Three years after Matthew Stafford was the top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2006 recruiting class, the Detroit Lions selected him with the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Ranked 11 spots below Stafford in 2006 was Sam Bradford, who, in 2010, also became the first pick in the NFL Draft.
Stafford and Bradford remain the only pair of quarterbacks from the same recruiting class to be chosen first overall. Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff can join them if the Cleveland Browns take Mayfield with the first pick on Thursday night.
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Mayfield was the 42nd-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2013 high school recruiting class. Most of the 41 players ahead of him are now toiling in obscurity after subpar college football careers didn't lead to NFL opportunities. Jared Goff is one of the few exceptions. He was the 15th-ranked pro-style passer five years ago and, after throwing for more than 12,000 yards at Cal, was the first pick in the 2016 draft.
At the time of Goff's selection and for most of the last two years, it appeared highly unlikely — or impossible — that another member of the 2013 class would be a No. 1 pick. With 11 hours left until the Browns hand in their card, it's very possible.
"Browns continue to keep the decision on their No. 1 pick a secret, but there is a mounting belief from HCs and GMs around the league that Cleveland will take Baker Mayfield," reported Adam Schefter on Thursday morning.
If it's not Mayfield, maybe fellow 2013 prospect Riley Ferguson will be the pick and Goff/Ferguson will be the duo.