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Record 12 QBs taken through NFL draft's first 5 rounds

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Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson didn't have to wait long to hear their names called in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. For only the fourth time since the advent of the draft in 1936, a trio of passers was selected in the first four picks.

The run on signal-callers slowed a little after that, but it certainly didn't stop.

By Saturday afternoon, 12 quarterbacks were selected, breaking a record set in 1995 for most signal-callers drafted through five rounds in the common draft era (1967-present).

On three different occasions in the draft, quarterbacks were selected on back-to-back picks:

QB Team Round Pick
Bryce Young (Alabama) Panthers 1 1
C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) Texans 1 2
Anthony Richardson (Florida) Colts 1 4
Will Levis (Kentucky) Titans 2 33
Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) Lions 3 68
Jake Haener (Fresno State) Saints 4 127
Stetson Bennett (Georgia) Rams 4 128
Aidan O'Connell (Purdue) Raiders 4 135
Clayton Tune (Houston) Cardinals 5 139
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA) Browns 5 140
Sean Clifford (Penn State) Packers 5 149
Jaren Hall (BYU) Vikings 5 164

Perhaps the success of the San Francisco 49ers' Brock Purdy, 2022's "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final pick of the draft, contributed to teams' thirst for passers outside of the early rounds.

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