There have been eight sets of quarterbacks taken with the first two picks in an NFL draft class, as Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were in 2016. Sunday will mark only the seventh time those QBs have started against each other. The No. 1 pick is 4-2. Here’s a look at the QBs drafted 1-2 in NFL history:
- Jared Goff, L.A. Rams
- Carson Wentz, Eagles
Goff was 0-7 as a rookie, but is 9-3 this season. Wentz went 7-9 in 2016. He’s 10-2 this year and is a candidate for league MVP … Wentz, from North Dakota State, was the first quarterback selected with a top-two pick from an FCS/Division I-AA program since Louisiana Tech’s Terry Bradshaw in 1970.
- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
- Marcus Mariota, Tennessee
Mariota became the first quarterback in 51 years to throw four touchdown passes in his first game, as his Titans drilled Winston’s Buccaneers, 42-14 … Both had promising starts to their careers, but they’ve settled into mediocrity. Tennessee is 8-3 this season despite Mariota being rated 27th among NFL QBs (Jay Cutler is 26th) … Winston missed three games with a shoulder injury this year and is 2-7, as the Bucs have been a disappointment.
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
- Robert Griffin III, Washington
Luck’s career has gone south since he had 40 TD passes and took the Colts to the AFC title game after the 2014 season. He will miss all of this season with a shoulder injury … Griffin took the Redskins to the playoffs while winning the 2012 rookie of the year. He went 6-19 over his next three seasons and is out of football. He couldn’t even stick with the Browns, who cut him in March … Luck and Griffin never faced each other.
- Tim Couch, Cleveland
- Donovan McNabb, Eagles
Five quarterbacks went in the first 12 picks. Couch, Akili Smith (No. 3) and Cade McNown (No. 12) were busts. Daunte Culpepper (No. 11) went to three Pro Bowls and Donovan McNabb took the Eagles to five NFC Championship games, winning one … Couch and McNabb never played each other.
- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
- Ryan Leaf, San Diego
“I’m looking forward to a 15-year career, a couple of trips to the Super Bowl and a parade through downtown San Diego,” Leaf said after he was drafted. He couldn’t have been more wrong … Manning beat Leaf in their only meeting in 1998 and won more MVP awards (five) than Leaf won games (four).
- Drew Bledsoe, New England
- Rick Mirer, Seattle
Bledsoe won 98 games in his career (same as McNabb) and took the Patriots to the Super Bowl after the 1996 season. His legacy, however, is sustaining the injury that opened the way for Tom Brady to become New England’s starter in 2001 … Mirer went 24-44 in his career, mostly with Seattle, including a win over Bledsoe when they were rookies in 1993. It was their only meeting.
- Jim Plunkett, New England
- Archie Manning, New Orleans
Plunkett won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, while Manning spent most of the 1970s running for his life on some really bad Saints teams … Plunkett won their three head-to-head matchups, which isn’t a surprise, given that Manning lost nearly 75 percent of his starts (35-103-3) … Nowadays, Manning is better known as being the father of Peyton and Eli … Plunkett was 72-72 in his career, but 8-2 in the playoffs and was the MVP when the Raiders beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl following the 1980 season.
- Bobby Garrett, Cleveland
- Lamar McHan, Chicago Cardinals
Garrett had a speech impediment, which caused stuttering, and never played a game for the Browns … McHan spent five seasons with the Cardinals before he was traded to the Packers in 1959. He started the first seven games for Green Bay until first-year coach Vince Lombardi replaced him – with Bart Starr.
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