Who is NFL’s best No. 1 draft pick? SI.com readers weigh in
But what did you have to say about it? We asked SI.com’s readers to cast their votes on Twitter, and plenty of players received some love.
While Manning got his fair share, another quarterback drew a large number of votes:
— daniel (@dnecromancerr) April 5, 2012
— Romain Thirion (@RomainThirion) April 6, 2012
Elway was one of our three “finalists” for the honor as the best No. 1 pick since 1970, along with Manning and Bruce Smith. Despite his 200 career sacks, Smith received only a smattering of love from the SI.com readers.
#bestnflnumber1 As a NE Pats lifetime fan who saw him at his best, Bruce Smith was the definition of a beast and gets my vote.
— Jerry Hegarty (@JerryHegarty1) April 6, 2012
— Ryan Faulkner (@RRFaulkner) April 6, 2012
— Dana (@Tthip) April 6, 2012
Two other quarterbacks also chalked up quite a few votes:
— Bernie Bahrmasel (@BernieBahrmasel) April 6, 2012
#bestnflnumber1 Very present-centric.How can you put any of your finalists ahead of Terry Bradshaw?Championships speak volumes.
— Charles Etheridge (@TechWriteDrE) April 6, 2012
OK, make that three quarterbacks …
— Andy G (@PhinPhan82) April 5, 2012
Cam Newton’s name also surfaced, as did that of Peyton Manning’s brother, Eli, who just won his second Super Bowl title as Giants quarterback:
— Scott Bleznick (@sblez) April 5, 2012
And while quarterbacks ruled the day in terms of our impromptu voting process, Smith wasn’t alone among non-QBs mentioned.
— Jeff Jordan (@buckeye_jeff4) April 5, 2012
Still, when it came down to it, the player that received the most Twitter praise was the same one that landed atop our list: Manning.
— Gary B. (@DroolTwist) April 5, 2012
— Artevias Pendergrass (@ArteviasDP) April 5, 2012
— Michelle Hagopian (@hagopianm) April 5, 2012
— Rob C (@RobC081090) April 4, 2012