17. Drew Brees (Purdue)
Before he was conducting air shows with Sean Payton down in the Big Easy, Drew Brees was doing the same with Joe Tiller at Purdue University in the latter part of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
While Michael Vick was the first draft pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, virtually nobody disagreed with Drew Brees being the nation’s most accomplished passer at the time. During his time at Purdue, Brees set 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 school records; the former included 90 touchdown passes and 11,792 yards passing.