Here is an interesting one that came in via email. Jake in Texas asked who the most successful quarterback of all the players that were taken as the last quarterback in the NFL draft. That is a tough one, and one that we haven’t really looked into before. But, here we go.
There isn’t much to choose from among the quarterbacks that were the last selected at their position through the years. Few even measure up to the likes of Moses Moreno and Ken Dorsey, the last quarterbacks taken in the 1998 and 2003 NFL Drafts respectively. But two players stand out above all the others:
Drafted out of the University of Northern Colorado in 1978 with the 333rd pick in the 12th round, he even made the Pro Bowl one year (1983). Originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins, he only set foot on the field for one team during his whole career: the Kansas City Chiefs. We are talking about longtime Chiefs’ favorite, Bill Kenney.
Most people don’t think of the Indiana University as a training ground for NFL quarterbacks, in fact most don’t think of it as a training ground for NFL players, but the best NFL quarterback ever that was selected as the last player at his position in the NFL Draft was in fact a Hoosier. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and still playing as of the end of the 2007 season. He’s played for five teams during his career, but was drafted in the 1993 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers who used their 8th round selection (the 222nd overall) on quarterback Trent Green.
Thanks again for the great question, Jake!