Draft Countdown: Terrible Twos (Leaf, Mandarich)

Almost there. We’re just two days away from the spring’s biggest sporting event (Stanley Cup, NBA Finals? Ugh.) In a couple more nights we’ll all be seeing how far a certain (iconic?) quarterback falls, if Chan the man (Gailey, of course) is comfortable with an Ivy Leaguer under center, and what the two Johns (Fox and Elway) do in the two-hole.

That said, the number two fits in a lot of other places in our NFL Draft consciousness…

  • Last year’s second overall pick was nothing short of awesome … Ndamukong Suh.
  • Suh is easily the best second overall choice since, well, his teammate. Calvin Johnson went second to the Lions after Oakland’s fateful JaMarcus Russell pick in 2007.
  • Not all 2’s are good. Predator 2, for example. The two biggest poster boys for draft busts were both taken second overall: Ryan Leaf to the Chargers in 1998, and Tony Mandarich to the Packers in 1989.
  • Two quarterbacks went in the first round last year: Sam Bradford (first overall) and Tim Tebow (25th). At least two quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round every year since 2002. In 2001, Michael Vick was the top pick, but the next quarterback wasn’t taken until Drew Brees went to San Diego with the first pick in the second round.
  • Ranking second on the NFL’s top 100 greatest players is Jim Brown. The legendary running back was drafted sixth overall in 1957. … Two Hall of Famers went before him in that draft: Paul Hornung (first overall) and Len Dawson (fifth).

Dawson and John Brodie were the two quarterbacks that went in the top five that year. Will we see the same with Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert in two more days?

-– Elliot Harrison

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