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Analyzing The Last 26 First Overall NFL Draft Picks

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

Analyzing The Last 26 First Overall NFL Draft Picks

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    The NFL Draft has always been an opportunity for teams to improve their situation from the previous season. The first overall pick is always the most scrutinized and crucial decision an NFL owner and coach have to make. It can make or break a team for years to come, and has been the reason for unbelievable success, as well as failure. This slideshow will depict every first overall draft pick since 1985 and the stats they accumulated. 

    *Tackles and some defensive stats could be inaccurate before 2001 season

(1985) Bruce Smith: Buffalo Bills

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    College: Virginia Tech

    112 tackles

    200 sacks

    11 x Pro Bowl selection

    2 x AP Defensive Player of the Year

    Elected to NFL Hall of Fame

(1986) Bo Jackson: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    College: Auburn

    Jackson played in the MLB as well as the NFL. He signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals and never played a game with the Buccaneers. He signed with Al Davis and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987, where he played only until 1990.

    1 x Pro Bowl selection

    2,782 rushing yards

    16 touchdowns

    Only player to be named to both MLB All-Star game and Pro Bowl.

(1987) Vinny Testaverde: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    College: Miami (Fla.)

    46,233 passing yards

    275 touchdowns

    267 interceptions

    2 x Pro Bowl selection

    21 NFL seasons

(1988) Aundray Bruce: Atlanta Falcons

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    College: Auburn

    32 sacks

    4 interceptions

     11 NFl seasons

(1989) Troy Aikman: Dallas Cowboys

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    College: UCLA

    32,942 passing yards

    165 touchdowns

    3 x Super Bowl Champion

    NFL Hall of Fame Inductee


(1990) Jeff George: Indianapolis Colts

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    College: Illinois

    27,602 passing yards

    154 touchdowns

    113 interceptions

    80.4 QB rating

(1991) Russel Maryland: Dallas Cowboys

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    College: Miami (Fla.)

    1 x Pro Bowl selection

    24.5 sacks

    375 tackles*

    9 forced fumbles

(1992) Steve Emtman: Indianapolis Colts

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    College: Washington

    134 tackles*

    8 sacks

    1 interception

    6 NFL seasons


(1993) Drew Bledsoe: New England Patriots

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    College: Washington State

    44,671 yards

    251 touchdowns

    4 x Pro Bowl selection

    Super Bowl champion

(1994) Dan Wilkinson: Cincinnati Bengals

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    College: Ohio State

    385 tackles*

    56.5 sacks

    5 interceptions


(1995) Ki-Jana Carter: Cincinnati Bengals

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    College: Penn State

    1,144 rushing yards

    3.6 Yards per Carry

    20 touchdowns


(1996) Keyshawn Johnson: New York Jets

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    College: Southern California

    818 receptions

    10,571 receiving yards

    64 touchdowns

    3 x Pro Bowl selection


(1997) Orlando Pace: St. Louis Rams

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    College: Ohio State

    165 games started

    7 fumble recoveries

    Named to 2000 All-Decade Team


(1998) Peyton Manning: Indianapolis Colts

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    College: Tennessee

    54,828 passing yards

    399 touchdown passes

    94.9 QB rating

    Super Bowl champion

(1999) Tim Couch: Cleveland Browns

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    College: Kentucky

    64 touchdowns

    67 interceptions

    11,131 passing yards

    75.1 QB rating

(2000) Courtney Brown: Cleveland Browns

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    College: Penn State

    156 tackles

    19 sacks

    6 forced fumbles


(2001) Michael Vick: Atlanta Falcons

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    College: Virginia Tech

    93 passing touchdowns, 32 rushing touchdowns

    14,609 pass yards, 4,640 rushing yards

    4 x Pro Bowl selection


(2002) David Carr: Houston Texans

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    College: Fresno State

    65 touchdowns

    71 interceptions

    14,433 passing yards

    74.9 QB rating

(2003) Carson Palmer: Cincinnati Bengals

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    College: Southern California

    154 touchdowns

    22,694 pass yards

    86.9 QB rating

(2004) Eli Manning: San Diego Chargers (Traded To New York Giants)

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    College: Mississippi

    155 touchdowns

    22,102 pass yards

    80.4 QB rating


(2005) Alex Smith: San Francisco 49ers

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    College: Utah

    51 touchdowns

    53 interceptions

    9,399 pass yards

(2006) Mario Williams: Houston Texans

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    College: North Carolina State

    230 tackles

    48 sacks

    2 x Pro Bowl selection

(2007) JaMarcus Russell: Oakland Raiders

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    College: LSU

    18 touchdowns

    23 interceptions

    4,083 passing yards

    65.2 QB rating


(2008) Jake Long: Miami Dolphins

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    College: Michigan

    3 x Pro Bowl selection

    48 games started/0 games missed

    1 x All-Pro selection

(2009) Matthew Stafford: Detroit Lions

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    College: Georgia

    19 touchdowns

    21 interceptions

    2,802 pass yards

    67.1 QB rating

(2010) Sam Bradford: St. Louis Rams

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    College: Oklahoma

    18 touchdowns

    3,512 passing yards

    76.5 QB rating

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