NFL Draft: Who Should Have Gone First?

The NFL Draft is an inexact science. So who should have been the No. 1 overall pick for the last five years?

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NFL Draft: Who Should Have Gone First?

The 2020 NFL Draft remains the most unique event of its kind. While teams have high hopes for their selections, whether or not they made the right choice is unclear.

Cincinnati sure hopes they made the right selection by taking Joe Burrow No. 1 overall. However, Chase Young, who went No. 2 to Washington, was considered the draft’s top pro prospect. Other quarterbacks dotted the top-10, including Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 and Los Angeles’s Justin Herbert at No. 6.

Despite instant draft grades and talk, most pundits and analysts normally reserve fully evaluating a specific draft for at least three seasons. Redrafting NFL classes can be fun, particularly when the first overall selection is clearly not the best player to come from that draft. Boon or bust judgements seem to emerge quickly and are obvious in retrospect.

Those judgements become difficult when look at specific team fits. The exercise here will take into account overall production, Pro Bowl and All-Pro appearances, as well as years as a primary starter for his team.

So here’s a look at who should have been the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft for the last 5 years.

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