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LA Chargers: Greatest sixth overall picks since the NFL/AFL merger

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after pulling in a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after pulling in a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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1. Walter Jones, OT, Seattle Seahawks

After four wide receivers, which is one of the most exciting positions in football, the best sixth overall pick of all-time is an offensive tackle, which is often overlooked by the general public as being one of the most important positions on the offensive side of the football.

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And when it comes to the best tackles of all-time, it does not get much better than Walter Jones. Jones is absolutely the best offensive tackle of his generation and goes down in the all-time ranks with some of the best.

Jones was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1997 NFL Draft and was the model offensive tackle in the NFL in the early and mid-2000s. Jones was a Pro Bowler in every season except 2000 from 1999-2008 and was named an All-Pro four times, the most of any player to be selected sixth overall.

Only 19 offensive linemen since the merger have been named an All-Pro four times and of those 19, only 10 were offensive tackles. Jones ranks 13th in Pro Football Reference Approximate Value for offensive tackles since the merger.

Julio Jones absolutely has the potential to pass Walter Jones as the greatest sixth overall pick of all-time as a top-five receiver of all-time is better than a top-15 offensive tackle of all-time. However, Jones was so dominant and such a staple of the Seahawks’ offensive line that it is impossible to ignore him as the best sixth overall pick since the merger.

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Canton recognizes this, as Jones was voted in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2014.

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