NFL.com Staff | Tags: Draft Countdown, 1983 draft, Bubby Brister, Dan Marino, Jay Cutler, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Ken O'Brien, Kevin Butler, Marc Wilson, Mark Sanchez, Matt Cavanaugh, Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason
Six Days to Sunday. NFL Films did a documentary special in 1995, but as good as it was, it would be hard pressed to beat the drama and suspense of the six days leading up to the NFL draft. If only we could be flies on the wall in various scouting departments around the league, where they have six late nights left to work on their draft boards.
So if we were to create our own draft board of 6’s, what would it look like?
- It would have to start with the six quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 1983 draft, often considered the best group to ever come out of one class: John Elway (first overall), Todd Blackledge (seventh), Jim Kelly (14th), Tony Eason (15th), Ken O’Brien (24th), and Dan Marino (27th).
- The pantheon of great 6’s at quarterback, however, is, uh, kind of limited. The best of the lot may be former Raider Marc Wilson (first round, 1980) and journeyman Matt Cavanaugh (second round, 1980). Or maybe Bubby Brister (third round, 1986). Uh, then there’s … uh … forget it.
- Two pretty good 6’s that are playing under center in the league today are Jay Cutler (11th overall, 2006) and Mark Sanchez (fifth overall, 2009). The two squared off in a wild game last December.
- The best 6 ever might be a kicker. Kevin Butler was drafted in the fourth round of the 1985 draft – pretty damn high for a kicker. Butler scored 144 points and picked up a Super Bowl ring his first year, and would go on to play 12 more.
It’s safe to say the Browns aren’t looking at a kicker at the 6-hole in next week’s draft. So what direction will Mike Holmgren go? Pass rush? Here’s what Pat Kirwan has to say.
Six more days, and all of us (including Pat) will find out.
– Elliot Harrison