Selected by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick in 2000, Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He’s a four-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time NFL MVP and 10-time Pro Bowl pick.
Every team wants the most value for its picks, especially in the later rounds.
Here’s a top five of draft bargains by position this century. Players picked in the first and second rounds weren’t considered and undrafted free agents weren’t eligible for the list.
Russell Wilson, third round, 2012, Seattle Seahawks. 42-14 as starter, one Super Bowl ring, two-time Pro Bowl pick.
Marc Bulger, sixth round, 2006, St. Louis Rams. Two-time Pro Bowl pick.
Matt Cassel, seventh round, 2005, New England Patriots. One-time Pro Bowl selection, 71 starts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, seventh round, 2005, St. Louis Rams. 89 starts, 79.5 passer rating.
Jamaal Charles, third round, 2008, Kansas City Chiefs. Two-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowl pick.
Frank Gore, third round, 2005, San Francisco 49ers. Franchise rushing leader, five-time Pro Bowl pick.
Brian Westbrook, third round, 2002, Philadelphia Eagles. Two-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro.
DeMarco Murray, third round, 2011, Dallas Cowboys. Reigning NFL rushing champion, two-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro.
Ahmad Bradshaw, seventh round, 2007, New York Giants. Two-time, 1,000-yard rusher, two-time Super Bowl champion.
Antonio Brown, sixth round, 2010, Pittsburgh Steelers. Three-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro, led the NFL in receptions and yards in 2014.
Marques Colston, seventh round, 2006, New Orleans Saints. Has 666 receptions for 9,239 yards and 68 TDs.
Julian Edelman, seventh round, 2009, New England Patriots. Former college QB turned No. 1 receiver for Patriots.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, seventh round, 2001, Cincinnati Bengals. Had 627 receptions for 7,237 yards and 44 TDs.