THE GREATEST N.F.L. DRAFT CLASS EVER- 1974 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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With the NFL draft going on this week I was thinking about the greatest draft class a team ever had. The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers without question had the best draft a team ever had. There are 5ive players who were drafted in that entire 17 round draft who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and four of the 5ive are Steelers, only the Raiders Dave Casper was not. The Steelers that draft took in the first round wide receiver Lynn Swann from USC. In round 2- Jack Lambert a skinny but intense linebacker from Kent State. In Round 4 they had two choices- wide receiver John Stallworth from tiny Alabama A&M and in round 5 Mike Webster a center from Wisconsin. It is sometimes forgotten  that in that draft- a safety from South Carolina State wasn’t taken in the draft but signed as a free- agent- Donnie Shell who would make 5ive Pro Bowls. The Steelers would win the Super Bowl that season and those 5ive players would play central roles in 4 Super Bowl wins in a 6 year period. No team is ever going to have a draft like that again. Consider this in its 50 year existence the Cincinnati Bengals have had 2 Hall of Famers total- Charlie Joiner who is remembered mostly as a Charger and Anthony Munoz one of the great tackles of all time. That is it.

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2 responses to “THE GREATEST N.F.L. DRAFT CLASS EVER- 1974 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

    • Joe Greene was the first ever pick under Coach Chuck Noll in 1969. The headlines the next day in the Pittsburgh Press was ‘Joe Who?”

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