NFL Draft: Ranking the last 20 No. 1 overall draft picks

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Andrew Luck
2012 NFL Draft Selection Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

No. 2 – Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts, 2012 NFL Draft

Even with a shortened career, Andrew Luck still put together a great career with Indianapolis when healthy. Playing six seasons with the Colts, excluding 2017 when he missed all 16 games, Luck played in all 16 games his first three seasons in the league as well as his final season in 2018 after playing in 15 games in 2016.

However, injuries caused him to miss the entire 2017 season as well as nine games during the 2015 season. With the wear and tear having an impact as well as life, Luck decided to step away from the game before the 2019 season.

In just six seasons played, Luck tallied four Pro Bowl appearances while also being the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year. If that isn’t enough to make his case for one of the best first overall picks of the last 20 years, he also led the league in touchdown passes during the 2014 season with 40.

Luck also far outplayed the majority of those from his class. Robert Griffin III collected the Rookie of the Year in 2012, but that was the pinnacle of his career. Ryan Tannehill also went in that draft but hasn’t put together the career Luck accomplished.

The one player that has had more success from the 2012 draft? Russell Wilson. However, given that he was a surprise to nearly everyone, I’ll give both the Colts and Luck the benefit of the doubt on that one.