Top 50 Pittsburgh Steelers of the 2000’s: players 50-41

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PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 20: Ziggy Hood #96 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a stop against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Heinz Field on October 20, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)

50. Evander (Ziggy) Hood, DE (2009)

Ziggy Hood was the spoils of the Steelers 2008 Super Bowl win, as he was drafted with pick 32 overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Though he was a former first round pick, Hood never lived up to his draft status and was typically best when serving as  rotational piece to the Steelers defensive line.

With Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith on the Steelers’ roster to start his career, Hood wasn’t asked to do much. In fact, the former Missouri product had just 9 NFL starts to begin his 3rd season in the league.

When Hood finally did get the chance to start full-time, he was a bit of a let down. Ziggy never produced more than 3.0 sacks in a single season – something he was only able to do twice in his 5-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

To be fair, the Steelers were picking late in a historically bad draft class of 2009. I didn’t work out a whole lot better – even for teams with top 10 picks that year.

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