The 6 Best Quarterbacks Taken First Overall in the NFL Draft

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Photo courtesy of Daniel X. O'Neil, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Source: Daniel X. O’Neil, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

In honor of the NFL Draft — now that it’s May, and we’re officially within a week of the 2014 NFL Draft (!) — we’re going to take a look at the much hyped, most famous, most impressive position in the game of football: the quarterback. While the 2014 draft class has generated a lot of excitement from its QB prospects, especially perpetual lightning rod Johnny Manziel, who has gone on record saying he’d love to be picked first overall by his “hometown” Houston Texans, since Manziel was raised in the Lone Star State.

While no one outside Johnny Football seriously expects him to be taken at the top of the list, let alone a shoe in for the best quarterback available, most teams armed with the No. 1 overall pick have picked one beyond every other position (for the completist, the list looks like this: quarterback, running back, D-Line, O-line, wideout, linebacker, and Gary Glick, the only defensive back to ever be drafted first overall — he was taken in ’56).

So, with a special shoutout to Andrew Luck and Cam Newton (classes of ’12 and ’11, respectively), and exactly none of the shoutout for 2007 first overall pick JaMarcus Russell, here are the best quarterbacks to be taken with the first pick in the NFL draft since the NFL/AFL draft. Or, if you’d like, since 1970. They’re the same.

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