NFL Draft: Every No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft History

Roger Goodell and Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford, Selected 1st in 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams (Getty)

The 2011 NFL Draft begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th. Who will be the first pick? Cam Newton? Marcell Dareus? Patrick Peterson? Blaine Gabbert? Von Miller?

Today’s Sports List of the Day runs down every first pick in the NFL draft since the first one, in 1936.  There have been 75 NFL Drafts.

The most No. 1 picks have come out of Notre Dame and USC, with 5.

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2015 NFL Draft. Original post above from Apr. 27, 2011.

1. 1936 Jay Berwanger, HB – Philadelphia Eagles (Chicago)

2. 1937 Sam Francis, FB – Philadelphia Eagles (Nebraska)

3. 1938 Corby Davis, FB – Cleveland Rams (Indiana)

4. 1939 Ki Aldrich, C – Chicago Cardinals (Texas Christian)

5. 1940 George Cafego, QB – Chicago Cardinals (Tennessee)

6. 1941 Tommy Harmon, HB – Chicago Bears (Michigan)

7. 1942 Bill Dudley, HB – Pittsburgh Steelers (Virginia)

8. 1943 Frankie Sinkwich, TB – Detroit Lions (Georgia)

9. 1944 Angelo Bertelli, QB – Boston Yanks (Notre Dame)

10. 1945 Charlie Trippi, HB – Chicago Cardinals (Georgia)

11. 1946 Boley Dancewicz, QB – Boston Yanks (Notre Dame)

12. 1947 Bob Fenimore, HB – Chicago Bears (Oklahoma State)

13. 1948 Harry Gilmer, QB – Washington Redskins (Alabama)

14. 1949 Chuck Bednarik, C – Philadelphia Eagles (Pennsylvania)

15. 1950 Leon Hart, OE – Detroit Lions (Notre Dame)

16. 1951 Kyle Rote, OE – New York Giants (Southern Methodist)

17. 1952 Billy Wade, QB – Los Angeles Rams (Vanderbilt)

18. 1953 Harry Babcock, OE – San Francisco 49ers (Georgia)

19. 1954 Bobby Garrett, QB – Cleveland Browns (Stanford)

20. 1955 George Shaw, QB – Baltimore Colts (Oregon)

21. 1956 Gary Glick, DB – Pittsburgh Steelers (Colorado State)

22. 1957 Paul Hornung, HB – Green Bay Packers (Notre Dame)

23. 1958 King Hill, QB – Chicago Cardinals (Rice)

24. 1959 Randy Duncan, QB – Green Bay Packers (Iowa)

25. 1960 Lou Cordileone, DT – New York Giants (Clemson)

26. 1961 Tommy Mason, RB – Minnesota Vikings (Tulane)

27. 1962 Ernie Davis, RB – Washington Redskins (Syracuse)

28. 1963 Terry Baker, QB – Los Angeles Rams (Oregon State)

29. 1964 Dave Parks, WR – San Francisco 49ers (Texas Tech)

30. 1965 Tucker Frederickson, RB – New York Giants (Auburn)

31. 1966 Tommy Nobis, LB – Atlanta Falcons (Texas)

32. 1967 Bubba Smith, DE – Baltimore Colts (Michigan State)

33. 1968 Ron Yary, T – Minnesota Vikings (USC)

34. 1969 O.J. Simpson, RB – Buffalo Bills (USC)

35. 1970 Terry Bradshaw, QB – Pittsburgh Steelers (Louisiana Tech)

36. 1971 Jim Plunkett, QB – New England Patriots (Stanford)

37. 1972 Walt Patulski, DE – Buffalo Bills (Notre Dame)

38. 1973 John Matuszak, DE – Houston Oilers (Tampa)

39. 1974 Too Tall Jones, DE – Dallas Cowboys (Tennessee State)

40. 1975 Steve Bartkowski, QB – Atlanta Falcons (California)

41. 1976 Lee Roy Selmon, DE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oklahoma)

42. 1977 Ricky Bell, RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (USC)

43. 1978 Earl Campbell, RB – Houston Oilers (Texas)

44. 1979 Tom Cousineau, LB – Buffalo Bills (Ohio State)

45. 1980 Billy Sims, RB – Detroit Lions (Oklahoma)

46. 1981 George Rogers, RB – New Orleans Saints (South Carolina)

47. 1982 Kenneth Sims, DE – New England Patriots (Texas)

48. 1983 John Elway, QB – Baltimore Colts (Stanford)

49. 1984 Irving Fryar, WR – New England Patriots (Nebraska)

50. 1985 Bruce Smith, DE – Buffalo Bills (Virgina Tech)

51. 1986 Bo Jackson, RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Auburn)

52. 1987 Vinny Testaverde, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Miami, Fla.)

53. 1988 Aundray Bruce, LB – Atlanta Falcons (Auburn)

54. 1989 Troy Aikman, QB – Dallas Cowboys (UCLA)

55. 1990 Jeff George, QB – Indianapolis Colts (Illinois)

56. 1991 Russell Maryland, DT – Dallas Cowboys (Miami, Fla.)

57. 1992 Steve Emtman, DE – Indianapolis Colts (Washington)

58. 1993 Drew Bledsoe, QB – New England Patriots (Wash. State)

59. 1994 Dan Wilkinson, DT – Cincinnati Bengals (Ohio State)

60. 1995 Ki-Jana Carter, RB – Cincinnati Bengals (Penn State)

61. 1996 Keyshawn Johnson, WR – New York Jets (USC)

62. 1997 Orlando Pace, T – St. Louis Rams (Ohio State)

63. 1998 Peyton Manning, QB – Indianapolis Colts (Tennessee)

64. 1999 Tim Couch, QB – Cleveland Browns (Kentucky)

65. 2000 Courtney Brown, DE – Cleveland Browns (Penn State)

66. 2001 Michael Vick, QB – Atlanta Falcons (Virginia Tech)

67. 2002 David Carr, QB – Houston Texans (Fresno State)

68. 2003 Carson Palmer, QB – Cincinnati Bengals (USC)

69. 2004 Eli Manning, QB – San Diego Chargers (Mississippi)

70. 2005 Alex Smith, QB – San Francisco 49ers (Utah)

71. 2006 Mario Williams, DE – Houston Texans (North Carolina State)

72. 2007 JaMarcus Russell, QB – Oakland Raiders (Louisiana State)

73. 2008 Jake Long, T – Miami Dolphins (Michigan)

74. 2009 Matthew Stafford, QB – Detroit Lions (Georgia)

75. 2010 Sam Bradford, QB – St. Louis Rams (Oklahoma)

76. 2011 Cam Newton, QB – Carolina Panthers (Auburn)

77. 2012 Andrew Luck, QB – Indianapolis Colts (Stanford)

78. 2013 Eric Fisher, T – Kansas City Chiefs (Central Michigan)

79. 2014 Jadeveon Clowney, DE – Houston Texans (South Carolina)

80. 2015 Jameis Winston, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Florida St.)

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