|Vote: How does Tom Brady stack up against other sixth-round draft bargains?||04.07.11 at 8:30 pm ET|
With the NFL draft on the horizon, we’ve been looking back at the Patriots’ best draft picks by round. We have already presented the best of the eighth and seventh rounds, and today, we were going to do the sixth rounders … but Tom Brady against any other sixth-round pick in New England history (Max Lane? Ron Wooten? Arther Love?) really isn’t much of a debate. Taken in the sixth round (199th overall) in 2000, Brady has won three Super Bowls and a pair of MVP awards and generally made this argument a moot point.
So instead, let’s take a look at how Brady stacks up against a list of the other great sixth-round steals in NFL history. We have a pretty good idea of how this is going to shake out, but take a look at the list and vote for your favorite:
Terrell Davis: 1995, 196th overall. A three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro, he rushed for at least 1,100 yards in his first four seasons with the Broncos — including 2,008 yards in 1998 — while Denver won a pair of Super Bowl titles. He’s been a Hall of Fame semifinalist on four different occasions.
Joe Klecko: 1977, 144th overall. This Temple product was a key member of the legendary New York Sack Exchange with the Jets in the late 1970s and early 80s. He made the Pro Bowl at three different positions (four times total) and was twice named All-Pro. He finished his career with 24 sacks.
Wilbert Montgomery: 1977, 154th overall. The running back played eight seasons for the Eagles and was part of one Super Bowl team. In addition, he was elected to two Pro Bowls while becoming one of the most reliable targets in the passing game for Philadelphia quarterback Ron Jaworski. He finished a nine-year career with 6,789 rushing yards and 2,502 receiving yards.
Matt Birk: 1998 Minnesota, 173rd overall. Selected by the Vikings out of Harvard, he became a six-time Pro Bowler with Minnesota before jumping to the Ravens before the start of the 2009 season. Considered one of the finest centers of the last 20 years.
Just missing the cut: Greg Lloyd (Steelers, 1987), Mel Gray (Cardinals, 1971), Mark Chmura (Packers, 1992), Tunch Ilkin (Steelers, 1980), Ken Riley (Bengals, 1969).
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