The tradition that is known as the NFL Draft came into existence in 1936. The first player ever taken in the NFL Draft was Running Back Jay Berwanger. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Berwanger, unfortunately he would never play a pro football game due to salary disputes with multiple teams
Since then the NFL Draft has involved thousands of players, many of which have gone on to become all time greats. Many more however went on to have careers that would earn them the dubious distinction of being called a “Draft Bust”. The most coveted position for any team is the first overall pick. The team that holds this position is usually in desperate need of a break out rookie that can turn their franchise around. There is only one chance for first overall greatness every year.
There have been only 78 men who can call themselves the first overall pick in the NFL draft. The positions picked the most may not surprise you but the positions that were picked the least might shock you.
The quarterback position has the title of the most popular first overall pick in draft history. Twenty seven QBs have been nabbed by teams with the most coveted draft spot. Ten of those twenty seven became pro bowl players, names like Eli Manning (2004), Peyton Manning (1998), Drew Bledsoe (1993) and Vinny Testaverde (1987) just to name a few. Only Troy Aikman (1989), John Elway (1983) and Terry Bradshaw (1970) had careers so great they were inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Twenty five Running Backs have been picked first overall. Seven of them became Pro Bowlers including Bo Jackson (1986), Billy Sims (1980) and Tucker Frederickson (1965). The Running Backs hold the record of most Hall Of Fame inductees with five. Running Back Bill Dudley (1942) was the first player at any position drafted first overall to become a Hall Of Famer. The most recent Running Back to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame is Earl Campbell (1978) who was drafted by the Houston Oilers.
Defensive End’s have also been a very popular choice with eleven picked first overall. Defensive Ends Mario Williams (2006), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (1974), Dave Parks (1964) and Leon Hart (1950) were all voted to the Pro Bowl. Bruce Smith (1985) and Lee Roy Selmon (1976) were the only Defensive End’s to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Positions that were drafted the least with the top pick are Defensive Tackle (4), Offensive Tackle (4), Line Backer (3), Center (2) and Wide Receiver (2). Eight different positions have all seen the top choice. Wide Receiver, Defensive Tackle and Line Backer are the only positions to never have a first overall player reach the Hall Of Fame.
A few of the players drafted in the last decade will more than likely find a home in the Hall Of Fame. As of now the first overall pick has only been a future Hall Of Famer twelve of the seventy seven times. Who knows, we might see the next great NFL player drafted with the first pick tonight in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Every week we take the time to share with you our top 3 stories from the College Football world. This week was however a special one, with an incredible game. More so there was an incredible performance by one of footballs greatest rising stars. Due to this great performance, I feel that it overshadowed every thing else that took place this weekend in College Football. So 2centsworthofsports.com brings you the top story of the weekend, hope you enjoy it.
Geno Smith Has A Heisman Worthy Performance
WVU QB Sensation Geno Smith
On Saturday #5 West Virginia hosted #25 Baylor, it would end up being the most entertaining game of the weekend. Both teams combined for 133 points, West Virginia won the game 70-63. Defense was almost all but gone from the stadium. Both teams had players with video game level stats. The most notable was WV QB Geno Smith. Smith 45 for 51 passing with 656 yards passing, 31 yards rushing, threw for 8 touchdowns and had no interceptions. Smith set the school record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single game. Smith was already a contender for the Heisman Trophy but cemented his position even further on this day. The West Virginia Mountaineers are ready to compete for the National Championship this year. They are so good that the only team that could stop them would be themselves. Keep an eye out for Geno Smith and WVU this season.
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College Football had their fourth week of action on the 22nd of September. We had an upset of a top 25 team, Heisman level performances and a one of the best games of the season this past Saturday. So without further a do, 2centsworthofsports.com presents it’s top 3 stories.
The Hurricanes Defeat Georgia Tech In A Wild Game
The University of Miami and GA Tech squared off in an ACC battle on Saturday afternoon. No one had any idea they were about to have one of the most exciting games of the season thus far. Miami came out strong racking up a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. Both touchdown passes of the first quarter came from Miami’s starting QB Stephen Morris. GA Tech turned the tables in the second quarter scoring 22 unanswered points. Two of those scores were rushing TD’s from Tech’s running back Tevin Washington, the first was a 2-yard run and the second a 10-yard run. The score at halftime was 22-19 in favor of GA Tech. The third quarter brought more success for Tech who had 2 rushing TD’s, from Tony Zenon and Tevin Washington. Miami had only one field goal during the third quarter. Tech led 36-22 going into the final quarter. Miami came back in the fourth quarter with a rushing TD and passing TD to tie the game at 36 all and send the game into overtime. In overtime running back Mike James rushed for a 25-yard game winning touchdown, the game ended with Miami on top 42-36. This game was incredible and was a win the Hurricanes needed after starting the season with two disappointing losses.
#15 Kansas State upsets #6 Oklahoma
Kansas State came into Oklahoma on Saturday night with one objective. The objective was to avenge a heartbreaking loss last season at the hands of the Sooners. K State took the lead in the second quarter 7-3 with a 2 yard fumble recovered touchdown by Jarell Childs. K State kept the lead for the most of the game. The final score was 24-19 for K State. K State’s QB Collin Klien was the star of the game with 149 yards passing and 79 rushing. Klien also had a passing TD and scored a rushing TD with a 5-yard run into the end zone in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ QB Landry Jones had a bad game giving up a fumble and throwing for an interception. The game puts Kansas State’s record at 4-0 and the win should put them in the top ten if not they will be very close.
#4 Florida State’s EJ Manuel Has A Great Game Against #10 Clemson
Florida State defeated Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night. The win puts the Seminoles at 4-0 for the season and has them charging through the season after the National Championship. The break out star of the night was FSU’s QB EJ Manuel. Manuel passed for 380 yards and ran for 102. He had two passing touchdowns while leading the Seminoles to the victory. This was a great win for FSU against a top ten opponent at home. The FSU faithful finally have a team that could capture the National Championship after years of not contending for the crown. This game also showed that the Seminoles have a possible Heisman candidate in EJ Manuel.
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Week 2 of the College Football is over just in time for the first Sunday of NFL action. There were some great games and performances on Saturday. Let’s take our weekly look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories of NCAA action.
2 Major Teams Debut And Lose In the SEC
Texas A&M and Missouri made their SEC debuts on Saturday. Much was said and predicted about their debuts in one of College Football’s best conference. Both teams played two of the toughest teams in the SEC, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs respectively. A&M hosted the number 24th ranked Florida Gators at home and played the Gators in a nail biter. The game was close the entire time and came down to a winning TD for Florida to take the game. The final score was 20-17 for UF over Texas A&M. In Missouri there was another great game that was really close until the 4th quarter where the number 7th ranked Bulldogs pulled away from Missouri, scoring 17 points in the last quarter. The final score was 41-20 in favor of UGA. It was a rough day for both debuting teams, they did however show they belong in the powerhouse conference.
Matt Barkley Throws 6 TD’s In Win Over Syracuse
The 2nd ranked team in the country the USC Trojans came into New York to play Syracuse. The game was not as easy of a win that many expected for the Trojans, winning 49-29 on the road and advancing their record to 2-0. Matt Barkley’s performance is the biggest story of this game. Barkley was 23 for 30 passing with 187 yards and 6 touchdowns. Barkley only threw 1 interception the entire game. Barkley has really developed into the player he was expected to be coming out of high school just a couple of years ago. This was a great statement making performance for the USC quarterback.
#13 Wisconsin Falls To Unranked Oregon State
In what was the biggest upset of a ranked team this Saturday, Oregon State defeated Wisconsin. This game was a low scoring affair with the final score of 10-7 in favor of the Beavers. The star of the game for the Beavers was their QB Sean Mannion who had 276 yards passing and 1 touchdown pass. The Wisconsin Badgers really under played themselves in this road game. The Badgers will have to make some adjustments going ahead into the season if they want to remain in the top 25 rankings. The Beavers could likely end up in the top 25 with this win.
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On Saturday the number 21 ranked team in the country Kansas State hosted the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever. K State was led by their Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein. Klein had 169 yards passing, 54 yards rushing and 2 TD passes in a win against Missouri State last week. On the other side of the stadium the Miami Hurricanes were riding the hopes of their break out freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson 7 rushes for 135 yards and 2 TD runs in a week 1 win over Boston College. While K State was favored going into the game the Canes had a chance at pulling out the upset on the road.
The game however told a story that not even those favoring K State would have predicted. K State crushed the Canes by a final score of 52-13. The first quarter saw Klein and the K State squad looking really strong and dominating the Canes on the offensive side of the ball. The Canes made some mistakes in the first half, such as Duke Johnson dropping an open pass which would have led to a great gain of yards for the Canes. K State played their brand of football by using up the clock and wearing down the defense. K State made a mistake going into halftime when Klein tried a trick play reverse pass to his running back that led to a loss of yards and a missed field goal by K State. The momentum appeared to have changed going into half time with K State leading 24-6.
When the second half started the Canes had many chances to get their offense going but could not capitalize. K State picked their play back up even stronger than before in the 4th quarter. K State out scored The Canes 21 to 7 in the final quarter. Collin Klein put on a clinic of passing and rushing to finish the game. The only bright spot for the Canes in the second half and probably the entire game was a 77 yard kick off return by Duke Johnson. The Canes will have to work on developing Johnson who has tremendous potential but made too many mistakes.
Collin Klein had 210 yards passing, 81 yards rushing. With 1 TD pass and 3 rushing TD’s Klein showed how talented he really is on Saturday. We could be seeing Klein with the Heisman Trophy in December if he continues to put up numbers like he did in this game.
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College football is back! No longer do we have to wait for the moments and feel of one of the greatest sports seasons around. From now until the Winter we will be able to see the triumphs and heartbreaks that are what college football is all about. We will also get a peek at the future of professional football. Week 1 of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at some of the major stories from the opening weekend.
BAMA Blows Out Michigan, Sights Set On A Repeat Championship
The most anticipated match up of week 1 was with out a doubt the defending Champions Alabama versus Michigan. Alabama came into this game ranked number 2 while Michigan was ranked number 8. The Tide pounded the Wolverines 41-14. Michigan’s Denard Robinson was expected to make a big impact in this game but came up short. Robinson had only 200 yards passing and was 11-26 in passing. Robinson’s only bright moment came when he threw a 71 yard pass before halftime that led to a 6-yard touchdown run for the QB. Bama’s defense was just too much for Michigan. The Tide will roll into the rest of the season hunting their next title. After Saturday night anyone who thinks they are not likely to repeat is just fooling themselves.
Penn State Continues To Feel The Blues
Penn State played Ohio on Saturday in a game that any other year would have been a blowout win for The Nittany Lions. This year was much different, Ohio won by a score of 24-14. This Penn State team is one that is trying to start its recovery from the penalties laid down by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The team has been deprived of many talented players that were allowed to leave and play for other schools just weeks before the start of the season. Penn State did have an 11 point lead going into half time, but never scored another point for the remainder of the game. The home crowd was behind the Nittany Lions but it just wasn’t enough. This game could be a glimpse of how disappointing the 2012 season will be for the once mighty Penn State Football team.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith Shows He Is A Heisman Candidate
The West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed in state rival Marshall 69-34 on Saturday. The Mountaineers QB Geno Smith can take a lot of the credit for the win. Smith threw for 323 yards and had 4 touchdowns. The defense of Marshall could not contain the talent and aggressiveness of the Mountaineers. West Virginia had 655 yards on the offensive side, more than any other game last season. Ranked number 11 going into week one, the Mountaineers are going to move up as the weeks go on. They are a solid team with a great QB. Smith made himself the standout Heisman candidate this weekend and if he keeps up the incredible play will be in New York for the Ceremony in December.
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By all indications free agent Peyton Manning is going to play for the Denver Broncos next season. He asked his agent to begin contract negotiations with the team on Monday. After a week of constant media attention and tryouts, for a few teams to include the 49ers and the Titans just to name a couple, the fog has cleared. Countless hours of talk on radio and tv and even a helicopter following his truck leaving the airport which was very reminiscent to the O.J. Bronco chase in 1994. It will all come to an end in the next day or two and only talk of next season with Manning and the Broncos will ensue.
He has been without a doubt the most sought after free agent to hit the market since Reggie White left the Philadelphia Eagles take a big money deal with the Green Bay Packers in the early 1990’s. He is leaving Indianapolis where he played for 14 seasons and had a very successful career breaking records and winning a Super Bowl title. He will be going to a team that had a QB controversy all of last season. The Broncos fans were pulling for Tim Tebow to be their QB all last season. You can rest assured that there will be no controversy any more Manning is their guy and will be their guy hands down.
This will be a very interesting season coming up for the Broncos with Manning at the helm. They lost Wide Receiver Brandon Loyd to the New England Patriots via free agency. You have still got to believe even with Loyd gone from the picture Manning will have enough talent around him to make the Broncos very strong contenders in the AFC.
The one question that some have is whether Manning’s health will be an issue. He underwent season ending neck surgery before the 2011 season began. The Colts were unsure for most of last season of whether they would stay with him at QB or go with the obvious 1st pick overall in the draft Stanford’s Andrew Luck. They chose to go with a young QB with a lot of potential for the future than take a chance on Manning for a few more seasons and have no future plan in place when he retires.
As this past week showed there were more than enough teams that would love to have Manning take over and turn their franchises around or put them over the top. The Broncos were a team that seemed to be tired of the QB controversy and want to win without a doubt now. They seemed to have turned on the pursuit in the last couple of days with team president John Elawy courting Manning and meeting with him on numerous occasions. They tried hard and won the battle for possibly the biggest free agent QB ever.
Its time for Manning to shine and prove all of the doubters wrong. He very well could win another World Championship or more in the upcoming seasons as long as he can stay healthy. This will be a very exciting season coming up for the NFL this year. Manning going to Denver will likely be the sports story of the year and will be dominating the radio and tv airwaves till this time next year. So its safe to say at this point that the Broncos have their man at QB once and for all.