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Who are the Steelers top 5 draft picks in franchise history?

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With so many quality draft choices to choose from, which five are the best Pittsburgh has ever made?

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On a recent episode of The Standard is The Standard podcast, Lance Williams and myself answered the question of the top five draft picks the Steelers have ever made. We didn’t set any criteria other than the player being drafted by the Steelers. Whether it was a value pick or a selection which changed the franchise, it was completely up to each of us to determine our top five.

In order to help with the exercise, Lance enlisted the help of four other individuals to give their top five choices. Those who offered up their picks were Ian Whetstone of Steel City Insider, Chris Carter of DK Pittsburgh Sports, Nick Farabaugh of Pittsburgh Sports Now, and our own Bryan Anthony Davis.

So here are the top five picks for each of us in no particular order:


Dave Schofield

  1. Joe Greene
  2. Mike Webster
  3. Ben Roethlisberger
  4. Terry Bradshaw
  5. Rod Woodson

Lance Williams

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Terry Bradshaw
  3. Ben Roethlisberger
  4. Mike Webster
  5. Joe Greene

Ian Whetstone

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Mel Blount
  3. Mike Webster
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Troy Polamalu

Chris Carter

  1. Joe Greene
  2. Terry Bradshaw
  3. John Stallworth
  4. Troy Polamalu
  5. Ben Roethlisberger

Nick Farabaugh

  1. Ben Roethlisberger
  2. Joe Greene
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Mike Webster
  5. Terry Bradshaw

Bryan Anthony Davis

  1. Franco Harris
  2. Jack Lambert
  3. Ben Roethlisberger
  4. Rod Woodson
  5. Terry Bradshaw

It should be noted Ben Roethlisberger is the only player who appeared on every list. Four time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw put on five of the six lists while greats such as Joe Greene and Mike Webster were included four times.

Those who chose Antonio Brown as the top draft pick in Steelers history were obviously ranking draft value extremely high. When it comes to players such is Mean Joe Greene, he was the face of the franchise for so long so it was his legacy which weighed in the most.

So what do you all think? Which top five list do you believe is the most accurate? Who would be the five players on your own personal list? Make sure you vote in the poll and leave your choices in the comments below.

To watch or listen to the podcast, click HERE.

Poll

Whose list do you think best represents the Steelers top five draft picks of all time?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Dave Schofield
    (175 votes)
  • 4%
    Lance Williams
    (26 votes)
  • 4%
    Ian Whetstone
    (25 votes)
  • 41%
    Chris Carter
    (246 votes)
  • 8%
    Nick Farabaugh
    (51 votes)
  • 12%
    Bryan Anthony Davis
    (76 votes)
599 votes total Vote Now