In the last thirty years, NFL teams have chosen quarterbacks at the top of the draft seventeen times, with four of those picks made by the Indianapolis Colts! This trend was recently capped by Indianapolis when they selected Andrew Luck first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, ending a string of four consecutive years in which a signal caller was tabbed first overall.
While every team hopes to get the Next Big Thing when drafting a quarterback that high, the results have not always played out that way, with Indy being a perfect example. Of the four quarterbacks they have selected first overall in the draft, only one has won a championship for the team, another never played a down for the franchise and the third fizzled as a pro despite his immense potential (can you guess who they are?).
The jury remains out on Andrew Luck after a successful rookie campaign, and though all signs point to a successful career for the young QB, it is too early to make a judgement. Likewise for the other three players remain under their rookie contracts (Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, and Matthew Stafford), who all have at least this year to establish themselves in the NFL.
So how do the other thirteen quarterbacks stack up? Lets take a look...