NFL News : ESPN decides the Steelers' worst draft pick ever.

ESPN decides the Steelers' worst draft pick ever.


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The Pittsburgh Steelers are usually pretty good at making the right selections in the draft, but according to ESPN the selection of Dri Archer was the team's worst draft selection in the last 5 years.

According to ESPN's Jermey Fowler, Archer represents a lapse of judgement for the team released midway through his second season. He was originally a selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but never really caught on with the team afterward.

"Dri Archer seemed like an ideal pick for Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2014 draft. He had brilliant speed and ran a 4.26-second 40 at the NFL combine," Fowler wrote. "The Steelers needed a kick returner, and Archer could have been a versatile weapon in the Steelers' passing offense. But Archer's career in Pittsburgh lasted less than two seasons, with 67 offensive yards to show for it. He was a hesitant returner and couldn't overcome his size (5-foot-8, 173 pounds). The team released Archer, who was a free agent until the Jets signed him this offseason. The Steelers don't miss this badly in the first three rounds very often, but Archer was easily the franchise's worst pick from 2011 to '15."

Despite averaging 25.3 yards per return (which led the NFL for players with at least 10 kickoff returns), but was released in favor of Jacoby Jones halfway through the 2015 season.

The Steelers are now in the process of looking for new kick returners entering the 2016 season.