C. J. Stroud, selected by the Houston Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft, is the most recent second overall pick

This is a list of second overall National Football League Draft picks. The National Football League Draft is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams select newly eligible players for their rosters. The second overall picks include 40 players who have received Pro Bowl honors, 11 players who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and six Heisman Trophy winners. In 2012, Sports Illustrated chose linebacker Lawrence Taylor as the best player selected second overall in an NFL draft.

Recent second-overall picks have included Defensive Rookies of the Year Nick Bosa (2019) and Chase Young (2020), as well as Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley (2018). Four members of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team were drafted with the No. 2 pick: linebacker Von Miller (2011), defensive end Ndamukong Suh (2010), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (2007), and defensive end Julius Peppers (2002).[1] The universities with the most players selected second overall in the draft are Notre Dame with six, Texas A&M with five, and Baylor, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, and USC with four each. The Cleveland / St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams have had nine selections at the spot, the most in the NFL.[2]


* Selected to a Pro Bowl
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
No. 2 overall picks[2]
Year Name Position College NFL team Notes
1936 Riley Smith Quarterback Alabama Boston Redskins College Football Hall of Fame
1937 Ed Goddard Back Washington State Brooklyn Dodgers
1938 Jim McDonald Back Ohio State Philadelphia Eagles
1939 Sid Luckman Quarterback Columbia Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Fame
1940 George McAfee Halfback Duke Philadelphia Eagles Pro Football Hall of Fame
1941 John Kimbrough Fullback Texas A&M Chicago Cardinals College Football Hall of Fame
1942 Jack Wilson Halfback Baylor Cleveland Rams Appeared in only 10 NFL games, 3 as a starter
1943 Joe Muha Fullback VMI Philadelphia Eagles 2x All-Pro
1944 Pat Harder* Fullback Wisconsin Chicago Cardinals 3× first-team All-Pro; College Football Hall of Fame
1945 Paul Duhart Back Florida Pittsburgh Steelers Appeared in only 13 NFL games, 7 as a starter
1946 Dub Jones* Halfback LSU Chicago Cardinals 2× AAFC champion, 3× NFL champion
1947 Glenn Davis* Halfback Army Detroit Lions Heisman Trophy (1946)
1948 Skippy Minisi Halfback Penn New York Giants College Football Hall of Fame
1949 John Rauch Quarterback Georgia Detroit Lions College Football Hall of Fame
1950 Adrian Burk* Quarterback Baylor Baltimore Colts 2× Pro Bowl
1951 Bob Williams Quarterback Notre Dame Chicago Bears College Football Hall of Fame
1952 Les Richter Linebacker California New York Yanks Pro Football Hall of Fame
1953 Billy Vessels Halfback Oklahoma Baltimore Colts Heisman Trophy (1952)
1954 Lamar McHan Quarterback Arkansas Chicago Cardinals
1955 Max Boydston End Oklahoma Chicago Cardinals
1956 Earl Morrall* Quarterback Michigan State San Francisco 49ers 3× Super Bowl champion, NFL Most Valuable Player (1968)
1957 Jon Arnett* Halfback USC Los Angeles Rams College Football Hall of Fame; 5× Pro Bowl
1958 John David Crow* Halfback Texas A&M Chicago Cardinals Heisman Trophy (1957)
1959 Dick Bass* Fullback Pacific Los Angeles Rams 3× Pro Bowl
1960 George Izo Quarterback Notre Dame St. Louis Cardinals
1961 Norm Snead* Quarterback Wake Forest Washington Redskins 4× Pro Bowl
1962 Roman Gabriel Quarterback NC State Los Angeles Rams College Football Hall of Fame; 4× Pro Bowl, NFL Most Valuable Player (1969)
1963 Jerry Stovall* Defensive back LSU St. Louis Cardinals 3× Pro Bowl
1964 Bob Brown Offensive tackle Nebraska Philadelphia Eagles Pro Football Hall of Fame
1965 Ken Willard* Fullback North Carolina San Francisco 49ers 4× Pro Bowl
1966 Tom Mack Offensive guard Michigan Los Angeles Rams Pro Football Hall of Fame
1967 Clint Jones Running back Michigan State Minnesota Vikings College Football Hall of Fame
1968 Bob Johnson Center Tennessee Cincinnati Bengals College Football Hall of Fame
1969 George Kunz* Offensive tackle Notre Dame Atlanta Falcons 8× Pro Bowl
1970 Mike McCoy Defensive tackle Notre Dame Green Bay Packers
1971 Archie Manning Quarterback Mississippi New Orleans Saints 2× Pro Bowl
1972 Sherman White Defensive end California Cincinnati Bengals
1973 Bert Jones Quarterback LSU Baltimore Colts Pro Bowl (1976), NFL Most Valuable Player (1976)
1974 Bo Matthews Running back Colorado San Diego Chargers
1975 Randy White Defensive tackle Maryland Dallas Cowboys Pro Football Hall of Fame
1976 Steve Niehaus Defensive tackle Notre Dame Seattle Seahawks NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year (1976)
1977 Tony Dorsett Running back Pittsburgh Dallas Cowboys Pro Football Hall of Fame
1978 Art Still* Defensive end Kentucky Kansas City Chiefs 4× Pro Bowl
1979 Mike Bell Defensive end Colorado State Kansas City Chiefs
1980 Lam Jones Wide receiver Texas New York Jets
1981 Lawrence Taylor Linebacker North Carolina New York Giants Pro Football Hall of Fame
1982 Johnie Cooks Linebacker Mississippi State Baltimore Colts
1983 Eric Dickerson Running back SMU Los Angeles Rams Pro Football Hall of Fame
1984 Dean Steinkuhler Tackle Nebraska Houston Oilers Outland Trophy (1983)
1985 Bill Fralic Offensive guard Pittsburgh Atlanta Falcons 4× Pro Bowl
1986 Tony Casillas Defensive tackle Oklahoma Atlanta Falcons College Football Hall of Fame
1987 Cornelius Bennett Linebacker Alabama Indianapolis Colts 5× Pro Bowl
1988 Neil Smith Defensive end Nebraska Kansas City Chiefs NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, 6× Pro Bowl
1989 Tony Mandarich Tackle Michigan State Green Bay Packers
1990 Blair Thomas Running back Penn State New York Jets
1991 Eric Turner Defensive back UCLA Cleveland Browns 2× Pro Bowl
1992 Quentin Coryatt Linebacker Texas A&M Indianapolis Colts
1993 Rick Mirer Quarterback Notre Dame Seattle Seahawks
1994 Marshall Faulk Running back San Diego State Indianapolis Colts Pro Football Hall of Fame
1995 Tony Boselli Tackle USC Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Football Hall of Fame
1996 Kevin Hardy Linebacker Illinois Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl (1999)
1997 Darrell Russell Defensive tackle USC Oakland Raiders 2× Pro Bowl
1998 Ryan Leaf Quarterback Washington State San Diego Chargers
1999 Donovan McNabb* Quarterback Syracuse Philadelphia Eagles 6× Pro Bowl
2000 LaVar Arrington* Linebacker Penn State Washington Redskins Bednarik Award (1999), 3× Pro Bowl
2001 Leonard Davis* Guard Texas Arizona Cardinals 3× Pro Bowl
2002 Julius Peppers* Defensive end North Carolina Carolina Panthers NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
2003 Charles Rogers Wide receiver Michigan State Detroit Lions Biletnikoff Award (2002)
2004 Robert Gallery Offensive tackle Iowa Oakland Raiders Outland Trophy (2003)
2005 Ronnie Brown* Running back Auburn Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl (2008)
2006 Reggie Bush Running back USC New Orleans Saints Heisman Trophy (2005)
2007 Calvin Johnson Wide receiver Georgia Tech Detroit Lions Pro Football Hall of Fame
2008 Chris Long Defensive end Virginia St. Louis Rams 2× Super Bowl champion, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2018)
2009 Jason Smith Offensive tackle Baylor St. Louis Rams
2010 Ndamukong Suh* Defensive tackle Nebraska Detroit Lions NFL 2010s All-Decade Team; 5× Pro Bowl
2011 Von Miller Linebacker Texas A&M Denver Broncos 2× Super Bowl champion, NFL 2010s All-Decade Team; 8× Pro Bowl
2012 Robert Griffin III Quarterback Baylor Washington Redskins Heisman Trophy (2011), Pro Bowl (2012)
2013 Luke Joeckel Offensive tackle Texas A&M Jacksonville Jaguars Outland Trophy (2012)
2014 Greg Robinson Offensive tackle Auburn St. Louis Rams
2015 Marcus Mariota Quarterback Oregon Tennessee Titans Heisman Trophy (2014)
2016 Carson Wentz Quarterback North Dakota State Philadelphia Eagles Bert Bell Award (2017), Pro Bowl (2017)
2017 Mitchell Trubisky Quarterback North Carolina Chicago Bears Pro Bowl (2018)
2018 Saquon Barkley Running back Penn State New York Giants Offensive Rookie of the Year (2018), 2x Pro Bowl
2019 Nick Bosa Defensive end Ohio State San Francisco 49ers Defensive Rookie of the Year (2019), Defensive Player of the Year (2022), 4× Pro Bowl
2020 Chase Young Defensive end Ohio State Washington Redskins Defensive Rookie of the Year (2020), Pro Bowl (2020)
2021 Zach Wilson Quarterback BYU New York Jets
2022 Aidan Hutchinson Defensive end Michigan Detroit Lions Pro Bowl (2023)
2023 C. J. Stroud Quarterback Ohio State Houston Texans
2024 [to be determined] Washington Commanders


A total of 40 second overall picks have received Pro Bowl Honors. Of those, 11 have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sid Luckman (1939), George McAfee (1940), Les Richter (1952), Bob Brown (1964), Tom Mack (1966), Randy White (1975), Tony Dorsett (1977), Lawrence Taylor (1981), Eric Dickerson (1983), Marshall Faulk (1994), and Calvin Johnson (2007).[2]

In addition, six Heisman Trophy winners have been selected with the second overall pick: Glenn Davis (1946), Billy Vessels (1952), John David Crow (1957), Reggie Bush (2006), Robert Griffin III (2012), and Marcus Mariota (2014).

In 2012, Sports Illustrated chose Lawrence Taylor as the best player selected second overall. Other No. 2 picks ranked as contenders by Sports Illustrated included Calvin Johnson, Julius Peppers, Donovan McNabb (1999), Tony Boselli (1995), Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, and Randy White.[3]

Notable draft busts selected with the No. 2 pick include Lam Jones (1980), Tony Mandarich (1989), Blair Thomas (1990), Ryan Leaf (1998), Charles Rogers (2003), and Jason Smith (2009).[4][5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "In the NFL draft, the Number 2 pick isn't always worth keeping". The Washington Post. April 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "NFL Draft history: Multiple running backs, but only one HOF quarterback taken with second pick". Tulsa World. April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Chris Burke (April 4, 2012). "Best of the Firsts, No. 2: Lawrence Taylor". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ Jill R. Dorson (September 20, 2016). "No. 2 Overall Picks In NFL Draft: A Surprising Amount Of Busts". ThePostGame.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft: Boons & busts at No. 2". The Florida Times-Union. April 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Jim Wyatt (April 29, 2014). "No. 2 pick in NFL Draft doesn't bring a sure thing". The Tennessean.