Top 5 Players Selected #6 in the NFL Draft since 1980
5. Lomas Brown, OT, Detroit Lions, 1985
4. Richard Seymour, DT, New England Patriots, 2001
3. Walter Jones, OT, Seattle Seahawks, 1997
2. Torry Holt, WR, St. Louis Rams, 1999
1. Tim Brown, WR, Los Angeles Raiders, 1988
Maybe the #6 pick is where you take a can't-miss wide receiver and get 10-15 years of outstanding production (the other WR's taken #6 since 1970 are James Lofton and Julio Jones). Brown is 5th all-time in receptions and receiving yards, Holt 14th and 11th, respectively in those categories. It is sometimes hard to quantify an OL like Jones, but I always feel he was a little less dominant than the perception, so I slotted him behind the receivers. Seymour had a great stretch with the Patriots before being jettisoned to Oakland where players go to pasture or best-case take a career sabbatical. Brown is a notch below Jones, but was a 7-time pro-bowler and a solid performer to round out the list.
Worst #6 NFL Draft Picks Since 1980
3. David Klingler, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 1992 (33 games, 4-20 record, 3,994 yds, 16 TD, 22 Int)
2. Kelly Stouffer, QB, St. Louis Cardinals, 1987 (22 games, 5-11 record, 2,333 yds, 7 TD, 19 Int)
1. Rich Campbell, QB, Green Bay Packers, 1981 (7 games, no starts, 386 yds, 3 TD, 9 Int)
My apologies to Lawrence Phillips, but he at least ran for 600 yards in 3 different seasons. While he is considered a huge bust, quarterbacks with a combined 9-31 record, 26 TD and 50 Int are just more bust-worthy.