Who was the greatest sixth-round NFL draft pick ever?
S Jack Christiansen. Selected by Detroit in 1951, Christiansen is the only sixth-round draft pick ever enshrined in Canton. He was the leader of one of the best NFL defensive backfields ever assembled – Chris’ Crew (along with Hall of Famer Yale Lary, Jim David and Bob Smith), helping the Lions win three NFL titles in a span of six years (1952-57). Christiansen intercepted 46 passes in his eight seasons, went to five Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 50th anniversary team.
CB Ken Riley. Selected by Cincinnati in 1969, Riley started all 15 of his seasons and intercepted 65 passes, second most in NFL history among pure cornerbacks. But he never went to a Pro Bowl despite twice leading the AFC in interceptions with nine in 1976 and eight in his final season in 1983. He also recovered 18 fumbles for 83 career takeaways. Riley was a college quarterback at Florida A&M converted by the Bengals to cornerback and still intercepted four passes as a rookie.
HB Terrell Davis. Selected by Denver in 1995, Davis rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. He charted annual improvement, rushing for 1,117 yards as a rookie, 1,538 yards in 1996 and 1,750 in 1997 before winning his first NFL rushing title with 2,008 yards in 1998. He was named Super Bowl MVP in 1997 and NFL MVP in 1998. But his career became derailed with a knee injury in the opening month of the 1999 season. He was named to the NFL’s 1990s all-decade team and was a Hall of Fame finalist for the first time in 2015.
QB Tom Brady. Selected by New England in 2000, Brady has delivered the Patriots four Lombardi Trophies. He’s a three-time Super Bowl MVP and a two-time NFL MVP. He has been selected to 10 Pro Bowls and was named to the 2000s all-decade team. He ranks fifth all-time in both passing yards (53,258) and touchdowns (392). He also has won a staggering 77.3 percent of his 207 career starts, second-best in NFL history behind Otto Graham.
WR Antonio Brown. Selected by Pittsburgh in 2010, Brown has gone to the Pro Bowl in three of his first five seasons – as a kick returner in 2011 and as a wide receiver in both 2013 and ’14. That 2013 season was his breakout year as he caught 110 passes for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns, then Brown won his first NFL receiving title in 2014 with his 129 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has already christened him the best young receiver in the game.