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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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1
126 25
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back - Seventh round, pick #183

2
153 45
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - Sixth round, pick #199

3
98 23
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - 17th round, pick #200

4
80 19
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - Ninth round, pick #102

5
89 25
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - 10th round, pick #129

6
90 23
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back - Sixth round, pick #196

7
79 28
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tight end - Seventh round, pick #192

8
66 17
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Fourth round, pick #117

9
56 16
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
14th round, pick #186

10
31 5
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Quarterback - Went Undrafted 1978

11
51 18
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback, Placekicker - 12th round, pick #119

12
46 16
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brock Landers added Tight end

13
55 28
Donald Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #213

14
44 18
Raymond Berry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - 20th round, pick #232

15
22 4
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Defensive tackle, Defensive end - Undrafted

16
35 18
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tight end, Wide receiver - 10th round, pick #249

17
35 19
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive end - Eighth round, pick #203

18
20 10
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
DavidMaxwell added Wide receiver - Un-drafted Free Agent

19
33 19
Brandon Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Fourth round, pick #120

20
31 16
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker - 13th round, pick #102

21
17 4
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Cornerback - Undrafted

22
35 26
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #252

23
24 16
Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker - Fifth round, pick #145

24
26 17
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Safety, Defensive back - Fifth round, pick #145

25
36 28
Matt Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - Sixth round, pick #187

26
24 15
Don Maynard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Ninth round, pick #109

27
25 15
Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Center - Fifth round, pick #125

28
23 16
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman - 15th round, pick #181

29
21 16
Jamal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back - Seventh round, pick #215

30
21 19
Matt Birk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Center - Sixth round, pick #173

31
19 15
Seth Joyner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker - Eighth round, pick #208

32
26 21
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end - Sixth round, pick #144

33
22 17
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive end, Defensive lineman - Ninth round, pick #233

34
16 15
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner - Eighth round, pick #198

35
18 18
Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #161

36
16 17
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive end, Linebacker - Fourth round, pick #105

37
16 16
Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tight end - 10th round, pick #129

38
15 16
Shane Lechler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Punter - Fifth round, pick #142

39
15 18
T. J. Houshmandzadeh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #204

40
22 25
Ken Houston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Safety - Ninth round, pick #214

41
17 22
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Cornerback, Defensive back - Seventh round, pick #215

42
15 20
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tackle - Seventh round, pick #182

43
14 18
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver - Seventh round, pick #224

44
16 20
Jake Scott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Safety, Defensive back - Seventh round, pick #159

45
13 20
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back - Eighth round, pick #191

46
10 17
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back - Eighth round, pick #110

47
14 21
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker - 18th round, pick #245

48
12 20
Roosevelt Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Safety - 27th round, pick #321

49
7 15
Arnie Weinmeister is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive tackle - 17th round, pick #166

50
10 18
Rod Martin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker - 12th round, pick #317