Category:National Football League first overall draft picks
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1. National Football League Draft – The National Football League Draft, also called the player selection meeting, is an annual event in which the National Football League teams select eligible college football players. It serves as the leagues most common source of player recruitment, from this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. The round is complete when each team has selected a player or traded its draft position. Currently the draft consists of seven rounds, the original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, have chosen the best player available. In the early years of the draft, players were based on hearsay, print media. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts, the ensuing success of their corresponding teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts. Colloquially, the name of the each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season, however, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception. The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to more fans. The drafts popularity now garners prime-time television coverage, in recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in late April or early May. The 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago, in late 1934, Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave the right of usage of two players to the New York Giants because Rooneys team had no chance to participate in the post-season. After the owner of the Boston Redskins, George Preston Marshall, protested the transaction, at a league meeting in December 1934, the NFL introduced a waiver rule to prevent such transactions. Any player released by a team during the season would be able to be claimed by other teams, the selection order to claim the player would be in inverse order to the teams standings at the time. Throughout this time, Bert Bell, co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, felt his teams lack of competitiveness on the field made it difficult for the Eagles to sell tickets and to be profitable. As a result, the NFL was dominated by the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Giants, and Redskins. At a league meeting on May 18,1935, Bell proposed a draft be instituted to enhance the possibility of competitive parity on the field in order to ensure the viability of all franchises. His proposal was adopted unanimously that day, although the first draft would not occur until the next off-season. The rules for the selection of the players in the first draft were, first, from this pool, each franchise would select, in inverse order to their teams record in the previous year, a player
2. Terry Bradshaw – Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, Bradshaw is also an actor, having participated in many television shows and films, most notably starring in the movie Failure To Launch. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, a tough competitor, Bradshaw is known for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history. He also called his own throughout his football career. His physical skills and on-the-field leadership played a role in the Pittsburgh Steelers history. During his career, he passed for more than 300 yards in a game seven times. He played very well in the Super Bowl, and in four career Super Bowl appearances, he passed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns, in 19 post-season games, he completed 261 passes for 3,833 yards. Bradshaw was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the second of three sons of Novis and William Bill Marvin Bradshaw and his older brother is named Gary and younger brother is named Craig. His mother, Novis, was one of five children of Clifford and Lula Gay of Red River Parish, the work ethic was particularly strong in the Bradshaw household. Bradshaw spent his childhood in Camanche, Iowa, where he set forth the goal to play professional football. L. Williams and led the Knights to the 1965 AAA High School Championship game and his team then lost to the Sulphur Golden Tornadoes 12–9. While at Woodlawn, he set a record for throwing the javelin 245 feet. His exploits earned him a spot in the Sports Illustrated feature Faces In The Crowd, Bradshaws successor as Woodlawns starting quarterback was another future NFL standout, Joe Ferguson of the Buffalo Bills. Bradshaws Steelers would defeat Fergusons Bills in a 1974 divisional playoff game, Bradshaw decided to attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He has much affinity for his alma mater and he is a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and spoke before many athletic banquets, when he arrived at Tech in 1966, Bradshaw caused a media frenzy on account of his reputation of being a football sensation from nearby Shreveport. Robertson was a year ahead of Bradshaw, and was the starter for two seasons in 1966 and 1967, and chose not to play in 1968, as Robertson put it, Im going for the ducks, you can go for the bucks. In 1969, Bradshaw was considered by most professional scouts to be the most outstanding football player in the nation
3. Tom Harmon – Thomas Dudley Harmon, sometimes known by the nickname Old 98, was an American football player, military pilot, and sports broadcaster. Harmon grew up in Gary, Indiana, and played football at the halfback position for the University of Michigan from 1938 to 1940. He led the nation in scoring and was a consensus All-American in both 1939 and 1940 and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year award in 1940 and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. During World War II, Harmon served as a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Forces, in April 1943, he was the sole survivor of the crash of a bomber he piloted in South America en route to North Africa. Six months later, while flying a P-38 Lightning, he was shot down in a dogfight with Japanese Zeros near Kiukiang in China. After the war, Harmon played two seasons of football for the Los Angeles Rams and had the longest run from scrimmage during the 1946 NFL season. He later pursued a career in broadcasting and was the play-by-play announcer for the first televised Rose Bowl in the late 1940s. He later hosted a 10-minute daily sports show on the ABC radio network in the 1960s and he also handled play-by-play responsibility on broadcasts of UCLA football games in the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Rensselaer, Indiana, at the home at 118 South Weston Street, Harmon was the son of Illinois natives Rose Marie and Louis A. Harmon. Harmon had five siblings, Louella, Harold, Mary, Louis. His maternal grandparents were Irish, while his father was of French, in 1924, the family moved to Gary, Indiana. Harmon attended Horace Mann High School in Gary, graduating in 1937 and he received 14 varsity letters in 10 sports at Horace Mann. He won the Indiana state championship both in the 100-yard dash and 220-yard low hurdles and won the national interscholastic scoring championship in football with 150 points and he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds and 220-yard low hurdles in 22.6 seconds. He was also a basketball player and threw two no-hitters as a pitcher in AAU baseball. Michigan athletic director Fielding H. Yost in 1937 proclaimed Harmon the greatest high school athlete of the year, at the urging of his high school coach Douglass Kerr, who played end for Michigan in 1927 and 1928, Harmon enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1937. He played on the football team that fall, while the varsity compiled a 4–4 record in its final season under head coach Harry Kipke. In November 1937, the Associated Press published a story that Tulane coach Bill Bevan had tried to lure Harmon to transfer to that school, Harmon chose to remain at Michigan, leading the varsity football team to a 19–4–1 record over the next three years. In addition to football, Harmon was also a member of the team for two years
4. Jake Long – Jake Edward Long is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan, where he was a two-time consensus All-American and he has also played for the St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings. In high school, Long was the first player in his schools history to earn all-state Dream Team honors in football from the Detroit News. He was a two-time first-team All-Metro League player in basketball and football, where he was honored both on offense and defense. In baseball, he was a two-time second-team All-Metro League selection, in both basketball and football, he led his team to regular and post season success that had not been seen in many years. At the University of Michigan, he redshirted for a year and he earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference recognition and Rivals. com Freshman All-American recognition. In 2006 and 2007, he earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, in 2006 he was an Outland and Lombardi Trophy watch lists selection and in 2007 he was a finalist for both awards. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 2006, and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2007, after being drafted by Miami, he became an immediate starter and has started every game that the team has played since he has been a member. At the conclusion of his season, he was selected to numerous All-Rookie teams and was a substitute Pro Bowl selection. Long has followed up on a rookie season by earning Pro Bowl roster spots in 2009,2010. Long was born in Lapeer, Michigan, the son of John and he attended Lapeer East High School, where he was the first player in his high schools history to earn all-state Dream Team honors in football. In baseball, he played first base and he played basketball, baseball and football in high school. Long was a 2001 Flint, Michigan All-Metro League lineman on both sides of the ball as an end and offensive lineman. And in Lapeer Easts final game of the 2001 season, Long rushed for three touchdowns, as a junior that football season, he was listed at 6 feet 7 inches,270 pounds. In Longs first start as a varsity basketball player on December 4,2001 and that season he helped lead Lapeer East to an unbeaten 14–0 Metro League record overall as they prepared for the Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament. It was the first unbeaten Metro League season by any team since 1989, Long was an All-Metro league first team selection, but his team lost in the 2002 Class A district semifinal on the road. By the end of the season, he was listed at 6 feet 7 inches,290 pounds. As a junior, he was a second-team All-Metro League baseball selection as an infielder, by the end of his junior year, he had already set the school home run record in baseball and was the fifth-ranked high school football prospect in the state of Michigan
5. Andrew Luck – Andrew Austen Luck is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He played college football at Stanford, where he won the Maxwell Award and he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011. He was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 Conference in both 2010 and 2011, although widely projected as the first overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck decided to return to Stanford for his redshirt junior season. A year later, he was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, in the 2013–14 NFL playoffs, he led the Colts to the second largest playoff comeback in NFL history. Primarily known for his passing, Luck has also established himself as a running quarterback. Luck was born in Washington, D. C and he is the oldest of four children, including sisters Mary Ellen and Emily, and his brother Addison. In London, he attended The American School in London, as a result of his childhood in London, he is a fan of soccer. Although supporters of London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham have reached out to him believing he was a fan, Luck said. Luck said the Houston Dynamo was the one team in my heart, because his father was the clubs founding president. The Luck family returned to Texas when Oliver Luck was named CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. In Houston, Andrew attended Stratford High School, where he threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns in his school career. Luck was also co-valedictorian of his class in 2008. Regarded as a recruit by Rivals. com, Luck was listed as the No.4 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2008. He played in the 2008 U. S. Army All-American Bowl, a highly rated high school recruiting target, he chose Stanford over offers from Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rice, and Virginia, after being recruited by Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. After accepting a scholarship to attend Stanford University, Luck played for coach Jim Harbaugh. In his first season, Luck led the Cardinal to victories over top-10 Oregon and USC teams, playing in a run-oriented offense featuring Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart, Luck threw for 2,575 yards. Luck had 2,929 yards of offense, the fifth highest total in Stanford history. He led the Pac-10 in pass efficiency rating with a rating of 143.5, Luck injured a finger on his throwing hand in the Cardinals final regular season game against Notre Dame
6. Eli Manning – Elisha Nelson Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Mississippi and he is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes, and completed passes in a career, and he led the Giants to victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games. Manning was named Most Valuable Player in each Super Bowl, becoming one of five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards, Manning is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a quarterback. Manning is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 45,000 career yards,300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowl appearances and he is the eighth all-time leader in passing yards, and seventh in passing touchdowns. Though lacking the consistent statistical prowess of his brother, Manning is known for his performances both in the clutch and in the postseason. During his years with the Rebels at Ole Miss, Manning set or tied 45 single-game, season and his career numbers include 10,119 passing yards,81 touchdown passes, and a passer rating of 137.7. He led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a 31-28 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2003 and he was invited to play in the 2004 Senior Bowl, but chose not to play. Manning graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing, with Manning being the most coveted player in the draft, it appeared that the Chargers intentions were to draft him first overall. However, Manning stated publicly that he would refuse to play for the Chargers if drafted by them and he signed a six-year US$45 million contract with the New York Giants. Manning was one of four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft along with Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Manning, Roethlisberger, and Rivers have all been voted to the Pro Bowl since becoming starters. Until 2013, Roethlisberger and Manning had not produced a season with a losing record and they have been compared favorably to the Quarterback class of 1983, which included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino, John Elway, and Jim Kelly. Manning made his first career regular season start against the Atlanta Falcons at Giants Stadium on November 21,2004, following 2004, Warner left the Giants, and Eli was named the starter for 2005. Manning led the Giants to a 2-0 record with victories against the Cardinals and Saints, San Diego defeated the Giants, 45-23, but Eli displayed what may have been his most impressive performance of his young career, going 24-41 for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Following his performance at San Diego, Manning returned home to throw for almost 300 yards, two games later, he led a last-minute drive against the Denver Broncos to secure a 24-23 victory for the Giants. The drive culminated in a touchdown to Amani Toomer with five seconds remaining. Two weeks later, Manning overcame a weak first half at San Francisco to help his team secure their first official road victory of the season, 24–6. Manning finished among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdown passes, while leading an offense that finished third in the NFL in scoring with a total of 422 points