When Chuck Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, "Steeler" football was born. Not ALL Steelers football. They did play prior to 1970, they just didn't play very well.
If you want to know how the Pittsburgh Steelers operated, think of the Washington Redskins of the late 90's-early 00's. They normally traded valuable draft picks for old, washed up players. That is why the Steelers were so bad, for so long.
When Chuck Noll was hired, he took the job on the condition that HE were to be the one that ran the team, the way HE wanted to run it.
With the Rooney family desperate to win, they allowed Noll to run the show in Pittsburgh, and the rest is history.
As hard as it is for me to pick the top 10 VERY BEST first round picks from the last 45 years, it is a fun task that I had a great time doing.
Yes, I expect MANY of you to think I am crazy about some of them. Others, no one will be able to argue.
I hope you enjoy the list, and let me know what you think in the comments.