This Week in NFL History: April 26 to May 2; Seven HOFers were selected in the 1st Round of the 1983 NFL Draft –

Welcome to This Week in NFL History! Every week, the Research team will spotlight the anniversaries of notable events and birthdays.

— Seven HOFers were selected in the 1st Round of the 1983 NFL Draft

  • Colts: QB John Elway (#1; traded to Broncos 6 days later) – HOF Class of 2004
  • Rams: RB Eric Dickerson (#2) – HOF Class of 1999
  • Bears: T Jimbo Covert (#6) – HOF Class of 2020
  • Oilers: OL Bruce Matthews (#9) – HOF Class of 2007
  • Bills: QB Jim Kelly (#14) – HOF Class of 2002
  • Dolphins: QB Dan Marino (#27) – HOF Class of 2005
  • Washington: CB Darrell Green (#28) – HOF Class of 2008

— Five QBs were selected in the 1st Round of the 2018 NFL Draft (T-2nd-most in NFL Draft history)

  • Only 1983 NFL Draft (6) has had more QBs go in the 1st Round
  • Browns selected QB Baker Mayfield 1st overall: Set then-NFL rookie pass TD record (27)
  • Jets selected QB Sam Darnold 3rd overall: Traded to the Panthers on April 5, 2021
  • Bills selected QB Josh Allen 7th overall (traded up from 12th overall with TB): led 2020 Bills to 1st AFC Championship Game since 1993.
  • Cardinals selected QB Josh Rosen 10th overall (traded up from 15th overall with OAK): traded to the Dolphins after 1 season
  • Ravens selected QB Lamar Jackson 32nd overall (traded 3 picks to PHI for pick): 2019 AP NFL MVP

— The Steelers acquired the 16th overall pick (HOF S Troy Polamalu) from the Chiefs for the 27th overall pick (RB Larry Johnson) & 2 other draft picks (3rd Rd pick & 6th Rd pick) in the 2003 NFL Draft

  • Polamalu: 8-time Pro Bowl selection, 4-time First-Team All-Pro, 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year & 2-time Super Bowl Champion all with PIT
  • Johnson: 2-time Pro Bowl selection & 2006 First-Team All-Pro

— The Falcons selected QB Matt Ryan 3rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft

  • 2016 AP NFL MVP, 4-time Pro Bowl selection & 2016 First-Team All-Pro

— The Colts selected QB Andrew Luck 1st overall in the 2012 NFL Draft

  • 4-time Pro Bowl selection & 2018 AP Comeback Player of the Year in 6 seasons played

— Notable Birthdays: DE Melvin Ingram III (32) & BUF WR Cole Beasley (32)

— The Browns selected DE Myles Garrett 1st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft

  • 2-time Pro Bowl selection & 2020 First-Team All-Pro
  • Signed 5-year, $125M contract extension (2nd-highest APY among DL/edge rushers behind only LAC Joey Bosa) prior to 2020 season

— The Chiefs moved up 17 spots (27th overall to 10th overall) to select QB Patrick Mahomes by sending the 27th overall pick & 2 other picks (3rd Rd pick & 2018 1st Rd pick) to the Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft

  • 2018 AP NFL MVP (Led NFL with 50 pass TD)
  • Helped lead Chiefs to consecutive Super Bowl appearances: Won Super Bowl LIV Champion (Super Bowl MVP) & lost Super Bowl LV
  • Signed 10-year, $450M contract extension (largest contract in NFL history) prior to 2020 season

— Bills selected 2-time Pro Bowl selection & 2019 First-Team All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White 27th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft

— The Texans moved up 13 spots (25th overall to 12th overall) to select QB Deshaun Watson by sending the 25th overall pick & a 2018 1st round pick to the Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft

  • 3-time Pro Bowl selection & 104.5 career passer rating (2nd-highest in NFL history behind Patrick Mahomes’ 108.7 career rating)

— The Browns selected S Jabrill Peppers 25th overall in 2017 (traded to NYG in trade for WR Odell Beckham Jr.) & selected CB Denzel Ward 4th overall in 2018 (2019 Pro Bowl selection)

— Canton, Ohio was chosen as the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1961

  • Site where the NFL was formed in 1920

— Notable Birthdays: Former CB & HC Herm Edwards (67) & LAC WR Keenan Allen (29)

— The Giants selected HOF LB Lawrence Taylor 2nd overall in the 1981 NFL Draft

  • 2-time Super Bowl Champion (XXI & XXXV) & 1986 AP NFL MVP
  • 3-time Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982 & 1986; T-most in NFL history with ARI J.J. Watt & LAR Aaron Donald)

— The Lions selected HOF WR Calvin Johnson 2nd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft

  • Set NFL single-season record 1,964 receiving yards in 2012 (Only player in NFL history to reach 1,900+ receiving yards in a season)

— The Vikings selected RB Adrian Peterson 7th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft

  • 2012 AP NFL MVP & set NFL single-game rush yards record (296) as a rookie in Week 9, 2007 vs the Chargers
  • 118 career rush TD (4th-most in NFL history) & 14,820 career rush yards (5th-most in NFL history)

— The Panthers selected QB Cam Newton 1st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft

  • 2015 AP NFL MVP & 2011 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

— The Broncos selected LB Von Miller 2nd overall in the 2011 NFL Draft

  • Super Bowl 50 MVP, 8-time Pro Bowl selection (T-most among defensive players since 2010)

— The Falcons moved up 20 spots (26th overall to 6th overall) to select WR Julio Jones after sending the 26th overall pick & 4 other picks (2nd Rd, 4th Rd, 2012 1st Rd & 2012 4th Rd) to the Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft

  • 7-time Pro Bowl selection, 2-time First-Team All-Pro & Member of the 2010’s All-Decade Team

— The Jets moved up 11 spots (25th to 14th) to select CB Darrelle Revis 14th overall by trading 3 picks (25th overall, 2nd Rd pick & 5th Rd pick) to the Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft

  • 7-time Pro Bowl selection, 4-time 1st-Team All-Pro & Super Bowl XLIX Champion (with Patriots)

— The Cowboys selected RB Ezekiel Elliott 4th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft

  • 2-time NFL rushing yards leader (2016 & 2018)

— Notable Birthdays: DAL DE Demarcus Lawrence (29), QB Blake Bortles (29), ATL DT Grady Jarrett (28) & CLE CB Denzel Ward (24)

— The NFL Draft was televised for the first time in 1980

  • The draft was broadcast on ESPN

— The Patriots acquired HOF WR Randy Moss after trading a 4th Round pick to the Raiders in 2007

  • Caught an NFL single-season record 23 rec TD in 2007 as the Patriots completed the first 16-0 regular season before finishing the season 18-1 with a loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII

— The Buccaneers selected RB Bo Jackson 1st overall in the 1986 NFL Draft

  • Refused to play for the Buccaneers & was drafted by the Raiders a year later

— The Steelers moved up 7 spots (32nd to 25th) to select WR Santonio Holmes 25th overall by trading 3 picks (32nd overall, 3rd Rd pick & 4th Rd pick) to the Giants in the 2006 NFL Draft

  • Super Bowl XLIII MVP (9 rec, 131 rec yards & 1 rec TD; GW 6-yard rec TD with 35 seconds left to play)
  • Responsible for NFL Throwback’s 4th-best catch in NFL history

— Notable Birthdays: HOF George Allen, Former QB Jay Cutler (38)

— The 49ers moved up 12 spots (28th to 16th) to select HOF WR Jerry Rice 16th overall by trading 3 picks (28th overall, 2nd Rd pick & 3rd Rd pick) to the Patriots in the 1985 NFL Draft

  • 1,549 rec, 22,895 rec yards, 197 rec TD & 207 scrimmage TD (all most in NFL history)

— The Bills selected HOF DE Bruce Smith 1st overall in the NFL Draft in 1985

  • 200.0 career sacks (most in NFL history) & 2-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (1990 & 1996 – both with BUF)

— The Vikings selected HOF DE Chris Doleman 4th overall in the NFL Draft in 1985

  • 150.5 career sacks (5th-most in NFL history)

— The Raiders signed HOF DB Rod Woodson to a 6-year, $8.5M contract in 2002

  • Co-led the NFL with 8 INT & earned First-Team All-Pro & Pro Bowl selection in age 37 season in 2002 (retired following 2nd season with OAK in 2003)

— The championship of the 1920 season was awarded to the Akron Pros at the league meeting in 1921

  • The Pros went 8-0-3 with +144 point differential (155-7)

— The transfer of the Oilers from Houston to Nashville for the 1997 season was approved by vote of the NFL clubs in 1996

1999 AFC Champions & 9 playoff appearances since moving to Tennessee in 1997

— HOF QB Sonny Jurgensen retired after 18 NFL seasons in 1975

  • 5-time Pro Bowl selection, 1961 First-Team All-Pro (Led NFL with 3,723 pass yards & 32 pass TD) & 1960 NFL Champion with the Eagles
  • 5-time NFL pass yards leader (1961, 1962, 1966, 1967 & 1969) & 2-time pass TD leader (1961 & 1967)

— Notable Birthdays: HOF Ollie Matson, HOF Cliff Battles, HOF Chuck Bednarik, CLE OC Alex Van Pelt (51), HOF Curtis Martin (48), Former WR Wes Welker (40) & PHI RB Miles Sanders (24)

— The Broncos acquired the draft rights of HOF QB John Elway from the Colts in exchange for OL Chris Hinton, QB Mark Herrmann & a 1984 1st Round pick in 1983

  • 1987 AP NFL MVP & 2-time Super Bowl Champion

— The Oilers selected HOF RB Earl Campbell 1st overall in the NFL Draft in 1978

  • 3-time AP Offensive Player of the Year in each of his first 3 seasons (1978-1980; led NFL in rush yards in first 3 seasons) & 1979 AP NFL MVP (Led NFL with 1,697 rush yards & 19 rush TD)

— The Packers selected HOF WR James Lofton 6th overall in the NFL Draft in 1978

  • 8-time Pro Bowl selection & retired as the NFL’s all-time in rec yards (14,004) following the 1993 season (currently ranks 12th)

— The Browns selected HOF TE Ozzie Newsome 23rd overall in the NFL Draft in 1978

  • 3-time Pro Bowl selection, 1984 First Team All-Pro selection & member of 1980’s All-Decade Team

— The Vikings selected WR Stefon Diggs 146th overall (5th Round) in the NFL Draft in 2015

  • Traded to BUF along w/ a 2020 7th Round pick in exchange for 2020 1st Round pick (WR Justin Jefferson) & 3 other picks (2020 5th & 6th Rd picks as well as a 2021 conditional 4th Rd pick)
  • Led the NFL in rec (127) and rec yards (1,535) in his first season with BUF in 2020

— Notable Birthdays: HOF Russ Grimm (62), KC T Orlando Brown Jr. (25) & BUF LB Tremaine Edmunds (23)

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