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Tom Brady cries when recalling 2000 draft

April, 10, 2011
If you think three Super Bowl titles, a supermodel wife and a 22,000-square-foot mansion have erased the emotional memories of being drafted 199th, then you don't know Tom Brady very well.

Brady and his father recalled his draft day 11 years ago for "The Brady 6," an hour-long ESPN documentary that looks back on that year's class of quarterbacks and how an afterthought turned into one of the game's all-time greats.

During his interview for the film, Brady broke down and wept while remembering.

"We were led to believe that he was going to be drafted, possibly second round, probably third round," Tom Brady Sr. said. "They kept calling quarterback names, and we kept being stunned.

"We were very distraught. With each name it was becoming worse and worse."

Chad Pennington ... Giovanni Carmazzi ... Chris Redman ... Tee Martin ...

At the beginning of the sixth round, Brady couldn't take it anymore and went for a walk. He returned about 22 picks into the round.

Marc Bulger ... Spergon Wynn ...

Brady had to leave the house again.

"It was hard," Brady said. "I remember taking a walk with my dad and mom around the block ..."

Brady stopped for several seconds, lowered his head and began to cry.

"It was just a tough day, you know?" he continued. "I just remember being there with my mom and dad."

Brady's chin continued to quake. He paused again to gather himself.

"Sorry about that," Brady said. "You know, they were just so supportive of me. They take it as emotional as I do. Finally, when the Patriots called, I was so excited. I was, like, 'I don't have to be an insurance salesman,' you know?"

Brady wiped tears from his eyes.

"My family was there," Brady said. "We were all excited, and thank God I got picked here."

'The Brady 6' recounts tale of defiance

April, 6, 2011
If the Cleveland Browns could make the 183rd pick of the 2000 draft all over again, then I'm fairly certain when they wouldn't have taken Spergon Wynn.

Fifteen picks later, the New England Patriots took a shot on Tom Brady. It happened to work out.

Brady was the seventh quarterback drafted that year. As part of ESPN's "Year of the Quarterback" campaign, NFL Films will look back on the ones who came off the board before him. "The Brady 6" will debut April 12.

To refresh your memory, the quarterbacks taken ahead of Brady were:
Not exactly a loaded draft class. Only one quarterback went in the first two rounds. Pennington can be justified a success at No. 18, especially if you project how effective he would have been if not for injuries. Bulger, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a sixth-round steal.

But to compare, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said as many as seven quarterbacks could be selected in the first two rounds this year.

"The Brady 6" trailer shows analysts recounting Brady's pre-draft scouting report: poor build, too skinny, lacks strength, gets knocked down too easily.

"That kinda gets me fired up," Brady says. "What the hell do these people know?"

The book on Charlie Whitehurst

March, 9, 2010
Charlie Whitehurst shares something in common with any quarterback the Cardinals might draft this year.

He has never attempted a pass in a regular-season NFL game.

The Chargers' backup quarterback, on the Cardinals' radar as a restricted free agent, was tendered to a third-round choice. The Cardinals have an extra third-rounder from the Anquan Boldin trade, but the team could conceivably attempt to work out alternative compensation with San Diego should Arizona decide to pursue Whitehurst.'s analysis on Whitehurst coming out of Clemson in 2006 called him a "good competitor who is a quiet leader, but has total control of the huddle" and a quarterback with "a snappy overhead delivery and a fluid follow-through rather than a windmill type that most tall passers display."

Some of the negatives listed could be outdated, the assumption being Whitehurst has worked to correct them under Norv Turner and the Chargers' offensive staff.

Matt Leinart is the only quarterback on the Cardinals' roster.

Using a third-round choice for Whitehurst, 27, could make more sense than using one for a college prospect. Though inexperienced, Whitehurst would be better prepared to play in a regular-season game.

The chart shows third-round quarterbacks drafted since 2000. Not many have succeeded. One exception: The Texans acquired 2004 third-round choice Matt Schaub from the Falcons when Schaub had minimal experience.