NFL-List of top picks in NFL Draft over the years


Fri, 27 Apr 01:08:00 2012

Following is a list of the first players taken in NFL drafts over the years after the Indianapolis Colts named quarterback Andrew Luck at top choice in the 2012 draft on Thursday (tabulate under year, player, position, college, NFL 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, Texas Christian, 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, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Eagles

1950 Leon Hart, end, Notre Dame, Detroit Lions

1951 Kyle Rote, halfback, Southern Methodist, 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, Louisiana State, 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, Southern California, Minnesota Vikings

1969 O.J. Simpson, running back, Southern California, 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, Southern California, 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, 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, Dallas Cowboys

1992 Steve Emtman, defensive tackle, Washington, Indianapolis Colts

1993 Drew Bledsoe, quarterback, Washington State, 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, Southern California, 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, Southern California, Cincinnati Bengals

2004 Eli Manning, quarterback, Mississippi, 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, Louisiana State, Oakland Raiders

2008 Jake Long, offensive tackle, Michigan, Miami Dolphins

2009 Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Georgia, Detroit Lions

2010 Sam Bradford, quarterback, Oklahoma State, St. Louis Rams

2011 Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn, Carolina Panthers

2012 Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford, Indianapolis Colts


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