NFL Draft 2011: Scott Lutrus and Round 6 Sleepers

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NFL Draft 2011: Scott Lutrus and Round 6 Sleepers
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Tom Brady: the most famous sixth round pick of all time.

(This is the continuation of a series that I wanted to do this year, where the usual exclusivity of the draft coverage was shaken up. Instead of focusing on only round one, why not look at perspective sleepers in rounds two through seven? I've already looked over rounds two, three, four and five. Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at round seven.)

Round six of the draft will always be famous as long as Tom Brady is in the league. Without question, he's the shining example of what can happen if everything clicks for a second rounder.

Yet he's also a great example of why so many sixth rounders don't work out. The circumstances that allowed Brady to become successful (great coach, great defense) were coupled with the fact that he fell into a starting role (due to the Bledsoe injury) at a time when he had been able to improve following his rookie season.

Had any of those factors not occurred in exactly that way, it's very likely Tom Brady, talented or not, wouldn't have panned out the way he has.

So in the sixth round of this year's draft, watch out for guys who have one thing that they do really well, or small school players that "nobody knows about"...

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