Like the Texans
this year, the Browns in 2000 tapped a defensive end with the first pick in the
draft. But after that it was four quarterbacks in a row at the top. SI senior
writer Jeffri Chadiha evaluates the pro development of the last six No. 1
BROWN DE, Browns
Brown to 47 games and 16 sacks in five seasons in Cleveland, but after signing
with Denver last year he became a key to the Broncos' run-stuffing defense.
"The whole thing with Courtney is his health," says Denver defensive
line coach Andre Patterson. "When he's healthy, he's a
BOTTOM LINE: Solid
player who'll never be great.
2001 MICHAEL VICK
athleticism, Vick remains an inconsistent passer (75.8 career quarterback
rating) and has taken Atlanta to the postseason only twice in his five years.
"The expectation level with him is always so high," says Falcons
offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. "You simply can't measure his impact by
his quarterback rating."
BOTTOM LINE: Rare
talent who's still honing his skills.
2002 DAVID CARR
Carr has been
sacked 208 times in his career, which makes it difficult to judge him. Despite
his talents--he's mobile, accurate and tough--he hasn't proven he can carry the
team. "We have to put him in situations [in which he can] be
successful," says new Houston coach Gary Kubiak. "With that comes the
confidence that his play will pick up."
BOTTOM LINE: The
jury's still out.