This is a list of first overall National Football League draft picks. The National Football League draft is an annual sports draft in which NFL teams select newly-eligible players for their rosters. To be eligible, a player must be out of high school at least three years. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first. As of the 2011 NFL Draft, a total of 76 players have been selected first overall. The current draft system has seven rounds, and in 2011, 254 players were selected in the draft.

List of first overall picks Edit

     - denotes Pro Bowler (28 players)
     - denotes Hall of Fame (12 players)
Year Player Position College Pro Team
1936Jay BerwangerHalfbackChicagoPhiladelphia Eagles (did not sign)
1937Sam FrancisFullbackNebraskaPhiladelphia Eagles
1938Corbett DavisFullbackIndianaCleveland Rams
1939Ki AldrichCenterTCUChicago Cardinals
1940George CafegoHalfbackTennesseeChicago Cardinals
1941Tom HarmonHalfbackMichiganChicago Bears
1942Bill DudleyHalfbackVirginiaPittsburgh Steelers
1943Frank SinkwichHalfbackGeorgiaDetroit Lions
1944Angelo BertelliQuarterbackNotre DameBoston Yanks
1945Charley TrippiHalfbackGeorgiaChicago Cardinals
1946Frank DancewiczQuarterbackNotre DameBoston Yanks
1947Bob FenimoreHalfbackOklahoma A&MChicago Bears
1948Harry GilmerQuarterbackAlabamaWashington Redskins
1949Chuck BednarikCenter/LinebackerPennPhiladelphia Eagles
1950Leon HartEndNotre DameDetroit Lions
1951Kyle RoteHalfbackSMUNew York Giants
1952Bill WadeQuarterbackVanderbiltLos Angeles Rams
1953Harry BabcockEndGeorgiaSan Francisco 49ers
1954Bobby GarrettQuarterbackStanfordCleveland Browns
1955George ShawQuarterbackOregonBaltimore Colts
1956Gary GlickDefensive backColorado A&MPittsburgh Steelers
1957Paul HornungHalfbackNotre DameGreen Bay Packers
1958King HillQuarterbackRiceChicago Cardinals
1959Randy DuncanQuarterbackIowaGreen Bay Packers
1960Billy CannonRunning backLSULos Angeles Rams (Signed with AFL Houston Oilers)
1961Tommy MasonRunning backTulaneMinnesota Vikings
1962Ernie DavisRunning backSyracuseWashington Redskins (traded to Cleveland Browns)
1963Terry BakerQuarterbackOregon StateLos Angeles Rams
1964Dave ParksEndTexas TechSan Francisco 49ers
1965Tucker FredericksonRunning backAuburnNew York Giants
1966Tommy NobisLinebackerTexasAtlanta Falcons
1967*Bubba SmithDefensive endMichigan StateBaltimore Colts
1968*Ron YaryOffensive tackleUSCMinnesota Vikings
1969*O.J. SimpsonRunning backUSCBuffalo Bills
1970Terry BradshawQuarterbackLouisiana TechPittsburgh Steelers
1971Jim PlunkettQuarterbackStanfordNew England Patriots
1972Walt PatulskiDefensive endNotre DameBuffalo Bills
1973John MatuszakDefensive endTampaHouston Oilers
1974Ed "Too Tall" JonesDefensive endTennessee StateDallas Cowboys
1975Steve BartkowskiQuarterbackCaliforniaAtlanta Falcons
1976Lee Roy SelmonDefensive endOklahomaTampa Bay Buccaneers
1977Ricky BellRunning backUSCTampa Bay Buccaneers
1978Earl CampbellRunning backTexasHouston Oilers
1979Tom CousineauLinebackerOhio StateBuffalo Bills (did not sign, signed with CFL Montreal Alouettes)
1980Billy SimsRunning backOklahomaDetroit Lions
1981George RogersRunning backSouth CarolinaNew Orleans Saints
1982Kenneth SimsDefensive endTexasNew England Patriots
1983John ElwayQuarterbackStanfordBaltimore Colts (traded to Denver Broncos)
1984Irving FryarWide receiverNebraskaNew England Patriots
1985Bruce SmithDefensive endVirginia TechBuffalo Bills
1986**Bo JacksonRunning backAuburnTampa Bay Buccaneers (did not sign, entered 1987 NFL Draft)
1987Vinny TestaverdeQuarterbackMiami (FL)Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1988Aundray BruceLinebackerAuburnAtlanta Falcons
1989Troy AikmanQuarterbackUCLADallas Cowboys
1990Jeff George***QuarterbackIllinoisIndianapolis Colts
1991Russell MarylandDefensive tackleMiami (FL)Dallas Cowboys
1992Steve EmtmanDefensive tackleWashingtonIndianapolis Colts
1993Drew BledsoeQuarterbackWashington State UniversityNew England Patriots
1994Dan WilkinsonDefensive tackleOhio StateCincinnati Bengals
1995Ki-Jana CarterRunning backPenn StateCincinnati Bengals
1996Keyshawn JohnsonWide receiverUSCNew York Jets
1997Orlando PaceOffensive tackleOhio StateSt. Louis Rams
1998Peyton ManningQuarterbackTennesseeIndianapolis Colts
1999Tim CouchQuarterbackKentuckyCleveland Browns
2000Courtney BrownDefensive endPenn StateCleveland Browns
2001Michael VickQuarterbackVirginia TechAtlanta Falcons
2002David CarrQuarterbackFresno StateHouston Texans
2003Carson PalmerQuarterbackUSCCincinnati Bengals
2004Eli ManningQuarterbackOle MissSan Diego Chargers (traded to the New York Giants)
2005Alex SmithQuarterbackUtahSan Francisco 49ers
2006Mario WilliamsDefensive EndNorth Carolina StateHouston Texans
2007JaMarcus RussellQuarterbackLSUOakland Raiders
2008Jake LongOffensive TackleMichiganMiami Dolphins
2009Matthew StaffordQuarterbackGeorgiaDetroit Lions
2010Sam Bradford QuarterbackOklahomaSt. Louis Rams
2011Cam Newton QuarterbackAuburnCarolina Panthers

2012: TBA
* From 1967–69 the NFL held a common draft with the American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970.
** Original #1 selection in 1986 was forfeited by the Cleveland Browns via the Buffalo Bills for selecting Bernie Kosar in the Supplemental Draft in 1985.
*** Original #1 selection in 1990 was forfeited by the Dallas Cowboys for selecting Steve Walsh in the Supplemental Draft in 1989.

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