Pittsburgh Steelers: 15 greatest first-round picks of all-time

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

Steelers 2005 first-round pick: TE Heath Miller

Easily the greatest Steelers tight end of all-time, Heath Miller be forever be remembered and loved by Pittsburgh and its fans. The 2004 John Mackey Award winner somehow slipped to the bottom of the first round in 2005, and found himself in black and yellow after three years with the Virginia Cavaliers.

The No. 30 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Miller started his career on a high-note, earning the starting job in his rookie season. That year, he went on to catch 39 passes for 459 yards and six touchdowns.

Miller became a favorite target, especially in the red zone, for second-year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In just one season with the Steelers, No. 83 won his first Super Bowl and the team’s fifth all-time.

The tight end went on to be named a two-time Pro Bowler throughout his 11-year NFL career, and won two championships along the way. Finishing his career with 6,569 yards and 45 touchdowns, Miller enshrined himself in the hearts of Steelers fans for years to come.

The chant “Heeaaaatthhhhh,” will forever live as a landmark in Steelers history. Honoring the greatest pass-catching big man to wear the uniform was an easy call here at No. 23 for the Steelers all-time.