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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick. So how does this type of thing usually work out? We continue our countdown of the 18 quarterbacks who were drafted with the top selection over the past 40 years.
Jeff George, 1990, Indianapolis Colts
This was supposed to be a feel-good story. George, an Indianapolis native, was coming home amid great fanfare after signing the richest rookie contract in NFL history. But things didn’t work out as planned as George spent five turbulent seasons with the Colts.
Known for his moodiness, George went 14-35 as a starter for the Colts. Indianapolis traded him to Atlanta in 1995, but things didn’t get much better. George had a memorable sideline blowup with coach June Jones.
George had his best statistical season for Oakland in 1997, throwing for 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. But the Raiders finished 4-12 and new coach Jon Gruden brought in a West Coast offense that didn’t fit with George’s talents.
George went on to play for Minnesota, Washington, Seattle and Chicago. But the quarterback with one of the strongest arms ever failed to live up to his potential at every stop. George’s career completion percentage was 57.9 and he threw 113 interceptions.
Final analysis: Waste of a pick.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick. So how does this type of thing usually work out?