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At Pick Six, Redskins Must Pay Heed to Draft History

Why would the Redskins consider trading the No. 6 overall pick in the draft?

Here's one reason: A look back at players selected at No. 6 in the last 25 years suggests that landing a Pro Bowl-caliber performer is not always a sure bet.

Of course, every draft--and every draft class--is different. But as the Redskins ponder the top prospects in this year's draft and evaluate trade options, it's instructive for team officials to pay heed to history.

NFL DRAFT: No. 6 Picks
YearPlayer/Pos.NFL Team
2006Vernon Davis, TE49ers
2005Adam 'Pacman' Jones, CBTitans
2004Kellen Winslow, Jr., TEBrowns
2003Johnathan Sullivan, DTSaints
2002Ryan Sims, DTChiefs
2001Richard Seymour, DTPatriots
2000Corey Simon, DTEagles
1999Torry Holt, WRRams
1998Grant Wistrom, DERams
1997Walter Jones, TSeahawks
1996Lawrence Phillips, RBRams
1995Kevin Carter, DERams
1994Trent Dilfer, QBBuccaneers
1993Eric Curry, DEBuccaneers
1992David Klingler, QBBengals
1991Eric Swann, DTCardinals
1990Mark Carrier, SBears
1989Broderick Thomas, LBBuccaneers
1988Tim Brown, WRRaiders
1987Kelly Stouffer, QBCardinals
1986Jim Dombrowski, TSaints
1985Lomas Brown, TLions
1984Mossy Cade, DBChargers
1983Jimbo Covert, TBears
1982Jeff Bryant, DESeahawks

The Redskins are thought to be searching for help along the defensive line this offseason. At No. 6 in the draft, the defensive line position has had several hits and notable misses in the last 25 years.

In recent years, the most successful No. 6 pick is defensive tackle Richard Seymour, selected by the New England Patriots in 2001. Seymour has been an integral part of the Patriots' three Super Bowl championships this decade.

A year earlier, in 2000, defensive tackle Corey Simon was chosen at No. 6 by the Philadelphia Eagles. Simon enjoyed a productive career, including one Pro Bowl berth, but he is now out of football.

In 1998, the St. Louis Rams made defensive end Grant Wistrom the No. 6 pick. Wistrom has turned in a solid NFL career with the Rams and Seahawks.

In 1995, the Rams chose defensive end Kevin Carter at No. 6. Carter has had a strong career, recording 97.5 sacks in 13 seasons with the Rams, Titans and Dolphins.

Defensive tackles Ryan Sims, selected by Kansas City in 2002, and Johnathan Sullivan, selected by New Orleans in 2003, have not made an impact in the NFL.

Two future Hall of Fame wide receivers were No. 6 picks: Tim Brown was selected by the Raiders in 1988 and Torry Holt was chosen by the Rams in 1999.

Offensive tackle is also a position that has fared well at No. 6.

Walter Jones (Seahawks in 1997), Lomas Brown (Lions in 1985), Jim Dombrowski (Saints in 1986) and Jimbo Covert (Bears in 1983) were all long-time starters and solid performers. Jones, Brown and Covert earned Pro Bowl nods.

Quarterback has not fared well at No. 6, though.

Kelly Stouffer (St. Louis Cardinals in 1987) and David Klingler (Bengals in 1992) did not make an impact. Trent Dilfer (Buccaneers in 1994) won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, but he is an NFL journeyman.

Remember Mark Carrier? Before playing one season with the Redskins in 2000, the hard-hitting safety was drafted No. 6 by the Chicago Bears in the 1990 draft.

In recent years, tight end has become a popular choice at No. 6, with Maryland's Vernon Davis going to the 49ers last year. Kellen Winslow, Jr., drafted by the Browns at No. 6 in 2004, has suffered through an injury-plagued career.

Cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones, drafted No. 6 overall by Tennessee in 2005, has shown flashes on the field, but off the field he faces a possible suspension due to a series of arrests.

Perhaps the biggest draft bust at No. 6? Lawrence Phillips was drafted by the Rams in 1996, but he struggled to get a foothold in the NFL. After four seasons and 35 games, Phillips is out of football and faces jail time due to an incident in August 2005.

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