Brady special shows how draft is imperfect science
With the NFL draft less than two weeks away, ESPN’s special on Tom Brady is timely. “The Brady 6” is much better than just that.
It's a close look at Brady, a future Hall of Famer, who was selected in the sixth round -- 199th overall -- of the 2000 draft by New England. Six quarterbacks were drafted before him hence “The Brady 6.”
The quarterback, who has won three Super Bowls, is living proof that the draft is an imperfect deal. He was overlooked even though he had established himself as the Comeback Kid at Michigan capping off his Wolverines’ career with a big win over Alabama in the Orange Bowl in his senior season.
He was a flop at the NFL Combine -- ran a 5.2 40. Clips from the Combine are shown too.
The hour-long special has plenty of quotes from Brady and NFL officials including Steve Mariucci. And, of course, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
It’s clear that the draft snub by every NFL team except the Patriots bothered Brady. It still does. Perhaps some of that fire in his belly is still stoked by remembering that six quarterbacks were drafted before him.
Brady came name all six quarterbacks who were drafted before him. Can you?
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