The Pittsburgh Steelers’ two-year playoff absence is their longest since Kevin Colbert became the team’s director of football operations in 2000.
Part of the problem is their recent drafts. Many of them are among the Steelers’ seven worst drafts since 2000.
Not every draft on this list was a bad one. This is just the bottom half of the 14 drafts that Colbert has run. But the higher a draft is ranked on this list, the worse it is.
No. 7: 2000
This class doesn’t rank in the top half of Colbert’s drafts because it produced only one Pro Bowl season and the Steelers are among the teams that get docked for choosing another quarterback (Tee Martin in the fifth round) over Tom Brady.
Overall, though, this was a decent draft.
Plaxico Burress was taken with the No. 8 pick, the Steelers’ only top-10 selection in the last 25 years. He’s eighth on the Steelers’ all-time list with 264 receptions and 4,206 receiving yards, but he left Pittsburgh after five years and won a championship in New York...