Which teams have picked first most times in the history of the NFL draft?
The first overall pick in the NFL draft can reform an ailing franchise so the eyes of the football world are on the likely candidates and where they will go
The 2022 NFL Draft will kick off, for the second year running, with the first overall pick being held by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It is a coveted spot in the NFL yearly proceedings, and goes a long way toward dulling the pain of having finished dead last the previous season.
While there are a few teams that seem to be perennially at the bottom of the table, it is interesting to note that the first overall pick in the draft is pretty evenly distributed amongst NFL teams.
The Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams are tied for first place with seven first picks apiece. Following behind them are three teams on five first picks each, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Arizona Cardinals.
Although it is the dream scenario to believe that first overall pick can turn the fortunes of a franchise around to the extent that they follow it up with a Super Bowl win, that has actually never happened. Three teams have gone from first pick to the Super Bowl but all have fallen at the final hurdle. The Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X, and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
Here are a full list of first picks:
|TEAM||FIRST OVERALL PICKS|
|Los Angeles Rams||7|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5|
|New England Patriots||4|
|San Francisco 49ers||3|
|New York Giants||2|
|Green Bay Packers||2|
|New Orleans Saints||1|
|New York Jets||1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1|
*The Boston Yanks are the only defunct team to have had a first overall pick.
Most often selected are quarterbacks and running backs, with those two positions accounting for 57 years of the 86 years that the draft has been held. The only defensive back that has ever gone number one overall was Gary Glick in 1956 who was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers. No kicker has ever been taken first, with Sebastian Janikowski the highest when he was taken by the Radiers at 17th overall in 2000.
|POSITION||FIRST OVERALL PICKS|