#1 Drafted Quarterbacks: Six Fun Facts

And why so few are special

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Since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970 to form the larger NFL, 25 quarterbacks have been taken with the first overall pick pick in the draft. Eight were selected from 1970 to 1997. 17 were taken in the last 23 drafts.

But I was curious how beneficial it’s been to draft a quarterback #1 overall. I’m looking at the 22 quarterbacks drafted up through…