 O-lineman on the 53.

  • Paddy

    Dave should be known as “La Machine”

  • shawn

    wow … u got a lot of free time on your hand !

  • DoctorNoah

    Thanks for the analysis! Glad at least that I could pose an interesting question!

  • Derick L Young

    it’s his job……

  • Derick L Young

    one of the best 6th round picks AB no? nice work Dave

  • shawn

    ya i know … I’m just sayin !

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I honestly would be more curious as to how many of these guys made it past year 1. Some teams, especially the really bad ones, almost have no choice but to keep these guys as they are better than what they currently have. The next year when they make an upgrade, how many of them still make it?

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