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NFL Draft Facts & Figures

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2015 NFL Draft Facts & Figures**

  • The 2015 NFL Draft will take place April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
  • The first round kicks off on Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. (ET), and continues with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. (ET). It concludes on Saturday, May 2 with rounds four-seven starting at 12 noon (ET).
  • The Steelers have eight picks in this year's draft, one each in the first six rounds and two in the seventh round courtesy of a compensatory pick.
  • Since the inception of compensatory picks the Steelers have received 24 of them.
  • The Steelers have the 22nd overall pick in the first round.
  • The highest the Steelers have ever selected in the first round in number one overall. That occurred twice, once in 1956 when they selected defensive back Gary Glick, and again in 1970 when the team selected quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
  • The most draft choices the Steelers ever had was 30 in each draft from 1943-48. Since the NFL's modern era, the most selections were 22 in both 1971 and 1976.
  • The fewest draft choices the Steelers had happened in 2003 when they only had five draft picks.
  • The breakdown of first round draft picks since the 1970 draft plays out as follows by position: offensive linemen (8); defensive back, wide receivers and defensive linemen (7); running backs and linebackers (5); tight ends (4); and quarterbacks (3).

STEELERS FIRST-ROUND DRAFT SELECTIONS (1969-2014)

YEAR

NAME

POSITION

COLLEGE

1969

Joe Greene (4)

DT

North Texas State

1970

Terry Bradshaw (1)

QB

Louisiana Tech

1971

Frank Lewis (8)

WR

Grambling

1972

Franco Harris (13)

RB

Penn State

1973

James Thomas (24)

DB

Florida State

1974

Lynn Swann (21)

WR

Southern California

1975

Dave Brown (26)

DB

Michigan

1976

Bennie Cunningham (28)

TE

Clemson

1977

Robin Cole (21)

LB

New Mexico

1978

Ron Johnson (22)

CB

Eastern Michigan

1979

Greg Hawthorne (28)

RB

Baylor

1980

Mark Malone (28)

QB

Arizona State

1981

Keith Gary (17)

DE

Oklahoma

1982

Walter Abercrombie (12)

RB

Baylor

1983

Gabriel Rivera (21)

NT

Texas Tech

1984

Louis Lipps (23)

WR

Southern Mississippi

1985

Darryl Sims (20)

DE

Wisconsin

1986

John Reinstra (9)

G

Temple

1987

Rod Woodson (10)

CB

Purdue

1988

Aaron Jones (18)

DE

Eastern Kentucky

1989 (2)

Tim Worley (7)

RB

Georgia

Tom Ricketts (24)

OT

Pittsburgh

1990

Eric Green (21)

TE

Liberty

1991

Huey Richardson (15)

LB

Florida

1992

Leon Searcy (11)

OT

Miami

1993

Deon Figures (23)

CB

Colorado

1994

Charles Johnson (17)

WR

Colorado

1995

Mark Bruener (27)

TE

Washington

1996

Jamain Stephens (29)

OT

North Carolina A&T

1997

Chad Scott (24)

CB

Maryland

1998

Alan Faneca (26)

OG

Louisiana State

1999

Troy Edwards (13)

WR

Louisiana Tech

2000

Plaxico Burress (8)

WR

Michigan State

2001

Casey Hampton (19)

NT

Texas

2002

Kendall Simmons (30)

OG

Auburn

2003

Troy Polamalu (16)

S

USC

2004

Ben Roethlisberger (11)

QB

Miami (Ohio)

2005

Heath Miller (30)

TE

Virginia

2006

Santonio Holmes (25)

WR

Ohio State

2007

Lawrence Timmons (15)

LB

Florida State

2008

Rashard Mendenhall (23)

RB

Illinois

2009

Ziggy Hood (32)

DE

Missouri

2010

Maurkice Pouncey (18)

C

Florida

2011

Cameron Heyward (31)

DE

Ohio State

2012

David DeCastro (24)

OG

Stanford

2013

Jarvis Jones (17)

LB

Georgia

2014

Ryan Shazier (15)

LB

Ohio State

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