5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Pittsburgh Steelers’ History

5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Pittsburgh Steelers' History

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In their rich history, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been at the top when it comes to drafting players. From building the 1970s dynasty through the draft to sustained success in the 1990s and 2000s the Steelers have been at the top when it comes to drafting. But like any other team, the Steelers have had some picks that have been failures.

Here are the five biggest draft Blunders for the Pittsburgh Steelers? Take a look and see for yourself.

5. Tim Worley

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5. Tim Worley

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Before Jerome Bettis came to Pittsburgh, the Steelers thought they had their franchise running back in Tim Worley. Worley was the seventh overall pick in the 1989 Draft, a draft most known for the likes of Barry and Deion Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Troy Aikman. In only three and a half seasons, Worley piled up 1,338 yards on the ground with just five touchdowns. Worley would give way to Barry Foster in 1992 before Bettis arrived in 1996.

4. Limas Sweed

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4. Limas Sweed

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Despite already having Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward and Nate Washington in their receiving corps in 2008, the Steelers still chose Limas Sweed with pick No. 53. Sadly, this was a wasted pick for the Steelers. Sweed started in zero games in his brief two-year stint in Pittsburgh. What's even worse was that Sweed had all but seven catches for a grand total of 69 yards. What's even more sad was that Sweed had two fumbles and zero touchdowns.

3. Mike Adams

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3. Mike Adams

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With Pittsburgh's offensive line in shambles in the early 2010s, the Steelers thought they found their blindside protector in Mike Adams. What they got instead was a backup tight end. The Steelers initially passed on Adams after he failed drug tests at the Scouting Combine, but the Steelers still took him anyways in the second round in 2012. Due to poor performance in 2013, Adams was benched in Week 4 and came back as a blocking tight end.

2. Troy Edwards

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2. Troy Edwards

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With the Steelers desperately needing receiver help after the 1998 season, the Steelers selected Troy Edwards 13th overall in 1999. If not for one of the biggest blunders in Draft history, Edwards' selection would have been No. 1. Edwards lasted just three seasons on the team, recording just over 1,200 receiving yards and only scoring five touchdowns, all in 1999. The Steelers redeemed themselves by selecting Plaxico Burress in 2000.

1. Gabe Rivera

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1. Gabe Rivera

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With the Pittsburgh dynasty starting to falter, the Steelers had the opportunity to select former Pittsburgh Panther Dan Marino in the 1983 Draft, but instead the Steelers chose defensive tackle Gabe Rivera. Rivera played all but six games for the Steelers after seriously injuring himself in a car accident. Meawhile, Marino went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.


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