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NFL Draft

What does NFL Draft Mean?

An off-season event in which NFL teams, in reverse order of the number of wins from the previous season, choose eligible players from college football to fill their rosters. Teams can choose any player who has expired his eligibility with his college team, or any player who fills out the necessary paperwork to enter the draft early.

List of first overall draft picks

Year Player Position College NFL Team
1936 Jay Berwanger Halfback Chicago Philadelphia Eagles
1937 Sam Francis Fullback Nebraska Philadelphia Eagles
1938 Corbett Davis Fullback Indiana Cleveland Rams
1939 Ki Aldrich Center TCU Chicago Cardinals
1940 George Cafego Halfback Tennessee Chicago Cardinals
1941 Tom Harmon Halfback Michigan Chicago Bears
1942 Bill Dudley Halfback Virginia Pittsburgh Steelers
1943 Frank Sinkwich Halfback Georgia Detroit Lions
1944 Angelo Bertelli Quarterback Notre Dame Boston Yanks
1945 Charley Trippi Halfback Georgia Chicago Cardinals
1946 Frank Dancewicz Quarterback Notre Dame Boston Yanks
1947 Bob Fenimore Halfback Oklahoma A&M Chicago Bears
1948 Harry Gilmer Quarterback Alabama Washington Redskins
1949 Chuck Bednarik Center/Linebacker Penn Philadelphia Eagles
1950 Leon Hart End Notre Dame Detroit Lions
1951 Kyle Rote Halfback SMU New York Giants
1952 Bill Wade Quarterback Vanderbilt Los Angeles Rams
1953 Harry Babcock End Georgia San Francisco 49ers
1954 Bobby Garrett Quarterback Stanford Cleveland Browns
1955 George Shaw Quarterback Oregon Baltimore Colts
1956 Gary Glick Defensive back Colorado A&M Pittsburgh Steelers
1957 Paul Hornung Halfback Notre Dame Green Bay Packers
1958 King Hill Quarterback Rice Chicago Cardinals
1959 Randy Duncan Quarterback Iowa Green Bay Packers
1960 Billy Cannon Running back LSU Los Angeles Rams
1961 Tommy Mason Running back Tulane Minnesota Vikings
1962 Ernie Davis Running back Syracuse Washington Redskin
1963 Terry Baker Quarterback Oregon State Los Angeles Rams
1964 Dave Parks Wide Receiver Texas Tech San Francisco 49ers
1965 Tucker Frederickson Running back Auburn New York Giants
1966 Tommy Nobis Linebacker Texas Atlanta Falcons
1967 Bubba Smith Defensive end Michigan State Baltimore Colts
1968 Ron Yary Offensive tackle USC Minnesota Vikings
1969 O. J. Simpson Running back USC Buffalo Bills (AFL)
1970 Terry Bradshaw Quarterback Louisiana Tech Pittsburgh Steelers
1971 Jim Plunkett Quarterback Stanford New England Patriots
1972 Walt Patulski Defensive end Notre Dame Buffalo Bills
1973 John Matuszak Defensive end Tampa Houston Oilers
1974 Ed Jones Defensive end Tennessee State Dallas Cowboys
1975 Steve Bartkowski Quarterback California Atlanta Falcons
1976 Lee Roy Selmon Defensive end Oklahoma Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1977 Ricky Bell Running back USC Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1978 Earl Campbell Running back Texas Houston Oilers
1979 Tom Cousineau Linebacker Ohio State Buffalo Bills
1980 Billy Sims Running back Oklahoma Detroit Lions
1981 George Rogers Running back South Carolina New Orleans Saints
1982 Kenneth Sims Defensive end Texas New England Patriots
1983 John Elway Quarterback Stanford Baltimore Colts
1984 Irving Fryar Wide receiver Nebraska New England Patriots
1985 Bruce Smith Defensive end Virginia Tech Buffalo Bills
1986 Bo Jackson Running back Auburn Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1987 Vinny Testaverde Quarterback Miami (FL) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1988 Aundray Bruce Linebacker Auburn Atlanta Falcons
1989 Troy Aikman Quarterback UCLA Dallas Cowboys
1990 Jeff George Quarterback Illinois Indianapolis Colts
1991 Russell Maryland Defensive tackle Miami (FL) Dallas Cowboys
1992 Steve Emtman Defensive tackle Washington Indianapolis Colts
1993 Drew Bledsoe Quarterback Washington State New England Patriots
1994 Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle Ohio State Cincinnati Bengals
1995 Ki-Jana Carter Running back Penn State Cincinnati Bengals
1996 Keyshawn Johnson Wide receiver USC New York Jets
1997 Orlando Pace Offensive tackle Ohio State St. Louis Rams
1998 Peyton Manning Quarterback Tennessee Indianapolis Colts
1999 Tim Couch Quarterback Kentucky Cleveland Browns
2000 Courtney Brown Defensive end Penn State Cleveland Browns
2001 Michael Vick Quarterback Virginia Tech Atlanta Falcons
2002 David Carr Quarterback Fresno State Houston Texans
2003 Carson Palmer Quarterback USC Cincinnati Bengals
2004 Eli Manning Quarterback Ole Miss San Diego Chargers
2005 Alex Smith Quarterback Utah San Francisco 49ers
2006 Mario Williams Defensive end North Carolina State Houston Texans
2007 JaMarcus Russell Quarterback LSU Oakland Raiders
2008 Jake Long Offensive Tackle Michigan Miami Dolphins
2009 Matthew Stafford Quarterback Georgia Detroit Lions
2010 Sam Bradford Quarterback Oklahoma St. Louis Rams
2011 Cam Newton Quarterback Auburn Carolina Panthers
2012 Andrew Luck Quarterback Stanford Indianapolis Colts


Sporting Charts explains NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is the primary way teams find new players to add to their team. Beginning with the team that had the worst record during the previous season, teams will choose from the year's eligible college players. The NFL Draft has seven rounds, although the number of picks that each team has depends on a number of factors, including trading picks and compensatory selections based on free agent movement. Picks in the first round of the draft are expected to be major contributors to their teams in the long run, while later rounds are used to look for potential sleepers and make selections to add depth to team rosters.

 

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