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NFL Draft 2nd Overall Picks

How many #2 NFL draft picks can you name since 1980.
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Last updated: April 26, 2019
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Year
Team
College
Player
2019
49ers
Ohio State
Nick Bosa
2018
Giants
Penn State
Saquon Barkley
2017
Bears
North Carolina
Mitchell Trubisky
2016
Eagles
North Dakota State
Carson Wentz
2015
Titans
Oregon
Marcus Mariota
2014
Rams
Auburn
Greg Robinson
2013
Jaguars
Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel
2012
Redskins
Baylor
Robert Griffin III
2011
Broncos
Texas A&M
Von Miller
2010
Lions
Nebraska
Ndamukong Suh
2009
Rams
Baylor
Jason Smith
2008
Rams
Virginia
Chris Long
2007
Lions
Georgia Tech
Calvin Johnson
2006
Saints
USC
Reggie Bush
2005
Dolphins
Auburn
Ronnie Brown
2004
Raiders
Iowa
Robert Gallery
2003
Lions
Michigan State
Charles Rogers
2002
Panthers
North Carolina
Julius Peppers
2001
Cardinals
Texas
Leonard Davis
2000
Redskins
Penn State
LaVar Arrington
Year
Team
College
Player
1999
Eagles
Syracuse
Donovan McNabb
1998
Chargers
Washington State
Ryan Leaf
1997
Raiders
USC
Darrell Russell
1996
Jaguars
Illinois
Kevin Hardy
1995
Jaguars
USC
Tony Boselli
1994
Colts
San Diego State
Marshall Faulk
1993
Seahawks
Notre Dame
Rick Mirer
1992
Colts
Texas A&M
Quentin Coryatt
1991
Browns
UCLA
Eric Turner
1990
Jets
Penn State
Blair Thomas
1989
Packers
Michigan State
Tony Mandarich
1988
Chiefs
Nebraska
Neil Smith
1987
Colts
Alabama
Cornelius Bennett
1986
Falcons
Oklahoma
Tony Casillas
1985
Falcons
Pittsburgh
Bill Fralic
1984
Oilers
Nebraska
Dean Steinkuhler
1983
Rams
SMU
Eric Dickerson
1982
Colts
Mississippi State
Johnie Cooks
1981
Giants
North Carolina
Lawrence Taylor
1980
Jets
Texas
Lam Jones
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level 75
Apr 29, 2013
To answer the question in the description: apparently I can name zero. But I can also guess Smith, Jones, Johnson and Brown at random.
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level 71
Dec 27, 2015
i did that as well when i couldn't name any others...somehow i forgot smith...got 15 in total
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level 75
Dec 25, 2014
Highlights the fact that the rate of success of top draft picks isn't much higher than 7th rounders. Many of these guys never started an NFL game, only a handful of hall of famers here.
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level 82
May 7, 2015
Well, there's a big difference between "success" and making it into the hall of fame. Most would consider it a draft pick well spent to have gotten the production they did from Megatron, Boselli, Brown, Russell, Davis, Fralic, Peppers, Bush, and many others on this list. Throw in the four current or soon-to-be HOFers and that's a pretty decent success rate. To put that in context, this one pick (representing 1/32 of the first round) has produced 4 times as many HOFers in the last 35 years than the entirety of the seventh round. That makes for a success rate 128 times better than an average seventh round pick
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level 66
Jul 16, 2015
A "successful" #2 pick must perform much better than a "successful" 7th rounder simply based on compensation. 7th rounders aren't usually expected to make the roster so finding a starter or even a regular contributor in the 7th round is a "success." Whereas, if your #2 overall pick isn't a starter for many years and a Pro Bowler as well, it's not a "success" because of the potential and cost of the pick.
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level ∞
Apr 28, 2017
@tschutzer did the math. According to this draft trade calculator, the second overall pick is worth more than the entire 5th, 6th, and 7th round combined.
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