Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 best/worst first round picks since 2000

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 11: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills is sacked by Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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Bud Dupree
OLB 2015 - 22nd overall

Bud Dupree hasn’t been a bad player. That’s why he’s only an honorable mention. Fortunately for the Steelers, they’ve hit on a lot of first round picks since 2000. That puts players like Dupree on the brink of being near the bottom of the list.

Dupree was the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky. In his four seasons in black and gold, he’s only mustered 20 total sacks. To his credit, he had an injury-shortened 2016 season where he only played seven games.

A decent amount of pressure was put on Dupree to produce thanks to a first round bust on the other side of the defense (we’ll get to that later). But ultimately, Dupree has yet to thrive as a dangerous pass rusher in the NFL, only posting a season-high six sacks in 2017.

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