The 10 best draft choices by the Steelers since 2000

Ben Roethlisberger has helped guide the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins. [Image Source: Flickr | nflravens]
Ben Roethlisberger has helped guide the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins. [Image Source: Flickr | nflravens]

While only one of the three remains, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown all have provided excellent value for the Steelers.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 18 different teams, its time to now look at the Steelers, who have the 20th overall pick in April's draft. Chad Reuter of NFL.com has them selecting linebacker Devin Bush out of Michigan with that pick.

Despite missing the playoffs last season, the Steelers have been a successful franchise since 2000. Since that time, they have reached the postseason 12 times and made the Super Bowl three times (won twice). Some excellent draft choices by the team, in recent years, have enabled them to have sustained success.

Note: Only time with the Steelers is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly the top ten players drafted by Pittsburgh since 2000. Some late-round picks that didn't quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Clark Haggans (fifth round, 2000), Larry Foote (fourth round, 2002), Ike Taylor (fourth round, 2003), Willie Colon (fourth round, 2006), William Gay (fifth round, 2007), and Vince Williams (sixth round, 2013). A trio of players drafted in 2017 (T.J. Watt, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner) will likely crack the list with a few more strong seasons.

1

Ben Roethlisberger, QB - first round, 11th overall (2004); time with Steelers: 2004-present

Owning a 144-69-1 record as a starting quarterback, Roethlisberger has helped guide Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl wins. During his historic career, he has thrown for 56,194 yards and 363 touchdowns. Mike Tomlin and other members of the Steelers have come to his defense recently, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as he has been under some scrutiny this offseason after the departures of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.

2

Troy Polamalu, S - first round, 16th overall (2003); time with Steelers: 2003-2014

An eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro member, Polamalu is likely to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when first eligible next year. The 2010 Defensive Player of the Year intercepted 32 passes in his career.

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