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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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166 48
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Quarterback - Sixth round, pick #199

2
135 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
45 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
98 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
86 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
64 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
52 21
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Brock Landers added Tight end

13
60 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
29 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
41 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
25 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
30 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
31 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
39 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
24 17
Seth Joyner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Buys for the Money
Linebacker - Eighth round, pick #208