NFL Draft: First Round QBs Since 2000

Since 2000, 60 quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Another 5 are sure to join that group in 2021, and perhaps more.

Some facts about the 60 QBs drafted

  • Browns and Redskins have both drafted the most QBs (4)
  • 7 teams have drafted 3 QBs (Cardinals, Ravens, Bills, Bears, Jaguars, Jets, Titans)
  • 5 QBs have won a Super Bowl as a starter (Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco)
  • Four teams have not drafted a QB – Patriots, Saints, Seahawks, Cowboys

Here is a breakdown of QBs drafted by team.

Atlanta Falcons – 2
Mike Vick (#1, 2001), Matt Ryan (#3, 2008)

  • Vick could have been so much more, but his career was derailed by imprisonment in the summer of 2007. To this day, he remains one of the greatest weapons in Madden video games of all-time.
  • Ryan led the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016 and won league MVP that season.

Arizona Cardinals – 3
Matt Leinart (#10, 2006), Josh Rosen (#10, 2018), Kyler Murray (#1, 2019)

  • Leinart started just 17 games for the Cardinals, before being replaced by Kurt Warner.
  • Rosen started 13 games, before being traded one year later.
  • Unlike the two before him, Murray is a future star in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens – 3
Kyle Boller (#19, 2003), Joe Flacco (#18, 2008), Lamar Jackson (#32, 2018)

  • Boller was 20-22 as a starter, throwing 45 TD and 44 INT. He was never much more than an average QB.
  • Flacco caught fire in 2012 playoffs, throwing 11 TDs and 0 INTs, leading the Ravens to 4 straight wins, including the Super Bowl.
  • Lamar Jackson won his first playoff game during the 2020 season and won league MVP in 2019.

Buffalo Bills – 3
JP Losman (#22, 2004), EJ Manuel (#16, 2013), Josh Allen (#7, 2018)

  • Losman was the “other” QB in the famed 2004 class, that includes 2x Super Bowl champions Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.
  • EJ Manuel was the only first round QB in an awful 2013 draft.
  • Allen led the Bills to the 2 seed in 2020 and an AFC Championship Game appearance.

Carolina Panthers – 1
Cam Newton (#1, 2011)

  • Newton won league MVP in 2015 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 that year. After 9 years, the Panthers released Newton and in 2021, he enters his second year with the Patriots.

Chicago Bears – 3
Rex Grossman (#22, 2003), Jay Cutler (#11, 2006), Mitchell Trubisky (#2, 2017)

  • Grossman was bad, but did start Super Bowl XLI in 2006 for the Bears, a loss to the Saints.
  • Cutler was a little bit of everything, but had a much better career than Matt Leinart and Vince Young (both drafted before him in 2006 draft).
  • Mitchell Trubisky….yeah. Bears moved up one spot in 2017 to take Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. He enters 2021 as a backup for the Bills.

Cincinnati Bengals – 2
Carson Palmer (#1, 2003), Joe Burrow (#1, 2020)

  • Palmer helped the Bengals snap a 14 year playoff appearance drought in 2005, but went 0-2 in playoff games. Can presumptive 2020 #1 pick Joe Burrow fare better?
  • Burrow was drafted #1 after leading LSU to a 15-0 National Championship season in which he threw 60 TD passes and won the Heisman Trophy. Burrow tore his ACL late in the season, but proved worthy of being the top pick.

Cleveland Browns – 4
Brady Quinn (#22, 2007), Brandon Weeden (#22, 2012), Johnny Manziel (#22, 2014), Baker Mayfield (#1, 2018)

Incredibly, the Browns drafted three QBs in 8 years at pick #22. Those three started a combined 40 games and went 10-30.

  • Quinn was supposed to be the golden boy from Notre Dame but was a total bust. He also started 8 games for the Chiefs in 2012 and went 1-7.
  • Weeden was 28 years old when he was drafted, as he started out as a minor league baseball player, before dominating and setting records at Oklahoma State.
  • Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, but two years after being drafted, was out of the league by 2015 and won’t ever return
  • Mayfield, like Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy in college. In 2020, he helped lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002 and their first playoff win since 1994.

Dallas Cowboys – 0

Cowboys struggled at QB between Troy Aikman’s retirement and Tony Romo’s rise, between 2000 and 2006. But they never used high draft capital on the position. Romo was undrafted and Dak Prescott was a 4th round pick in 2016.

Denver Broncos – 2
Tim Tebow (#25, 2010), Paxton Lynch (#26, 2016)

  • After winning the Super Bowl in 1998, the Broncos won just 1 playoff game between 1999-2010. In 2011, they won a second game, led by Tim Tebow, he threw for 316 yards in overtime. Tebow was replaced a year later by Peyton Manning
  • Manning’s replacement was supposed to be Paxton Lynch, but he only started 4 games between 2016-2017 and showed no semblance of being competent NFL quarterback

Detroit Lions – 2
Joey Harrington (#3, 2002), Matthew Stafford (#1, 2009)

  • In 3 of 4 years as a starter, Harrington failed to throw more TDs than INTs. He was 18-37 as Lions starting QB and struggled with accuracy and decision-making.
  • The Lions are embarking on a true rebuild and traded Stafford to the Rams, where he has a chance to win his first playoff game (0-3).

Green Bay Packers – 1
Aaron Rodgers (#24, 2005), Jordan Love (#26, 2020)

  • 23 teams passed on Rodgers, who was drafted 23 spots after Alex Smith. He led the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV in 2010.
  • Love represents one of the worst first round draft picks by a Super Bowl contender in recent memory. Love wasn’t even active for a single game as the Packers reached the NFC Championship Game, but clearly needed offensive playmakers or some additional defensive help – both of which could have been attained at #26.

Jacksonville Jaguars – 3
Byron Leftwich (#7, 2003), Blaine Gabbert (#10, 2011), Blake Bortles (#3, 2014)

  • Leftwich started (and lost) a playoff game in 2005, but struggled with injuries after that.
  • Gabbert compiled a 5-22 record in under three years as a starter, but was an outstanding backup for the Bucs and helped “lead” the Bucs to a win in Super Bowl 55.
  • Bortles was 24-49 as Jaguars starter over 5 years, but somehow led them to the AFC Championship Game in 2017.

Houston Texans – 2
David Carr (#1, 2002), Deshaun Watson (#12, 2017)

  • Carr was doomed by atrocious offensive line play, setting an NFL record for most sacks in a season. He started 16 games in 4 of his 5 seasons in Houston, and the Texans were 22-53 over that five year period.
  • Watson is one of the best QBs in the league but is demanding a trade from Houston and is currently in the midst of a very messy situation involving sexual misconduct allegations.

Indianapolis Colts – 1
Andrew Luck (#1, 2012)

  • Luck was on a Hall of Fame trajectory, but injuries in recent years slowed him down and forced him into an early retirement, right before the 2019 season.

Kansas City Chiefs – 1
Patrick Mahomes (#10, 2017)

  • Mahomes won league MVP award in 2018, helped lead the Chiefs to a win in Super Bowl LIV and was named SB MVP, and also led the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl in 2021 – I’d say he has worked out pretty well.

Las Vegas Raiders – 1
JaMarcus Russell (#1, 2007)

  • Russell is one of the worst #1 picks in NFL history. He was 7-18 as a starter, threw 18 TD and 23 INT and was out of shape and overweight from day one.

Los Angeles Chargers – 1
Eli Manning (#1, 2004), Justin Herbert (#6, 2020)

  • Manning never played for the Chargers. He was traded on draft night to the Giants, as he wanted, for Philip Rivers (and more). Manning went on to win 2 Super Bowls, beating the Patriots both times.
  • Herbert replaced long time starter Philip Rivers and won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Los Angeles Rams – 2
Sam Bradford (#1, 2010), Jared Goff (#1, 2016)

  • Bradford is best known as the last QB to sign for major guaranteed money before the league implemented an official slotting system for draft picks. He last 5 years in St Louis, and started just 49 out of a possible 80 games.
  • Goff helped lead the Rams to the Super Bowl in 2018. In 2019, he became one of the highest paid players in football and now entering 2021, he will be the starters for the Lions.

Miami Dolphins – 1
Ryan Tannehill (#8, 2012), Tua Tagovailoa (#5, 2020)

  • Tannehill was a 6 year starter for the Dolphins, playing all 16 games in each of his first 4 seasons. He was good, never special, and wasn’t really able to elevate the Miami offense. He did win 2 playoff games in 2019 with Titans
  • Tua had a weird rookie season. Dolphins were 6-3 in his 9 starts, but he struggled with deep ball and hasn’t instilled confidence that he can be the man to lead the Dolphins into the Playoffs. In his defense, he was recovering from a major leg injury.

Minnesota Vikings – 2
Christian Ponder (#12, 2011), Teddy Bridgewater (#32, 2014)

  • Ponder’s short NFL career spanned from 2011-2014. He started all 16 games in 2012, going 10-6. they made the playoffs, but Ponder was injured and forced to sit out. He was benched for Matt Cassell in 2013 and Bridgewater came on board in 2014.
  • Bridgewater started 12 games as a rookie and 16 in 2015, leading the Vikings to an 11-5 record and division title. Unfortunately, in 2016 he suffered a devastating knee/leg injury that essentially kept him out of action for 2 years. He started 6 games for the Saints in 2018-2019 and was 4-11 as a starter for the Panthers in 2020.

New Orleans Saints – 0

Aaron Brooks (2000-2005) and Drew Brees (2006-2019) have started 298 out of a possible 320 games for the Saints. A remarkable run that hasn’t forced their hand to draft a QB highly over that time.

New York Giants – 2
Philip Rivers (#4, 2004), Daniel Jones (#6, 2019)

  • After 17 seasons with the Chargers, Philip Rivers will play for the Colts in 2020. He was drafted by the Giants in 2004, but immediately traded to the Chargers, in a pre-arranged deal, for Eli Manning. Rivers has a 5-6 career playoff record, but Eli has a 2-0 Super Bowl record
  • Jones, the heir to Eli, and had an up-and-down rookie year in 2019 and continued to struggle with turnovers in 2020. 2021 will be a huge season for him.

New York Jets – 3
Chad Pennington (#18, 2000), Mark Sanchez (#5, 2009), Sam Darnold (#3, 2018)

  • Pennington took over for Vinny Testaverde and between 2002-2007 went 32-29. He led the Jets to the playoffs 3 times, going 2-3.
  • Sanchez may best be known for the famous Thanksgiving “butt fumble” but he was the Jets starting QB they last time they made the playoffs. Jets reached the AFC Championship game in both 2009 and 2010, led by Sanchez, who went 19-12 as starting QB through his first two seasons. Jets moved on after 2012, and Sanchez bounced around as a backup.
  • Darnold fell to the Jets in 2018, after Baker Mayfield went #1 and Saquon Barkley went #2. Darnold was plagued by horrible coaching, bad o-line and a lack of weapons through three seasons and was recently traded to the Panthers. Jets will replace him with the 2021 #2 pick.

New England Patriots – 0

Some guy named Tom Brady was a 6th round pick in 2001. He made his first start in 2002 and 20 years later won 6 Super Bowls.

There’s a chance the Patriots draft a QB for the first time since taking Drew Bledsoe #1 in 1993.

Philadelphia Eagles – 1
Carson Wentz (#2, 2016)

  • Eagles traded a king’s ransom to move up for Wentz in 2016. Eagles have made the playoffs three straight seasons (2017-2019), but Wentz’s only start came in 2019 and he got hurt in the first quarter, after completing just one pass. Yes, Philly won a Super Bowl, and did it in a year when Wentz could have been MVP. But it all happened without him. Wentz was recently traded to the Colts as the Eagles decided to move on.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 1
Ben Roethlisberger (#11, 2004)

  • Ben was the third QB drafted in 2004, after Manning and Rivers. He replaced Tommy Maddux (who replaced Kordell Stewart). Steelers are 2-1 in Super Bowls started by Big Ben.

San Francisco 49ers – 1
Alex Smith (#1, 2005)

  • Since 2005, 49ers have been to 2 Super Bowls (0-2) and neither involved Smith, who was traded to the Chiefs in 2013. Smith was 19-5-1 as starter in his final two years in SF in 2011-2012, after going 19-31 through his first five seasons. He was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, for the way he recovered from a devastating leg injury and helped guide WFT to the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks – 0

From 2000-2010, Matt Hesselbeck started 131 out of a possible 180 games. Since 2012, Russell Wilson has started every single game. 2011 saw Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst get the starts. Seattle has been pretty consistent, with Hasselbeck started Super Bowl XL in 2005 and Wilson winning SB XLIII and losing XLIX.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2
Josh Freeman (#18, 2009), Jameis Winston (#1, 2015)

  • Freeman’s career in Tampa ended in 2013, unceremoniously, after feuding with head coach Greg Schiano. Freeman led the Bucs to a 10-6 season in 2010, throwing 25 TD and 6 INT.
  • Winston just completely a crazy 2019 season – throwing for over 5,000 yards, 30 TDs, and 30 INTs. Bucs replaced him with Tom Brady. It worked out well in 2020.

Tennessee Titans – 3
Vince Young (#3, 2006), Jake Locker (#8, 2011), Marcus Mariota (#2, 2015)

All three QBs have strong collegiate track records, but none of them ever saw their careers kick into the next level.

  • Young was drafted 4 months after leading Texas to an incredible victory at the Rose Bowl to win the 2006 National Championship. What made him special was his athletic ability, which NFL defenses were able to maintain. Young ran for 10 TDs in his first 2 seasons, but only 2 TDs in his final 4 seasons. He was 30-17 as a starter, but threw 42 TD and 42 INT. He struggled with making quick decisions and also failed to stay in proper shape.
  • Locker abruptly retired after the 2014 season, four years after being a top 10 pick and after just 23 career starts (9-14). Injuries really took a toll on Locker.
  • Mariota won the 2014 Heisman Trophy, but his skills never quite translated. Mariota had a good, not great Titans career (which ended after the 2019 season). He did help guide the Titans to a playoff win in Kansas City in 2017. Overall, he was 29-32 as a starting QB, throwing 76 TD and 75 INT.

Washington Redskins – 4
Patrick Ramsey (#32, 2002), Jason Campbell (#25, 2005), Robert Griffin III (#2, 2012), Dwayne Haskins (#15, 2019)

  • Ramsey was a first round pick, months after the Redskins hired legendary college coach Steve Spurrier. He only started 24 games for the Redskins, over 4 years as he consistently found himself competing with veterans like Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerfell, Tim Hasselbeck, and Mark Brunell.
  • Campbell joined the Redskins in 2005, during Ramsey’s last season. He went 20-32 as starting QB for the Redskins. He started all 16 games in his final two years in Washington, in 2008 and 2009, and went 8-8 and 4-12.
  • Griffin won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 at Baylor. He was Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, leading the Redskins to the NFC East division title. Unfortunately, that was the peak. He was injured late in the season, and reportedly played the playoff game with a torn ACL. One year later, he started 13 games, going 3-10 and Mike Shanahan was fired. Once Griffin’s biggest fan was gone, his Redskins career was virtually over. He was 3-9 in 12 starts over his final two years with the Redskins and has been a backup for the Ravens the last two years.
  • Haskins became the first Big Ten QB drafted in the first round since 1997. He threw 50 touchdown passes for Ohio State in 2018, leading them to the Big Ten Championship and a win in the Rose Bowl. He was cut during last season, before the end of his second full season.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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