Ranking the Past 15 No. 1 NFL Draft Picks

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Having the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft is supposed to get a team their franchise player for the next decade.

Some of the greatest players of all-time were No. 1 picks.

Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.

In fact, of the six No. 1 picks drafted from 2010-15, only one (Eric Fisher) is still under contract with a team. 

Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Sam Bradford and Jadeveon Clowney are free agents, while Andrew Luck is retired. 

That being said, we decided to rank the past 15 No. 1 overall draft picks. 

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15. JaMarcus Russell, QB (Oakland Raiders- 2007)

Does anything really need to be said here? Russell is the biggest draft bust in NFL history. 

Russell lasted just three years in the league, went 7-18 as a starter and threw just 18 touchdowns along with 38 turnovers.

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14. Sam Bradford, QB (St. Louis Rams- 2010)

The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner made a lot of money in his career but still never lived up to the expectations that he had when he entered the league. 

After signing the largest deal ever for a rookie, Bradford won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But due in large part to injuries, things only got worst from there. 

Bradford tore his ACL twice from 2013-14 and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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13. Eric Fisher, OT (Kansas City Chiefs- 2013)

In a really bad 2013 draft, Fisher was the obvious choice at the time with the Chiefs needing a left tackle. 

Fisher hasn't been anything stellar but he's been a consistent piece for a Kansas City team that won the Super Bowl last season. 

The biggest thing with Fisher has been inconsistency. One play that still stands out for Chiefs fans is when Fisher was penalized during a two-point conversion in the 2016 playoffs that ultimately eliminated Kansas City.

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12. Kyler Murray, QB (Arizona Cardinals- 2019)

It's still way too early to rank Murray with just one season under his belt but after a strong rookie season, he still ranks above some of the previous 15 No. 1 picks.

Murray shot up draft boards after his Heisman-winning season and chose football over baseball. He was knocked on for being too short at 5-foot-10 but new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury believed Murray would fit in his fast-paced passing offense.

Murray finished his rookie season with 3,722 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and 12 touchdowns to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

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11. Baker Mayfield, QB (Cleveland Browns- 2018)

Like Murray, it's still too early to rank Mayfield. 

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner was a bit of a surprise as the No. 1 pick but put together a very strong rookie season after being named the starter in Week 3. 

Mayfield surpassed Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson by throwing the most touchdowns as a rookie with 27. 

Expectations prior to the 2019 season were high for Mayfield but his performance declined and he was even benched at one point.

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10. Jared Goff, QB (Los Angeles Rams- 2016)

It's still difficult to evaluate Goff after four seasons. 

Goff is currently the fourth-highest paid quarterback in the league and received a record amount of guaranteed money prior to the 2019 season. 

But consistency has been Goff's biggest problem. 

Goff's career started his career very poorly after being named the starter as a rookie in Week 10 by then-head coach Jeff Fisher.

When Fisher was fired in the 2017 offseason, the Rams hired Sean McVay and Goff had a breakout season as a sophomore, being named a Pro Bowler.

Goff excelled even more in 2018, throwing for 32 touchdowns and 4,688 yards, and helped lead Los Angeles to the Super Bowl. 

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9. Myles Garrett, DE (Cleveland Browns- 2017)

Garrett is another player where it's a little bit too early to judge, but so far, Garrett has proven that he has all the talent that was expected when the Browns chose him first overall.

Right now, Garrett is known for throwing his helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph last season and getting a season-ending suspension but prior to that, Garrett was proving to be a top defensive player in the league.