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How Packers, Steelers Were Built

What is the best way to build a football team? It has been said that the foundation of the team must be built through the draft to achieve year in and year out success. Makes sense, everyone loves home cooking.

The end of the 2010 season will come later this evening and a Super Bowl champion will be crowned. Will it be the NFC Champion Packers? Will it be the Steelers from the AFC? The world will be watching, but until then let's take a look at how these two teams were built and compare it to how the Eagles were crafted this season.

A couple of notes. The Associated Press provided the information for the Steelers and Packers. For the Steelers, I know that center Maurkice Pouncey was placed on injured reserve this week but I included him on the list because he was an integral part of the team's success. For the Eagles, the information was courtesy of the Eagles Media Relations Department. I decided to include certain players who ended up on injured reserve like defensive end Brandon Graham and cornerback Ellis Hobbs.

It's interesting to see how long a draft class really lasts on a team. 2004 isn't that long ago, but the Packers have one seventh-round pick on their roster from that class and the Steelers have one draft choice suiting up tonight. Of course, that pick was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Green Bay Packers
1999WR Donald Driver (7th)
2000OT Chad Clifton (2nd)
2004C Scott Wells (7th)
2005QB Aaron Rodgers (1st), S Nick Collins (2nd)
2006LB A.J. Hawk (1st), G Daryn Colledge (2nd), WR Greg Jennings (2nd), C/G Jason Spitz (3rd)
2007RB Brandon Jackson (2nd), WR James Jones (3rd), FB Korey Hall (6th), LB Desmond Bishop (6th), K Mason Crosby (6th)
2008WR Jordy Nelson (2nd), CB Pat Lee (2nd), G Josh Sitton (4th), QB Matt Flynn (7th), WR Brett Swain (7th)
2009NT B.J. Raji (1st), LB Clay Matthews (1st), T/G T.J. Lang (4th), FB Quinn Johnson (5th), DE Jarius Wynn (6th), CB Brandon Underwood (6th)
2010T/G Bryan Bulaga (1st), TE Andrew Quarless (5th), RB James Starks (6th), DE C.J. Wilson (7th)
Free Agency
2004DE Cullen Jenkins
2005S Atari Bigby, TE Donald Lee
2006CB Tramon Williams
2008LS Brett Goode
2009TE Tom Crabtree
2010C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, LB Robert Francois, CB Josh Gordy, QB Graham Harrell, P Tim Masthay, G Nick McDonald, RB Dimitri Nance, S Charlie Peprah, CB Sam Shields, LB Erik Walden, LB Matt Wilhelm, LB Frank Zombo
Unrestricted Free Agency
2006DE/NT Ryan Pickett (STL), CB Charles Woodson (OAK)
2006CB Jarrett Bush (CAR)
2007RB John Kuhn (PIT)
2010LB Diyral Briggs (Denver), NT Howard Green (NYJ)

Pittsburgh Steelers
1998WR Hines Ward (3rd)
1999DE Aaron Smith (4th)
2001NT Casey Hampton (1st)
2002DE Brett Keisel (7th)
2003S Troy Polamalu (1st), CB Ike Taylor (4th)
2004QB Ben Roethlisberger (1st)
2005TE Heath Miller (1st), G Trai Essex (3rd), G Chris Kemoeatu (6th)
2007LB Lawrence Timmons (1st), LB LaMarr Woodley (2nd), TE Matt Spaeth (3rd), CB William Gay (5th)
2008RB Rashard Mendenhall (1st), OT Tony Hills (4th), RB Jonathan Dwyer (6th), S Ryan Mundy (6th)
2009DE Ziggy Hood (1st), WR Mike Wallace (3rd), CB Keenan Lewis (3rd), TE David Johnson (7th)
2010C Maurkice Pouncey (1st), LB Jason Worilds (2nd), WR Emmanuel Sanders (3rd), OT Chris Scott (5th), CB Crezdon Butler (5th), LB Stevenson Sylvester (5th), WR Antonio Brown (6th)
Free Agency
2001NT Chris Hoke
2002QB Charlie Batch
2004LB James Harrison
2005C Greg Warren
2007DE Nick Eason
2008C Doug Legursky
2009G Ramon Foster, CB Anthony Madison, DT Steve McLendon, RB Isaac Redman
2010OT Flozell Adams, P Jeremy Kapinos, WR Antwaan Randle El, OT Jonathan Scott, K Shaun Suisham
Unrestricted Free Agency
2002LB James Farrior (NYJ)
2006S Ryan Clark (WAS)
2008RB Mewelde Moore (MIN), LB Keyaron Fox (KC)
2010S Will Allen (TB), WR Arnaz Battle (SF), LB Larry Foote (DET)
2010QB Byron Leftwich (TB), CB Bryant McFadden (ARI)

Philadelphia Eagles
2005DT Mike Patterson (1st), G Todd Herremans (4th), DE Trent Cole (5th)
2006DT Brodrick Bunkley (1st), OT Winston Justice (2nd), G Max Jean-Gilles (4th), WR Jason Avant (4th), LB Omar Gaither (5th)
2007QB Kevin Kolb (2nd), LB Stewart Bradley (3rd), TE Brent Celek (5th)
2008DT Trevor Laws (2nd), WR DeSean Jackson (2nd), C/G Mike McGlynn (4th), OT King Dunlap (7th)
2009WR Jeremy Maclin (1st), RB LeSean McCoy (2nd), LB Moise Fokou (7th)
2010DE Brandon Graham (1st), FS Nate Allen (2nd), DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (3rd), CB Trevard Lindley (4th), LB Keenan Clayton (4th), QB Mike Kafka (4th), TE Clay Harbor (4th), WR Riley Cooper (5th), LB Jamar Chaney (7th), S Kurt Coleman (7th)
Free Agency
1999K David Akers
2003C Jamaal Jackson, SS Quintin Mikell
2005DE Juqua Parker
2006G Nick Cole, CB Joselio Hanson, LS Jon Dorenbos
2007P Sav Rocca, LB Akeem Jordan
2009CB Dimitri Patterson, QB Michael Vick
2010WR Chad Hall, OT Austin Howard, FB Owen Schmitt, S Colt Anderson, KR Gerard Lawson, DT Jeremy Clark, DE Bobby McCray, S Jamar Adams, CB Brandon Hughes
Unrestricted Free Agency
2008CB Asante Samuel (NE)
2009FB Leonard Weaver (SEA)
2009OT Jason Peters (BUF), CB Ellis Hobbs (NE)
2010DE Darryl Tapp (SEA), LB Ernie Sims (DET), CB Jorrick Calvin (ARI), G Reggie Wells (ARI), RB Jerome Harrison (CLE)
2009RB Eldra Buckley (SD), DT Antonio Dixon (WAS)
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:00 a.m., February 6*

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