Patriots: Best and worst draft choices, by round, in the Belichick era

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Round 6

Best: Tom Brady, QB (2000).

Honorable Mention: Ted Karras OG (2016); Elandon Roberts, LB (2016).

Brady is both the QB GOAT, as voted by ESPN, and just “the GOAT,” as no other player comes close to his career accomplishments, with 7 Super Bowl wins, 649 career TDs, and 89,214 career passing yards.

Fortunately for the Patriots, Hall-of-Fame General Manager Bobby Beathard nixed San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley’s proposal to select Brady in the 5th round. The rest is history!

Worst: Justise Hairston, RB (2007).

Not-so-honorable Mention: Dan Stevenson, OG (2006), Bo Ruud, LB (2008), Cassh Maluia, LB (2020).

It was a toss-up here, but Hairston, who never played a down in the NFL, is as good a choice as any.