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Where Every Number One NFL Draft Pick Went to High School

Texas high schools have produced more No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft than any other state.

Since the first NFL Draft in 1936, Texas has had the most overall No. 1 draft picks. Sixteen Texas high school graduates have been picked first overall, starting with center Ki Aldrich of Temple High School in the 1939 NFL Draft.

From 2017 and 2019, three consecutive former Texas high schoolers were picked No. 1 Arlington Martin High School defensive end Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns), Lake Travis quarterback Baker Mayfield (Browns), and Allen High quarterback Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals).

California high school grads have been selected first overall 12 times, and Alabama high schools have produced seven top picks. The most recent number one picks, DE Travon Walker and QB Trevor Lawrence, were the fourth and fifth Georgia high school players to be selected first overall.

State-by-State NFL Overall No. 1 Draft Picks

  • Texas - 16
  • California - 12
  • Alabama - 7
  • Ohio - 6
  • Louisiana, Georgia - 5
  • New York, Oklahoma - 4
  • Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia - 3
  • Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington - 2
  • Colorado, Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, West Virginia, Wisconsin - 1

There have been two high schools with two No. 1 picks.

San Antonio’s Thomas Jefferson High has two top picks — Tommy Nobis in 1965 and Kyle Rote in 1951. More recently, Isadore Newman in Louisiana also had two top picks — Peyton and Eli Manning, respectively selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 and the New York Giants in 2004.

Peyton Manning is one of 15 former No. 1 picks to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Below is the complete list of where former overall No. 1 draft picks played high school football.

No. 1 Overall Picks in the NFL and AFL Drafts

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Year

Player

Pos.

High School

NFL Team

2022

Travon Walker

DE

Upson-Lee (Georgia)

Jacksonville Jaguars

2021

Trevor Lawrence

QB

Cartersville (Georgia)

Jacksonville Jaguars

2020

Joe Burrow

QB

Athens (Ohio)

Cincinnati Bengals

2019

Kyler Murray

QB

Allen (TX)

Arizona Cardinals

2018

Baker Mayfield

QB

Lake Travis (TX)

Cleveland Browns

2017

Myles Garrett

DE

Arlington Martin (TX)

Cleveland Browns

2016

Jared Goff

QB

Marin Catholic (CA)

Los Angeles Rams

2015

Jameis Winston

QB

Hueytown (AL)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2014

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

South Pointe (SC)

Houston Texans

2013

Eric Fisher

OT

Stoney Creek (MI)

Kansas City Chiefs

2012

Andrew Luck

QB

Stratford (TX)

Indianapolis Colts

2011

Cam Newton

QB

Westlake (GA)

Carolina Panthers

2010

Sam Bradford

QB

Putnam City North (OK)

St. Louis Rams

2009

Matthew Stafford

QB

Highland Park (TX)

Detroit Lions

2008

Jake Long

OT

Lapeer North (MI)

Miami Dolphins

2007

JaMarcus Russell

QB

Williamson (AL)

Oakland Raiders

2006

Mario Williams

DE

Richlands (NC)

Houston Texans

2005

Alex Smith

QB

Helix (CA)

San Francisco 49ers

2004

Eli Manning

QB

Isadore Newman (LA)

San Diego Chargers

2003

Carson Palmer

QB

Santa Margarita (CA)

Cincinnati Bengals

2002

David Carr

QB

Clements (TX)

Houston Texans

2001

Michael Vick

QB

Ferguson (VA)

Atlanta Falcons

2000

Courtney Brown

DE

Macdeonia (SC)

Cleveland Browns

1999

Tim Couch

QB

Leslie County (KY)

Cleveland Browns

1998

*Peyton Manning

QB

Isadore Newman (LA)

Indianapolis Colts

1997

*Orlando Pace

OT

Sandusky (OH)

St. Louis Rams

1996

Keyshawn Johnson

WR

Dorsey (CA)

New York Jets

1995

Ki-Jana Carter

RB

Westerville South (OH)

Cincinnati Bengals

1994

Dan Wilkinson

DT

Dunbar (OH)

Cincinnati Bengals

1993

Drew Bledsoe

QB

Walla Walla (WA)

New England Patriots

1992

Steve Emtman

DT

Cheney (WA)

Indianapolis Colts

1991

Russell Maryland

DT

Whitney Young (IL)

Dallas Cowboys

1990

Jeff George

QB

Warren Central (IN)

Indianapolis Colts

1989

*Troy Aikman

QB

Henryetta (OK)

Dallas Cowboys

1988

Aundray Bruce

LB

Carver (Montgomery, AL)

Atlanta Falcons

1987

Vinny Testaverde

QB

Sewankaka (NY)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1986

Bo Jackson

RB

McAdory (AL)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1985

Bruce Smith

DE

Booker T. Washington (VA)

Buffalo Bills

1984

Irving Fryar

WR

Rancocas Valley (NJ)

New England Patriots

1983

*John Elway

QB

Granada Hills (CA)

Baltimore Colts

1982

Kenneth Sims

DT

Groesbeck (TX)

New England Patriots

1981

George Rogers

RB

Duluth (GA)

New Orleans Saints

1980

Bill Sims

RB

Hooks (TX)

Detroit Lions

1979

Tom Cousineau

LB

St. Edward (OH)

Buffalo Bills

1978

*Earl Campbell

RB

John Tyler (TX)

Houston Oilers

1977

Ricky Bell

RB

Fremont (CA)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1976

*Lee Roy Selmon

DE

Eufaula (OK)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1975

Steve Bartkowski

QB

Buchser (CA)

Atlanta Falcons

1974

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones

DE

Jackson Central Merry (TN)

Dallas Cowboys

1973

John Matuszak

DE

Oak Creek (WI)

Houston Oilers

1972

Walt Patulski

DT

Christian Brothers Academy (NY)

Buffalo Bills

1971

Jim Plunkett

QB

James Lick (CA)

New England Patriots

1970

*Terry Bradshaw

QB

Woodlawn (LA)

Pittsburgh Steelers

1969

*O.J. Simpson

RB

Galileo (CA)

Buffalo Bills

1968

*Ron Yary

OT

Bellflower (CA)

Minnesota Vikings

1967

Bubba Smith

DE

Charlton-Pollard (TX)

Baltimore Colts

1966

Jim Grabowski

RB

Taft (IL)

Miami Dolphins (AFL)

1966

Tommy Nobis

LB

Thomas Jefferson (San Antonio, TX)

Atlanta Falcons (NFL)

1965

Lawrence Elkins

WR

Brownwood (TX)

Houston Oilers (AFL)

1965

Tucker Frederickson

RB

South Broward (FL)

New York Giants (NFL)

1964

Jack Concannon

QB

Matignon (MA)

Boston Patriots (AFL)

1964

Dave Parks

WR

Abilene (TX)

San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1963

*Buck Buchanan

DT

Parker (Birmingham, AL)

Kansas City Chiefs (AFL)

1963

Terry Baker

QB

Jefferson (OR)

Los Angeles Rams (NFL)

1962

Roman Gabriel

QB

New Hanover (NC)

Oakland Raiders (AFL)

1962

Ernie Davis

RB

Elmire Free Academy (NY)

Washington Redskins (NFL)

1961

Ken Rice

G

Bainbridge (GA)

Buffalo Bills (AFL)

1961

Tommy Mason

RB

Lake Charles (LA)

Minnesota Vikings (NFL)

1960

Billy Cannon

RB

Istrouma (LA)

Los Angeles Rams

1959

Randy Duncan

QB

Roosevelt (Des Moines, IA)

Green Bay Packers

1958

King Hill

QB

Brazosport (TX)

Chicago Cardinals

1957

*Paul Hornung

HB

Flaget (Louisville, KY)

Green Bay Packers

1956

Gary Glick

DB

Cache La Poudre (CO)

Pittsburgh Steelers

1955

George Shaw

QB

Denton (TX)

Baltimore Colts

1954

Bobby Garrett

QB

South Pasadena (CA)

Cleveland Browns

1953

Harry Babcock

E

Pearl River (NY)

San Francisco 49ers

1952

Bill Wade

QB

Montgomery Bell Academy (TN)

Los Angeles Rams

1951

Kyle Rote

HB

Thomas Jefferson (San Antonio, TX)

New York Giants

1950

Leon Hart

E

Turtle Creek (PA)

Detroit Lions

1949

*Chuck Bednarik

C/LB

Bethlehem Liberty (PA)

Philadelphia Eagles

1948

Harry Gilmer

QB

Woodlawn (AL)

Washington Redskins

1947

Bob Fenimore

HB

Woodward (OK)

Chicago Bears

1946

Frank Dancewicz

QB

Lynn Classical (MA)

Boston Yanks

1945

*Charley Trippi

HB

Pittston (PA)

Chicago Cardinals

1944

Angelo Bertelli

QB

Springfield Catholic (MA)

Boston Yanks

1943

Frank Sinkwich

HB

Chaney (Youngstown, OH)

Detroit Lions

1942

*Bill Dudley

HB

Graham HS (Bluefield, VA)

Pittsburgh Steelers

1941

Tom Harmon

HB

Mann (IN)

Chicago Bears

1940

George Cafego

HB

Oak Hill (WV)

Chicago Cardinals

1939

Ki Aldrich

C

Temple (TX)

Chicago Cardinals

1938

Corbett Davis

FB

Lowell (IN)

Cleveland Rams

1937

Sam Francis

FB

Decatur County (KS)

Philadelphia Eagles

1936

Jay Berwanger

HB

Dubuque (IA)

Philadelphia Eagles

 

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