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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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90 18
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

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76 19
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
70 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
62 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
71 18
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Terrell Davis Running back - Sixth round, pick #196

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63 20
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Shannon Sharpe Tight end - Seventh round, pick #192

8
55 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

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36 8
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brock Landers added Antonio Gates Tight end

10
44 14
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
George Blanda Quarterback, Placekicker - 12th round, pick #119

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18 1
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Warren Moon Quarterback - Went Undrafted 1978

12
10 0
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added John Randle Defensive tackle, Defensive end - Undrafted

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47 20
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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47 14
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Deacon Jones 14th round, pick #186

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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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29 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

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13 6
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
DavidMaxwell added Rod Smith Wide receiver - Un-drafted Free Agent

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30 19
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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30 19
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Marques Colston Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #252

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29 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

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19 10
Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Zach Thomas Linebacker - Fifth round, pick #145

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22 9
Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Mike Webster Center - Fifth round, pick #125

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19 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

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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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18 13
Matt Birk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Matt Birk Center - Sixth round, pick #173

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23 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

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8 1
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Dick Lane Undrafted Cornerback - Undrafted

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15 12
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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22 15
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 30 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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13 10
T. J. Houshmandzadeh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
T. J. Houshmandzadeh Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #204

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18 12
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Willie Davis Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman - 15th round, pick #181

33
18 12
Don Maynard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Don Maynard Wide receiver - Ninth round, pick #109

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18 12
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Clyde Simmons Defensive end, Defensive lineman - Ninth round, pick #233

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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13 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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10 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

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12 13
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Rayfield Wright Tackle - Seventh round, pick #182

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10 12
Shane Lechler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Shane Lechler Punter - Fifth round, pick #142

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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

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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

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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