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Overall #1 Draft picks Studs and Duds survey

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OK, so based on our conversation on another thread here are the #1 overall NFL draft picks since 1936. Your mission should you choose to accept: List your Top 10 Studs and your Top 10 Duds:


Year Player Position College Pro Team

1936 Jay Berwanger Halfback Chicago Philadelphia Eagles (did not sign)

1937 Sam Francis Fullback Nebraska Philadelphia Eagles

1938 Corbett Davis Fullback Indiana Cleveland Rams

1939 Ki Aldrich Center TCU Chicago Cardinals

1940 George Cafego Halfback Tennessee Chicago Cardinals

1941 Tom Harmon Halfback Michigan Chicago Bears

1942 Bill Dudley Halfback Virginia Pittsburgh Steelers

1943 Frank Sinkwich Halfback Georgia Detroit Lions

1944 Angelo Bertelli Quarterback Notre Dame Boston Yanks

1945 Charley Trippi Halfback Georgia Chicago Cardinals

1946 Frank Dancewicz Quarterback Notre Dame Boston Yanks

1947 Bob Fenimore Halfback Oklahoma A&M Chicago Bears

1948 Harry Gilmer Quarterback Alabama Washington Redskins

1949 Chuck Bednarik Center/Linebacker Penn Philadelphia Eagles

1950 Leon Hart End Notre Dame Detroit Lions

1951 Kyle Rote Halfback SMU New York Giants

1952 Bill Wade Quarterback Vanderbilt Los Angeles Rams

1953 Harry Babcock End Georgia San Francisco 49ers

1954 Bobby Garrett Quarterback Stanford Cleveland Browns

1955 George Shaw Quarterback Oregon Baltimore Colts

1956 Gary Glick Defensive back Colorado A&M Pittsburgh Steelers

1957 Paul Hornung Halfback Notre Dame Green Bay Packers

1958 King Hill Quarterback Rice Chicago Cardinals

1959 Randy Duncan Quarterback Iowa Green Bay Packers

1960 Billy Cannon Running back LSU Los Angeles Rams (Signed with AFL Houston Oilers)

1961 Tommy Mason Running back Tulane Minnesota Vikings

1962 Ernie Davis Running back Syracuse Washington Redskins (traded to Cleveland Browns)

1963 Terry Baker Quarterback Oregon State Los Angeles Rams

1964 Dave Parks End Texas Tech San Francisco 49ers

1965 Tucker Frederickson Running back Auburn New York Giants

1966 Tommy Nobis Linebacker Texas Atlanta Falcons

1967* Bubba Smith Defensive end Michigan State Baltimore Colts

1968* Ron Yary Offensive tackle USC Minnesota Vikings

1969* O.J. Simpson Running back USC Buffalo Bills

1970 Terry Bradshaw Quarterback Louisiana Tech Pittsburgh Steelers

1971 Jim Plunkett Quarterback Stanford New England Patriots

1972 Walt Patulski Defensive end Notre Dame Buffalo Bills

1973 John Matuszak Defensive end Tampa Houston Oilers

1974 Ed "Too Tall" Jones Defensive end Tennessee State Dallas Cowboys

1975 Steve Bartkowski Quarterback California Atlanta Falcons

1976 Lee Roy Selmon Defensive end Oklahoma Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1977 Ricky Bell Running back USC Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1978 Earl Campbell Running back Texas Houston Oilers

1979 Tom Cousineau Linebacker Ohio State Buffalo Bills (did not sign, signed with CFL Montreal Alouettes)

1980 Billy Sims Running back Oklahoma Detroit Lions

1981 George Rogers Running back South Carolina New Orleans Saints

1982 Kenneth Sims Defensive end Texas New England Patriots

1983 John Elway Quarterback Stanford Baltimore Colts (traded to Denver Broncos)

1984 Irving Fryar Wide receiver Nebraska New England Patriots

1985 Bruce Smith Defensive end Virginia Tech Buffalo Bills

1986** Bo Jackson Running back Auburn Tampa Bay Buccaneers (did not sign, entered 1987 NFL Draft)

1987 Vinny Testaverde Quarterback Miami (FL) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1988 Aundray Bruce Linebacker Auburn Atlanta Falcons

1989 Troy Aikman Quarterback UCLA Dallas Cowboys

1990 Jeff George*** Quarterback Illinois Indianapolis Colts

1991 Russell Maryland Defensive tackle Miami (FL) Dallas Cowboys

1992 Steve Emtman Defensive tackle Washington Indianapolis Colts

1993 Drew Bledsoe Quarterback Washington State University New England Patriots

1994 Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle Ohio State Cincinnati Bengals

1995 Ki-Jana Carter Running back Penn State Cincinnati Bengals

1996 Keyshawn Johnson Wide receiver USC New York Jets

1997 Orlando Pace Offensive tackle Ohio State St. Louis Rams

1998 Peyton Manning Quarterback Tennessee Indianapolis Colts

1999 Tim Couch Quarterback Kentucky Cleveland Browns

2000 Courtney Brown Defensive end Penn State Cleveland Browns

2001 Michael Vick Quarterback Virginia Tech Atlanta Falcons

2002 David Carr Quarterback Fresno State Houston Texans

2003 Carson Palmer Quarterback USC Cincinnati Bengals

2004 Eli Manning Quarterback Ole Miss San Diego Chargers (traded to the New York Giants)

2005 Alex Smith Quarterback Utah San Francisco 49ers

2006 Mario Williams Defensive End North Carolina State Houston Texans

2007 JaMarcus Russell Quarterback LSU Oakland Raiders

2008 Jake Long Offensive Tackle Michigan Miami Dolphins

2009 Matthew Stafford Quarterback Georgia Detroit Lions

2010 Sam Bradford Quarterback Oklahoma St. Louis Rams


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Here are my Studs (no particular order):


Payton Manning

Troy Aikman

Bruce Smith

John Elway

Earl Campbell

Lee Roy Selmon

OJ Simpson

Ron Yary

Paul Hornung

Chuck Bednarik

plus bonus

Bill Dudley

Charley Trippi


Duds (no particular order):


Jay Berwanger...never played in NFL

Ernie Davis...never played in NFL

Terry Baker...QB who threw -0 TD passes in 3 years

Bob Fenimore...TE who only played 10 NFL games

Harry Babcock...QB who only played 2 years

Randy Duncan...QB who played 1 year in AFL, 1 in CFL

Bobby Garrett....QB who only played 1 year, threw all of 30 passes

Frank Dancewicz...QB who played 3 years but never threw a TD

Angelo Bartelli...QB who played 3 years in AAFC but only had 8 TD throws

Tom Harmon...only played 2 years, career curtailed by war injury


(these are all pre 1970) Here are my post 1970 bottom 5:


Courtney Brown

Ki-Jana Carter

Steve Emtman

Aundray Bruce

Ken Sims


(OK, to appease a few, if I did a bottom 10, post 1970, yes, Cousineau would probably be on that list.



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