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The Best NFL Buys for the Money

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List RulesBest 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 Brady1
    142
    44

    Tom Brady

    Quarterback
    Sixth round, pick #199
  • Bart Starr2
    89
    27

    Bart Starr

    Quarterback
    17th round, pick #200
  • Roger Staubach3
    80
    25

    Roger Staubach

    Quarterback
    10th round, pick #129
  • Johnny Unitas4
    76
    21

    Johnny Unitas

    Quarterback
    Ninth round, pick #102
  • Shannon Sharpe5
    70
    29
    Seventh round, pick #192
  • Antonio Gates6
    49
    21

    Antonio Gates

    Tight end
  • Dwight Clark7
    36
    18

    Dwight Clark

    Tight end, Wide receiver
    10th round, pick #249
  • Rod Smith8
    28
    14

    Rod Smith

    Wide receiver
    Un-drafted Free Agent
  • Zach Thomas9
    28
    16

    Zach Thomas

    Linebacker
    Fifth round, pick #145
  • Marques Colston10
    35
    27

    Marques Colston

    Wide receiver
    Seventh round, pick #252
  • Rodney Harrison11
    27
    18

    Rodney Harrison

    Safety, Defensive back
    Fifth round, pick #145
  • Terrell Davis12
    79
    23

    Terrell Davis

    Running back
    Sixth round, pick #196
  • Warren Moon13
    59
    7

    Warren Moon

    Quarterback
    Went Undrafted 1978
  • Bo Jackson14
    126
    71

    Bo Jackson

    Running back
    Seventh round, pick #183
  • Steve Largent15
    57
    16

    Steve Largent

    Wide receiver
    Fourth round, pick #117
  • Donald Driver16
    48
    72

    Donald Driver

    Wide receiver
    Seventh round, pick #213
  • George Blanda17
    47
    56

    George Blanda

    Quarterback, Placekicker
    12th round, pick #119
  • Richard Dent18
    34
    18

    Richard Dent

    Defensive end
    Eighth round, pick #203
  • Jamal Anderson19
    22
    44

    Jamal Anderson

    Running back
    Seventh round, pick #215
  • John Randle20
    34
    19

    John Randle

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    Undrafted
  • Deacon Jones21
    53
    43
    14th round, pick #186
  • Dick Lane Undrafted22
    26
    19
    Undrafted
  • Chris Hanburger23
    26
    24

    Chris Hanburger

    Linebacker
    18th round, pick #245
  • Jeremiah Ratliff24
    23
    22

    Jeremiah Ratliff

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    Seventh round, pick #224
  • Jesse Sapolu25
    17
    20
    11th round, pick #289