NFL Draft: Quarterbacks Chosen with the Number One Pick


Dec 5, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) smiles after the Pac-12 Championship game against the Arizona Wildcats at Levi

The Jets are likely out of the race for the number one pick. Following the game against the Titans, Adam Schefter put out a tweet that showed the Jets with a 0.2% chance of ending up with the number one pick.

Many of the Jets fan base was upset with the victory on Sunday that put the Jets out of the race. The fans are upset, especially with the quarterback situation, and want answers. Marcus Mariota ran away with the Heisman trophy, and Jets fans want him in New York.

However, the NFL draft is a crap shoot. Let’s go back in time a bit, and remember some of the quarterbacks taken with the number one pick of the draft. This is just a select group, some good, some bad.

Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Heads Up Football logo on the helmet of Cleveland Browns defensive tackle

Billy Winn

(90) in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Does anybody remember Tim Couch? He was selected by the Browns with the first pick of the 1999 draft, out of the University of Kentucky. He was supposed to be the quarterback of the future, but he was anything but that. Couch started 59 games over six seasons, and posted a record of 22-37.

In his best season, Couch posted 18 touchdowns vs 18 interceptions. He completed 59% of his passes for his career, with 64 touchdowns vs. 67 interceptions.

Aug 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback

David Carr

(8) during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Indianapolis Colts defeat the New York Giants 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

David Carr was chosen with the first pick of the 2002 NFL draft, to be the quarterback to lead the brand new Houston Texans franchise. In five years with the Texans, Carr posted a record of 22-53. He hasn’t started a game since 2007, and has been a career backup ever since.

Dec 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback

Eli Manning

(10) throws a pass during the second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The first pick hasn’t always been bad. This guy was chosen by the Chargers, and traded to the Giants during the draft. The rest has been history. Pro Bowl player. Super Bowl MVP. We all know what Eli Manning has been for the New York Giants.

November 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; A man parachutes over the midfield logo before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 41-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Then we have the great JaMarcus Russell. After being chosen with the first pick of 2007, JaMarcus Russell was going to take the Raiders into the future. How did that work out? In three years with the Raiders, Russell started 25 games, yet won only seven of them. He barely completed 52% of his passes, and threw 18 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions.

Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback

Andrew Luck

(12) walks off the field after the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Houston 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The most recent quarterback chosen with the number one pick is Andrew Luck. He had big shoes to fill in Indianapolis, and has done so quite well. Taking over for Peyton Manning, Luck has a quarterback record of 32-14, and has thrown more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions.

What is my point? Yes, the Jets have likely lost out on the number one pick in the upcoming draft. But there is no guaranteed that they have lost out on a great quarterback.

Until they get to the pros, we really don’t know.