1. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
It’s hard to argue that Smith has lived up to the billing of the top overall pick, but he’s done okay for himself. Coming out of Utah, he was viewed as a smart quarterback who was also a winner. He was 21-1 as a starter in college, earned his degree in just two years and scored 40 out of 50 on the famous Wonderlic Test. Mike Nolan, who was the 49ers coach at the time, also liked that Smith had a laid back personality and believed he would butt heads with Aaron Rodgers if the team drafted him.
Smith had a few rough seasons in San Francisco but did guide the team to a 13-3 season in 2011. He had a little more success in Kansas City under Andy Reid, taking the Chiefs to the playoffs four times in five seasons. Of course, he was ultimately traded to Washington to clear the way for Patrick Mahomes. As we all know, Smith suffered that gruesome injury in 2018, putting his future in question after 13 NFL seasons.