Who is #1? Dan the Man. I remember reading that when the Jets chose Ken O'Brien, that The Don said, "Who is that?"
CBS Sports wrote:
1. Dan Marino, QBhttps://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/rank ... -at-no-27/
1983 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 27 (Pitt)
Team: Dolphins (1983-99)
Marino lit up defenses in 1984 while leading the Dolphins to the Super Bowl. Getty Images
A member of the NFL's famed quarterback class of 1983, Marino was the sixth and final quarterback taken in the first round. After leading Pitt to an 11-1 record and a Sugar Bowl win as a junior, Marino's underwhelming senior season was one of the reasons why he was selected behind fellow quarterbacks John Elway (first overall), Todd Blackledge (seventh overall), Jim Kelly (14th overall), Tony Eason (15th overall), and Ken O'Brien (24th overall). To the eternal regret of Steelers founder Art Rooney, the Steelers passed on drafting Marino (a Pittsburgh native) with the 21st pick.
While Elway and Kelly carved out their own Hall of Fame careers, Marino quickly made the 24 other teams that passed on him pay. Following a successful rookie season, Marino destroyed the NFL's passing records in 1984. He threw for then league records 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns while winning league MVP. Against the Steelers in the AFC Championship, Marino threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns in the highest-scoring AFC title game in history. In Super Bowl XIX, Marino played gamely but was unable to will his team past Joe Montana and the league's dominant team of the decade, the 49ers.
Miami never made it back to a Super Bowl, but Marino nevertheless continued to churn out a legendary career. A five-time passing champion, Marino also led the league in touchdown passes each year from 1984-86. In 1994, Marino won Comeback Player of the Year following a successful return after tearing his Achilles tendon the previous season. His touchdown pass off of a fake spike against the Jets that season is the stuff of legend. Marino passed Fran Tarkenton as the league's all-time career passing leader the following season.
A first-ballot member of the Hall of Fame, Marino is sixth all-time in career passing yards (61,361) and passing touchdowns (420). Arguably the best pure passer in league history, Marino was included in the NFL 100 All-Time Team in 2019.
2. Roddy White, WR
2005 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 27 (UAB)
3. Devin McCourty, DB
2010 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 27 (Rutgers)
4. DeAndre Hopkins, WR
2013 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 27 (Clemson)
5. DeAngelo Williams, RB
2006 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 27 (Memphis)