LA Chargers: The history of quarterbacks taken with the sixth overall pick
By Jason Reed
The decent starters:
Trent Dilfer is best remembered as the figurehead for the mediocre quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. Dilfer became a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens as he was just good enough to bank on the Ravens’ historically good defense in the early 2000s.
Dilfer was actually selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1997 NFL Draft and he did show some promise in Tampa. While he never racked up a lot of passing yards (his career-best in a season was 2,729), he was a Pro Bowler in 1997.
The rest is history. The Ravens signed him as a backup and he eventually got the starting nod and went on to be the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl-winning team. He finished his career with a 58-55 record as a starting quarterback.
Richard Todd was selected by the New York Jets in the 1976 NFL Draft and ended up starting 83 games throughout his NFL career. Todd was never a great starting quarterback in the league but was decent enough to keep a starting job for quite some time.
Heck, he started 14 games for the New Orleans Saints in 1984, so he did enough to stick around as a starter for nearly a decade.
Todd had some decent seasons where he eclipsed 3,000 passing yards but he was a turnover machine. He threw 20 or more interceptions three times in his career, throwing 30 picks in the 1980 season.
Todd definitely was not worth a sixth overall pick, but we cannot call him a complete bust. He had a lot of potential, he just never fully realized it.