- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Ravens reporter
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So, you have the first pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Knowing what you do now, which quarterback would you take?
Manning is coming off his second Super Bowl championship and captured his second Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. He has thrown for 27,579 yards, with 185 touchdowns and 129 interceptions. Manning has directed 21 fourth-quarter comebacks and his overall record (including postseason) is 74-53 (.582).
Roethlisberger is also a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, although he has yet to win the MVP award. He has passed for 26,579 (exactly 1,000 less than Manning), with 165 touchdowns and 100 interceptions. Roethlisberger has 20 fourth-quarter comebacks and his record is 90-36 (.714).
For the sake of argument, Rivers was put in this discussion as well. He lacks the same Super Bowl résumé as Manning and Roethlisberger, but he has produced impressive numbers. Despite playing more than 20 fewer games than those two quarterbacks, Rivers has thrown for 24,285 yards, with 163 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. He has 13 fourth-quarter comebacks and his record is 66-37 (.640).
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So, you have the first pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Knowing what you do now, which quarterback would you take?Would it be Eli Manning? He went first overall that year.