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04-01-2011, 10:59 AM
Ed: One Draft, 7 Super Bowl Starters
Thursday, 31 March 2011 12:53
Written by Ed Bouchette

No draft in history can come close or ever will to the one the Steelers had in 1974 when their first four picks all made the Pro Football Hall of Fame Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster.

No draft pick will ever be more significant to the Steelers than the first one under coach Chuck Noll in 1969, Joe Greene (followed later in that draft class by Jon Kolb and L.C. Greenwood).

No draft produced a luckier coin flip for the overall No. 1 pick than the one that occurred in 1970 when the Steelers won and took Terry Bradshaw (and added another Hall of Famer in the third round, Mel Blount).

But 40 years ago, the Steelers made their most significant move toward a dynasty with their 1971 draft class. That class brought to the Steelers wide receiver Frank Lewis, linebacker Jack Ham, guard Gerry Mullins, defensive end Dwhight White, tight end/tackle Larry Brown, defensive tackle Ernie Holmes and safety Mike Wagner.

Seven Super Bowl starters, four Pro Bowlers, one Hall of Famer. Some think that Lewis was a better receiver than either Swann or Stallworth.

Their 1974 draft will never be outdone, but that one in 1971 shined among most others by any NFL team.

Atlanta Dan
04-01-2011, 02:33 PM
[B]Some think that Lewis was a better receiver than either Swann or Stallworth.

Who? - other than a long TD catch at the start of the 1976 playoff victory over teh Colts there are not a lot of Frank Lewis moments with the 70s Steelers

If Lewis was better I doubt he would have been traded to Buffalo:noidea: