Beyond Brady and T.D.
The sixth round hasn't provided many marquee names, but plenty of quality exists
Best Round-By-Round Teams Explained
Below are a few of the guidelines we formed in assembling ESPN.com's best NFL draft round-by-round teams. The project is described in more detail here.
- We surveyed candidates originally signed by NFL teams in the league's drafts since 1936. The American Football League and NFL did not merge drafts until 1967, therefore players who signed originally with AFL teams between 1960 and 1966 were not considered. Players who originally signed with teams in the old All-American Football Conference also were excluded.
- Players were judged primarily on their performance for the team that first signed them. For example, the fact that Brett Favre is a lock for the Hall of Fame doesn't mean he was a great draft pick for the Falcons.
- Priority was given to players who accumulated championships, all-league/Pro Bowl citations and/or Hall of Fame numbers primarily with their original teams.
- We bent these guidelines in exceptional cases.
SIXTH-ROUND OFFENSE ALL-STARS
Here are some of the best offensive players selected in the sixth round in NFL regular draft history. Pro Football Hall Of Fame members are in bold face. Guards and tackles were not selected position specific.
|Position||Player||Year||College||NFL Team||Comment||Among Others Considered|
|QB||Tom Brady||2000||Michigan||Patriots||Five-time PBer Brady has made four SB appearances, won three rings||Mark Rypien (1986, Redskins)|
|RB||Terrell Davis||1995||Georgia||Broncos||Three-time PBer Davis rushed for at least 1,100 yards in his first four seasons, won two SB titles||Fred McAfee (1991, Saints)|
|RB||Wilbert Montgomery||1977||Abilene Christian||Eagles||Montgomery played eight seasons for the Eagles, was part of one SB team, elected to two PBs||Chester Taylor (2002, Ravens)|
|WR||Mel Gray||1971||Missouri||Cardinals||Gray played 12 seasons in St. Louis, earned four consecutive PB citations||Michael Jackson (1991, Browns)|
|WR||Mark Jackson||1986||Purdue||Broncos||Jackson was part of three Broncos SB teams, starting 68 of 100 games in Denver orange||Bill Schroeder (1997, Packers)|
|TE||Mark Chmura||1992||Boston College||Packers||Three-time PBer Chmura played in two SBs, winning one ring||Howard Cross (Giants, 1989),
Bo Scaife (Titans, 2005)
|Center||Matt Birk||1998||Harvard||Vikings||Birk was a six-time PB selection with Minnesota before joining the Ravens last season||Greg Larson (1961, Giants)|
|Guard||Marco Rivera||1996||Penn State||Packers||Rivera was a special teamer during the Packers' SB trips, but blossomed into a three-time PB selection||Duane Putnam (1952, Rams),
Keith Bishop (1980, Broncos)
|Guard||Ed Newman||1973||Duke||Dolphins||Newman made four PBs, played in 2 SBs in 12 Dolphins seasons||John Demarie (1967, Browns)|
|Tackle||Tunch Ilkin||1980||Indiana State||Steelers||Ilkin earned two PB nods in his 13-season Steelers career||Doug Dieken (1971, Browns)|
|Tackle||Ed Simmons||1987||Eastern Washington||Redskins||Simmons played all 11 NFL seasons with the Redskins, starting 104 of 142 games and landing two SB rings.||Doug Riesenberg (1987, Giants)|
SIXTH-ROUND DEFENSE ALL-STARS
Here are some of the best defensive players selected in the sixth round in NFL draft history. Pro Football Hall Of Fame members are in bold face. To honor the popularity of the 3-4 defense, we picked four linebackers. Corners, safeties and linebackers were not selected position specific.
|Position||Player||Year||College||Signed By||Comment||Among Others Considered|
|DT||Joe Klecko||1977||Temple||Jets||A key member of the Sack Exchange, Klecko made PB at three positions||Travis Hall (1995, Falcons)|
|DT||Grady Jackson||1997||Knoxville||Raiders||Jackson played five seasons for the Raiders, registering 19 sacks||Andy Harmon (1991, Eagles)|
|DE||Doug Betters||1978||Nevada-Reno||Dolphins||The NFL's 1983 DPOY, Betters was part of two Dolphins SB teams and made one PB||Michael Sinclair (1991, Seahawks)|
|DE||George Andrie||1962||Marquette||Cowboys||Andrie played in two SBs, winning one, and made five straight PBs||Chidi Ahanotu (1994, Buccaneers),
Marvin Washington (1989, Jets)
|LB||Greg Lloyd||1987||Fort Valley State||Steelers||Lloyd played 11 Steelers seasons, made five PBs, one SB||Bryce Paup (1990, Packers)|
|LB||Adalius Thomas||2000||Southern Miss.||Ravens||Thomas earned two PB selections and a SB ring in seven seasons with the Ravens||Brian Hinkle (1982, Steelers)|
|LB||Al Smith||1987||Utah State||Oilers||Smith was a two-time PB selection in 10 seasons with the Oilers||Eugene Lockhart (1984, Cowboys)|
|LB||Lee Woodall||1994||West Chester||49ers||Woodall started as a rookie during the 49ers' last SB season, made two PBs||Cato June (2003, Colts)|
|CB||Don Griffin||1986||Middle Tenn. State||49ers||Griffin started 107 of 114 games for the 49ers, earned two SB rings||Ray Brown (1971, Falcons)|
|CB||Ken Riley||1969||Florida A&M||Bengals||Riley played 15 seasons with Bengals, made 65 career INTs, appeared in one SB||Doug Evans (1993, Packers)|
|S||Jack Christiansen||1951||Colorado State||Lions||Christiansen was an impact player on three Lions title teams, playing in five PBs||Bruce Laird (1972, Colts)|
|S||Antoine Bethea||2006||Howard||Colts||Bethea started 14 games as a rookie during the Colts' SB XLI-winning season||Bo Orlando (1990, Houston)|