Where The Past 5 NFL Lottery Picks Are Now!

In honor of the NFL draft, we are looking back at the past five lottery picks and checking out what the players are up to now.

We are starting off our list with last year’s lottery pick, Travon Walker. Walker was picked first in the 2022 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played three years as a defensive lineman for the University of Georgia, banking 33 tackles his last year as a Bulldog. Walker ended the 2022 season well with a total of 49 tackles combined. He has a promising future, and Jaguars fans are excited to have this guy on their side of the football.


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The lottery pick for the 2021 NFL draft is also a Jaguar, Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is the starting quarterback for the team, and he came from Clemson. Trevor Lawrence was outstanding for Clemson University; he led the team to a national championship his rookie year and left the team as the winningest quarterback in the school’s history. Lawrence managed to lead his team to the playoffs last year and finished seventh in the MVP candidacy. He was elected to play in the 2023 Pro Bowl and looks to continue his progression in the league this coming season.


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The most successful player on our list was drafted in 2020 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Burrow moved around in college, playing for both Ohio State and LSU. He lost the starting quarterback role at Ohio State and transferred to LSU, where he put on a clinic. Burrow led the Tigers to a national championship and won the Heisman Trophy. After college, he continued to be great, and he has led the Bengals to back-to-back AFC North Division titles and AFC Championship games. He has broken the Bengals’ single-season record for most pass attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and for highest passer rating…you read that right. Joe Burrow has been one of the most impactful lottery picks in a decade.


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In 2019 Kyler Murray was drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Murray initially played for Texas A&M but later transferred to Oklahoma. Murray won a Heisman Trophy with Oklahoma. He also set NCAA single-season records for most passing yards gained per attempt and highest average gain per play. Kyler Murray has been extremely proficient for the Cardinals; he was named Rookie of the Year his first year and has not stopped performing since. Murray became the only player in Cardinals history to make the Pro Bowl twice out of his first three seasons, and he has become the first player in NFL history to pass for 70+ touchdowns and rush for 20+ touchdowns in his first three seasons.


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Finally, in 2018 Baker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first pick of the draft. Baker Mayfield was an incredible college football player; he started his academic career at Texas Tech but transferred to Oklahoma after his freshman year. Mayfield set records for Oklahoma in just about every category a quarterback could, completion percentage in a season, completion percentage in a year, passing yards in a game, touchdown passes in a game, and total offense in a game, among others. He eventually won the Heisman Trophy, along with eight other awards in his 2017 season. Unfortunately for Mayfield, he joined a 0-16 Browns team, he eventually led them to the playoffs, but after four years, he was pushed out by an incoming Deshaun Watson. He played a few snaps for the Panthers and the Rams, but now he heads to Tampa Bay in hopes of turning his career around.


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Ulises Gutierrez

Ulises Gutierrez was born in Sunnyside, Washington, and is a first-generation Mexican American student. He aspires to work in social media and digital marketing management. He is currently interning for AfterBuzz TV and is graduating this year (2023) with a degree in strategic communications from WSU.