NFL Draft: The Best 1st-Round Pick in Each Franchise’s History

April 26, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Even in a year with a lockout, interest and buzz about the 2011 NFL draft is still high. But, we often get so caught up in the present (myself included) that we forget to reflect on the past.
So, before I question my sanity for knowing that TCU quarterback Andy Dalton is a marketing major and was a 2-star recruit by Scout.com and a 3-star recruit by Rivals, let's take a look at the past in the form of the best first-round picks in each franchise's history.
In doing this analysis, there were some no-brainer decisions and some very difficult choices. As such, I came up with the following rules to follow.
For a player to be considered, he had to make the majority of his impact on the team that drafted him. As such, John Elway will not represent the Denver Broncos or the Baltimore Colts who actually drafted him in 1983 before he was quickly dealt to Denver. 
Also, I had to limit my decision in general to the current 32 teams in the NFL. In short, my analysis of Bal...

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