It’s been 50 years since the AFL-NFL merger, and we’ve seen a handful of No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft make a seismic impact on the game over that stretch.

A greater number of those top selections, however, have proven to be huge disappointments. A larger number still have achieved various levels of middling success throughout their time in the league. For a small handful, the jury is still out early in their careers, making their rankings a bit more fluid at this point in time.

The task of ranking the last 50 No. 1 overall picks is challenging, and ours starts with a pair of players who weren’t necessarily the worst players, but whose circumstances paid absolutely no dividends for the teams that drafted them (Bo Jackson, Tom Cousineau). Only seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, though a tandem of brothers is sure to grow that list in the coming years.

Grab your tomatoes, torches and pitchforks. Here’s how we rank the last 50 years of No. 1 overall picks:

50. RB Bo Jackson | 1986

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49. LB Tom Cousineau | 1979

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48. QB JaMarcus Russell | 2007

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47. DE Steve Emtman | 1992

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46. RB Ki-Jana Carter | 1995

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45. DE Walt Patulski | 1972

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44. LB Aundray Bruce | 1988

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43. DE Courtney Brown | 2000

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42. DE Kenneth Sims | 1982

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41. DE John Matuszak | 1973

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40. QB David Carr | 2002

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39. QB Tim Couch | 1999

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38. RB Ricky Bell | 1978

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37. QB Jeff George | 1990

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36. QB Sam Bradford | 2010

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35. QB Baker Mayfield | 2018

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34. QB Vinny Testaverde | 1987

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33. DL Dan Wilkinson | 1994

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32. DE Myles Garrett | 2017

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31. QB Kyler Murray | 2019

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30. OT Eric Fisher | 2013

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29. QB Steve Bartkowski | 1975

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28. DL Russell Maryland | 1991

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27. QB Jameis Winston | 2015

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26. QB Jared Goff | 2016

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25. QB Jim Plunkett | 1971

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24. RB George Rogers | 1981

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23. DL Ed Jones | 1974

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22. RB Billy Sims | 1980

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21. QB Alex Smith | 2005

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20. DE Jadeveon Clowney | 2014

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19. OT Jake Long | 2008

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18. WR Keyshawn Johnson | 1996

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17. QB Matthew Stafford | 2009 |

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16. DE Mario Williams | 2006

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15. QB Drew Bledsoe | 1993

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14. QB Carson Palmer | 2003

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13. WR Irving Fryar | 1984

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12. QB Andrew Luck | 2012

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11. QB Michael Vick | 2001

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10. QB Cam Newton | 2011

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9. DE Lee Roy Selmon | 1976

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8. QB Terry Bradshaw | 1970

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7. RB Earl Campbell | 1978

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6. QB Eli Manning | 2004

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5. QB Troy Aikman | 1989

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4. OT Orlando Pace | 1997

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3. DE Bruce Smith | 1985

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2. QB John Elway | 1983

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1. QB Peyton Manning | 1998

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