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List Rules Best NFL players drafted 100th overall or later

The best NFL buys for the money are those top professional football players selected late in the NFL Draft. These are all NFL players who were selected at least 100 picks into the NFL draft but went on to set numerous records, win multiple Super Bowl titles and earn enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

As arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time, it's hard to doubt that Tom Brady is not one of the best late-round draft picks of all time. After an unremarkable college football career with the Michigan Wolverines, Tom Brady was selected 199th overall in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Six other quarterbacks were selected earlier in the 2000 draft but none did nearly as well in their careers as Brady. The future hall of famer has three Super Bowl championships, two NFL Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP awards and eight Pro Bowl selections on his resume, among many other accolades.

While Brady is a logical choice as a best NFL buy for the money of present, there are many, many more from yesteryear. Football legends like Roger Staubach, Bart Starr, Shannon Sharpe, Jonhhy Unitas and George Blanda all were selected at least 100 picks into the NFL Draft. Few were expected to be the stars of their team, let alone icons in NFL history, but all didn't let their late draft position hinder them in any way.

All of the best NFL team owners hope that they'll draft one dark horse, someone who can play well beyond their draft position, and these players did just that. Which is the ultimate best late-round NFL Draft pick? Have your say by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best NFL buys for the money!
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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tom Brady Quarterback - Sixth round, pick #199

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+ - 88 17
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Bo Jackson Running back - Seventh round, pick #183

3
+ - 74 18
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Roger Staubach Quarterback - 10th round, pick #129

4
+ - 68 18
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Bart Starr Quarterback - 17th round, pick #200

5
+ - 61 14
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Johnny Unitas Quarterback - Ninth round, pick #102

6
+ - 61 19
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Shannon Sharpe Tight end - Seventh round, pick #192

7
+ - 68 18
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Terrell Davis Running back - Sixth round, pick #196

8
+ - 54 13
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Steve Largent Wide receiver - Fourth round, pick #117

9
+ - 44 14
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
George Blanda Quarterback, Placekicker - 12th round, pick #119

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+ - 35 8
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Antonio Gates Tight end

11
+ - 10 0
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
John Randle Defensive tackle, Defensive end - Undrafted

12
+ - 17 1
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Warren Moon Quarterback - Went Undrafted 1978

13
+ - 46 19
Donald Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Donald Driver Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #213

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+ - 45 14
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Deacon Jones 14th round, pick #186

15
+ - 39 13
Raymond Berry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Raymond Berry Wide receiver - 20th round, pick #232

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+ - 28 13
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Dwight Clark Tight end, Wide receiver - 10th round, pick #249

17
+ - 30 17
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Marques Colston Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #252

18
+ - 29 18
Matt Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Matt Hasselbeck Quarterback - Sixth round, pick #187

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+ - 12 6
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Rod Smith Wide receiver - Un-drafted Free Agent

20
+ - 28 14
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Richard Dent Defensive end - Eighth round, pick #203

21
+ - 21 9
Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Mike Webster Center - Fifth round, pick #125

22
+ - 18 10
Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Zach Thomas Linebacker - Fifth round, pick #145

23
+ - 18 12
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back - Fifth round, pick #145

24
+ - 17 11
Jamal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Jamal Anderson Running back - Seventh round, pick #215

25
+ - 22 12
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Nick Buoniconti Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker - 13th round, pick #102

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Matt Birk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Matt Birk Center - Sixth round, pick #173

27
+ - 22 14
Brandon Marshall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brandon Marshall Wide receiver - Fourth round, pick #120

28
+ - 22 15
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Joe Klecko Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end - Sixth round, pick #144

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+ - 14 11
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Cortland Finnegan Cornerback, Defensive back - Seventh round, pick #215

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+ - 13 10
T. J. Houshmandzadeh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
T. J. Houshmandzadeh Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #204

31
+ - 18 12
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Willie Davis Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman - 15th round, pick #181

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+ - 18 12
Don Maynard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Don Maynard Wide receiver - Ninth round, pick #109

33
+ - 18 12
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Clyde Simmons Defensive end, Defensive lineman - Ninth round, pick #233

34
+ - 5 1
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Dick Lane Undrafted Cornerback - Undrafted

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+ - 14 10
Seth Joyner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Seth Joyner Linebacker - Eighth round, pick #208

36
+ - 14 11
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Steve Johnson Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #224

37
+ - 19 17
Ken Houston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Ken Houston Safety - Ninth round, pick #214

38
+ - 13 11
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Harry Carson Defensive end, Linebacker - Fourth round, pick #105

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+ - 12 11
Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Jackie Smith Tight end - 10th round, pick #129

40
+ - 11 10
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Troy Brown Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner - Eighth round, pick #198

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+ - 13 13
Jake Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Jake Scott Safety, Defensive back - Seventh round, pick #159

42
+ - 13 13
Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Harold Carmichael Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #161

43
+ - 12 13
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Chris Hanburger Linebacker - 18th round, pick #245

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44
+ - 9 15
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Larry Brown Running back - Eighth round, pick #191

45
+ - 10 12
Shane Lechler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Shane Lechler Punter - Fifth round, pick #142

46
+ - 11 13
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Rayfield Wright Tackle - Seventh round, pick #182

47
+ - 9 11
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Leroy Kelly Running back - Eighth round, pick #110

48
+ - 8 10
Rod Martin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Rod Martin Linebacker - 12th round, pick #317

49
+ - 9 12
Tom Fears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tom Fears End, Wide receiver - 11th round, pick #103

50
+ - 10 14
Roosevelt Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Roosevelt Taylor Safety - 27th round, pick #321