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Top 10 Steelers Draft Picks Not Taken In The First Round

Pittsburgh Steelers Mel Blount, 1976 AFC Championship

1. Mel Blount – Drafted in 1970 in the 3rd round with the 53rd pick. While this may surprise many, Mel Blount is number one for a reason. He started 189 of 200 games, had 57 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles in his 14 year career. He also played and started in all 19 career playoff games with 4 interceptions. Blount was a true shutdown corner, throwing near him was bad news for any team. Mel Blount was a 5 time Pro Bowler and 2 time First Team All Pro, and got the call to the Hall of Fame in 1989. He revolutionized the game, so much so that other teams had to make rules to try and stop what he was doing. Even after making the Mel Blount Rule, Blount continued to dominate. Not bad for a 3rd rounder.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



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