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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
1999 WR Donald Driver (7th)
2000 OT Chad Clifton (2nd)
2004 C Scott Wells (7th)
2005 QB Aaron Rodgers (1st), S Nick Collins (2nd)
2006 LB A.J. Hawk (1st), G Daryn Colledge (2nd), WR Greg Jennings (2nd), C/G Jason Spitz (3rd)
2007 RB Brandon Jackson (2nd), WR James Jones (3rd), FB Korey Hall (6th), LB Desmond Bishop (6th), K Mason Crosby (6th)
2008 WR Jordy Nelson (2nd), CB Pat Lee (2nd), G Josh Sitton (4th), QB Matt Flynn (7th), WR Brett Swain (7th)
2009 NT 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)
2010 T/G Bryan Bulaga (1st), TE Andrew Quarless (5th), RB James Starks (6th), DE C.J. Wilson (7th)
Free Agency
2004 DE Cullen Jenkins
2005 S Atari Bigby, TE Donald Lee
2006 CB Tramon Williams
2008 LS Brett Goode
2009 TE Tom Crabtree
2010 C/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
2006 DE/NT Ryan Pickett (STL), CB Charles Woodson (OAK)
2006 CB Jarrett Bush (CAR)
2007 RB John Kuhn (PIT)
2010 LB Diyral Briggs (Denver), NT Howard Green (NYJ)

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

Philadelphia Eagles
2005 DT Mike Patterson (1st), G Todd Herremans (4th), DE Trent Cole (5th)
2006 DT Brodrick Bunkley (1st), OT Winston Justice (2nd), G Max Jean-Gilles (4th), WR Jason Avant (4th), LB Omar Gaither (5th)
2007 QB Kevin Kolb (2nd), LB Stewart Bradley (3rd), TE Brent Celek (5th)
2008 DT Trevor Laws (2nd), WR DeSean Jackson (2nd), C/G Mike McGlynn (4th), OT King Dunlap (7th)
2009 WR Jeremy Maclin (1st), RB LeSean McCoy (2nd), LB Moise Fokou (7th)
2010 DE 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
1999 K David Akers
2003 C Jamaal Jackson, SS Quintin Mikell
2005 DE Juqua Parker
2006 G Nick Cole, CB Joselio Hanson, LS Jon Dorenbos
2007 P Sav Rocca, LB Akeem Jordan
2009 CB Dimitri Patterson, QB Michael Vick
2010 WR 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
2008 CB Asante Samuel (NE)
2009 FB Leonard Weaver (SEA)
2009 OT Jason Peters (BUF), CB Ellis Hobbs (NE)
2010 DE Darryl Tapp (SEA), LB Ernie Sims (DET), CB Jorrick Calvin (ARI), G Reggie Wells (ARI), RB Jerome Harrison (CLE)
2009 RB Eldra Buckley (SD), DT Antonio Dixon (WAS)
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:00 a.m., February 6*

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