The Steelers have the 49th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. So how about the other 50 49th picks since the NFL merger? Can a look at history give us any predictions on what kind of player the Steelers could get in this year’s draft?
Probably not, but it’s fun to look anyway!
49th pick fun facts
- There are eight former 49th picks still playing in the NFL, with DeSean Jackson (2008) being the oldest remaining.
- There are no 49th picks in the Hall-of-Fame, although Roger Craig, the 49th pick in 1983 probably should be.
- Four former 49th picks have been selected to an All-Pro team (year drafted in parenthesis): Craig (1983), Max Unger (2009), Delvin Williams (1974), Barret Robbins (1995)
- Only two never played a game in the NFL, Steelers 1978 pick DE Willie Fry and Bengals 2007 selection RB Kenny Irons.
- The Steelers have had one previous No. 49 pick, the aforementioned Willie Fry.
- Only one quarterback has ever been selected, Kellen Clemmens in 2006 by the New York Jets.
- More running backs have been taken at No. 49 than any other position.
- Positional breakdown: 2 centers, 10 defensive backs, 2 defensive ends, 4 defensive tackles, 3 guards, 7 linebackers, 1 quarterback, 9 running backs, 3 tackles, 3 tight ends and 6 wide receivers.
- Career approximate value leaders (per Pro Football Reference): Roger Craig, DeSean Jackson, Randall Godfrey, Max Unger, Brian Blades, Delvin Williams, Barret Robbins, Pete Johnson, Kevin House, Johnathan Hankins.
- Nebraska leads all colleges with four No. 49 selections followed by Ohio State and Notre Dame with three each.
Every 49th pick since the merger
|2018||Dallas Goedert||TE||23||PHI||0||0||2||8||31||17||91||941||9||South Dakota St.|
|2014||Jace Amaro||TE||22||NYJ||0||0||0||4||17||4||41||404||2||Texas Tech|
|2013||Johnathan Hankins||DT||21||NYG||0||0||6||39||98||86||13.5||Ohio St.|
|2002||Levar Fisher||LB||23||ARI||0||0||1||6||23||15||1||North Carolina St.|
|1999||Joe Montgomery||RB||23||NYG||0||0||0||2||13||5||123||372||4||Ohio St.|
|1997||Torrian Gray||DB||23||MIN||0||0||0||3||25||4||1||1||Virginia Tech|
|1991||Chris Zorich||DT||22||CHI||0||0||3||28||84||49||16.5||Notre Dame|
|1990||Pat Terrell||DB||22||RAM||0||0||4||31||139||70||11||1||Notre Dame|
|1989||Jessie Small||LB||22||PHI||0||0||2||12||53||23||3.5||East. Kentucky|
|1988||Brian Blades||WR||23||SEA||0||1||9||59||156||122||0||0||0||21||156||0||581||7620||34||Miami (FL)|
|1986||Doug Williams||T||23||NYJ||0||0||0||6||23||9||Texas A&M|
|1984||Daryl Turner||WR||22||SEA||0||0||4||17||59||40||101||1872||36||Michigan St.|
|1982||Vernon Dean||DB||23||WAS||0||0||5||34||101||59||22||San Diego St.|
|1980||Kevin House||WR||22||TAM||0||0||6||42||114||85||0||0||0||7||41||0||299||5169||34||Southern Illinois|
|1978||Willie Fry||DE||PIT||0||0||0||Notre Dame|
|1977||Pete Johnson||RB||23||CIN||0||1||7||52||110||73||1489||5626||76||175||1334||6||Ohio St.|
|1976||Loaird McCreary||TE||23||MIA||0||0||0||1||55||5||8||95||3||Tennessee St.|
|1975||Stan Winfrey||RB||22||MIA||0||0||0||3||30||0||55||215||1||6||55||1||Arkansas St.|
|1972||Tom Reynolds||WR||23||NWE||0||0||0||2||21||0||15||279||2||San Diego St.|
|1970||Margene Adkins||WR||23||DAL||0||0||0||3||35||9||19||258||0||Henderson JC|
Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks
Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.
Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.
“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”
With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.
Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.
Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.
“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”
Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.
“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”
Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.
It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.
Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show
It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.