All Time #1 NFL Draft Picks

There have been a total of 78 football players taken first in the NFL draft through the 2013 NFL Draft. The most recent #1 pick was Eric Fisher, and Offensive Tackle, taken by the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL team with the most, overall number one picks in the history of the draft is the Indianapolis Colts (formerly known as the Baltimore Colts) who have seven overall #1 picks. The Houston Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

How Have Past #1 NFL Draft Picks Performed?

Of the 78 total first draft picks in the National Football League, there have been 42 who have made at least one NFL Pro Bowl. Of these 42 players, there have been 12 who have earned their way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the history of the NFL Draft, five of the 78 picks have earned NFL Rookie of the Year Honors: Came Newton in 2011, Sam Bradford in 2010, George Rogers in 1981, Billy Sims in 1980, and Earl Campbell in 1978.

All Time #1 NFL Draft Picks

Year       Player   Position               School                                  Team                     Years Played      Pro Bowls
2013       Eric Fisher            OT          Central Michigan              Kansas City Chiefs            1              0
2012       Andrew Luck      QB          Stanford              Indianapolis Colts                             2              1
2011       Cam Newton     QB          Auburn Carolina Panthers                                            3              2

Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers (Photo credit: Football Schedule)

2010       Sam Bradford    QB          Oklahoma           St. Louis Rams                                   4              0
2009       Matthew Stafford           QB          Georgia                Detroit Lions                                      5              0
2008       Jake Long            OT          Michigan              Miami Dolphins                                 6              4
2007       JaMarcus Russell              QB          LSU        Oakland Raiders                               3              0
2006       Mario Williams  DE           N. Carolina State              Houston Texans                               8              3
2005       Alex Smith          QB          Utah      San Francisco 49ers                                         9              1
2004       Eli Manning         QB          Mississippi          San Diego Chargers                         10           3
2003       Carson Palmer   QB          Southern Cal.     Cincinnati Bengals                            11           2
2002       David Carr           QB          Fresno State      Houston Texans                                               11           0
2001       Michael Vick       QB          Virginia Tech      Atlanta Falcons                                 11           4
2000       Courtney Brown               DE           Penn State          Cleveland Browns            7              0
1999       Tim Couch           QB          Kentucky             Cleveland Browns                            6              0
1998       Peyton Manning              QB          Tennessee          Indianapolis Colts             16           11
1997       Orlando Pace     OT          Ohio State           St. Louis Rams                                   12           7
1996       Keyshawn Johnson         WR         Southern Cal.     New York Jets                   11           4
1995       Ki-Jana Carter    RB           Penn State          Cincinnati Bengals                            8              0
1994       Dan Wilkinson   DT           Ohio State           Cincinnati Bengals                            13           0
1993       Drew Bledsoe    QB          Washington State            New England Patriots     14           4
1992       Steve Emtman  DT           Washington        Indianapolis Colts                             8              0
1991       Russell Maryland              DT           Miami, (Fla.)       Dallas Cowboys                 10           1
1990       Jeff George        QB          Illinois   Indianapolis Colts                                             13           0
1989       *Troy Aikman    QB          UCLA     Dallas Cowboys                                                 12           6
1988       Aundray Bruce  LB           Auburn Atlanta Falcons                                                 11           0
1987       Vinny Testaverde            QB          Miami, (Fla.)       Tampa Bay Buccaneers  21           2
1986       Bo Jackson          RB           Auburn Tampa Bay Buccaneers                                  4              1
1985       Bruce Smith        DE           Virginia Tech      Buffalo Bills                                         18           11
1984       Irving Fryar         WR         Nebraska             New England Patriots                     15           5
1983       *John Elway       QB          Stanford              Baltimore Colts                                 16           10
1982       Kenneth Sims    DT           Texas    New England Patriots                                     8              0
1981       George Rogers  RB           South Carolina   New Orleans Saints                         7              2
1980       Bill Sims                RB           Oklahoma           Detroit Lions                                      5              3
1979       Tom Cousineau LB           Ohio State           Buffalo Bills                                         6              0
1978       *Earl Campbell  RB           Texas    Houston Oilers                                                  8              5
1977       Ricky Bell             RB           Southern Cal.     Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  6              0
1976       *Lee Roy Selmon             DE           Oklahoma           Tampa Bay Buccaneers  9              6
1975       Steve Bartkowski             QB          California             Atlanta Falcons                 2              2
1974       Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones            DE           Tennessee State Dallas Cowboys              15           3
1973       John Matuszak  DE           Tampa  Houston Oilers                                                  9              0
1972       Walt Patulski      DT           Notre Dame       Buffalo Bills                                         5              0
1971       Jim Plunkett       QB          Stanford              New England Patriots                     15           0
1970       *Terry Bradshaw              QB          Louisiana Tech   Pittsburgh Steelers         14           3
1969       *O.J. Simpson   RB           Southern Cal.     Buffalo Bills                                         11           6
1968       *Ron Yary            OT          Southern Cal.     Minnesota Vikings                           15           7
1967       Bubba Smith      DE           Michigan State  Baltimore Colts                                 9              2
1966       Jim Grabowski   RB           Illinois   Miami Dolphins (AFL)                                     6              0
1966       Tommy Nobis    LB           Texas    Atlanta Falcons (NFL)                                     11           5
1965       Lawrence Elkins                WR         Baylor   Houston Oilers (AFL)                                      2              0
1965       T. Frederickson RB           Auburn New York Giants (NFL)                                  6              1
1964       Jack Concannon                QB          Boston College  Boston Patriots (AFL)                     10           0
1964       Dave Parks          WR         Texas Tech          San Francisco 49ers (NFL)             10           3
1963       *Buck Buchanan               DT           Grambling           Kansas City Chiefs (AFL)                13           8
1963       Terry Baker         QB          Oregon State     Los Angeles Rams (NFL)                                3              0
1962       Roman Gabriel  QB          N. Carolina State              Oakland Raiders (AFL)    16           4
1962       Ernie Davis          RB           Syracuse              Washington Redskins (NFL)         DNP       –
1961       Ken Rice               G             Auburn Buffalo Bills (AFL)                                             6              1
1961       Tommy Mason  RB           Tulane  Minnesota Vikings (NFL)                                               11           3
1960       Billy Cannon       RB           Louisiana State  Los Angeles Rams                            11           2
1959       Randy Duncan   QB          Iowa      Green Bay Packers                                          1              0
1958       King Hill                QB          Rice        Chicago Cardinals                                             12           0
1957       *Paul Hornung  HB          Notre Dame       Green Bay Packers                          9              2
1956       Gary Glick            DB          Colorado A&M  Pittsburgh Steelers                         7              0
1955       George Shaw     QB          Oregon Baltimore Colts                                                 8              0
1954       Bobby Garrett   QB          Stanford              Cleveland Browns                            1              0
1953       Harry Babcock   E              Georgia                San Francisco 49ers                                         3              3
1952       Bill Wade             QB          Vanderbilt           Los Angeles Rams                            13           2
1951       Kyle Rote             HB          SMU      New York Giants                                              11           4
1950       Leon Hart            E              Notre Dame       Detroit Lions                                      8              1
1949       *Chuck Bednarik              C/LB       Pennsylvania     Philadelphia Eagles          12           8
1948       Harry Gilmer      QB          Alabama              Washington Redskins                     2              0
1947       Bob Fenimore   HB          Oklahoma State                Chicago Bears                                    1              0
1946       Frank Dancewicz              QB          Notre Dame       Boston Yanks                     3              0
1945       *Charley Trippi  HB          Georgia                Chicago Cardinals                                             9              2
1944       Angelo Bertelli  QB          Notre Dame       Boston Yanks                                     3              0
1943       Frank Sinkwich  HB          Georgia                Detroit Lions                                                      4              0
1942       *Bill Dudley        HB          Virginia Pittsburgh Steelers                                         9              3
1941       Tom Harmon      HB          Michigan              Chicago Bears                    2              0
1940       George Cafego HB          Tennessee          Chicago Cardinals             4              0
1939       Ki Aldrich             C             Texas Christian  Chicago Cardinals             7              2
1938       Corbett Davis     FB           Indiana Cleveland Rams                DNP       –
1937       Sam Francis        FB           Nebraska             Philadelphia Eagles          4              0
1936       Jay Berwanger  HB          Chicago                Philadelphia Eagles          DNP       –
* Denotes that the player is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame