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Career Earnings of Every Top NFL Pick Since 2000

George Malone
·5 min read
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Being drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL puts a player into an exclusive club. In addition to the prestige of being the top pick (there have been only 84 No. 1 overall picks), there’s a huge financial windfall.

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Even with the implementation of a rookie salary cap after the 2010 season, the No. 1 NFL draft picks since 2000 have made an average of $95,575,781. No surprise, but 15 of the No. 1 picks since 2000 have been quarterbacks.

To find the career earnings of every top NFL pick since 2000, GOBankingRates used Spotrac’s NFL Draft Tracker data to find the total career earnings for each overall No. 1 pick since 2000. For supplemental data, GOBankingRates found yearly earnings from 2000 through 2020 for each pick.

See how much these No. 1 draft picks have made.

Last updated: Dec. 8, 2020

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Ed Betz/AP / Shutterstock.com

2000: Courtney Brown

  • Team drafted to: Cleveland Browns

  • Other team played for: Denver Broncos

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Career length: 2000-2006

  • Total career earnings: $28,938,000

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Jerry Zitterman / Shutterstock.com

2001: Michael Vick

  • Team drafted to: Atlanta Falcons

  • Other teams played for: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2001-2015

  • Total career earnings: $115,952,908

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©Mark Lyons/EPA/Shutterstock

2002: David Carr

  • Team drafted to: Houston Texans

  • Other teams played for: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2002-2012

  • Total career earnings: $40,000,000

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Steve Dykes / Getty Images

2003: Carson Palmer

  • Team drafted to: Cincinnati Bengals

  • Other teams played for: Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2003-2017

  • Total career earnings: $174,148,722

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Al Bello / Getty Images

2004: Eli Manning

  • Team drafted to: San Diego Chargers

  • Other team played for: New York Giants

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2004-2019

  • Total career earnings: $252,280,004

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Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images

2005: Alex Smith

  • Team drafted to: San Francisco 49ers

  • Other teams played for: Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins/Washington Football Team

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2005-present

  • Total career earnings: $189,725,000

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©Dave Einsel/AP/Shutterstock

2006: Mario Williams

  • Team drafted to: Houston Texans

  • Other teams played for: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Career length: 2006-2016

  • Total career earnings: $39,365,000

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Paul Sakuma/AP / Shutterstock.com

2007: JaMarcus Russell

  • Team drafted to: Oakland Raiders

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2007-2009

  • Total career earnings: $39,365,000

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©Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock

2008: Jake Long

  • Team drafted to: Miami Dolphins

  • Other teams played for: St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

  • Position: Left Tackle

  • Career length: 2008-2016

  • Total career earnings: $71,120,003

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Leon Halip / Getty Images

2009: Matthew Stafford

  • Team drafted to: Detroit Lions

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2009-present

  • Total career earnings: $226,478,969

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Brett Carlsen / Getty Images

2010: Sam Bradford

  • Team drafted to: St. Louis Rams

  • Other teams played for: Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2010-2018

  • Total career earnings: $130,022,863

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Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

2011: Cam Newton

  • Team drafted to: Carolina Panthers

  • Other team played for: New England Patriots

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2011-present

  • Total career earnings: $122,531,021

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Andy Lyons / Getty Images

2012: Andrew Luck

  • Team drafted to: Indianapolis Colts

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2012-2018

  • Total career earnings: $109,107,998

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Charlie Riedel/AP / Shutterstock.com

2013: Eric Fisher

  • Team drafted to: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Left Tackle

  • Career length: 2013-present

  • Total career earnings: $70,592,498

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Gregory Payan/AP / Shutterstock.com

2014: Jadeveon Clowney

  • Team drafted to: Houston Texans

  • Other teams played for: Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Career length: 2014-present

  • Total career earnings: $63,302,748

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Jeff Haynes/AP / Shutterstock.com

2015: Jameis Winston

  • Team drafted to: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Other team played for: New Orleans Saints

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2015-present

  • Total career earnings: $47,280,894

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Duane Burleson/AP/REX / Shutterstock.com

2016: Jared Goff

  • Team drafted to: Los Angeles Rams

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2016-present

  • Total career earnings: $80,720,672

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AP / Shutterstock.com

2017: Myles Garrett

  • Team drafted to: Cleveland Browns

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Career length: 2017-present

  • Total career earnings: $46,538,110

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Diamond Images / Diamond Images/Getty Images

2018: Baker Mayfield

  • Team drafted to: Cleveland Browns

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2018-present

  • Total career earnings: $27,867,591

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Steve Jacobson / Shutterstock.com

2019: Kyler Murray

  • Team drafted to: Arizona Cardinals

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2019-present

  • Total career earnings: $26,302,414

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Joe Robbins / Getty Images

2020: Joe Burrow

  • Team drafted to: Cincinnati Bengals

  • Other teams played for: N/A

  • Position: Quarterback

  • Career length: 2020-present

  • Total career earnings: $24,415,978

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Methodology: To find the career earnings of every top NFL pick since 2000, GOBankingRates used Spotrac’s NFL Draft Tracker data to find the following factors for each overall No. 1 pick since 2000: (1) name; (2) team drafted to; (3) other teams played for; (4) position; (5) career length; (6) total career earnings. For supplemental data, GOBankingRates found yearly earnings from 2000 through 2020 for each pick. All data was collected on and up to date as of Nov. 30, 2020.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Career Earnings of Every Top NFL Pick Since 2000