First-round quarterbacks, by team, in the Super Bowl era

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With quarterbacks once again the focal point of the upcoming draft, especially in the first round, I got curious about the history of drafting first-round quarterbacks.

So I did the research, for a change. And I drew a line at 1966, the launch of the Super Bowl era.

The team-by-team list appears below, including the regular draft and the supplemental draft. The most first-round quarterbacks have been drafted by the Browns, with seven. The fewest is two — shared by the Cowboys, Panthers, Rams, Saints, Seahawks, and Texans.

The Cowboys and the Saints each used a first-round pick on a quarterback in a supplemental draft. Dallas and New Orleans, then, have only ever used a first-round quarterback in the regular draft once each. The Cowboys took Troy Aikman in 1989, and the Saints took Archie Manning in 1971.

Both of the Cowboys’ first-round quarterbacks were drafted the same year. Only a couple of months after making Aikman the first overall pick in the 1989 draft, the Cowboys used a first-round supplemental pick on Steve Walsh.

Here’s the list of all first-round quarterbacks selected by each and every team. Enjoy the rabbit hole.

Bears (five): Mitchell Trubisky (2017); Rex Grossman (2003); Cade McNown (1999); Jim Harbaugh (1987); Jim McMahon (1982).

Bengals (six): Joe Burrow (2020); Carson Palmer (2003); Akili Smith (1999); David Klinger (1992); Jack Thompson (1979); Greg Cook (1969).

Bills (four): Josh Allen (2018); EJ Manuel (2013); J.P. Losman (2004); Jim Kelly (1983).

Broncos (four): Paxton Lynch (2016); Tim Tebow (2010); Jay Cutler (2006); Tommy Maddox (1992).

Browns (seven): Baker Mayfield (2018); Johnny Manziel (2014); Brandon Weeden (2012); Brady Quinn (2007); Tim Couch (1999); Bernie Kosar (1985 supplemental); Mike Phipps (1970).

Buccaneers (five): Jameis Winston (2015); Josh Freeman (2009); Trent Dilfer (1994); Vinny Testaverde (1987); Doug Williams (1978).

Colts (six): Andrew Luck (2012); Peyton Manning (1998); Jeff George (1990); John Elway (1983); Art Schlicter (1982); Bert Jones (1973).

Cardinals (six): Kyler Murray (2019); Josh Rosen (2018); Matt Leinart (2006); Timm Rosenbach (1989 supplemental); Kelly Stouffer (1987); Steve Pisarkiewicz (1977).

Chargers (four): Justin Herbert (2020); Eli Manning (2004); Ryan Leaf (1998); Marty Domres (1969).

Chiefs (three): Patrick Mahomes (2017); Todd Blackledge (1983); Steve Fuller (1979).

Cowboys (two): Troy Aikman (1989); Steve Walsh (1989 supplemental).

Dolphins (five): Tua Tagovailoa (2020); Ryan Tannehill (2012); Dan Marino (1983); Bob Griese (1967); Rick Norton (1966).

Eagles (three): Carson Wentz (2016); Donovan McNabb (1999); John Reaves (1972);

Falcons (five): Matt Ryan (2008); Michael Vick (2001); Chris Miller (1987); Steve Bartowski (1975); Randy Johnson (1966).

49ers (three): Alex Smith (2005); Jim Druckenmiller (1997); Steve Spurrier (1967).

Giants (four): Daniel Jones (2019); Philip Rivers (2004); Dave Brown (1992 supplemental); Phil Simms (1979).

Jaguars (three): Blake Bortles (2013); Blaine Gabbert (2011); Byron Leftwich (2003).

Jets (five): Sam Darnold (2018); Mark Sanchez (2009); Chad Pennington (2000); Ken O’Brien (1983); Richard Todd (1976).

Lions (five): Matthew Stafford (2009); Joey Harrington (2002); Andre Ware (1990); Chuck Long (1986); Greg Landry (1968).

Packers (five): Jordan Love (2020); Aaron Rodgers (2005); Rich Campbell (1981); Jerry Tagge (1972); Don Horn (1967).

Panthers (two): Cam Newton (2011); Kerry Collins (1995).

Patriots (three): Drew Bledsoe (1993); Tony Eason (1983); Jim Plunkett (1971).

Raiders (three): JaMarcus Russell (2007); Todd Marinovich (1991); Marc Wilson (1980).

Rams (two): Jared Goff (2016); Sam Bradford (2010).

Ravens (three): Lamar Jackson (2018); Joe Flacco (2008); Kyle Boller (2003).

Saints (two): Dave Wilson (1981 supplemental); Archie Manning (1971).

Seahawks (two): Rick Mirer (1993); Dan McGwire (1991).

Steelers (three): Ben Roethlisberger (2004); Mark Malone (1980); Terry Bradshaw (1970).

Texans (two): Deshaun Watson (2017); David Carr (2002).

Titans (six): Marcus Mariota (2015); Jake Locker (2011); Vince Young (2006); Steve McNair (1995); Jim Everett (1986); Dan Pastorini (1971).

Vikings (four): Teddy Bridgewater (2014); Christian Ponder (2011); Daunte Culpepper (1999); Tommy Kramer (1977).

Washington (five): Dwayne Haskins (2019); Robert Griffin III (2012); Jason Campbell (2005); Patrick Ramsey (2002); Heath Shuler (1994).

21 responses to “First-round quarterbacks, by team, in the Super Bowl era

  1. Every Patriots and Panthers first rounder played in a Super Bowl. The Patriots did OK in round 6 too.

  2. Rick Mirer and Dan McGwire…. Damn! Thank goodness the Bears came along and offered 2 first round picks for Mirer or they may go down as the worst pair of QB’s ever to be drafted by one team.

  3. So many players I had forgotten about. Nice trip down memory lane. Some of these guys were fantastic to watch but were out of the league very quickly. Crazy how it has\hasn’t changed.

  4. And if you think the list is a lot of BUSTS just narrow it down to the salary cap era or better yet from the 2000 season forward, it’s a far more intriguing list when it comes to telling the percentage of 1st round QB’s that end up being BUSTS in what is the passing era! The busts weren’t nearly as common when teams were build on running the ball and defenses but now that the game has been pushed to the passing era there are far more 1st round QBs busts. This is what happens when someone moves the game to what they want it to be(a passing league) without giving one thought as to where they were going to get all the passing QBs the league would need to support the move.

    The current number of 1st round QB’s from 2000 to 2019 that are BUSTS is just under 70% and that number is going up nearly every year(I included 2019 because we already know Haskins is a bust and two from the 2018 draft Trubisky and Rosen are already on the list also with Darnold and Jones not far behind)!

  5. Vikings (four): Teddy Bridgewater (2014); Christian Ponder (2011); Daunte Culpepper (1999); Tommy Kramer (1977).


    It’s a shame that Culpepper and Bridgewater had their careers derailed by catastrophic injuries. Culpepper is one of my all-time favorite Vikings…really fun to watch a big QB run the way he could and throw those pretty bombs…It was always trouble when he hit Moss deep and got his roll on early. One of the better quarterbacks in the league before his injury. Bridgewater was only scratching the surface…looked like they were finally going to take the training wheels off and he completed some nice deep passes in the preseason just prior to his injury. Both of those dudes had great attitudes…rooted for DC the rest of his career and I still root for TB…

  6. Raiders (three): JaMarcus Russell (2007); Todd Marinovich (1991); Marc Wilson (1980).

    I’m going to the bathroom, I’m gonna puke.

  7. Poor Browns. Crazy how some teams have been around for decades and have only taken two or three in the first.

  8. So, based on this taking, taking a QB with a high draft pick does not typically have favorable results.

  9. Good coaches understand it’s Chemistry over Talent. Good locker rooms win, bad ones just wanna get paid yo!

  10. It’s amazing to see how many teams that drafted quarterbacks in the first round actually won Super Bowls with those same quarterbacks.

  11. Great list. Fascinating to see which teams did NOT get their best QB in the first round.

  12. It’s amusing that most franchise’s greatest QBs weren’t first rounders, but people still insist it’s where you should get your QB.

  13. baldbuc says:
    March 28, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    Very few gems in that bag of rocks.

    And a whole lot of turds!

  14. If you eliminate the #1 overall picks from that list then it gets real ugly. Mannings(4) Bradshaw(4) Aikman (3) Elway (2) Plunkett (2) count for 15 of the Super Bowl wins from this list. Then you have a few hits later like Big Ben, Phil Simms, and Mahomes and a whole lot of Ryan Leafs and Akili Smiths, Andre Wares, and Christian Ponders.

  15. Eagles (three): Carson Wentz (2016); Donovan McNabb (1999); John Reaves (1972)

    Reaves, man…that dude was Ryan Leaf before Ryan Leaf was even born.

  16. The Brady Quinn / Brandon Weeden / Johnny Manziel trifecta has to be one of the most painful stretch of 10 years for any sports fan to suffer. Quinn couldn’t push the ball further than 7 yards down the field, Weeden was a big (old) stiff, and Manziel got lost in the sauce. Say what you want about Mayfield, he helped change the attitude and culture of the Browns, and the man is a GAMER.

  17. So HoFers like Aikman wouldn’t have lasted beyond their rookie season in today’s NFL. Drafting a QB in the first round places high expectations on that player and owners/teams/fans no longer have patience to allow a QB to develop.

    Rodgers wasn’t a first rounder, but he sat for THREE YEARS behind Favre! Who does that today, and why not? This is an investment that can stabilize your franchise for 15+ years if you’re lucky.

    A QB doesn’t come into the NFL fully formed. The team needs to develop him and play to his strengths. I think egos often get in the way of this – “this is my offense and the QB needs to run it my way”.

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