9. Ben Roethlisberger
We knew exactly what we were getting with two of the headliner quarterbacks in the 2004 NFL Draft; Phillip Rivers was the mad bomber, and Eli Manning was the prodigy. But what were teams supposed to make of Ben Roethlisberger, the 6’5, 240lb quarterback who looked more like a left tackle from the 1970’s, but could throw the football a country mile? It was that uncertainty that dropped Roethlisberger down to the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
But over his first two seasons in the NFL, Roethlisberger went 22-3 during the regular season, helping the Steelers win the Super Bowl in 2005 (in just his second season in the league). After 15 seasons in the NFL, Roethlisberger is in 6th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.