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The Pittsburgh Steelers will have the 31st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft that will be held April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Steelers have a total of seven selections in the 76th annual draft, including their own selection in each of the Draft’s seven rounds. This is the second time in league history the NFL will conduct a three-day draft and the 18th consecutive year for the seven-round format with a total of 254 draft picks.

The Draft begins Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m., and only the first round will be completed on the first day. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. The final four rounds will take place on Saturday, April 30, beginning at noon. Teams are allotted 10 minutes for each selection in the first round and seven minutes in the second round. Five minutes are permitted for all subsequent rounds.

For the sixth consecutive year, two networks will be televising the Draft in its entirety. NFL Network, which is airing the Draft for the sixth time, will televise all three days of the Draft while ESPN/ESPN2 will continue their annual coverage of the entire draft through its conclusion. Additionally, the Steelers’ official web site (www.steelers.com) and NFL.com will have exclusive coverage and behind-the-scenes features and Sirius NFL Radio will broadcast a live streaming audio feed throughout the Draft.
 
FAN PARTICIPATION
Steelers fans can participate in Draft Day festivities at the 2011 Steelers Fan Blitz, presented by Xfinity. Steelers Fan Blitz will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Heinz Field and will feature a number of fun-filled events, prize giveaways, and a chance for fans to meet the Steelers’ 2011 No. 1 Draft Pick as well as some of their favorite Steelers’ alumni. For more information on all of the day’s events, please log on to www.steelers.com.

Fans wanting to demonstrate that they bleed “Black and Gold” can make a life-saving blood donation in the North Club Lounge at the Central Blood Bank. Fans who pre-register for the drive (412-209-7010 or www.centralbloodbank.org) will receive free admission into Fan Blitz.

Tickets are now on sale at the Steelers Sideline Stores at the Monroeville Mall, South Hills Village, Pittsburgh Mills, Prime Outlets at Grove City and Heinz Field as well as www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event at the Steelers Ticket Office at Gate B at 10 a.m.

DRAFT NOTES
A total of 32 compensatory choices have been awarded to 23 teams which suffered a net loss of certain free agents last year…New England (Nos. 17 and 28) has two selections in the first round…Oakland does not have a first-round pick…In 74 previous Drafts, the Steelers have selected in the first round in all but seven…Nine of last year’s 10 Steelers draft selections were on the roster during the 2010 season.

STEELERS 2011 DRAFT SELECTIONS
1st Round - 31st choice
2nd Round - 63rd choice
3rd Round - 95th choice
4th Round - 128th choice
5th Round - 162nd choice
6th Round - 196th choice
7th Round - 232nd choice

STEELERS DRAFT HISTORY
MOST CHOICES
All-Time: 30 were chosen in each draft from 1943-48.
Modern Era: 22 in 1971 (11 off., 10 def., 1 sp.); 1976 (12 off., 10 def.)

FEWEST CHOICES
All-Time:
5 in 2003 (2 off., 3 def.)
Modern Era: 5 in 2003 (2 off., 3 def.)

HIGHEST CHOICE
First overall choice in Draft: 1956 (DB Gary Glick); 1970 (QB Terry Bradshaw)

LATEST FIRST CHOICE
Eighth round in 1959 and 1963

FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES BY POSITION: (since 1970)
7 Defensive Backs (1973, 75, 78, 87, 93, 97, 03)
7 Wide Receivers (1971, 74, 84, 94, 99, 00, 06)
7 Offensive Linemen (1986, 89, 92, 96, 98, 02, 10)
6 Defensive Linemen (1981, 83, 85, 88, 01, 09)
5 Running Backs (1972, 79, 82, 89, 09)
4 Tight Ends (1976, 90, 95, 05)
3 Quarterbacks (1970, 80, 04)
3 Linebackers (1977, 91, 07)

STEELERS DRAFTS in TOMLIN ERA (2007 – present)
2010 (18th overall)

1 Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
2 Jason Worilds, LB, Virginia Tech
3 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
4 Thaddeus Gibson, LB, Ohio State
5a Chris Scott, OT, Tennessee
5b Crezdon Butler, CB, Clemson (compensatory selection)
5c Stevenson Sylvester, LB, Utah (acquired the 35th pick in the fifth round and CB Bryant McFadden via a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for the 24th pick in the fifth round)
6a Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
6b Antonio Brown, WR, Central Michigan (compensatory selection)
7 Doug Worthington, DT, Ohio State

2009 (32nd overall)
1 Ziggy Hood, DE, Missouri
3a Kraig Urbik, OG, Wisconsin (acquired via a trade with Denver in return for the 15th pick in the third round and the 20th pick in the third round)
3b Mike Wallace, WR, Mississippi (acquired via a trade with Denver in return for the 15th pick in the third round and the 20th pick in the third round)
3c Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
5a Joe Burnett, CB, Central Florida
5b Frank Summers, RB, UNLV
6 Sunny Harris, DT, Oregon
7a A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State (acquired via a trade with Tampa Bay in return for C Sean Mahan)
7b David Johnson, TE, Central Arkansas

2008 (23rd overall)
1 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
2 Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
3 Bruce Davis, LB, UCLA
4 Tony Hills, OT, Texas
5 Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon
6a Mike Humpal, LB, Iowa
6b Ryan Mundy, S, West Virginia

2007 (15th overall)
1 Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
2 LaMarr Woodley, LB, Michigan
3 Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota
4a Daniel Sepulveda, P, Baylor (acquired via a trade with Green Bay in return for the 20th pick in the fourth round and the 18th pick in the sixth round).
4b Ryan McBean, DE, Oklahoma State
5a Cameron Stephenson, OG, Rutgers
5b William Gay, CB, Louisville
7 Dallas Baker, WR, Florida

STEELERS FIRST-ROUND DRAFT SELECTIONS (1969-2010)
1969 Joe Greene (4) DT, North Texas State
1970 Terry Bradshaw (1) QB, Louisiana Tech
1971 Frank Lewis (8) WR, Grambling
1972 Franco Harris (13) RB, Penn State
1973 James Thomas (24) DB, Florida State
1974 Lynn Swann (21) WR, Southern California
1975 Dave Brown (26) DB, Michigan
1976 Bennie Cunningham (28) TE, Clemson
1977 Robin Cole (21) LB, New Mexico
1978 Ron Johnson (22) CB, Eastern Michigan
1979 Greg Hawthorne (28) RB, Baylor
1980 Mark Malone (28) QB, Arizona State
1981 Keith Gary (17) DE, Oklahoma
1982 Walter Abercrombie (12) RB, Baylor
1983 Gabriel Rivera (21) NT, Texas Tech
1984 Louis Lipps (23) WR, Southern Mississippi
1985 Darryl Sims (20) DE, Wisconsin
1986 John Reinstra (9) G, Temple
1987 Rod Woodson (10) CB, Purdue
1988 Aaron Jones (18) DE, Eastern Kentucky
1989 Tim Worley (7) RB, Georgia
1989 Tom Ricketts (24) OT, Pitt
1990 Eric Green (21) TE, Liberty
1991 Huey Richardson (15) LB, Florida
1992 Leon Searcy (11) OT, Miami
1993 Deon Figures (23) CB, Colorado
1994 Charles Johnson (17) WR, Colorado
1995 Mark Bruener (27) TE, Washington
1996 Jamain Stephens (29) OT. North Carolina A&T
1997 Chad Scott (24) CB, Maryland
1998 Alan Faneca (26) OG, Louisiana State
1999 Troy Edwards (13) WR, Louisiana Tech
2000 Plaxico Burress (8) WR, Michigan State
2001 Casey Hampton (19) NT, Texas
2002 Kendall Simmons (30) OG, Auburn
2003 Troy Polamalu (16) S, Southern Cal
2004 Ben Roethlisberger (11) QB, Miami (Ohio)
2005 Heath Miller (30) TE, Virginia
2006 Santonio Holmes (25) WR, Ohio State
2007 Lawrence Timmons (15) LB, Florida State
2008 Rashard Mendenhall (23) RB, Illinois
2009 Ziggy Hood (32) DE, Missouri
2010 Maurkice Pouncey (18) C, Florida

2011 NFL DRAFT FIRST-ROUND ORDER
1 Carolina Panthers
2 Denver Broncos
3 Buffalo Bills
4 Cincinnati Bengals
5 Arizona Cardinals
6 Cleveland Browns
7 San Francisco 49ers
8 Tennessee Titans
9 Dallas Cowboys
10 Washington Redskins
11 Houston Texans
12 Minnesota Vikings
13 Detroit Lions
14 St. Louis Rams
15 Miami Dolphins
16 Jacksonville Jaguars
17 New England Patriots (from Oakland)
18 San Diego Chargers
19 New York Giants
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
 

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