From Brady to Bulger, draft bargains since 2000
Tom Brady is the poster boy for draft-day steals.
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.
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.
Brian Westbrook, third round, 2002, Philadelphia Eagles. Two-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro.
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.
Jason Witten, third round, 2003, Dallas Cowboys. Ten-time Pro Bowl pick, two-time All-Pro, 10,502 receiving yards.
Julius Thomas, fourth round, 2011, Denver Broncos. Two-time Pro Bowl pick.
Delanie Walker, sixth round, 2006, San Francisco 49ers. Two consecutive seasons with 60-plus catches since joining Tennessee.
Brent Celek, fifth round, 2007, Philadelphia Eagles. Has 344 career catches for 4,315 yards and 27 TDs.
Jahri Evans, fourth round, 2006, New Orleans Saints. Six-time Pro Bowl pick, four-time All-Pro.
David Diehl, fifth round, 2003, New York Giants. One-time Pro Bowl pick.
Jay Ratliff, seventh round, 2005, Dallas Cowboys. Four-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro.
Rob Ninkovich, fifth round, 2006, New England Patriots. Defensive leader for defending Super Bowl champions.
Trent Cole, fifth round, 2005, Philadelphia Eagles. Two-time Pro Bowl pick with 85 1/2 sacks.
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, fifth round, 2000, Green Bay Packers. One-time Pro Bowl pick with 74 1/2 sacks.
Justin Houston, third round, 2011, Kansas City Chiefs. Three-time Pro Bowl pick, one-time All-Pro.
Elvis Dumervil, fourth round, 2006, Denver Broncos. Four-time Pro Bowl pick, two-time All-Pro.
Cato June, sixth round, 2003, Indianapolis Colts. One-time Pro Bowl pick.
Larry Foote, fourth round, 2002, Pittsburgh Steelers. Dependable starter for three teams for more than a decade.
Kam Chancellor, fifth round, 2010, Seattle Seahawks. Three-time Pro Bowl safety.
Asante Samuel, fourth round, 2003, New England Patriots. Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, one-time All-Pro.
Byron Maxwell, sixth round, 2011, Seattle Seahawks. Turned an outstanding 2014 season with Seahawks into $63 million, free-agent contract from Philadelphia.
Ike Taylor, fourth round, 2003, Pittsburgh Steelers. Dependable starter and two-time Super Bowl champion.
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