Non FBS Quarterbacks Drafted in Round 1

JANUARY 30 2000: Titans quarterback Steve McNair passes as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-17 to win Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., January 30, 2000.

The Rams will be drafting either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz first overall in this year’s NFL draft. If they do, in fact, take Wentz number one overall, it will mark the first time a quarterback from a n0n-FBS school is selected first overall.


Here is a list of the previous five non-FBS quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL draft since the year 1970, note that all made the pro bowl during their careers:

Pick       Games started Pro Bowl?
2008 18 Joe Flacco Delaware Ravens 122 Y
1995 3 Steve McNair Alcorn St. Oilers 153 Y
1983 24 Ken O’Brien California-Davis Jets 110 Y
1979 7 Phil Simms Morehead St. Giants 159 Y
1971 3 Dan Pastorini Santa Clara Oilers 117 Y