2003. Carson Palmer (Pick: Carson Palmer)
The 2003 NFL Draft has four quarterbacks selected in the first round, along with three players who were among the very best at their position in the 2000’s in Andre Johnson, Terrell Suggs, and Troy Polamalu. But even with his somewhat up-and-down career, quarterback Carson Palmer was the correct pick with the #1 overall selection.
Palmer, along with head coach Marvin Lewis, took what was previously a sad-sack franchise into a playoff team. As a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Palmer helped his team advance to the NFC Championship game.