Looking back at the past 10 years of drafts, these are the number 1 all-over all picks
** = Probowl Selections
2010 - Rams Sam Bradford
2009 - Lions Matthew Stafford
2008 - Dolphins Jake Long***
2007 - Raiders JaMarcus Russel
2006 - Texans Mario Williams**(*)
2005 - 49ers Alex Smith
2004 - Chargers Eli Manning*
2003 - Bengals Carson Palmer**
2002 - Texans David Carr
2001 - Falcons Michael Vick****
2000 - Browns Courtney Brown
Looking at this list,guys like Manning and Palmer have been franchise guys, Vick you could call a late bloomer but he really is on top right now. Stafford would be really good if he could stay on the field, Bradford is looking to have a great career but its still early there. If you look at all these 1st overall picks, and most of them are QB's, actually 8 of them are QB's, two are defensive Ends, and one is a left tackle, we sort of broke away from the mold there and it really did pay off. Should you address the first pick with the most important position in the NFL? maybe. we didnt and we got a HoF calliber player.
Its really hard to regret a move like that. 5 of those 8 QB's have turned out alright. How many of them are looking like the top of the position though? beyond top 10.. maybe 2. Long's undeniably a top 5 at his position. You could argue that none of those QB's are. what the future holds is a different topic. sam bradford could reinjure his arm and never play again or be the next coming. stafford could end up never playing a full season.
however, I think we have the best pick of the last decade. the '68 vikings and the '97 rams are the only other teams to pick a tackle with the first overall pick. Also its the only 1st overrall pick we've ever had and look what we got.. hard to argue matt ryan or joe flacco over jake long. he'll be remembered as one of the best LT's of this generation in 10 years from now