Three days to the Draft: Year of the QB

Three Hall of Famers came from 1983 class

Originally Published: April 22, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to Insider

ESPN Stats & Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967 to 2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1 through 32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

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Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesIn 1983, John Elway came from a rich QB draft pool.

The Year of the Quarterback: 1983: 172 total points, 16 QBs drafted

Ernie Accorsi was forced to make a tough choice. The then-Baltimore Colts general manager took quarterback John Elway with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1983 draft, but then Elway demanded -- and received -- a trade to the Denver Broncos.

We all know what happened after that.