Steelers 3 biggest draft busts in Pittsburgh’s franchise history

Jarvis Jones #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers . (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Jarvis Jones #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers . (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers have had a strong track record of drafting and developing players but that does not mean they’re immune to busts along the way.

It is no secret that this franchise has built its success through the draft. They have selected and developed their stars throughout the history of the team that plays on the Three Rivers. It is not easy to continually be good at making selections so your team can be contenders nearly every season. There will be rebuilding and retooling years but thanks to the consistent addition of talent, those years end sooner than later. Other franchises have trouble evaluating talent but the Steelers have people shocked when they choose a player that becomes a bust.

Everyone does it, drafting bad players does come up. One reason or another some players just do not make the transition to the NFL. They are looked back on as busts and it has happened to many college players, even some of the players all NFL scouts were sure would be great at the next level.

Senquez Golson, CB (2015, Round 2)

Golson was short in stature but he was a promising player coming out of college. The Ole Miss product was seen as the potential future playmaker in the secondary for a reemerging defense. That defense was still retooling after the retirements of past stars in that squad retired a few years prior. This player seemed like he would be the solution to the defense’s secondary woes for years to come but that did not occur. The only thing that would happen in this player’s career is injuries and nothing more.

It was a string of bad luck for him once his career started. He suffered a season-ending injury while practicing in the fields of Latrobe during training camp. He was able to successfully return and everyone was excited to see what he could provide. He would only get hurt a couple of weeks later and would be lost for the season again. Golson would jump to the Raiders in hopes of revitalizing his career but he could not. The injury bug was just too troubling for him and that sunk his NFL life. A second-round pick that doesn’t even play an NFL snap is a tough pill to swallow and that’s why he is number three on this list.