NFL Draft History: The #17 Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers are selecting seventeenth this evening in the NFL Draft. Here’s a list of the best and worst picks at that slot.

Best #17 Picks
2001 – Seattle Seahawks- Steve Hutchinson, G/Michigan
1990 – Dallas Cowboys – Emmitt Smith, RB/Florida
1978 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Doug Williams, QB/Grambling State
1975 – Denver Broncos – Louis Wright, CB/San Jose State
1967 – Oakland Raiders – Gene Upshaw, G/Texas A&M-Kingsville
1964 – Dallas Cowboys – Mel Renfro, CB/Oregon
1963 – St. Louis Cardinals – Bob Reynolds, T/Bowling Green

Biggest Busts at #17
2007 – Denver Broncos – Jarvis Moss,, DE/Florida
-Other choices at defensive end: Anthony Spencer, LaMarr Woodley, or Charles Johnson.

2003 – Arizona Cardinals – Bryant Johnson, WR/Penn State
-The Johnson pick wouldn’t have been viewed as a bad pick in most years if the Cards didn’t make a better selection in round two (Anquan Boldin). Johnson finished his career with 314 catches, 3938 yards and 7 TDs.

1996 – Detroit Lions – Reggie Brown, LB/ Texas A&M
-Brown played just two seasons. Reggie was the third linebacker taken in the 1996 Draft. The fourth one (Ray Lewis) would become the best.

1985 – Dallas Cowboys – Kevin Brooks, DT/Michigan
-The pick which followed Jerry Rice isn’t a memorable one for Dallas. The Cowboys could’ve selected William Perry.

1984 – St. Louis Cardinals – Clyde Duncan, WR/Tennessee
-Duncan only caught 4 passes in his NFL career. The Cardials could’ve had Louis Lipps, Brian Brennan, or Lionel Manuel as a wide out.

1981 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Keith Gary, DE/Oklahoma
-Steelers had the opportunity to select Donnell Thompson or Howie Long at the same position

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