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The Best NFL Buys for the Money  

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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
Quarterback
Sixth round, pick #199
2
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Quarterback
Went Undrafted 1978
3
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back
Seventh round, pick #183
4
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
17th round, pick #200
5
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
Ninth round, pick #102
6
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
10th round, pick #129
7
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back
Sixth round, pick #196
8
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Fourth round, pick #117
9
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tight end
Seventh round, pick #192
10
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
14th round, pick #186
11
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brock Landers added Tight end
12
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback, Placekicker
12th round, pick #119
13
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Undrafted
14
Donald Driver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Donald Driver Wide receiver
Seventh round, pick #213
15
Raymond Berry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
20th round, pick #232
16
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
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Cornerback
Undrafted
18
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive end
Eighth round, pick #203
19
Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker
Fifth round, pick #145
20
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
DavidMaxwell added Wide receiver
Un-drafted Free Agent
21
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Seventh round, pick #252
22
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Safety, Defensive back
Fifth round, pick #145
23
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker
13th round, pick #102
24
Seth Joyner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker
Eighth round, pick #208
25
Brandon Marshall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Fourth round, pick #120