1. Peyton Manning, 1998, Colts
How can you possibly separate Manning from quarterbacks like John Elway or Troy Aikman, or even an athletic freak like Bo Jackson, who were all the top-overall pick in the NFL Draft once upon a time? It’s not easy, but Manning had not only physical talents but a mental understanding of the game that was on another level and helps elevate him above most other quarterbacks in NFL history.
Ironically, it was Elway who put together that helped Manning win his second Super Bowl ring in his final season with the Broncos (just like Elway). Prior to that, Manning sent himself to 14 Pro Bowls and won five MVP awards. No one else in NFL history can say the same, which is why Manning stands alone as the best player to ever go no. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.