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    Apr242011

    NFL Draft - Quarterbacks and First Overall Picks

    Image courtesy of http://buffalowdown.comAs the NFL draft quickly approaches, more and more draft analysts are predicting that the Carolina Panthers will select Cam Newton with the first overall pick. In the 1980's, three quarterbacks were selected with the first overall pick: John Elway (1983), Vinny Testaverde (1987) and Troy Aikman (1989). 

    John Elway was selected by Baltimore, and then traded to the Denver Broncos.  Elway went on to play in 5 Super Bowls, win 2 of them, and Elway is a Hall of Famer.  Testaverde was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Testaverde had a rough start to this career with the Bucs, he would go on to be a Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets.  Troy Aikman had a difficult first year in Dallas, but would go on to win 3 Super Bowls with the Cowboys. 

    Hopefully, at least as far as the Carolina Panthers are concerned, Cam Newton will enjoy some of the same success as those 3 quarterbacks that were chosen with the first overall pick during the 1980's.

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