The History of the Second-overall Pick

The 2019 NFL Draft is just around the corner. As it stands, the San Francisco 49ers currently hold six picks in this year’s draft including the coveted second-overall pick. This marks the third time in franchise history the team has selected No. 2 overall.

When drafting in the top five, teams expect to land a franchise cornerstone for the foreseeable future. Here’s a look at the past 10 players taken with the second-overall pick.

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Year Team Player (*Pro Bowl) Position College
2018 New York Giants Saquon Barkley* RB Penn St.
2017 Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky* QB North Carolina
2016 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz* QB North Dakota St.
2015 Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2014 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson T Auburn
2013 Jacksonville Jaguars Luke Joeckel T Texas A&M
2012 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III* QB Baylor
2011 Denver Broncos Von Miller* LB Texas A&M
2010 Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh* DT Nebraska
2009 St. Louis Rams Jason Smith T Baylor
2008 St. Louis Rams Chris Long DE Virginia

Here is a positional breakdown of how the second-overall pick has been used over the course of the last 20 years:

  • Quarterback (5)
  • Tackle (5)
  • Running Back (3)
  • Defensive End (2)
  • Linebacker (2)
  • Wide Receiver (2)
  • Defensive Tackle (1)

Take a look at the notable selections in NFL history and from in 49ers franchise history for each of San Francisco's six picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1, Second Overall

Notable Second Picks in NFL History: RB Saquon Barkley (2018, New York Giants), QB Carson Wentz (2016, Philadelphia Eagles), QB Marcus Mariota (2015, Tennessee Titans), LB Von Miller (2011, Denver Broncos), DE Chris Long (2009, St. Louis Rams), WR Calvin Johnson (2007, Detroit Lions), RB Reggie Bush (2006, New Orleans Saints), DE Julius Peppers (2002, Carolina Panthers), QB Donovan McNabb (1999, Philadelphia Eagles), T Tony Boselli (1995, Jacksonville Jaguars), RB Marshall Faulk (1994, Indianapolis Colts), RB Eric Dickerson (1983, Los Angeles Rams), LB Lawrence Taylor (1981, New York Giants), RB Tony Dorsett (1977, Dallas Cowboys), DT Randy White (1975, Dallas Cowboys) and QB Archie Manning (1971, New Orleans Saints)

Second Picks in 49ers History: RB Ken Willard (1965) and QB Earl Morrall (1956)

Round 2, 36th Overall

Notable 36th Picks in NFL History: LB Darius Leonard (2018, Indianapolis Colts), LB Myles Jack (2016, Jacksonville Jaguars), QB Derek Carr (2014, Oakland Raiders), DB Darius Slay (2013, Detroit Lions), DT Derek Wolfe (2012, Denver Broncos), QB Colin Kaepernick (2011, San Francisco 49ers), WR Jordy Nelson (2008, Green Bay Packers), WR Chad Johnson (2001, Cincinnati Bengals), RB Tiki Barber (1997, New York Giants), DB Lawyer Milloy (1996, New England Patriots), OL Kevin Mawae (1994, Seattle Seahawks) and LB Ray Nitschke (1958, Green Bay Packers)

36th Picks in 49ers History: QB Colin Kaepernick (2011), NT John Harty (1981), HB Don Lisbon (1963) and FB Billy Ray Adams (1962)

Round 3, 67th Overall

Notable 67th Picks in NFL History: RB Alvin Kamara (2017, New Orleans Saints), DT Maliek Collins (2016, Dallas Cowboys) and DT Bennie Logan (2013, Philadelphia Eagles)

67th Picks in 49ers History: n/a

Round 4, 104th Overall

Notable 104th Picks in NFL History: QB C.J. Beathard (2017, San Francisco 49ers), CB Tavon Young (2016, Baltimore Ravens), TE Luke Stocker (2011, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), CB Alterraun Verner (2010, Tennessee Titans) and DL Isaac Sopoaga (2004, San Francisco 49ers)

104th Picks in 49ers History: QB C.J. Beathard (2017), DE Jay Moore (2007), DT Isaac Sopoaga (2004) and LB Charlie Brueckman (1957)

Round 6, 176th Overall

Notable 176th Picks in NFL History: FB Andy Janovich (2016, Denver Broncos), WR Dwayne Harris (2011, Dallas Cowboys) and QB Pat Haden (1975, Los Angeles Rams)

176th Picks in 49ers History: T Dick Schulz (1963), B George Pierovich (1962) and B Earl Kaiser (1957)

Round 6, 212th Overall

212th Picks in 49ers History: QB Tim Rattay (2000), T Dave Hettema (1965) and G Dick Guy (1957)

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