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Quarterback Trivia: Going 1-2 in the NFL Draft

It seems likely that Florida State’s Jameis Winston will be the first pick in the 2015 Draft. And if he isn’t the first pick, that will probably be because Oregon’s Marcus Mariota went first overall.

It’s been three years since Andrew Luck and RG3 went 1-2 at the top of the draft; in fact, Luck is the last quarterback to go first overall, with Jadeveon Clowney and Eric Fisher being selected at the top of the last two drafts. The graph below shows what draft pick was used on the first (in blue) and second (in red) quarterbacks drafted in each year since 1967.

number 2 pick

In addition to Luck/Griffin, there have been only four other quarterbacks to be selected with the first two picks in the draft. No more hints today, since the graph above will let you see the years.

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  • I got this one. It may be overconfidence, but I think I actually would have without the graph. It’s funny that each year really has one bust and one (at least arguable) success (for the drafting teams, anyway).

    • I also dig this graph. It’s really freakin random, isn’t it? Especially when you consider how the QB position is more important than ever now.

      • I think it’s interesting how often the distance between them looks like it’s related to how high up the first one is. When the first QB goes lower, the distance between the QBs seems to get larger, which is really strange.

        • Kibbles

          It’s not that strange if you think in terms of draft value instead of ordinal draft ranking. The draft value difference between pick 1 and pick 5, according to Chase’s value chart, is roughly the same as the difference between pick 12 and the end of the 2nd round.

          • Yes, that’s definitely true, and I hadn’t thought of it that way.

  • Before seeing the chart, 1993 and 1998 came immediately, but I can never keep 1971 straight (thought Pastorini went ahead of Manning) and needed the year for 1999.

    • I also struggle with keeping ’71 straight.