Hall of Fame Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson was the Steelers' top pick in 1987, one of the hits the Steelers had in the first round in the 1980s.
If the Steelers' drafts of the 1970s were among the best the franchise ever conducted, several of those in the 1980s were among the worst. Pick after pick -- especially most of those taken in the first rounds -- failed to pan out.
The Steelers did, however, pick Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson in the first round in 1987, and procured greats such as Carnell Lake Greg Lloyd, Merrill Hoge, and Dermontti Dawson.
Picks listed by year and round selected:
1a. Worley, Tim (RB), Georgia.
1b. Ricketts, Tom (OT), Pittsburgh.
2. Lake, Carnell (SS), UCLA.
3. Hill, Derek (WR), Arizona.
4. Williams, Jerrol (LB), Purdue.
5. Arnold, David (DB), Michigan.
6. Stock, Mark (WR), Virginia Military Institute.
7. Johnson, David (CB), Kentucky.
8. Asbeck, Chris (NT), Cincinnati.
9. Jenkins, A.J. (DE), Cal State Fullerton.
10. Olsavsky, Jerry (LB), Pittsburgh.
11. Slater, Brian (WR), Washington.
12. Haselrig, Carlton (NT), Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
1. Jones, Aaron (DE), Eastern Kentucky.
2. Dawson, Dermontti (C/G), Kentucky.
3. Lanza, Chuck (C), Notre Dame.
4. No pick.
5a. Jordan, Darin (LB), Northeastern.
5b. Reese, Jerry (DL), Kentucky.
6. Williams, Warren (RB), Miami (Fla.).
7. Zeno, Marc (WR), Tulane.
8a. Nichols, Mark (DT), Michigan State.
8b. Hinnant, Mike (TE), Temple.
9. Lockbaum, Gordie (RB), Holy Cross.
10. Jackson, John (OT), Eastern Kentucky.
11. Dawson, Bobby (SS), Illinois.
12. Earle, James (LB), Clemson.
1. Woodson, Rod (CB), Purdue.
2. Hall, Delton (CB), Clemson.
3. Lockett, Charles (WR), Cal State -- Long Beach.
4. Everett, Thomas (FS), Baylor.
5. Nickerson, Hardy (LB), California.
6a. Johnson, Tim (DE), Penn State.
6b. Lloyd, Greg (LB), Fort Valley State.
7. Kelley, Chris (TE), Akron.
8. Buchanan, Charles (DE), Tennessee State.
9. Clinkscales, Joey (WR), Tennessee.
10. Hoge, Merril (RB), Idaho State.
11. Oswald, Paul (C), Kansas.
12. Young, Theo (TE), Arkansas.
1. Reinstra, John (G), Temple.
2. Williams, Gerald (DT/NT), Auburn.
3. Brister, Walter "Bubby", (QB), Northeast Louisiana.