You do realize the Baltimore Colts drafted Elway, not the Broncos. He wasn't going to play for them, he was going to play for the Yankees. Finally the Colts gave in and traded him to the Broncos. The Indy Colts drafted Jeff George. He was out of Indy a few years later and never lived up to the hype. And you do realize many of those Colts scouts wanted Ryan Leaf. It was Bill Polian and the Colts coaches who wanted Manning. Leaf was thought to have the stronger arm, stronger upside. Manning was a great QB who couldn't win the big game. It's easy to look back on it now, but during that era, nobody in their right mind thought Ryan Leaf would be a bust. If the Colts listened to their scouts, they would have had Ryan Leaf. The Chargers would have picked Manning. And the rest would be history.
So saying it's just about picking the first pick, isn't really true.
You do realize that it is the Colts we are talking about. You do realize that if you rated the can't miss QB prospects of the past 30 years that those would likely be the top 4. George was the only miss. Some idiots in San Diego said Leaf was better than Manning. Big ****ing Deal. Every single one of us knew that those guys should be the #1 pick. Took some serious GM'ing there.