By Patrick Mondout
Grading a team's performance in a draft is always subjective, but there
is one aspect of the 1974 Pittsburgh
Steelers draft that is both indisputable and objective: They are the
only team in the history of the NFL to draft more than two future Hall of
Famers in one draft. In fact, few teams have been fortunate enough to
draft as many as two (the '65 Chicago Bears, for example, managed to draft
both LB Dick Butkis and RB Gale Sayers).
The first round selection for the Steelers in 1974 was future
Super Bowl MVP Lynn Swann. Their second round selection was LB Jack
Lambert. They picked up WR John Stallworth in round 4 and C Mike Webster
in round 5.
The Steelers were not the only team to find a future Canton inductee.
The Raiders selected tight end Dave Casper in the 2nd round (45th overall)
- the sixth TE selected.
It's tempting to think the Steelers just got lucky in 1974, but the
fact is that they became one of those rare teams to select multiple future
Hall of Famers in 1970 as well (Terry
Bradshaw and Mel Blount). In fact, between 1969 and 1975, the Steelers
selected at least one future Hall member in every draft except 1973
and nine overall!
Below is the first round of the 1974 NFL draft. We also have the
entire 17 round draft.
1 - Acquired from Houston Oilers
2 - Acquired from New Orleans Saints
3 - Acquired from New England Patriots
4 - Acquired from Philadelphia Eagles
5 - Acquired from Detroit Lions
6 - Acquired from Cleveland Browns
7 - Acquired from Atlanta Falcons
8 - Acquired from Washington thru Los Angeles Rams
9 - Acquired from Los Angeles Rams