NFL Draft: 10 best Round 6 picks since 2000
Here’s a story ... of a five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback who almost wasn’t drafted. You should already know the name of the best sixth-round pick in NFL history, the top QB in NFL history.
Here’s that guy and the rest of the best Round 6 picks since 2000.
1 Latavius Murray, RB (No. 181 overall, 2013)
Oakland couldn’t afford to keep Murray after a few solid seasons as its lead back, but the Raiders got great value from the Central Florida product.
2 Tyrod Taylor, QB (No. 180 overall, 2011)
Taylor, an athletic former Virginia Tech passer, initially had to cut his teeth as Joe Flacco’s high-upside backup. Credit the Bills for seeing he could be a viable starter, then the Browns for trading for him as a bridge QB.
3 Alfred Morris, RB (No. 173 overall, 2012)
The Redskins were wise to think this former Florida Atlantic Owl could thrive as a zone, cutback runner in their system for a few good seasons.
4 Mike Anderson, RB (No. 189 overall, 2000)
Anderson had an exceptional rookie season rushing in the Broncos’ zone-blocking system. The team still has a fondness for players out of Utah.
5 Jason Kelce, C (No. 191 overall, 2011)
Before everyone tried to catch his brother Travis as a Chiefs standout tight end, Kelce was picked to anchor the Eagles’ line out of Cincinnati.
6 Adalius Thomas, OLB (No. 186 overall, 2000)
The former Southern Miss Golden Eagle flew high with the Ravens and Patriots as a versatile second-level defender.
7 Delanie Walker, TE (No. 175 overall, 2006)
Walker was a 49ers backup to Vernon Davis, but his chance to leave for the Titans allowed him to blossom into a top receiving option. Not bad for a guy out of Central Missouri.
8 Antoine Bethea, S (No. 207 overall, 2006)
Bethea was a reliable Colts safety before providing some of the same pop for the 49ers. He was a solid find from Howard.
9 Antonio Brown, WR (No. 195 overall, 2010)
Brown keeps throwing it in the face of all who didn’t think he could be this good of a wide receiver — the NFL’s best — coming out of Central Michigan.
10 Tom Brady, QB (No. 199 overall, 2000)
Six quarterbacks were taken before Brady out of Michigan. He doesn’t seem to want to hang it up for the Patriots as the GOAT until he has the rings to match.