Every BCS Team's Highest NFL Draft Pick Ever
The NFL draft has been around since 1936. But, over that time who has been the highest draft pick for every BCS team?
Since the inception of the draft nearly 80 years ago a lot has changed. There have been plenty of big name programs who have not had the draft history a lot might have come to expect.
With the NFL draft just a few days away, that got us to thinking about the history of the draft.
But, which college has had the highest draft picks and what universities have surprisingly never had a player taken No. 1 overall.
Here is a recap of the history of the NFL draft and the highest ranked draft pick ever for each BCS college football team.
*BYU and Notre Dame are included with the BCS teams
Alabama Crimson Tide
Harry Gilmer (1948)-No. 1 Overall
Harry Gilmer is the only player in the history of Alabama football taken No. 1 overall and it came all the way back in 1948.
The quarterback was taken first overall by the Washington Redskins and played nine seasons in the NFL with two Pro Bowl appearances.
While his stats were not great during his NFL career, he did only throw five interceptions over his nine years and was a very productive NFL player before becoming the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Ricky Hunley (1984)-No. 7 Overall
Ricky Hunley was a dominating linebacker at the collegiate level for the Wildcats and became the first Arizona player to be inducted into the college football Hall of Fame.
He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals No. 7 overall, but he could not come to an agreement on a contract which led to him being traded to Denver.
Hunley spent seven seasons in the NFL with three teams, including Denver, Phoenix Cardinals and the Los Angeles Raiders.
He is currently an assistant linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Charley Taylor (1964)-No. 3 Overall
There are probably not a lot of football fans aware of just how great of a player wide receiver Charley Taylor was.
The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was a member of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team and was also the 1964 Rookie of the Year.
He was selected No. 3 overall by the Washington Redskins and spent all 14 of his NFL seasons there.
During that time he amassed 9,110 yards with 90 touchdowns on 649 reception.
Lamar McHan (1954)-No. 2 Overall
The former Arkansas quarterback was taken No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cardinals. He played there for five seasons before spending two years with the Green Bay Packers.
The quarterback finished up his career, spending three years with the Baltimore Colts and two with the San Francisco 49ers.
While playing in Green Bay, he was benched by head coach Vince Lombardi due to a knee injury and was eventually replaced by Bart Starr.
He also spent a season in the Canadian Football League in 1965 with the Toronto Argonauts.
Cam Newton (2011), Aundray Bruce (1988), Bo Jackson (1986), Tucker Frederickson (1965)-No. 1 Overall
The Auburn Tigers have had four players taken first overall.
Cam Newton was the latest, just two years ago. While the jury is still out on Newton, there is no question that he has the potential to be one of the greats.
Before Newton was Aundray Bruce. The linebacker was selected by the Atlanta Falcons and spent 11 seasons with the Falcons and Raiders.
Without question the most well-known of the bunch is Bo Jackson. The superstar was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but eventually ended up with the Raiders after questions as to whether or not he would play baseball.
The first player taken as the top selection from Auburn was running back Tucker Frederickson who was selected by the New York Giants in 1965. He was a Pro Bowl selection his rookie season and spent seven years in the NFL.
Robert Griffin III (2011), Jason Smith (2009)-No. 2 Overall
Everybody knows about the success Robert Griffin III had as a rookie last season. The former Heisman trophy winner has a chance to be one of the greats if he can stay healthy.
His combination of arm strength and athleticism make him the ultimate dual-threat quarterback for the NFL.
Also taken No. 2 overall back in 2009 from Baylor was offensive tackle Jason Smith. Smith was selected by the St. Louis Rams. He has not had the career a high selection would be expected to have.
Smith has made 26 starts in four NFL seasons, but has already been traded by the Rams to the New York Jets who released him before the New Orleans Saints picked him up on April 11.
Boston College Eagles
Matt Ryan (2008)-No. 3 Overall
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has quickly developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL over the past few seasons and he is by far the highest player ever selected from Boston College.
The Falcons made him the No. 3 overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft and he has not disappointed.
Known as "Matty Ice," Ryan has been to two Pro Bowls and already passed for 127 touchdowns in only six seasons.
Look for him to continue to develop as the Falcons have surrounded him with young, talented receivers.
Jim McMahon (1982)-No. 5 Overall
Jim McMahon was a stud coming out of BYU and was taken No. 5 overall by the Chicago Bears.
While he did have some very successful seasons, including a Pro Bowl year in 1985, he never really lived up to his full potential.
McMahon only threw 100 touchdowns with 90 interceptions in his career.
His NFL life spanned 15 seasons and included seven different teams. The bulk of that career, however was with the Chicago Bears from 1982-1988.
California Golden Bears
Steve Bartkowski (1975)-No. 1 Overall
California has had a lot of high NFL selections, but none higher than Steve Bartkowski in 1975.
The Atlanta Falcons made Bartkowski their choice and he starred there from 1975-1985. During that time Bartkowski made two Pro Bowls and won Rookie of the Year.
He also had brief stints with the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams before retiring in 1986.
Bartkowski is currently the all-time leader in passing yards for the Falcons.
Central Florida Knights
Daunte Culpepper (1999)-No. 11 Overall
Central Florida is not a college football program that has been around very long, and there is not much history.
But, without question the best player the school has ever seen and by far the top overall selection is Daunte Culpepper.
He was taken No. 11 overall by the Minnesota Vikings and became one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL during the early portion of his career.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection was blessed with one of the best arms in the game and spent 11 seasons in the NFL with four different teams.
Greg Cook (1969): No. 5 Overall
Cincinnati has had plenty of players drafted, but none anywhere close to as high as former quarterback Greg Cook.
Cook was a superstar at the collegiate level and was taken by his hometown Cincinnati Bengals fifth overall.
He burst onto the scene during his rookie year, throwing for 15 touchdowns and 1,895 yards. His 9.411 yards per attempt and 17.5 yards per completion are still rookie records that stand today.
A serious shoulder injury ruined his career and he retired in 1973 having never had the chance to live up to his potential.
Gaines Adams (2007)-No. 4 Overall
Gaines Adams was a fierce pass-rusher at Clemson during his time with the Tigers, but could never quite put it all together in the NFL before dying tragically in 2010 after playing only three seasons in the NFL.
During those three seasons Adams totaled 13.5 sacks with 93 tackles and two interceptions.
He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was then traded to the Chicago Bears in 2009.
Adams is another player who never had the chance to live up to his potential.
Bo Matthews (1972)-No. 2 Overall
Colorado has had a lot of high NFL draft picks, but none higher than running back Bo Matthews. Matthews was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the 1972 NFL draft.
He went on to spend six seasons with the Chargers before moving on to the New York Giants. Matthews spent two seasons with the Giants before finishing his career in 1981 with the Miami Dolphins.
While he was never a superstar in the NFL, he was a solid player during his eight-year stint in the NFL.
Donald Brown (2009)-No. 27 Overall
Connecticut is similar to Central Florida in the fact that they have not had a football team for very long.
The Huskies have only had one player ever taken in the first found and that was running back Donald Brown.
Brown was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and has turned into a very solid running back.
He has rushed for 1,840 yards and totaled 11 touchdowns during his five-year NFL career. Brown is certainly a serviceable back in the NFL.
Duke Blue Devils
Mike Junkin (1987)-No. 5 Overall
Duke has not had a storied football history, but one player who was selected very high was linebacker Mike Junkin.
Junkin was taken No. 5 overall by the Cleveland Browns, and he is widely regarded as a draft bust.
He could just never find his niche in the NFL. After playing two seasons with the Browns he finished his career with one season in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
With only 20 games played and seven starts, Junkin definitely did not live up to his potential in the NFL.
Gerard Warren (2001), Wes Chandler (1978) Steve Spurrier (1967)-No. 3 Overall
This trio of Gators was taken third overall and had mixed results at the NFL level.
The latest is defensive tackle Gerard Warren. Warren was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the 2001 NFL draft and started 15 games as a rookie with five sacks. He had a solid 11-year NFL career, but never once made a Pro Bowl.
Wes Chandler is likely the least known player of the three, but was certainly the best NFL player of the bunch. The wide receiver made four Pro Bowls over his 11-year career and was also a first-team All-Pro in 1982.
Steve Spurrier won the Heisman trophy in 1966 and was taken third overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 1967. He played nine seasons with the 49ers as a backup quarterback and punter before spending a year in Tampa Bay with the expansion Buccaneers.
Florida State Seminoles
Andre Wadwsorth (1998)-No. 3 Overall
For all the history Florida State has had, it has not had a player selected first or second in the NFL draft.
The top pick came in 1998 when defensive end Andre Wadsworth was taken third overall by the Arizona Cardinals
A severe knee injury that required microfracture surgery ended his career after three seasons.
He made a return in 2007 with the New York Jets, but was released before the season began.
Matthew Stafford (2009), Harry Babcock (1953), Charley Trippi (1945), Frankie Sinkwich (1943)-No. 1 Overall
Similar to Auburn, Georgia has had four players taken No. 1 overall. The most recent of those was Matthew Stafford who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 draft. Stafford has had a solid NFL career to this point and could end up living up to that No. 1 selection.
Nearly 60 years earlier the San Francisco 49ers took wide receiver/end Harry Babcock. He only played three NFL seasons, all of which came with the 49ers.
Eight years before that the Chicago Cardinals took Charley Trippi. The quarterback/halfback had a very successful NFL career as he made two Pro Bowls and totaled 50 touchdowns over his nine-year NFL career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
The first overall No. 1 selection from Georgia came all the way back in 1943 when the Detroit Lions selected tailback Frankie Sinkwich. He played five seasons professionally and was the NFL's most valuable player in 1944. He also won the 1942 Heisman trophy while at Georgia.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Calvin Johnson (2007)-No. 2 Overall
Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the NFL right now and has made three consecutive Pro Bowls for the Detroit Lions.
Known also as "Megatron," Johnson set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season in 2012 when he totaled 1,964 yards.
He has led the league in receiving yardage each of the past two seasons and already has 54 career touchdowns.
Johnson has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the team that drafted him, the Detroit Lions.
Mack Mitchell (1975), Riley Odoms (1972)-No. 5 Overall
Houston has had two top five selections, including defensive end Mack Mitchell in 1975. Mitchell was selected by the Cleveland Browns and spent four seasons there before ending his career in 1979 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tight end Riley Odoms was also taken fifth overall. The Denver Broncos selected Odoms who was excellent throughout his NFL career.
Odoms spent 12 years in the NFL, all of those with the Broncos. He made four Pro Bowls and was twice selected a first-team All-Pro selection. He had 41 touchdowns on 396 NFL receptions with 5,755 career yards.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Jeff George (1990)-No. 1 Overall
The only Illinois player every taken first overall was Jeff George. George was the first pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 and the quarterback spent over 15 seasons in the NFL.
George never quite lived up to the hype and sort of bounced around the league after spending his first four seasons with the Colts.
He then was an Atlanta Falcon for three years and finished out his career by spending the final seven plus seasons with six different teams.
George passed for 27,602 yards in his career with 154 touchdowns and 113 interceptions.
Corby Davis (1938)-No. 1 Overall
Very few Indiana players have ever been taken in the top 20, but there is one player who was taken first overall way back in 1938.
The Cleveland Rams took fullback Corby Davis first that season and he spent four seasons with the Rams, leaving in 1942 to serve in the military.
He did not do much statistically in the NFL, only reaching the end zone four times and totaling just 382 yards rushing on 143 carries. He also caught 19 passes for 133 yards.
World War II prevented Davis from getting to continue his NFL career.
Randy Duncan (1959)-No. 1 Overall
Quarterback Randy Duncan was taken first overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1959. The interesting fact that goes along with this is that he never played for the Packers.
Duncan played for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League and after spending two years in Canada he came back to the states, signing with the Dallas Texans who are now the Kansas City Chiefs.
After one year in Dallas, he retired from football after what turned out to be a very uneventful NFL career.
Iowa State Cyclones
George Amundson (1973)-No. 14 Overall
Iowa State has not had a ton of high draft picks. Topping the list is running back George Amundson.
Amundson was selected by the Houston Oilers No. 14 overall in 1973 and spent two seasons with the team before finishing out his career with one year in Philadelphia.
He only rushed for 194 yards on 74 attempts in his career, while catching 25 passes for 212 yards.
Amundson also only had five touchdowns as an NFL player.
Gale Sayers (1965)-No. 4 Overall
Gale Sayers was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in 1965 and spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the team.
He was an All-Pro five times and was selected to four Pro Bowls. He was also a member of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team.
Sayers was a two-time rushing champion and also a three-time Pro Bowl MVP.
He was an All-American back-to-back seasons with the Jayhawks and will go down as one of the best players in school history.
Kansas State Wildctas
Terence Newman (2003)-No. 5 Overall
Cornerback Terence Newman became the only player in Kansas State history to be taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft when the Dallas Cowboys chose him fifth overall in 2003.
Newman has had a very productive NFL career that has included Pro Bowl selections in 2007 and 2009.
After spending nine seasons with the Cowboys, Newman joined the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2012 season and is currently still with the team.
Newman has 34 career NFL interceptions with 617 tackles.
Tim Couch (1999)-No. 1 Overall
Perhaps one of the biggest busts in NFL history is also the highest draft pick in the history of Kentucky.
Tim Couch was taken first overall by the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and was awful throughout his NFL career.
During his five seasons with the Browns, Couch threw for only 11,131 yards while completing less than 60 percent of his passes. He also threw 64 touchdowns with 67 interceptions.
He was released before the 2004 season and was picked up by the Green Bay Packers before being released. Couch never took another snap in a regular season game.
Amobi Okoye (2007)-No. 10 Overall
In what might come as a surprise to some, the only top 10 pick in the history of the Louisville Cardinals was defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
Okoye was taken 10th overall by the Houston Texans in 2007 and was the youngest player ever to be taken in the first round at the age of 19.
He spent four seasons with the Texans before being released in July 2011. Okoye was then signed by the Chicago Bears and then spent time with Tampa Bay before returning to his current home in Chicago.
Okoye has totaled 16 sacks and 177 tackles during his six-year NFL career.
JaMarcus Russell (2007), Billy Cannon (1960)-No. 1 Overall
LSU has had two No. 1 selections and the most recent of those picks was an absolute bust. In 2007 the Oakland Raiders made quarterback JaMarcus Russell the first overall selection and he he did virtually nothing during his time in the NFL.
Russell spent three seasons with the Raiders and only passed for 4,083 yards with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. His passer rating was only 65.2.
Prior to Russell was running back Billy Cannon. Cannon was selected by the Houston Oilers and spent four seasons with the team before spending six more with the Oakland Raiders and then finishing his career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970.
He had a very successful NFL career, totaling over 8,000 all-purpose yards and 63 touchdowns.
Randy White (1975)-No. 2 Overall
Defensive tackle Randy White could do a little bit of everything on the football field. The tackle also had the ability to play defensive end and even linebacker.
He was selected No. 2 overall by the Dallas Cowboys and spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Cowboys.
He made nine Pro Bowls, also won a Super Bowl in which he was the co-MVP. White finished his career with 1,104 tackles and 52 sacks.
White was a member of the 1980s NFL All-Decade Team.
Keith Simpson (1978)-No. 9 Overall
Keith Simpson is the only top 10 draft choice in Memphis history and the defensive back was taken by the Seattle Seahawks.
He played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks, recording 19 career interceptions to go along with six sacks.
While he was never a superstar at the NFL level, Simpson was a very serviceable defensive back for the better part of a decade.
Russell Maryland (1991), Vinny Testaverde (1987)-No. 1 Overall
Defensive tackle Russell Maryland spent 10 seasons in the NFL after being selected first overall by the Dallas Cowboys.
His five seasons in Dallas included a Pro Bowl selection in 1993 and he followed that up with four years on the Oakland Raiders. Maryland finished his career in 2000 with the Green Bay Packers.
After wining the Heisman trophy in 1986 Vinny Testaverde became the first overall selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987.
He bounced around the NFL with seven different teams over his 21-year NFL career. When he retired in 2007, Testaverde had been to two Pro Bowls and passed for 46,223 yards. He threw for 275 touchdowns with 267 interceptions.
Jake Long (2008), Tommy Harmon (1941)-No. 1 Overall
Jake Long was a monster at Michigan and that has translated to the NFL. Long has been to four Pro Bowls in his five NFL seasons.
He was selected by the Miami Dolphins and the offensive tackle spent his first five seasons with Miami before joining the St. Louis Rams prior to the 2012 season.
Perhaps the most famous player in Michigan history is Tommy Harmon. He won the Heisman trophy in 1940 and the halfback was selected first overall by the Chicago Bears.
Instead of joining the NFL, he decided to play for the New York Americans of the AFL. He did play two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, totaling nine touchdowns and 542 yards rushing while averaging an impressive 5.1 yards per carry.
Michigan State Spartans
Bubba Smith (1967)-No. 1 Overall
Michigan State has had a few high selections, but none higher than defensive end Bubba Smith.
The Baltimore Colts selected him first overall in the 1967 NFL draft and he spent five seasons with the Colts before making Oakland his home. Smith spent two years with the Raiders in 1973 and 1974.
Smith finished up his career by spending two years playing for the Houston Oilers.
Over his career, Smith made two Pro Bowls and also won a Super Bowl.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Leo Nomellini (1950)-No. 11 Overall
Even though he didn't play much football before college, Leo Nomellini shined as a two-time All-American at Minnesota before the San Francisco 49ers made the defensive tackle the No. 11 overall pick in the 1950 draft.
Nomellini had an illustrious NFL career, playing in every game during his 14 seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers.
He made 10 Pro Bowls and was also a member of the 1950s NFL All-Decade Team. He not only played defensive tackle, but also doubled as an offensive tackle. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nomellini loved to wrestle during the offseason under the name Leo "The Lion" Nomellini.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Johnnie Cooks (1982)-No. 2 Overall
Linebacker Johnnie Cooks did not have an exceptional career, but he was taken No. 2 overall in 1982 by the Baltimore Colts.
After seven seasons spent between Baltimore and Indianapolis he spent three years with the New York Giants before ending his career with a year in Cleveland.
Cooks only totaled 32 sacks for his career with four interceptions.
While he had his moments, he never quite reached his full potential.
Justin Smith (2001), Russ Washington (1968)-No. 4 Overall
Two former Missouri linemen top this list. The first name is Justin Smith. Smith was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals and the defensive end had a very successful career with Cincinnati from 2001-2007.
He then moved on to San Francisco where his career really took off. Since joining the 49ers, Smith has made the Pro Bowl four times and was also a first-team All-Pro selection in 2011.
Russ Washington played both offensive and defensive line. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 1968 draft.
Washington spent all 15 of his NFL seasons with the Chargers and he had a very successful career, making five Pro Bowl appearances.
Irving Fryar (1984), Sam Francis (1937)-No. 1 Overall
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have had quite a history and going along with that is two top selections in the NFL draft.
Wide receiver Irving Fryar was taken first overall by the New England Patriots. He spent nine years there before finishing his 17-year NFL career with three different teams.
Fryar had 84 touchdowns during his career and totaled 12,785 yards on 851 receptions. He made five Pro Bowls during his lengthy career.
Sam Francis was drafted all the way back in 1937 by the Philadelphia Eagles, but never played for the team.
He spent time with the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers over his four-year career.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Julius Peppers (2002), Lawrence Taylor (1981)-No. 2 Overall
Very few universities can boast a better duo than the North Carolina Tar Heels.
First up is defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers was drafted by the Carolina Panthers and after spending eight seasons there, he has been with the Chicago Bears for the past three years.
Over his career, Peppers has been to eight Pro Bowls and also has 111.5 career sacks. In 2004 he was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year.
The other man on the list is perhaps the greatest linebacker of them all. Lawrence Taylor was selected by the New York Giants and spent all of his 13-year NFL career with the Giants.
He made 10 Pro Bowls and was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times. Taylor also won two Super Bowls with the Giants and is widely considered one of the best NFL players of all-time.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
Mario Williams (2006)-No. 1 Overall
Defensive end Mario Williams was a freak coming out of North Carolina State and the Houston Texans decided to make him their first overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft.
He spent his first six seasons with the Texans and made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2008 and 2009.
Williams has recorded 63.5 sacks in his NFL career along with 13 forced fumbles and 287 tackles.
In 2012 he signed with the Buffalo Bills and remains with the team.
Chris Hinton (1983), Otto Graham (1944)-No. 4 Overall
The Northwestern Wildcats have had two top five picks. One of those was guard Chris Hinton. Hinton was selected by the Denver Broncos fourth overall and holds the distinction for being involved in the John Elway trade that sent him to the Baltimore Colts.
He spent seven seasons with the Colts, three with the Atlanta Falcons and then finished his career spending two years with the Minnesota Vikings.
Hinton made seven Pro Bowls over that span and was also an All-Pro in 1993.
Otto Graham is one of the most renowned football players of all-time. In 1944, the Detroit Lions took the quarterback fourth overall. He never played for the Lions, but instead ended up with the Browns in 1946 after World War II.
He is considered one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Graham spent all 10 of his professional seasons with the Browns and took them to the league championship every single season, coming up with seven victories.
Graham made five Pro-Bowls and was a nine-time All-Pro selection. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Walt Patulski (1972), Paul Hornung (1957), Leon Hart (1950), Boley Dancewicz (1946), Angelo Bertelli (1944)-No. 1 Overall
Notre Dame has had five players selected first overall. That number is higher than any other program in the country.
The most recent of those was defensive end Walt Patulski who was selected by the Buffalo Bills. He only played six seasons in the NFL with the Bills and St. Louis Cardinals. He remains a draft bust in the eyes of many.
Perhaps the best known name on the list is halfback Paul Hornung. He could do it all and also doubled as the kicker for the Green Bay Packers during his nine-year NFL career. Hornung made three Pro Bowls and won an MVP in 1961.
Like Hornung, Leon Hart also won a Heisman trophy at Notre Dame and could play multiple positions. He played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions, serving as a a defensive end.
Boley Dancewicz played quarterback for Notre Dame and spent three seasons playing professionally for the Boston Yanks. His 12 touchdowns and 29 interceptions are certainly not good career numbers.
Last on the list is quarterback Angelo Bertelli. Bertelli also won the Heisman trophy and played three seasons professionally with the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Rockets. He only threw eight career touchdowns with 19 picks.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Orlando Pace (1997), Dan Wilkinson (1994), Tom Cousineau (1979)-No. 1 Overall
There have been some big names to come through Ohio State, but few bigger than offensive tackle Orlando Pace.
Pace was the first selection of the 1997 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He spent 11 seasons there before finishing his career with a year in Chicago. He made seven Pro Bowls during his productive career.
One of the biggest busts in NFL draft history was Dan Wilkinson. The Cincinnati Bengals took the defensive tackle first in 1994 and "Big Daddy" never really lived up to the hype.
Wilkinson spent four seasons with the Bengals, five with the Washington Redskins, three with the Detroit Lions, and one with the Miami Dolphins.
Tom Cousineau was taken in 1979 by the Buffalo Bills, but instead decided to play three seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Aloutettes.
The linebacker eventually arrived in the NFL, spending four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and two with the San Francisco 49ers.
Sam Bradford (2010), Billy Sims (1980), Lee Roy Selmon (1976)-No. 1 Overall
It is still early in his career, but Sam Bradford has a chance to be a very productive NFL quarterback.
The former Heisman trophy winner has had an injury plagued career so far since the St. Louis Rams took him first overall in 2010.
Running back Billy Sims was taken first overall by the Detroit Lions and even though he only played five NFL seasons, they were extremely productive.
Sims made three Pro Bowls and also went over 1,000 yards in three of his five years.
Lee Roy Selmon is a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who played his entire career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is certainly one of the best players in Oklahoma history.
He was selected to six Pro Bowls and was the 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Selmon was also a member of the 1980s All-Decade Team.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Bob Fenimore (1947)-No. 1 Overall
Known as the "Blonde Bomber," Bob Fenimore was a halfback for Oklahoma during the 1940s. He was taken first overall by the Chicago Bears in 1947.
Fenimore only played one season professionally, appearing in 10 games for the Bears. He was plagued by injuries toward the end of his college career and that continued into the pros.
Certainly another player who never had the chance to live up to his hype.
Ole Miss Rebels
Eli Manning (2004)-No. 1 Overall
The only player taken first overall in Ole Miss history is Eli Manning. The quarterback was the top overall selection by the San Diego Chargers in 2004 before immediately being traded to the New York Giants for Phillip Rivers.
So far he has had a very successful career with three Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl victories during his nine professional seasons.
In his career Manning has thrown 211 career touchdowns with 144 interceptions, while passing for 31,527 yards.
George Shaw (1955)-No. 1 Overall
Quarterback George Shaw was taken by the Baltimore Colts in the 1955 NFL draft and he played eight professional seasons with four different teams.
Shaw split time between the NFL and AFL. After starting his career with four seasons in Baltimore, he played two for the New York Giants before moving to the Minnesota Vikings during the 1961 season. He finished in 1962 for the Denver Broncos of the AFL.
He is perhaps best known for being replaced by Johnny Unitas during the 1956 season after breaking his leg.
Oregon State Beavers
Terry Baker (1963)-No. 1 Overall
Terry Baker is the only player drafted in the top 20 picks in Oregon State history.
The quarterback was the first selection in 1963 by the Los Angeles Rams. He won the Heisman trophy for the Beavers in 1962, vaulting him into the spotlight.
Baker spent three seasons with the Rams before moving on to the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL for one season.
He never threw an NFL touchdown during his three-year career and only passed for 154 yards with four interceptions.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Courtney Brown (2000), Ki-Jana Carter (1995)-No. 1 Overall
Neither of these players ever materialized at the NFL level.
Courtney Brown was taken first by the Cleveland Browns in 2000.
The defensive end played five seasons with the Browns and two for the Denver Broncos. He only totaled 19 career sacks and 156 tackles over that span. Health issues were a major concern for the talented Brown throughout his career.
Ki-Jana Carter was no doubt one of the biggest busts in NFL history. The star running back at Penn State battled injuries throughout his professional career.
Carter was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995 and spent five injury-plagued seasons with the team. He then spent a year with the Washington Redskins, followed by a few months in Green Bay and two seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
He finished his career with 20 touchdowns, three less than he had during his final season at Penn State.
Bill Fralic (1985), Tony Dorsett (1977)-No. 2 Overall
The Atlanta Falcons made Bill Fralic the top selection in 1985 and the guard had a very successful NFL career.
Fralic made four Pro Bowls during his eight seasons in Atlanta and finished out his career with a year in Detroit. He is also a member of the 1980s NFL All-Decade Team.
Tony Dorsett is one of the best running backs of all-time. He made four Pro Bowls after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1977.
Dorsett spent 11 seasons in Dallas and finished his career with one year in Denver. He won a Super Bowl and is the eighth-leading rusher of all-time.
Jim Everett (1986), Mike Phipps (1970), Leroy Keyes (1969)-No. 3 Overall
Jim Everett was a star quarterback at Purdue before the Los Angeles Rams took him third overall in 1986.
He spent eight seasons with the Rams, followed by three for the New Orleans Saints and one with the San Diego Chargers. He made his only Pro Bowl in 1990 and finished his career with 203 touchdown passes.
Mike Phipps was also a quarterback for the Boilermakers. He was taken third by Cleveland Browns in 1970 and played there until 1976.
Phipps finished his career with five years in Chicago playing for the Bears. His stats were downright awful, passing for only 55 touchdowns with 108 interceptions.
Leroy Keyes played both running back and safety for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1969-1972 and for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973.
He could do a little bit of everything on the field and had a decent, but short career.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Anthony Davis (2010)-No. 11 Overall
Rutgers is not a school that has had a lot of players drafted and the only player ever taken in the top 25 is offensive tackle Anthony Davis.
Davis was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and has started all 48 games during his three seasons in the NFL.
He has been a beast up front for his team and has helped lead the 49ers to the NFC title game the past two seasons.
Kyle Rote (1951)-No. 1 Overall
As both a halfback and wide receiver, Kyle Rote was a dominant player at SMU and followed that up with 11 successful seasons for the New York Giants.
He made four Pro Bowls and was captain of the team for eight years.
This guy could do a little bit of everything both on and off the field and became a successful broadcaster after his playing career was over.
South Carolina Gamecocks
George Rogers (1981)-No. 1 Overall
South Carolina has not had a lot of high draft picks, but only player who broke the mold was running back George Rogers.
Rogers was taken by the New Orleans Saints in 1981 and played there for four seasons before spending the final three years of his career with the Washington Redskins.
He made the Pro Bowl in both 1981 and 1982. Rogers rushed for 7,176 yards with 54 touchdowns during his NFL career.
South Florida Bulls
Jason Pierre-Paul (2010)-No. 15 Overall
South Florida has only had two players ever taken in the first round of the NFL draft and topping the list is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
He was taken by the New York Giants and has been extremely productive during his three-year NFL career.
Pierre-Paul was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons and has already recorded 27.5 sacks.
Andrew Luck (2012), John Elway (1983), Jim Plunkett (1971), Bobby Garrett (1954)-No. 1 Overall
Stanford has had four players taken No. 1 overall and all of them have been quarterbacks.
The latest is Andrew Luck who was taken by the Indianapolis Colts. During his rookie season he was named to the Pro Bowl and led his team to the playoffs.
John Elway was the first pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1983, but was traded to the Denver Broncos. He made nine Pro Bowls during his illustrious career, won two Super Bowls and was the 1987 NFL MVP. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jim Plunkett was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1971. He played five seasons there before spending two in San Francisco and then 13 with the Raiders in both Oakland and Los Angeles. Plunkett was a Super Bowl MVP and won two Super Bowls during his 16-year NFL career.
Bobby Garrett was selected all the way back in 1954 by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers and appeared in just nine games during his only NFL season.
Ernie Davis (1962)-No. 1 Overall
Syracuse running back Ernie Davis is perhaps best remembered for becoming the first African-American to win the Heisman trophy.
He also became the first overall selection by the Washington Redskins in 1962, but was then traded to the Cleveland Browns.
Tragically he never played a game in his professional career after being diagnosed with leukemia. He passed away on May 18, 1963 at the age of 23.
TCU Horned Frogs
Ki Aldrich (1939)-No. 1 Overall
While playing both center and linebacker for TCU during the 1930s, Ki Aldrich was the MVP of the 1937 Cotton Bowl.
He was taken by the Chicago Cardinals in 1939 and played two seasons there before spending five seasons with the Washington Redskins.
His career was interrupted by a stint in the Navy during World War II. He totaled eight interceptions and two touchdowns during his 73-game NFL career.
John Rienstra (1986)-No. 9 Overall
This guard played seven seasons in the NFL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1986. After spending five years in the Steel City he played two seasons for the Cleveland Browns.
He is one of only a handful of Temple players to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
Rienstra did not have a standout NFL career, but was productive during his seven years.
Peyton Manning (1998), George Cafego (1940)-No. 1 Overall
Everybody knows Peyton Manning is on the list from Tennessee. The Indianapolis Colts took the future Hall of Famer in 1998 and he starred there for 14 seasons before spending the 2012 year in Denver.
Manning has been to 12 Pro Bowls, won four NFL MVP Awards and a Super Bowl. Manning is a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team.
George Cafego was drafted way back in 1940 by the Chicago Cardinals. He played that season for the Brooklyn Dodgers then joined the Army for World War II. He came back in 1943 and joined the Dodgers, but was then traded to the Washington Redskins before finishing out his career with two seasons playing for the Boston Yanks.
He only threw five touchdown passes with 16 interceptions in his career.
Kenneth Sims (1982), Earl Campbell (1978), Tommy Nobis (1966)-No. 1 Overall
Texas has had three overall No. 1 selections, one of which is defensive end Kenneth Sims. Sims was selected by the New England Patriots in 1982. He played for the Patriots from 1982-1989 and never quite lived up to the top selection.
Earl Campbell was one of the best running backs in NFL history and during his eight-year NFL career he appeared in five Pro Bowls. The bruising back spent most of his career with the Houston Oilers and finished up with the New Orleans Saints. He was also the 1979 NFL MVP.
The final top selection was Tommy Nobis. Nobis played all 11 NFL seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons selected the linebacker first overall in 1966 and the five-time Pro Bowler was also a member of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team.
Texas A&M Aggies
Von Miller (2011), Quentin Coryatt (1992), John David Crow (1958), John Kimbrough (1941)-No. 2 Overall
Texas A&M has had four players taken No. 2 overall and the most recent of those was Von Miller. The linebacker has already made Pro Bowls in each of his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos and continues to develop into one of the top players in the league.
Quentin Coryatt was also a linebacker and he spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before playing a year with the Dallas Cowboys. He totaled 442 career tackles with 8.5 sacks.
John David Crow was a halfback for the Aggies and won the 1957 Heisman trophy. He played seven seasons with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and then four more with the San Francisco 49ers. Crow was part of the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team and made four Pro Bowls.
John Kimbrough was drafted all the way back in 1941. He was selected by the New York Americans of the AFL and played a year there before joining the military during World War II. Upon his return Kimbrough played three years in the All-America Football Conference with the Los Angeles Dons.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Dave Parks (1964)-No. 1 Overall
The San Francisco 49ers selected wide receiver Dave Parks first overall in the 1964 draft. Parks played his first four seasons in the NFL with the 49ers and then spent the next five years with the New Orleans Saints before finishing his career with the Houston Oilers.
He made three Pro Bowls over his career and was the first player in Texas Tech history to be a first-team All-American for the Red Raiders.
Troy Aikman (1989)-No. 1 Overall
When the Dallas Cowboys took Troy Aikman first overall in 1989, even they could not have imagined the success he along with the rest of the team was going to have.
Aikman went to six Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.
He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Aikman threw 165 touchdown passes in his career with 141 interceptions.
Carson Palmer (2003), Keyshawn Johnson (1996), Ricky Bell (1977), O.J. Simpson (1969), Ron Yary (1968)-No. 1 Overall
USC not only produces Heisman trophy winners, but also No. 1 draft picks as the Trojans have equaled Notre Dame for most No. 1 picks.
The latest is Carson Palmer. Palmer spent his first eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, making two Pro Bowls. He played the past two years with Oakland and is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Next up is Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson was selected by the New York Jets in 1996. He spent time with the Jets, Tampa Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers during his 11-year NFL career. He also made three Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl.
Ricky Bell was drafted in 1977 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The running back spent five years in Tampa Bay before playing his final season with the San Diego Chargers. He only totaled 16 career touchdowns.
O.J. Simpson was not only a Heisman trophy winner, but also a dominant running back for the Buffalo Bills. "The Juice" played nine seasons for the Bills and then two with San Francisco. He made five Pro Bowls and was a four-time rushing champion. Simpson was also the 1973 NFL MVP.
The final name on the list is Ron Yary. The offensive tackle was taken one year before Simpson by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 14 seasons there and then a year with the Los Angeles Rams. The seven-time Pro Bowler was a member of the 1970s All-Decade Team along with Simpson.
Alex Smith (2005)-No. 1 Overall
Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith had mixed results during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.
He spent his first eight seasons with the 49ers. The quarterback had a few good seasons, but in 2012 lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick.
In the offseason, Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Billy Wade (1952)-No. 1 Overall
Before Jay Cutler starred at quarterback for Vanderbilt, Billy Wade was running the show.
After a successful college career he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1952. Wade spent seven seasons with the Rams and followed that up with six years playing in Chicago. He made two Pro Bowls during his career.
Wade threw 124 touchdowns with 134 interceptions in his career.
Bill Dudley (1942)-No. 1 Overall
Very few players could do as much as Bill Dudley out of Virginia and that is why the Pittsburgh Steelers took him first overall in 1942.
Dudley played halfback, defensive back, punter and kicker. He led the league in rushing during his rookie season in 1942.
From 1943-1945 he served in the military during World War II. Upon his return, Dudley two more seasons with the Steelers before joining the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins for three seasons each.
He made two Pro Bowls and was twice the NFL rushing champion. Dudley is also a member of the 1940s NFL All-Decade Team.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Michael Vick (2001), Bruce Smith (1985)-No. 1 Overall
Not a bad duo right here from Virginia Tech.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Michael Vick in 2001. The quarterback showed flashes of brilliance and made three Pro Bowls in his six seasons with Atlanta.
After legal troubles he returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Since his return, Vick has made one Pro Bowl and also won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2010.
Bruce Smith is one of the greatest defensive players the game has ever seen. He was taken first overall by the Buffalo Bills. Smith played 15 seasons with the team and made 11 Pro Bowls. He was also the AP Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Smith then spent his final four seasons with the Washington Redskins and his 200 career sacks are first in the history of the NFL. Smith is also a member of the 1980s and 1990s NFL All Decade Teams.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Aaron Curry (2009)-No. 4 Overall
Wake Forest is not a team that has produced a lot of NFL talent, but the highest draft pick in school history is linebacker Aaron Curry.
Curry was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent three seasons there and has spent the past two with the Oakland Raiders. So far he has not quite lived up to the hype.
Since he came into the league, Curry has only totaled 203 tackles with 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Steve Emtman (1992)-No. 1 Overall
The big defensive tackle was an absolute intimidating force in the middle of the defensive line. The Colts took him first overall in 1992 and he spent his first three seasons with the team.
Emtman then played two years with the Miami Dolphins and one season with the Washington Redskins.
While he never posted huge stats, he did not have a bad NFL career. Emtman had 134 tackles and eight sacks in his six-year NFL career.
Washington State Cougars
Drew Bledsoe (1993)-No. 1 Overall
Drew Bledsoe was a very solid NFL player during his 14-year NFL career. He spent most of that time with the team that drafted him.
During his nine seasons with the Patriots, Bledsoe went to three Pro Bowls and also won a Super Bowl.
He went to another Pro Bowl in 2002 with the Buffalo Bills and spent three seasons there before finishing out his career with two years in Dallas.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Dick Leftridge (1966)-No. 3 Overall
Not many players were drafted in both the AFL and NFL drafts, but former West Virginia fullback Dick Leftridge was one of them.
He was taken No. 3 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1966 and he was also selected in the AFL draft that same season, going No. 26 overall.
Leftridge only played in four games during his entire Pittsburgh career. His selection is considered to be the worst in the history of the team.
Pat Harder (1944)-No. 2 Overall
Fitting that the final name on the list would be a fullback from Wisconsin. The Badgers have long been known for running the football and fullback Pat Harder could do a little bit of that.
Harder was taken No. 2 overall in the 1944 draft by the Chicago Cardinals. In addition to fullback, he also served as a kicker during his NFL career.
He played five seasons with Cardinals before finishing his career with three years in Detroit. Harder was the first player to score 100 points in three straight seasons and led the Cardinals to the 1947 NFL Championship.
When he arrived in Detroit, he helped lead the Lions to back-to-back NFL Championships.
During his career he made two Pro Bowls and was a member of the 1940s NFL All-Decade Team.