Top 10 worst Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks of all-time
1. QB/HB/DB Paul Duhart, 1945 (#2)
Paul Duhart could have been categorized with the honorable mentions at the beginning of the piece. But unlike them, he actually appeared in games for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Duhart actually began his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1944 after being discharged from the US Army.
He even helped the Packers win the NFL Championship, securing the game-ending interception. But in the following offseason, the NFL ruled that Duhart would need to enter the NFL Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Duhart appeared in only two games for the Steelers before the Boston Yanks purchased him away. He finished the 1945 season with them before injuries forced him to retire from professional football. The circumstances surrounding Duhart’s career were unique and strange, certainly not replicable in today’s NFL.
But sandwiched between two selections who never played professional football (the aforementioned Podesto and Blanchard), Duhart represented another failure by the Steelers to find a player that made any meaningful contribution to the franchise and doomed them to continued futility on the field during the first few decades of their existence.