From Kyler Murray magic to Alex Smith’s latest milestone, it was quite the day for quarterbacks selected first in the NFL draft.
Cam Newton will be the eighth No. 1 pick QB to play Sunday when he starts for the New England Patriots. Seven played in the afternoon, including the past three: Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, Murray and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.
With Newton’s performance still outstanding, here’s a look at how they fared:
Joe Burrow (2020)
Burrow was 21 of 40 for 213 yards passing and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 36-10 loss to the NFL’s last unbeaten team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was overshadowed by 2004 No. 11 pick Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 333 yards and four TDs despite missing practice during the week because of COVID-19 protocols.
Kyler Murray (2019)
Murray gave the Arizona Cardinals a win to remember against the Buffalo Bills with an unforgettable highlight play. With Arizona down four and time running out, Murray scrambled and heaved a 43-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who came down with the ball when two seconds remained on the clock. Murray also rushed for two TDs in the 32-30 victory.
Baker Mayfield (2018)
With weather a factor in Cleveland, Mayfield was 12 of 20 for 132 yards as the Browns beat the Houston Texans 10-7 in a game that was delayed 35 minutes by a severe thunderstorm. Cleveland improved to 6-3.
Jared Goff (2016)
Goff outdueled Seattle’s Russell Wilson and took advantage of the NFL’s worst passing defense, throwing for 302 yards to help the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seahawks 23-16. Goff was 27 of 37 passing.
Jameis Winston (2015)
Winston replaced injured New Orleans starter Drew Brees at the start of the second half and was 6 of 10 for 63 yards passing in the Saints’ 27-13 victory over San Francisco that got them to 7-2. Tampa Bay, which drafted Winston first overall five years ago, beat Carolina to improve to 6-3 with Tom Brady under center.
Matthew Stafford (2009)
Stafford was 24 of 33 for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the Detroit Lions’ 30-27 win against Washington. Stafford’s three TD passes came in the first three quarters, and he led Detroit on two fourth-quarter drives that ended in field goals, including Matt Prater’s 59-yarder as time expired.
Alex Smith (2005)
Making his first start in almost two years, Smith set career highs with 38 completions and 390 passing yards. It was the 36-year-old’s third game action since breaking his right tibia and fibula in November 2018.