An organization will always have dud draft picks that don’t succeed in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted several players since 2011 that didn’t pan out. Some names include Mike Adams, Curtis Brown, Alameda Ta’amu, and some might argue Shamarko Thomas.
When Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com was asked to give his opinion on who was the worst draft pick for the Steelers, he picked Dri Archer who struggled greatly in his time with Pittsburgh.
Archer was selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL draft and never lived up to expectations. He had an insane 40 yard dash time in which teams really were eager to see how he would perform in the NFL. Despite being very quick, Fowler went on and described why he was the worst pick in the last five years.
Fowler on Pittsburgh Steelers Worst Draft Pick:
Dri Archer seemed like an ideal pick for Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2014 draft. He had brilliant speed and ran a 4.26-second 40 at the NFL combine. The Steelers needed a kick returner, and Archer could have been a versatile weapon in the Steelers’ passing offense. But Archer’s career in Pittsburgh lasted less than two seasons, with 67 offensive yards to show for it. He was a hesitant returner and couldn’t overcome his size (5-foot-8, 173 pounds). The team released Archer, who was a free agent until the Jets signed him this offseason. The Steelers don’t miss this badly in the first three rounds very often, but Archer was easily the franchise’s worst pick from 2011 to ’15. — Jeremy Fowler
While Archer’s time in Pittsburgh will never be forgotten, I would have to say the worst draft pick since 2011 is Mike Adams. The team took Adams in the second-round of the 2012 NFL draft and expected him to be the starting left tackle. After Adams couldn’t play that position, he was shuffled around quite a bit before being the team’s backup swing tackle. It’s kind of exciting when you draft a player named Kelvin Beachum in the seventh-round, who is arguably one of the best young left tackles in the game. It’s kind of crazy how the NFL draft works. Anything is certainly possible when your team is on the clock.
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