The Pittsburgh Steelers love to take defensive ends later in the draft and develop them into starters in their 3-4 defense. The team drafted Aaron Smith in the fourth round of the 1999 draft and then Brett Keisel in the seventh round of the 2002 draft. Both turned into two of the better 3-4 defensive ends in the league with their ability to be dominant against the run and still apply pressure on the quarterback. It seems like every year when the Steelers take a lineman late we all try and make the comparison to Keisel and Smith and predict/hope he is the next guy to develop. Unfortunately, since Keisel in 2002, none of the defensive linemen drafted by the Steelers made any impact with the team.
Since drafting Brett Keisel in the seventh round in 2002, here are every defensive ends selected by the Steelers.
Eric Taylor spent his first year and a half in the NFL bouncing back and forth from being released to the Steelers’ practice squad before being signed...