As “Mean Joe” Greene announces the Pittsburgh Steelers first overall pick of the 2019 draft this evening, Greene is certainly one of if not THE greatest first round draft choice in Steelers history. A Hall of Fame member, Joe Greene was one of the greatest defensive lineman in the history of the league.
Since the draft began back in the 1930s, there have been 78 first round selections by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some have been busts, others have gone on to stellar careers that landed them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mean Joe Greene is one of them. Of those 78 first rounders, the following are the men who stand out the most for having very successful careers including a spot in Canton, Ohio along with Joe Greene.
As for those first round draft busts, there have been a handful but who was the worst? Mark Malone? Keith Gary? Walter Abercrombie? Huey Richardson? How about Jamain Stephens? Here are the worst of the worst.
Before I conclude this history lesson, let’s talk about the men who were drafted LAST but found success on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
To close this story, did you know that the current Oakland Raiders General Manager and former broadcast personality Mike Mayock was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s true and he was selected in the 1955 draft, 24th overall and out of Villanova, Mayock never developed into an NFL player after being cut by Pittsburgh then playing a bit in the Canadian Football League.