NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the last 10 number one draft picks
There appears to be no secret that LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow will be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Although he will join some elite company, recent top picks have been rather unspectacular. Let’s take a look at the last ten and rank them in order.
10. Sam Bradford (2010, St. Louis Rams)
Luckily for Bradford, he was selected back in the day when the guaranteed money for rookie quarterbacks was in another stratosphere. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner got paid, but the St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles, of course) never got an appropriate return on their investment. Bradford made zero Pro Bowls in eight NFL seasons.
9. Baker Mayfield (2018, Cleveland Browns)
It is not yet time to give up on Mayfield, but the Cleveland Browns taking him No. 1 overall seemed like a reach at the time, and it still seems that way. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner excelled as a rookie (27 touchdowns to 14 interceptions) but suffered a sophomore slump with almost as many INTs (21) as TDs (22)
8. Myles Garrett (2017, Cleveland Browns)
Garrett has racked up 30.5 sacks in three NFL seasons, including 13.5 in a 2018 Pro Bowl effort. From a talent standpoint, he has lived up to the hype. But the defensive end out of Texas A&M may not be worth the trouble following last year’s infamous brawl with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
7. Kyler Murray (2019, Arizona Cardinals)
N/A is the true ranking for Murray at this point, as one season on a bad team is nowhere near a large enough sample size to make a proper judgment. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 3,722 yards with 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 544 yards and five scores. If nothing else, it was an encouraging start to Murray’s NFL career.
6. Jameis Winston (2015, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Although a 30-30 player is normally a baseball term, Winston infamously changed that last year. Yes, the 2013 Heisman Trophy recipient reached the 30-mark in both touchdowns and interceptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers probably would have rid themselves of him regardless, but they found a good excuse to do so by signing Tom Brady.
5. Jared Goff (2016, Los Angeles Rams)
Goff gets a slight edge over Winston because he has two Pro Bowl appearances to the former FSU standout’s one. Moreover, Goff is a year younger, and his original team has not yet pulled the plug on him. Like Winston, the Rams’ signal-caller can be both good and bad. So far, he has delivered two strong seasons and two disappointing ones.
4. Eric Fisher (2013, Kansas City Chiefs)
Fisher is the only offensive lineman in the last 11 years to go No. One overall (first since fellow tackle Jake Long in 2008). He has been solid if unspectacular, going to one Pro Bowl (2018) in addition to helping the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl this past season. Fisher was extremely durable until he missed eight games in 2019.
3. Jadeveon Clowney (2014, Houston Texans)
Clowney is the only defensive player in the last 13 years to go No. One overall (first since fellow DE Mario Williams in 2006). Although the former South Carolina star has been to three Pro Bowls, the Houston Texans d-line with Clowney, and J.J. Watt never materialized into a consistently dominant force (in part due to Watt’s injuries).
2. Cam Newton (2011, Carolina Panthers)
Nobody on this list has sustained success over a long period, but Newton’s peak was impressive if also brief. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner earned Rookie of the Year honors and immediately made his first of three Pro Bowls in five years. Newton also won NFL MVP in 2015, helping the Carolina Panthers reach the Super Bowl.
1. Andrew Luck (2012, Indianapolis Colts)
Luck was on his way to a Hall of Fame career before abruptly retiring at the end of the 2018 campaign. In just six NFL seasons (he missed the entirety of one due to injury, as did Bradford), the former Stanford star made four Pro Bowl appearances. It led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs on four occasions.
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