Detroit Lions NFL Draft Countdown: 6 Days

Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!

The first round of the NFL Draft begins in six days. Today we’ll take a look at some draft history, specifically the selection of Tom Brady in round six of the 2000 draft.

A recent documentary revealed how hurt Tom Brady was after falling to the sixth round of the 2000 draft. The biggest hurt of the experience was seeing his hometown 49ers make Giovanni Carmazzi the second quarterback taken that year with their third round pick. Brady slid to the Patriots at pick number 199 and was the seventh quarterback taken in the class. Chad Pennington, Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spurgon Wynn were all selected ahead of Brady.

Do you remember the players the Lions drafted instead of Tom Brady? The Lions’ 2000 draft class consisted of Stockar McDougle, Barrett Green, Reuben Droughns, Todd Franz and Quinton Reese. Oops.

It is easy to rip the Lions in hindsight but the truth is that the entire league missed on Brady, even the Patriots. New England wouldn’t have made six other picks before Tom Brady if they had any idea what his future held.

Players drafted number 6 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Alex Wojciechowicz (1938), Doyle Nave (1940), Frank Szyman (1945), Y.A. Title (1948), Nick Pietrosante (1959), Lomas Brown (1985)

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Topics: Detroit Lions, NFL Draft

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