Since 2011 the Pittsburgh Steelers have had some dud draft picks. Names like Curtis Brown, Mike Adams, Terry Hawthorne and Shaquille Richardson certainly come to mind, but who would be considered the worst draft pick from the team since the 2011 NFL Draft class was selected?
Some of the above names could certainly make the list, but when ESPN asked their team correspondents to give their opinion, Jeremy Fowler picked a player who most won't argue with -- Dri Archer.
Archer was selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Kent State, and despite his blazing 40-yard dash time, Fowler gives you his reason why he was the worst of them all.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Dri Archer seemed like an ideal pick for Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2014 draft. He had brilliant speed and ran a 4.26-second 40 at the NFL combine. The Steelers needed a kick returner, and Archer could have been a versatile weapon in the Steelers' passing offense. But Archer's career in Pittsburgh lasted less than two seasons, with 67 offensive yards to show for it. He was a hesitant returner and couldn't overcome his size (5-foot-8, 173 pounds). The team released Archer, who was a free agent until the Jets signed him this offseason. The Steelers don't miss this badly in the first three rounds very often, but Archer was easily the franchise's worst pick from 2011 to '15. -- Jeremy Fowler
Archer's time in Pittsburgh was certainly forgettable. As Fowler mentioned, the team drafted him for his kickoff return skills, but when the play was essentially eliminated from the game, the team was left wondering what to do with him. Most pointed to Todd Haley's time with Dexter McCluster in Kansas City as a way to get Archer involved in the offense, but it never panned out.
Archer wasn't a liability on kick returns, but wasn't able to return punts and couldn't shed a NFL tackler when running with the football. Archer's selection by ESPN certainly isn't far-fetched, but could there be someone else worthy of such a dubious distinction of the worst pick since 2011?
If I were to contest someone possibly being worse than Archer, it would be Mike Adams. The team took Adams in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft to be the left tackle of the future. What the team got in return was a player who couldn't play left tackle, moved to the right tackle position only to become a backup swing tackle. Adams might still be with the team, but that is largely due to the position he plays, as well as the price tag it costs to keep him after spending the entire 2015 season on the PUP list. All of this, and I am not even mentioning his off-the-field incidents, make Adams my selection as the team's worst pick since 2011.