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    Ranking the #1 draft picks in NFL history



    One note: More value was placed on those who paid off for their original franchises, as opposed to journeymen who produced a solid career with other outfits. Your thoughts are always valuable ... @HarrisonNFL is the place.

    3) John Elway, quarterback
    Drafted by: Baltimore Colts, 1983.

    You could make the argument that John Elway belongs even higher, but given that he never played a down for the team that originally drafted him, third seems right. Elway refused to play in Baltimore, so in May 1983, the Colts traded him to the Denver Broncos for Chris Hinton (a fantastic offensive tackle), backup QB Mark Herrmann and a 1984 first-round pick. Of course, Elway wound up starting five Super Bowls for the Broncos. The two Super Bowl wins at the end of his career pushed him into legendary status, but fans should remember that Elway won the league MVP in only his fifth year, becoming one of the youngest quarterbacks to ever accomplish that feat.


    1) Peyton Manning, quarterback
    Drafted by: Indianapolis Colts, 1998.

    Easy choice at the top of the list. Not only is Peyton Manning one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time (I have him at third), he remains at the top of the charts in most major passing stats. Manning threw 28 interceptions as a rookie but started picking things up over the back half of his debut season. By Year 2, he was a Pro Bowl-level player and had the Colts in the playoffs. Manning's total of five MVPs continues to boggle the mind. What player, in any sport, can lay claim to being the best of the best in five different years? Not many.
    Last edited by Guess Who; 04-05-2018, 12:50 AM.

  • #2
    John Elway was a greater quarterback than Peyton Manning.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jason in LA View Post
      John Elway was a greater quarterback than Peyton Manning.

      Many would argue that. But one thing I agree with Witlock on is that John was a quarterback that would have thrived no matter what era he played in and no matter what weather or team.

      Stud to the nth degree.

      And anytime anyone argues the point with me about the greatest QB of all time, I just ask them:" How many ACLs did they play with?"

      John did it all without an ACL in one knee...........legendary.

      Bonifide staunch stubborn sick stud status.

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      • #4
        Elway, best QB of all time.

        Manning, best passer of all time.

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        • #5
          #4 Bradshaw? Jesus... that list is junk. Most overrated QB ever.

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          • #6
            Peyton Manning was the best QB in the league for 7 seasons. John Elway never was “the best QB” for even 1 season. I know it’s ridiculous that they never gave it to Elway once, but he definitely wasn’t the best in the league for as long as Manning.

            #1 picks sorted by 1st team all pro selections since the merger (1970)

            Bruce Smith - 8
            Peyton Manning - 7
            Earl Campbell - 3
            Orlando Pace - 3
            Terry Bradshaw - 1
            Too Tall Jones - 1
            Jake Long - 1
            Cam Newton - 1
            George Rogers - 1
            Lee Roy Selmon - 1
            Mario Williams - 1

            Everybody else drafted #1 - 0

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jmz313 View Post
              #4 Bradshaw? Jesus... that list is junk. Most overrated QB ever.
              He was also one of the best postseason QBs ever.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Arkie View Post
                He was also one of the best postseason QBs ever.
                Game manger in a lopsided Era. best D of all time based on longevity.

                His best pass was a deflection.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arkie View Post
                  Peyton Manning was the best QB in the league for 7 seasons. John Elway never was “the best QB” for even 1 season.
                  Elway did win an MVP award.

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                  • #10
                    Ranked by pro bowl selections

                    Peyton Manning - 14
                    Bruce Smith - 11
                    John Elway - 9
                    Orlando Pace - 7
                    Troy Aikman - 6
                    Lee Roy Selmon - 6
                    Earl Campbell - 5
                    Irving Fryar - 5
                    Drew Bledsoe - 4
                    Jake Long - 4
                    Eli Manning - 4
                    Michael Vick - 4
                    Mario Williams - 4
                    Terry Bradshaw - 3
                    Keyshawn Johnson - 3
                    Too Tall Jones - 3
                    Andrew Luck - 3
                    Cam Newton - 3
                    Carson Palmer - 3
                    Billy Sims - 3
                    Alex Smith - 3

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jmz313 View Post
                      Elway did win an MVP award.
                      Yes, and they gave Montana 1st team All pro and Elway 2nd team in 1987. Go figure.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Arkie View Post
                        Yes, and they gave Montana 1st team All pro and Elway 2nd team in 1987. Go figure.
                        maybe the Superbowl final score was part of the reason?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jmz313 View Post
                          Game manger in a lopsided Era. best D of all time based on longevity.

                          His best pass was a deflection.
                          His craziest play was a deflection. It wasn’t his best pass. He had 30 other TDs in the postseason-with at least 1 in the 4th quarter of every Super Bowl, a passer rating over 100 in every Super Bowl, and two 4th quarter Super Bowl comebacks. He threw five incompletions against four touchdown passes in 4th quarters of SBs. That’s amazing. His passer rating in the final two Super Bowls was 151.0 and he got the MVP obviously both times.

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                          • #14
                            I grew up in Western NY, there was nothing like watching Bruce Smith disrupt and destroy... I think that is why Von Miller has been such a pleasure, reminds me of Bruce Smith with his quickness and general unstoppableness at times...

                            Although, I have never seen a first step like Von's- its elite and unique.

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                            • #15
                              Looking at all the QBs on that list is sobering. Even picking first it's a damn crapshoot.

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