NFL Draft history: in what round was Tom Brady picked?
As the 2022 draft draws near, we look back on how the pick went for a quarterback that will go down in the history books as the greatest ever.
Excitement is rising ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft which begins on Thursday 28 April and ends on Saturday 30 April. There are some headline names, as always, but over at AS we always like to think about those further down the pecking order.
With the benefit of hindsight, there have been some true hidden gems over the years, none more so than Mr Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
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What draft pick was Tom Brady?
This year the quarterbacks on show may not be the most in-demand, in a large part down to the needs of the teams rather anything too disparaging about the young stars. As our Texan Jen puts it, “there isn’t a ‘gotta have him’ QB - although here’s her top five anyway. But today’s impression doesn’t always hold the test of time.
Back at the start of the new millennium, Brady and his expectant family were watching things unfold, and were surprised to see that his name wasn’t called by the third round at the latest. As it turned out, six other quarterbacks were picked ahead of him, with him eventually going at number 199. In the sixth round. Embarrassment, he said in an interview over a decade later, had him in tears that night.
The New York Patriots - and the rest of the league - didn’t realise it at the time, Brady beginning the 2000 season as fourth-choice QB, but they were onto a serious winner. The man has rewritten the history books and ain’t quite finished yet.
Are we likely to see any comparable Brady late pick?
Clearly there are too many potential Brady comparisons further down the draft order this year to consider them all right now. Only time will tell on those. In the meantime, here are some of the headline names for the 2022 draft.
1. Aidan Hutchinson - EDGE - Michigan
36 Solos, 14 Sacks, 2 FFs, 0 INTs | NFL Combine results: 40-yard dash: 4.74; Vertical Jump: 36; Board Jump: 117; 3 Cone Drill: 6.73; 20-yard shuttle: 4.15 - A strong and versatile player, Hutchinson played in all 13 games for Michigan as a true freshman with 15 tackles on the season.
2. Kyle Hamilton - Safety - Notre Dame
19 Solos, 0 FFs, 3 INTs, 4 PDs | NFL Combine results: 40-yard dash: 4.59; Vertical Jump: 38; Board Jump: 131; 3 Cone Drill: 6.9; 20-yard shuttle: 4.32 - Hamilton is an extremely impactful player, leading Notre Dame in interceptions despite missing half the year.
3. Ikem “Icky” Ekwonu - Offensive Tackle - NC State
NFL Combine results: 40-tard Dash: 4.93, Vertical Jump: 29, Broad Jump: 108, 3 Cone Drill: 7.82. 20-yard Shuttle: 4.73 - “Whoever is in front of me, I just want to bury him.” That’s Icky in a nutshell. A jolly guy off the field, Ekwonu transforms on the field and is fully focused on the objective.
4. Evan Neal - Offensive Tackle - Alabama
College Combine Workout Stats: 40-yard dash: 5.60; Vertical Jump: 22.70; Shuttle: 5.50; Power Throw: 47.50 - Big and athletic, Neal is 6′7″ and weighs 350 pounds. He started all 13 games in 2019 as a freshman at Alabama and then moved to right tackle in 2020.
5. Kayvon Thibodeaux - EDGE - Oregon
35 Solos, 7 Sacks, 2 FFs, 0 INTs | NFL Combine Results: 40-yard dash: 4.58; Bench Press: 27 - In his freshman year at Oregon, Thibodeaux had 14 tackles for losses, nine sacks, three pass breakups and one blocked kick in 15 games with five starts.