Ranking Every NFL 1st-Round Pick over Last 10 Years

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Ranking Every NFL 1st-Round Pick over Last 10 Years
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The pressure on a first-round draft pick is enormous. He's carrying the weight of the entire franchise on his shoulders. He's expected to become the team's savior and fix the biggest positional weakness on the team. Oh, and he's expected to produce immediately. Turn into a backup and he's considered a bust. Turn into an average starter and he's a disappointment.


The last decade has produced some of the biggest draft busts you'll ever find: JaMarcus Russell. Rashaun Woods. Vernon Gholston. Brady Quinn. Matt Leinart. Rolando McClain. Derrick Harvey.


But the decade has also produced some of the greatest players of all time in the first round: Aaron Rodgers. Adrian Peterson. Calvin Johnson. Patrick Willis. Darrelle Revis. JJ Watt.


The following slides will rank every player drafted in the last 10 years. That's 319 players (32 picks each year, but only 31 picks in 2008 because of Spygate). As a 2012 pick, you're graded for your first two seasons. If you're a 2005 pick, you're graded for nine seasons, even if you're no longer in the NFL. So a young stud like Andrew Luck is judged just on his two seasons, which have been tremendous. That's why he's rated higher than a player like Jake Long, who has played very well but not at as high of a level or for as important of a position as Luck. 


The first slide will rank all the No. 1 overall draft picks. The next slide will rank all the No. 2 overall picks. This will continue through the No. 32 overall pick.


 


 

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