The Cleveland Browns are selecting sixth this evening in the NFL Draft. Here’s a list of the best and worst picks at that slot.
Best #6 Picks
2011 – Atlanta Falcons – Julio Jones, WR/Alabama
2006 – San Francisco 49ers – Vernon Davis, TE/Maryland
2001 – New England Patriots – Richard Seymour, DE/Georgia
1999 – St. Louis Rams – Torry Holt, WR/NC State
1997 – Seattle Seahawks – Walter Jones, T/Florida State
1990 – Chicago Bears – Mark Carrier, FS/USC
1988 – Los Angeles Raiders – Tim Brown, WR/Notre Dame
1985 – Detroit Lions – Lomas Brown, T/Florida
1983 – Chicago Bears – Jim Covert, T/Pittsburgh
1978 – Green Bay Packers – James Lofton, WR/Stanford
1975 – Houston Oilers – Robert Brazile, LB/Jackson State
1973 – Philadelphia Eagles – Charlie Young, TE/USC
1971 – New York Jets – John Riggins, RB/Kansas
1967 – Denver Broncos – Floyd Little, RB/Syracuse
1964 – Minnesota Vikings – Carl Eller, DE/Minnesota
1961 – San Francisco 49ers – Jimmy Johnson, CB/UCLA
1957 – Cleveland Browns – Jim Brown, FB/Syracuse
1955 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Frank Varrichione, T/Notre Dame
1948 – Detroit Lions – Y.A. Title, QB/LSU
1938 – Detroit Lions – Alex Wojciechowicz, C/Fordham
1937 – Washington Redskins – Sammy Baugh, QB/TCU
Biggest Busts at #6
2009 – Cincinnati Bengals – Andre Smith, T/Alabama
-Smith started each game last season at right tackle. Michael Oher was chosen at 23 by Baltimore.
2008 – New York Jets – Vernon Gholston, DE/Ohio State
The 2008 Draft has not garnered a single pro bowl selection by any of the class’ defensive ends. Maybe the Jets should’ve looked elsewhere: Jerod Mayo (LB), Ryan Clady (T), Branden Albert (T), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB), Joe Flacco (QB) would’ve all been there within the next twelve picks.
2005 – Tennessee Titans – Adam Jones, CB/West Virginia
-The Titans’ gamble didn’t pay off in the end with Pac Man. Tennessee could have selected Antrel Rolle (S), Carlos Rogers (CB), DeMarcus Ware (LB), Shawne Merriman (LB), Derrick Johnson (LB) who all were selected within the next ten picks.
2003 – New Orleans Saints – Jonathan Sullivan, DT/Georgia
-The Saints’ plan backfired as Kevin Williams followed the Sullivan pick three choices later to Minnesota.
1996 – St. Louis Rams – Lawrence Phillips, RB/Nebraska
-The Rams made Phillips their guy at #6 with Eddie George, Mike Alstott, and Stephen Davis all up for grabs.
1993 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Eric Curry, DE/Alabama
-The Bucs had their chance to take Michael Strahan. Actually, two picks after Tampa Bay chose Curry. Willie Roaf went off the board to New Orleans. And two picks after him went Jerome Bettis to the Rams.
1987 – St. Louis Cardinals – Kelly Stouffer, QB/Colorado State
-St. Louis took the second quarterback off the board (following Vinny Testaverde) as it is now viewed as a major blunder. Stouffer played in just 22 games. The Cardinals could’ve had Jim Harbaugh, Rich Gannon, Don Majkowski, or Steve Beuerlein.