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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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169 48
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
Sixth round, pick #199

2
138 31
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back
Seventh round, pick #183

3
109 26
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
17th round, pick #200

4
46 5
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Quarterback
Went Undrafted 1978

5
99 27
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
10th round, pick #129

6
88 23
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback
Ninth round, pick #102

7
99 26
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back
Sixth round, pick #196

8
74 19
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Fourth round, pick #117

9
87 33
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Tight end
Seventh round, pick #192

10
65 20
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
14th round, pick #186

11
58 22
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback, Placekicker
12th round, pick #119

12
53 21
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brock Landers added Tight end

13
61 32
Donald Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Seventh round, pick #213

14
50 21
Raymond Berry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
20th round, pick #232

15
30 7
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
42 21
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
42 21
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Defensive end
Eighth round, pick #203

18
26 14
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
31 18
Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker
Fifth round, pick #145

20
23 8
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
camille-bendle added Cornerback
Undrafted

21
36 20
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker
13th round, pick #102

22
32 20
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
41 31
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Wide receiver
Seventh round, pick #252

24
30 19
Mike Webster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Center
Fifth round, pick #125

25
26 19
Jamal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Running back
Seventh round, pick #215