Ranking the past 50 No. 1 picks
Before the implementation of the rookie wage scale, newbies would make a ton of money before setting foot on the field, wrecking salary caps and ticking off their teammates.<br />
It used to be worse. Before the first combined AFL-NFL draft in 1967, there were <i>two leagues</i> bidding on players. The owners were worried, as rookie wages rocketed off the charts. Thus, you had the beginnings of a merger.<br />
Last year, Jared Goff became the 50th player selected first overall since the AFL and NFL combined drafts. With the 51st No. 1 overall pick coming up on April 27 in Philadelphia, I decided to take a look at all 50 No. 1 overall picks from the common and modern draft era and rank them from best to worst. All things were considered, with a player's success with his drafting team serving as a tiebreaker. Your thoughts are welcome ... <a href="https://twitter.com/HarrisonNFL" target="_blank">@HarrisonNFL</a> is the place.