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Where does Eli rank among QB's drafted first overall?

With Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the mix this year, the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft could produce the 21st quarterback of the Super Bowl era to be taken No. 1 overall.


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If you include the pre-Super Bowl era, 31 quarterbacks have been taken in the top spot of the draft, and they range from Hall of Famers to backups.

While a team has not taken a quarterback with the top pick since the Indianapolis Colts drafted Andrew Luck in 2012, the three-time Pro Bowler was the 12th signal-caller selected first in the last 17 years.

That run began with Peyton Manning in 1998 and includes his two-time Super Bowl MVP brother, Eli Manning, in 2004. stacked up all the members of this elite fraternity and ranked the quarterbacks who went No. 1 overall in the draft. Eli Manning came in at No. 6, while Terry Bradshaw claimed the top spot, just like he did in 1970 out of Louisiana Tech.

"Manning has guided the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl wins after a prolific career at Ole Miss," Bryan Fischer wrote. "He's already the franchise leader in nearly every passing category which is no small feat given the team's history. Safe to say that draft-day trade with the Chargers to land Manning worked out for New York."


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Here is a look at the top 10:**

  1. Terry Bradshaw* (1970)
  1. Peyton Manning (1998)
  1. John Elway* (1983)
  1. Troy Aikman* (1989)
  1. Andrew Luck (2012)
    6. Eli Manning (2004)
  1. Jim Plunkett (1971)
  1. Matthew Stafford (2009)
  1. Drew Bledsoe (1993)
  1. Michael Vick (2001)

*Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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