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Every No. 49 Pick in NFL Draft History

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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

YearPlayerPosDrAgeTmAP1PBStCarAVGGSPass YdsTDIntAttYdsTDRecYdsTDIntSkCollege/Univ
2019Ben BanoguLB23IND00011602.5TCU
2018Dallas GoedertTE23PHI00283117919419South Dakota St.
2017Ryan AndersonOLB23WAS00054346Alabama
2016Jarran ReedDT23SEA00322564715.5Alabama
2015Mitch MorseG23KAN004286565Missouri
2014Jace AmaroTE22NYJ0004174414042Texas Tech
2013Johnathan HankinsDT21NYG00639988613.5Ohio St.
2012Kendall ReyesDT22SDG003227650114.5Connecticut
2011Ben IjalanaT22IND00173413Villanova
2010Taylor MaysDB22SFO000980151USC
2009Max UngerC23SEA13868130130Oregon
2008DeSean JacksonWR21PHI0311731561490017044745981042055California
2007Kenny IronsRBCIN000Auburn
2006Kellen ClemensQB23NYJ00210642140531621852273Oregon
2005Marcus JohnsonG21MIN001105318Mississippi
2004Keiwan RatliffDB23CIN000976125Florida
2003Eddie MooreLB23MIA0003183Tennessee
2002Levar FisherLB23ARI001623151North Carolina St.
2001LaMont JordanRB22NYJ002311142900189737342815813013Maryland
2000Dwayne GoodrichDB22DAL0001161Tennessee
1999Joe MontgomeryRB23NYG00021351233724Ohio St.
1998Kenny MixonDE23MIA0053710596218.5LSU
1997Torrian GrayDB23MIN000325411Virginia Tech
1996Randall GodfreyLB23DAL00970170149617Georgia
1995Barret RobbinsC22OAK11752121105TCU
1994Toby WrightDB23RAM00318594419072Nebraska
1993Roosevelt PottsRB22IND004167161359147511068634La-Monroe
1992Troy AuzenneT23CHI002176135California
1991Chris ZorichDT22CHI00328844916.5Notre Dame
1990Pat TerrellDB22RAM0043113970111Notre Dame
1989Jessie SmallLB22PHI0021253233.5East. Kentucky
1988Brian BladesWR23SEA01959156122000211560581762034Miami (FL)
1987Eric ThomasDB22CIN0153311184173Tulane
1986Doug WilliamsT23NYJ0006239Texas A&M
1985Reggie PhillipsDB24CHI0001160143SMU
1984Daryl TurnerWR22SEA004175940101187236Michigan St.
1983Roger CraigRB23SFO149951651331991818956566491117Nebraska
1982Vernon DeanDB23WAS005341015922San Diego St.
1981Chris WilliamsDB22BUF00052153LSU
1980Kevin HouseWR22TAM00642114850007410299516934Southern Illinois
1979Pat HowellG22ATL001146721USC
1978Willie FryDEPIT000Notre Dame
1977Pete JohnsonRB23CIN0175211073148956267617513346Ohio St.
1976Loaird McCrearyTE23MIA00015558953Tennessee St.
1975Stan WinfreyRB22MIA00033005521516551Arkansas St.
1974Delvin WilliamsRB23SFO12656100791801131255983315214156Kansas
1973Monte JohnsonLB21OAK00539996910Nebraska
1972Tom ReynoldsWR23NWE0002210152792San Diego St.
1971Joe OrdunaRB22SFO000239774236311581Nebraska
1970Margene AdkinsWR23DAL0003359192580Henderson JC

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Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks

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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.

Click here to also watch Mike and others discuss if the Steelers should have instead traded for Leonard Fournette on Pittsburgh Sports Live.

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Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft

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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.

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Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show

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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.

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