We took a look at the Steeler draft classes from 2000-2016 (Kevin Colbert’s tenure in Pittsburgh) to see if any patterns emerged.
Not surprisingly, as you work your way down the draft pick ladder, lower draftees spend less time on the Steelers (and in the NFL in general). We were surprised to see that 3rd rounders seem too stick around longer than 2nd rounders. Also, more of this group spend time on other teams (40%), except for 7th rounders (50%).
Again, it’s probably not a surprise that 1st rounders spend the most years (6.6 on average) than those of any other round. Oddly, 2nd rounders spend 5.1 years in the league, compared to 3rd rounders who spend 6 years on average.
Of the 137 players drafted from 2000-2016, 46 (34%) are still playing either on the Steelers or elsewhere in the NFL.
From the draft picks chosen from 2000-2016, these are the players who have been Steelers the longest. Ben, Will and Antonio will most likely extend their tenure this season.
Making the Cut
Only once, 2016 did all of the Steeler draft picks make the team. On average, 78% make the cut with 2006 being the low ebb at 44%: