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NFL's Number One Draft Picks

In 1936, the NFL instituted the first player draft in an effort to better distribute the talent coming out of college throughout the league. A halfback by the name of Jay Berwanger holds the distinction of being the very first NFL draft pick and the first Heismann Trophy winner. Following is a list of every number one pick, from Berwanger's big day to the most recent draft day!

1936 Philadelphia Jay Berwanger, HB, Chicago
1937 Philadelphia Sam Francis, FB, Nebraska
1938 Cleveland Rams Corbett Davis, FB, Indiana
1939 Chicago Cardinals Ki Aldrich, C, TCU
1940 Chicago Cardinals George Cafego, HB, Tennessee
1941 Chicago Bears Tom Harmon, HB, Michigan
1942 Pittsburgh Bill Dudley, HB, Virginia
1943 Detroit Frank Sinkwich, HB, Georgia
1944 Boston Yanks Angelo Bertelli, QB, Notre Dame
1945 Chicago Cardinals Charley Trippi, HB, Georgia
1946 Boston Yanks Frank Dancewicz, QB, Notre Dame
1947 Chicago Bears Bob Fenimore, HB, Oklahoma A&M
1948 Washington Harry Gilmer, QB, Alabama
1949 Philadelphia Chuck Bednarik, C, Penn
1950 Detroit Leon Hart, E, Notre Dame
1951 NY Giants Kyle Rote, HB, SMU
1952 LA Rams Billy Wade, QB, Vanderbilt
1953 San Francisco Harry Babcock, E, Georgia
1954 Cleveland Bobby Garrett, QB, Stanford
1955 Baltimore George Shaw, QB, Oregon
1956 Pittsburgh Gary Glick, DB, Colorado A&M
1957 Green Bay Paul Hornung, QB, Notre Dame
1958 Chicago Cardinals King Hill, QB, Rice
1959 Green Bay Randy Duncan, QB, Iowa
1960 LA Rams Billy Cannon, HB, LSU
1961 NFL - Minnesota Tommy Mason, HB, Tulane
AFL - Buffalo Ken Rice, G, Auburn
1962 NFL - Washington Ernie Davis, HB, Syracuse
AFL - Oakland Roman Gabriel, QB, North Carolina State
1963 NFL - LA Rams Terry Baker, QB, Oregon State
AFL - Kansas City Buck Buchanan, DT, Grambling
1964 NFL - San Francisco Dave Parks, E, Texas Tech
AFL - Boston Jack Concannon, QB, Boston College
1965 NFL - NY Giants Tucker Frederickson, FB, Auburn
AFL - Houston Lawrence Elkins, E, Baylor
1966 NFL - Atlanta Tommy Nobis, LB, Texas
AFL - Miami Jim Grabowski, FB, Illinois
1967 Baltimore Bubba Smith, DT, Michigan State
1968 Minnesota Ron Yary, T, USC
1969 Buffalo O.J. Simpson, RB, USC
1970 Pittsburgh Terry Bradshaw, QB, Louisiana Tech
1971 New England Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford
1972 Buffalo Walt Patulski, DE, Notre Dame
1973 Houston John Matuszak, DE, Tampa
1974 Dallas Ed Jones, DE, Tennessee State
1975 Atlanta Steve Bartkowski, QB, California
1976 Tampa Bay Lee Roy Selmon, DE, Oklahoma
1977 Tampa Bay Ricky Bell, RB, USC
1978 Houston Earl Campbell, RB, Texas
1979 Buffalo Tom Cousineau, LB, Ohio State
1980 Detroit Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma
1981 New Orleans George Rogers, RB, South Carolina
1982 New England Kenneth Sims, DT, Texas
1983 Baltimore John Elway, QB, Stanford
1984 New England Irving Fryar, WR, Nebraska
1985 Buffalo Bruce Smith, DE, Virginia Tech
1986 Tampa Bay Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn
1987 Tampa Bay Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami-FL
1988 Atlanta Aundray Bruce, LB, Auburn
1989 Dallas Troy Aikman, QB, UCLA
1990 Indianapolis Jeff George, QB, Illinois
1991 Dallas Russell Maryland, DT, Miami-FL
1992 Indianapolis Steve Emtman, DT, Washington
1993 New England Drew Bledsoe, QB, Washington State
1994 Cincinnati Dan Wilkinson, DT, Ohio State
1995 Cincinnati Ki-Jana Carter, RB, Penn State
1996 NY Jets Keyshawn Johnson, WR, USC
1997 St. Louis Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio State
1998 Indianapolis Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee
1999 Cleveland Tim Couch, QB, Kentucky
2000 Cleveland Courtney Brown, DE, Penn State
2001 Atlanta Michael Vick, QB, Virginia Tech
2002 Houston David Carr, QB, Fresno State
2003 Cincinnati Carson Palmer, QB, USC
2004 San Diego Eli Manning, QB, Mississippi
2005 San Francisco Alex Smith, QB Utah
2006 Houston Mario Williams, DE North Carolina State
2007 Oakland JaMarcus Russell, QB LSU
2008 Miami Jake Long, OT Miami
2009 Detroit Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia
2010 St. Louis Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
2011 Carolina Cam Newton, QB Auburn

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