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Clamouring for the #1 Pick?

I thought I'd do a little surface analysis of the idea that the Bills put themselves in a better position by losing games and acquiring the first overall pick.  How has that little idea really played out?

Well, the results - admittedly not a thorough breakdown - were enlightening.

YEAR

TEAM

Subsequent
Championship Yr.

Years Between #1 Pick and Subsequent Championship

1980

Detroit Lions

N/A.

N/A

1981

New Orleans Saints

2010

29

1982

New England Patriots

2002

20

1983

Denver Broncos

1998

15

1984

New England Patriots

2002

18

1985

Buffalo Bills

N/A

N/A

1986

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2003

17

1987

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2003

16

1988

Atlanta Falcons

N/A

N/A

1989

Dallas Cowboys

1993

4

1990

Indianapolis Colts

2007

17

1991

Dallas Cowboys

1993

2

1992

Indianapolis Colts

2007

15

1993

New England Patriots

2002

9

1994

Cincinnati Bengals

N/A

N/A

1995

Cincinnati Bengals

N/A

N/A

1996

New York Jets

N/A

N/A

1997

St. Louis Rams

2000

3

1998

Indianapolis Colts

2007

9

1999

Cleveland Browns

N/A

N/A

2000

Cleveland Browns

N/A

N/A

2001

Atlanta Falcons

N/A

N/A

2002

Houston Texans

N/A

N/A

2003

Cincinnati Bengals

N/A

N/A

2004

New York Giants

2008

4

2005

San Francisco 49ers

N/A

N/A

2006

Houston Texans

N/A

N/A

2007

Oakland Raiders

N/A

N/A

2008

Miami Dolphins

N/A

N/A

2009

Detroit Lions

N/A

N/A

2010

St. Louis Rams

N/A

N/A

Only FOUR times since 1980 has the team who took the first overall pick in the draft been able to produce a championship within 5 years. The overwhelming trend is that the team continued to miss out on the big one. The average years to championship for teams who DID finally manage to win one was over 12 years! And that excludes the teams that have continued to fail so taking that into consideration it seems completely obvious:

TAKING THE #1 PICK IN THE DRAFT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A TURNAROUND ANY MORE THAN TAKING THE 2ND OR 3RD PICK....

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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