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NFL Draft: Best First-Round Quarterbacks Since 1998
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Peyton Manning was the first pick of the 1998 NFL draft.

No position in any sport is as important as the quarterback is to a football team.

Without a rock-solid No. 1 quarterback, a team is in trouble.

Fourteen years ago, the Indianapolis Colts selected quarterback Peyton Manning with the first pick of the 1998 NFL draft. He has set the standard for what an NFL quarterback should be.

Counting that 1998 draft, up until 2011, 26 teams have selected 39 different quarterbacks in the first round. In that time, some teams have selected more than one first-round quarterback.

Some were hits, some were misses.

These are the best of the "hits."

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