Mel Kiper shares Tom Brady scouting report on 2000 draft’s 20th anniversary
Tom Brady of course was famously the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, a sixth-round selection who defied all expectations to become a six-time Super Bowl winner, three-time MVP and arguably the greatest quarterback in league history.
To mark the 20th anniversary of that infamous draft — one that saw six quarterbacks selected before the New England Patriots finally selected the Michigan Wolverines signal-caller — ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has shared his pre-draft scouting report on Brady.
Overall, Kiper gave Brady a fifth-round grade and rated him as the 10th-best quarterback in the draft. Kiper touted Brady as a “[s]mart, experienced big-game signal-caller,” who he gave “very high grades in the efficiency department this past season” after cutting his interception totals in half.
“He’s a straight dropback passer who stands tall in the pocket, doesn’t show nervous feet, and does a nice job working through his progressions,” Kiper observed of Brady. “He’s not going to try to force the action, rarely trying to perform beyond his capability.”
That all being said, Kiper did also lay out some of Brady’s perceived shortcomings, as highlighted in a tweet from PFWA member John Miceli.
#Re-Post— John Miceli (@JohnAMiceli) February 2, 2015
Mel Kiper's scouting report on Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/KskFuHfYCX
It goes without saying that every NFL team — including the Patriots — wildly missed the mark on Brady, at least during the draft’s first five rounds and then some. Then again, teams were also going off information gleaned from a combine performance from Brady that resulted in the following now-infamous photograph.
With the 199th pick in the draft, the New England Patriots select… this guy. Tom Brady at 2000 NFL Combine. #tbt » pic.twitter.com/HClalUQL9R— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2013
How times have changed. If we only knew then what we know now about that guy.