Ranking the No. 1 Overall Quarterbacks: Best to Bust

David Fernandez
A freelance writer with more than 10 years experience, David is based in sunny Miami, FL. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and teaches Journalism. As a freelance writer, David concentrates on sports, health, education and entertainment.
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Before the Cincinnati Bengals made Joe Burrow the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, there had been 15 QBs taken first in the last 25 years. Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, 24 quarterbacks have been drafted 1st overall in the Common Draft Era (since 1967). Of those 24, four have won an NFL MVP and six have won a Super Bowl MVP, but none since a Manning. Only Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Peyton Manning have won both. Bradshaw sported a .677 winning percentage as a starter, with Elway just behind at .641.

The Bengals taking Burrow No. 1 marked the third-straight year a quarterback went No. 1. The Cardinals took Kyler Murray No. 1 in 2019, and the Browns took Baker Mayfield No. 1 in 2018. And it’s very possible that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence could be the No. 1 overall pick in 2021.

While the jury is still out on some of these prospects, here’s a ranking of the last 15 quarterbacks to go No. 1 overall. We’re excluding Joe Burrow from this list because he’s yet to take a snap in the NFL.

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