Ben Roethlisberger has been a Super Bowl winning quarterback twice in his first five years in the league. The Steelers selection of Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft has made an unimaginable impact on the team’s fortunes. How did the rest of their picks in the draft that year pan out?
In the second round, the Steelers chose defensive back Ricardo Colclough out of Tusculum College (incidentally, the only player ever to play in the NFL from Tusculum). He stayed with the team for four seasons and spent time off and on as a kick returner, but only played part time during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before moving on to Kansas City in 2008.
In the third round, offensive tackle Max Starks was taken out of the University of Florida by the Steelers. Starks has played five seasons with Pittsburgh as both a starter and reserve at left tackle.
In the fifth round, the Steelers took defensive end Nathaniel Adibi out of Virginia Tech. Adibi has appeared on the roster of a number of NFL teams, but has yet to see action during any NFL season.
The sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft saw the Steelers make three different selections. First they chose Bo Lacy, an offensive lineman from Arkansas who never saw action with the team. They then chose Matt Kranchick, a tight end from Penn State who was on the Steelers roster for his rookie season, then saw action with the New York Giants in 2005, and since then has been on the preseason roster of a number of teams. The Steelers spent their final sixth round pick on center Drew Caylor from Stanford who hasn’t made a regular season NFL appearance.
The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ seventh round and final pick in the 2004 NFL Draft was defensive lineman Eric Taylor out of Memphis. Taylor made appearances on a number of rosters of NFL teams, though only saw brief action with the Minnesota Vikings before making the transition to the Canadian Football League and playing with the Edmonton Eskimos.
It looks like a good thing that one of those picks worked out for the Steelers that year.