When your team has a pick in the top 10 of the NFL draft you expect to land a franchise type player. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way, so that got me thinking about the best players of all time selected in the top 10 on the draft.
Here’s the list in no particular order…
Peyton Manning 1998 Colts: (that was an easy one) Manning’s first 10 seasons in the league have led to more wins and passing yards then any QB in their first 10 years and he holds the record for most total passing seasons over 4,000 yards and the most consecutive seasons over 4,000 passing yards. He’s also second on the all time passer rating list and won a super bowl along with two MVP awards.
John Elway 1983 Colts: Known for not being able to win the big one Elway is the poster boy for perseverance as he won two super bowls in his last two seasons including the super bowl MVP in the last game of his career. He would go on to pass for 51,475 yards and 300 touchdowns during his 16 year career and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2004. A gifted athlete, Elway was also drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1979 baseball draft.
Walter Payton 1975 Bears: Sweetness was drafted no. 4 out of Jackson St. University and in his second season he rushed for over 1,000 and scored 17 touchdowns. Payton would play a total of 13 seasons and run for a then record 16,726 yards and 77 1,000 yard games, both records later passed by Emmitt Smith. Payton’s motto was never die easy and he had 10 seasons of at least 1,000 yards and won the 1977 NFL MVP.