With less than a month to go before the 2012 NFL draft, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck remains the overwhelming favorite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts. If that happens, Luck would become the tenth quarterback in the last 12 years to go No. 1 overall.
Logic says the Colts can’t go wrong with either Luck or presumptive No. 2 pick Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Each displayed above average athleticism, arm strength, intelligence, and production during their college careers. But, recent history shows that taking a quarterback as the No. 1 overall pick, or a quarterback in the first round for that matter, is far from a slam dunk. The No. 2 overall pick is far from a slam dunk, either.
Often teams take quarterbacks, not because they are the best overall talent, but because the money attached to the draft slot all but dictates the selection of a quarterback. I do not think that is the case this year, but it has been multiple times over the past decade.
Let’s look back on some NFL history shall we? I listed quarterbacks picked in the first round in the past 10 drafts with their pick number in parentheses, the team who drafted them, and a term or sentence to describe their career. I included the No. 2 picks too, as a reference point, since Griffin will more than likely go second.