Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) gestures during drills in minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers And The History Of The No. 15 Pick

Even though free agency is still going strong and the Pittsburgh Steelers will make some likely minor upgrades over the course of the next few weeks, all eyes are focused on the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) takes the field against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Whether you feel the Steelers should look at a cornerback, wide receiver, safety or defensive lineman with their first round selection, one thing is for certain: they cannot miss when they select 15th overall.

The good news is that some quality players have been taken with the No. 15 overall pick throughout this decade, including when the Steelers struck gold by selecting linebacker Lawrence Timmons at 15th overall in 2007.

With that in mind I thought I would take a look at the history of the No. 15 pick since the year 2000:

2013: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints

2012: Bruce Irvin, DE, Seahawks

2011: Mike Pouncey, C, Dolphins

2010: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants

2009: Brian Cushing, LB, Texans

2008: Branden Albert, OT, Chiefs

2007: Timmons

2006: Tye Hill, CB, Rams

2005: Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs

2004: Michael Clayton, WR, Buccaneers

2003: Jerome McDougle, DE, Eagles

2002: Albert Haynesworth, DT, Titans

2001: Rod Gardner, WR, Redskins

2000: Deltha O’Neal, CB, Broncos

While there have been some misses from teams in that span, the No. 15 overall pick has produced some quality players ever since the Steelers selected Timmons.

The draft is still a couple of months away and no matter which direction Kevin Colbert and his staff elect to go, judging by past history they are going to have a chance to get a quality player when May rolls around.

Hopefully they keep the productive streak at pick No. 15 going.

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