57 colleges with 1st-round QB picks since Ohio State’s last
Dwayne Haskins is about to be the first since Art Schlichter went to the (Baltimore) Colts. Dwayne Haskins is going to be a first-round pick, probably a high one. When that officially happens on April 25, the QB will end an astonishing streak for Ohio State, one of the best recruiters and most dominant teams in college football. In 1982, the Baltimore Colts drafted OSU quarterback Art Schlichter with the fourth pick. He only lasted parts of four years in the league, and he’s more famous now for going to prison for stealing to finance a gambling habit. Schlichter was the last Ohio State QB to get taken in the first round. Nine Buckeye QBs have been drafted elsewhere, but nobody higher than Tom Tupa, 68th overall, in the 1988 third round. It makes some sense that Ohio State hasn’t had a first-round (or even second-round) QB since Schlichter. Going back to Troy Smith in the mid-2000s, the Buckeyes’ QBs have tended to be great runners who ranged from bad to somewhat above-average passers: Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones. (In the most uninformed corners, this perception may follow Haskins.) Until Haskins and now-head coach Ryan Day took the reins in 2018, OSU was a spread-to-run team. But that doesn’t explain the late ‘80s, the ‘90s, or the early aughts. There have been 86 first-round QBs since 1983, the first year of OSU’s drought. They’ve come from all kinds of programs, but let’s start low on the food chain. (Thanks to the great search engine at Sports Reference for its help.) FCS teams UC Davis: Ken O’Brien Alcorn State: Steve McNair Delaware: Joe Flacco North Dakota State: Carson Wentz Wentz’s North Dakota State would have wailed on the vast majority of FBS teams at the time he was drafted in 2016. Actually, NDSU still would. These are nonetheless programs at a level that currently allows 63 scholarships (max) producing more of these guys than OSU. FBS non-powers Colorado State: Kelly Stouffer San Diego State: Dan McGwire Miami (Ohio): Ben Roethlisberger Utah: Alex Smith Memphis: Paxton Lynch Wyoming: Josh Allen The Hurricanes were an out-of-nowhere independent in the early ‘80s. They’d been winning for a few years but were still relatively new on the block. Utah was in the non-BCS Mountain West in 2005. FBS non-powers that have had two first-round QBs in this span UCF: Daunte Culpepper, Blake Bortles Marshall: Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich Fresno State: Trent Dilfer, David Carr Tulane: Patrick Ramsey, J.P. Losman The non-power ranks have produced two Super Bowl-winning starters (Dilfer and Roethlisberger), a few solid NFL QBs (Pennington, Leftwich), and probably the oddest fact on this list, which is that Tulane had two first-round QBs between 2002 and 2004. Junior colleges Blinn College: Cam Newton Butte Community College: Aaron Rodgers Reedley College: Josh Allen I’m exercising my right to double-count these players’ JUCOs to suit my own agenda. I will not count Troy Aikman for Oklahoma, however, because I don’t want to. Current Power 5 schools that are funny Illinois: Tony Eason, Jeff George Purdue: Jim Everett Vanderbilt: Jay Cutler Boston College: Matt Ryan Kansas State: Josh Freeman We all have those players whose alma maters we forget, even though we know in our hearts they went there. For me, Cutler’s a first-team all “oh yeah, he went there” talent. Pac-12 schools with serious bulk quantity Oregon: Chris Miller, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Marcus Mariota UCLA: Troy Aikman, Tommy Maddox, Cade McNown, Josh Rosen Cal: Kyle Boller, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff USC: Todd Marinovich, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Sam Darnold Everyone else Pitt: Dan Marino Penn State: Todd Blackledge, Kerry Collins Stanford: John Elway, Andrew Luck Iowa: Chuck Long Michigan: Jim Harbaugh Miami: Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde Houston: Andre Ware, David Klingler Notre Dame: Rick Mirer, Brady Quinn Washington State: Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Leaf Tennessee: Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning Virginia Tech: Jim Druckenmiller, Michael Vick Syracuse: Donovan McNabb Kentucky: Tim Couch Florida: Rex Grossman, Tim Tebow NC State: Philip Rivers Ole Miss: Eli Manning Auburn: Jason Campbell, Cam Newton Texas: Vince Young LSU: JaMarcus Russell Georgia: Matt Stafford Oklahoma: Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield Florida State: Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, Jameis Winston Missouri: Blaine Gabbert Washington: Jake Locker Oklahoma State: Brandon Weeden Texas A&M: Ryan Tannehill, Johnny Manziel Baylor: Robert Griffin III Louisville: Teddy Bridgewater, Lamar Jackson Clemson: Deshaun Watson Texas Tech: Patrick Mahomes North Carolina: Mitchell Trubisky Houston’s here because when Ware and Klingler got drafted, in 1990 and ‘92, the Cougars were still in the Southwest Conference, which had A&M, Texas, and nearly half of the modern Big 12. Seems like a power conference to me. Let’s just move along. (Both of the Houston QBs were pretty significant busts — top-seven picks two years apart who went on to go a combined 7-23 with 21 TD passes to 30 picks.) To Ohio State fans, the greatest thing about Haskins ending this streak is obvious. For at least a year, Buckeye fans will now be able to add “Michigan hasn’t had a first-round QB since Jim Harbaugh” to their list of reasons to laugh at their rivals.