Since 1994 through 2012 there have been 47 Quarterbacks taken in the First round. In order to get all the information necessary to do this topic justice, this will be written a four-part series.
So here is the breakdown for each year.
There were nine QB’s taken in the Draft in 1994, two in the first round.
1. Heath Schuler: Tennessee – Schuler was drafted by the Washington Redskins 3rd overall. Schuler had less than a stellar career with Washington and was replaced by Gus Frerorte, who just happened to go to the ProBowl That year. Schuler was traded in 1997 to the New Orleans Saints for (if you can believe this) 5th Round pick in 1997 and a 3rd round pick in 1998. Great trade for the Saints. RIGHT. Grade ~ BUST
NOTE: The Saints also drafted Doug Nussmeier in the 4th RD 116 overall in 1994. Grade ~ DUD.
2. Trent Dilfer: Fresno State – Dilfer was drafted by the Tampa Buccaneers 6th over all . He never proved to be a great QB, but was good enough to hang around for 13 years playing for 5 different teams. He would be considered as a journeyman QB. Grade ~ OK
There were fourteen QB’s taken in the 1995 Draft, two in First round.
1. Steve McNair: Alcorn State – McNair was drafted by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 3rd over all. McNair was an above average QB, he never reached the Elite status but was a very good QB. Steve McNair was killed in a Murder/Suicide by his Mistress. Grade ~ Good
2. Kerry Collins: Penn State – Collins was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 5th over all. His career started out pretty good but started failing after a while. Collins played for 6 different teams. Even though Collins wasn’t much more than a journeyman QB, he did lead the New York Giants to the Superbowl in 2000. His stint with the Saints in 1998 wasn’t even a warm cup of Coffee (7 games). He did have a problem with Alcohol but seemed to do better after he received rehab. Grade ~ OK
There were no Quarterbacks taken in the 1st round in 1996
There were eleven QB’s taken in the 1997 Draft, one in the First round.
1. Jim Drunkenmiller: Virginia Tech – Drunkenmiller was drafted by the San Francisco 49er’s 26th over all. Drunkenmiller was a flash in the pan. He played in a total of 4 games. Drunkenmiller was traded to the Miami Dolphins and never played another game. Grade ~ BUST
There were eight QB’s taken in the 1998 Draft, two in the First round
1. Peyton Manning: Tennessee – Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts number one overall. Not much to say about Peyton that every football fan doesn’t already know. There is not enough space to list all of the records that he has held or still holds, or the awards he has received in his college as well as his NFL career. He will go down in Sports history as one of the greatest to ever play the game. Grade ~ ELITE
2.Ryan Leaf: Washington State – Leaf was drafted by the San Diego Chargers number two overall. Talk about a reverse. Everything Peyton Manning has accomplished, Leaf did just the opposite. Drugs, Drugs, and more Drugs. Shame to see his NFL career evaporate with the Drugs. Grade ~ Sad
There were thirteen QB’s taken in the 1999 Draft, five were taken in the first round.
1. Tim Couch: Kentucky – Couch was drafted by the Cleveland Browns number one overall. Cleveland didn’t do any better at Drafting QB’s then as they do now. His career never got of the ground. Grade ~ BUST
2. Donovan McNabb: Syracuse – McNabb was Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 2nd over all. McNabb had some pretty good years with the Eagles. Nagging injuries had a lot to do with McNabb not reaching the Elite status as an NFL QB. His decision-making was a little suspect at times as well. Grade ~ Very Good
3. Akili Smith: Oregon – Smith was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals 3rd overall. The Bengals didn’t do any better than the Browns. They probably wish they had taken the Saints Mike Ditka’s offer. Ditka offered the Bengals the same offer for their 3rd overall pick, that he offered (9 Draft picks) the Redskins for their 5th overall so he could Draft Rick Williams. Grade ~ BUST
4. Daunte Culpepper: UCF – Culpepper was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 11th overall. Culpepper along with McNabb was really the only QB’s that had any success at all out of this Draft. When Culpepper was good he was really good, but when he was bad he was equally as bad. He had 5 good years with the Vikings 2000-2004. He finished out his career with Detroit Lions as a less than mediocre QB. Grade ~ Good?
5. Cade McNown: UCLA -McNown was drafted by the Chicago Bears 12th over all.McNown didn’t have any record worth reporting. Grade ~ BUST.