Odds are with Kyler Murray having NFL success
In the last 10 years, seven quarterbacks have been selected as the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Three of the seven are Sooners.
Kyler Murray joined the club Thursday night, picked No. 1 by the Arizona Cardinals, following Baker Mayfield (to Cleveland last season) and Sam Bradford (Rams, 2010).
It’s a remarkable collection of quarterback talent in a short amount of time.
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OU’s’ back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners and overall No. 1 picks will cause Lincoln Riley to break the internet, bragging about the status of Quarterback U.
And odds are, Riley will continue to have bragging rights. Mayfield already has become a Cleveland icon. And the success rate for overall No. 1 pick quarterbacks is great, so Murray’s future seems bright.
Thirty-five quarterbacks have gone No. 1 in the draft.
There have been few busts, including only one true bust in the last 50 years – LSU’s JaMarcus Russell, picked by the Raiders in 2007. The other overall No. 1 QBs who did little in the NFL were from a bygone era – Stanford’s Bobby Garrett (1954), Alabama’s Harry Gilmer (1948), Notre Dame’s Frank Dancewicz (1946), Notre Dame’s Angelo Bertelli (1944), Iowa’s Randy Duncan (1959), Oregon’s George Shaw (1955), Oregon State’s Terry Baker (1963). That crowd.
A few others had pedestrians NFL careers. Rice’s King Hill (1958) made 29 career starts. Boston College’s Jack Concannon (1964) made 45 career starts. Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1999) made 59 career starts.
So in the last 50 years, 23 quarterbacks have gone overall No. 1, and most have had good to great careers. Sam Bradford counts among the biggest disappointments; many of his problems were injury-induced, and Bradford still made 83 starts
Here is more information about overall No. 1 picks.
* Only Stanford has more quarterbacks drafted overall No. 1 than OU’s three. Stanford has four – Garrett 1954, Jim Plunkett 1971, John Elway 1983, Andrew Luck 2012.
The only schools with two quarterbacks who have gone overall No. 1 are California (Steve Bartkowski 1975, Jared Goff 2016) and Notre Dame (Bertelli 1944, Dancewicz 1946).
* OU now is tied with Notre Dame and Southern Cal for the most overall No. 1 picks. The Sooners have Lee Roy Selmon (1976), Billy Sims (1980), Bradford (2010), Baker Mayfield (2018) and Murray (2019).
Notre Dame has Bertelli (1944), Dancewicz (1946), Leon Hart (1950), Paul Hornung (1957) and Walt Patulski (1972).
Southern Cal has Ron Yary (1968), O.J. Simpson (1969), Ricky Bell (1977), Keyshawn Johnson (1996) and Carson Palmer (2003).