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History Of Steelers Compensatory Draft Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers were awarded a seventh-round compensatory pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Monday and that makes the 30th such selection the franchise has been given dating back to 1995. Now is the perfect time to look at the Steelers history when it comes to compensatory draft picks and it’s easy to pick out which player was the most successful of the previous 29 selections.

In 1998, the Steelers drafted wide receiver Hines Ward out of Georgia in the third round with the 92nd overall selection, which was a compensatory pick. Ward went on to catch 1,000 regular season passes for 12,083 yards over a span of 14 seasons with the Steelers.

Ward wasn’t the only productive player that the Steelers drafted with a compensatory selection, however, as former linebacker Mike Vrabel was picked in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Vrabel played four seasons in Pittsburgh before going on to have an even better career with the New England Patriots.

Former tackle Willie Colon and current cornerback William Gay came to the Steelers courtesy of compensatory picks in 2006 and 2007 respectively and both are still going strong.

As far as productive seventh-round compensatory draft picks go, tackle Kelvin Beachum is proof that diamonds can still be had very late in the draft. Beachum has been the Steelers starting left tackle for nearly two full seasons now and he’ll likely get a contract extension later this summer.

Current Steelers Dri Archer, Daniel McCullers and Vince Williams are all former compensatory draft picks as well.

YEAR RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
2014 3 97 Dri Archer RB Kent State
2014 5 173 Wesley Johnson T Vanderbilt
2014 6 215 Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
2013 6 206 Vince Williams ILB Florida State
2012 7 240 David Paulson TE Oregon
2012 7 246 Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M
2012 7 248 Kelvin Beachum T Southern Methodist
2010 5 164 Crezdon Butler CB Clemson
2010 5 166 Stevenson Sylvester ILB Utah
2010 7 242 Doug Worthington DE Ohio State
2009 5 169 Frank Summers RB Nevada-Las Vegas
2007 4 132 Ryan McBean DE Oklahoma State
2007 5 170 William Gay CB Louisville
2006 4 131 Willie Colon T Hofstra
2006 4 133 Orien Harris DT Miami (Fla.)
2006 5 167 Charles Davis TE Purdue
2000 5 163 Tee Martin QB Tennessee
2000 6 204 Jason Gavadza TE Kent State
1999 3 95 Amos Zereoue RB West Virginia
1999 5 166 Malcolm Johnson WR Notre Dame
1998 3 92 Hines Ward WR Georgia
1998 4 123 Carlos King RB North Carolina State
1998 6 186 Ryan Olson DT Colorado
1998 7 221 Angel Rubio DE Southeast Missouri State
1997 3 91 Mike Vrabel DE Ohio State
1997 6 199 Rod Manuel DE Oklahoma
1996 4 132 Jahine Arnold WR Fresno State
1996 6 203 Spence Fischer QB Duke
1995 7 247 Cole Ford K USC
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