Steelers prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft that will be held April 28-30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The Steelers have a total of seven selections in the 81st Annual Draft, including their own selection in each of the Draft's first four rounds and also in round seven. The team has a compensatory pick in the sixth round, and a seventh-round slot acquired from the New York Giants. This is the seventh time in league history the NFL will conduct a three-day draft and the 23rd consecutive year for the seven-round format with a total of 253 draft picks.

The Draft begins Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m., and only the first round will be completed on the first day. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday, April 29, beginning at 7 p.m. The final four rounds will take place on Saturday, April 30, beginning at Noon. Teams are allotted 10 minutes for each selection in the first round and seven minutes in the second round. Five minutes are permitted for the third through sixth rounds. Four minutes will be allowed between selections in the seventh round and for all compensatory selections.

For the 11th consecutive year, two networks will be televising the Draft in its entirety. NFL Network, which is airing the Draft for the 10th time, will televise all three days of the Draft while ESPN/ESPN2 will continue their annual coverage of the entire draft through its conclusion. Additionally, the Steelers' official web site (www.steelers.com) and NFL.com will have exclusive coverage and behind-the-scenes features. Steelers Nation Radio and ESPN 970, as well as Sirius NFL Radio will broadcast the entire draft as well.

Tickets are now on sale at the Steelers Sideline Stores at the Westmoreland Mall, South Hills Village, Pittsburgh Mills and the Premium Outlets at Grove City as well as www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event at the Steelers Ticket Office at Gate B at 10 a.m.DRAFT NOTES: Twenty-five top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago...In 80 previous Drafts, the Steelers have selected in the first round in all but seven...Seven of last year's eight Steelers draft selections are currently on the roster...Dating back to 2010, the Steelers have selected 12 players in the first and second round and 11 are on the current roster.STEELERS 2016 DRAFT SELECTIONS: 1-25; 2-58; 3-89; 4-123; 6-220; 7-229; 7-246STEELERS DRAFT NOTES:MOST CHOICES:
All-Time: 30 were chosen in each draft from 1943-48.
Modern Era: 22 in 1971 (11 off., 10 def., 1 sp.); 1976 (12 off., 10 def.)FEWEST CHOICES:
All-Time: 5 in 2003 (2 off., 3 def.)
Modern Era: 5 in 2003 (2 off., 3 def.)HIGHEST CHOICE:
First overall choice in Draft: 1956 (DB Gary Glick); 1970 (QB Terry Bradshaw)LATEST FIRST CHOICE:
Eighth round in 1959 and 1963FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES BY POSITION: (since 1970)

  • 8 Offensive Linemen (1986, 89, 92, 96, 98, 2002, 10, 12)
  • 7 Defensive Backs (1973, 75, 78, 87, 93, 97, 2003)
  • 7 Wide Receivers (1971, 74, 84, 94, 99, 2000, 06)
  • 7 Defensive Linemen (1981, 83, 85, 88, 2001, 09, 11)
  • 6 Linebackers (1977, 91, 2007, 13, 14, 15)
  • 5 Running Backs (1972, 79, 82, 89, 2009)
  • 4 Tight Ends (1976, 90, 95, 2005)
  • 3 Quarterbacks (1970, 80, 2004)

STEELERS DRAFTS SINCE 2007 (Head Coach Mike Tomlin's First Year)

2015 (22nd overall)
1 Bud Dupree LB Kentucky
2 Senquez Golson CB Mississippi
3 Sammie Coates WR Auburn
4 Doran Grant CB Ohio State
5 Jesse James TE Penn State
6a L.T. Walton DE Central Michigan
6b Anthony Chickillo LB Miami (compensatory selection)
7 Gerod Holliman S Louisville

2014 (15th overall)
1 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
2 Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3 Dri Archer WR/RB Kent State (Compensatory selection)
4 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
5a Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
5b Wesley Johnson OL Vanderbilt (compensatory selection
6a Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA
6b Vince Williams DL Tennessee (compensatory selection)
7 Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts
2013 (17th overall)
1 Ryan Shazier OLB Georgia
2 Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
3 Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
4a Robert Golden S Syracuse (acquired 14th pick in the fourth round [111th overall] via a trade with Cleveland. The Steelers traded their 2014 third-round selection to Cleveland in return)
4b Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
5 Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois
6a Justin Brown WR Oklahoma
6b Vince Williams LB Florida State (compensatory selection)
7 Nick Williams DT Samford
2012 (24th overall)
1 David DeCastro OG Stanford
2 Mike Adams OT Ohio State
3 Sean Spance LB Miami (Fla.)
4 Alameda Ta'amu DT Washington (traded original fourth-round selection [119th overall] and sixth-round selection [193rd overall] to Washington in return for the 109th overall pick)
5 Chris Rainey RB Florida
7a Toneny Clemons WR Colorado
7b David Paulson TE Oregon (compensatory selection)
7c Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M (compensatory selection)
7d Kelvin Beachum OG SMU (compensatory selection)
2011 (31st overall)
1 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
2 Marcus Gilbert OT Florida
3 Curtis Brown CB Texas
4 Cortez Allen CB The Citadel
5 Chris Carter LB Fresno State
6 Keith Williams OG Nebraska
7 Baron Batch RB Texas Tech
2010 (18th overall)
1 Maurkice Pouncey C Florida
2 Jason Worilds LB Virginia Tech
3 Emmanuel Sanders WR SMU
4 Thaddeus Gibson LB Ohio State
5a Chris Scott OT Tennessee
5b Crezdon Butler CB Clemson (compensatory selection)
5c Stevenson Sylvester LB Utah (acquired the 35th pick in the fifth round and CB Bryant McFadden via a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for the 24th pick in the fifth round)
6a Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech
6b Antonio Brown WR Central Michigan (compensatory selection)
7 Doug Worthington DT Ohio State
2009 (32nd overall)
1 Ziggy Hood DE Missouri
3a Kraig Urbik OG Wisconsin (acquired via a trade with Denver in return for the 15th pick in the third round and the 20th pick in the third round)
3b Mike Wallace WR Mississippi
3c Keenan Lewis CB Oregon State
5a Joe Burnett CB Central Florida
5b Frank Summers RB UNLV
6 Sunny Harris DT Oregon
7a A.Q. Shipley C Penn State (traded from pick 123 to 130 with the N.Y. Giants, and also received Giants' sixth-round choice)
7b David Johnson TE Arkansas State
2008 (23rd overall)
1 Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
2 Limas Sweed WR Texas
3 Bruce Davis LB UCLA
4 Tony Hills OT Texas (traded from pick 123 to 130 with the N.Y. Giants, and also received Giants' sixth-round choice)
5 Dennis Dixon QB Oregon
6a Mike Humpal LB Iowa
6b Ryan Mundy S West Virginia
2007 (15th overall)
1 Ryan Shazier LB Florida State
2 LaMarr Woodley LB Michigan
3 Martavis Bryant TE Minnesota
4a Daniel Sepulveda P Baylor (acquired via a trade with Green Bay in return for the 20th pick in the fourth round and the 18th pick in the sixth round)
4b Ryan McBean DE Oklahoma State
5a Cameron Stephenson OG Rutgers
5b William Gay CB Louisville
7 Dallas Baker WR Florida

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