It is an almost certainty that a quarterback will be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. In fact, USA TODAY Sports' latest mock projects three quarterbacks will be picked on the draft's opening night.
The NFL has gone 20 years since the last time a quarterback did not get picked in the first round. That year was 1996, when Independence Day was the top-grossing film, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was the best-selling album, and Tony Banks was the first quarterback drafted, going in the second round to the St. Louis Rams.
There have been years since then when quarterbacks went in the first round and probably shouldn't have (like, 2007, when JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn were first-round QBs). While it will take a few years before learning the actual first-round merits of North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes or whomever else might get drafted on the draft's opening night this year, the following quarterbacks were worth the selections.
Here are the best quarterbacks drafted in the first round during the past 10 years (2007-2016 drafts), based on overall career accomplishments.