Best NFL Player not Drafted in 1st Round

This list is for the diamonds in the rough. NO 1st round picks are listed here.

The Top Ten

1 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 5 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently more.

Greatest QB ever to play the game of Football. As of 2013 he has led the New England Patriots to 5 Super Bowls, winning 3. He was the Super Bowl MVP in 2 of the 3 Super Bowl Wins. He has been elected to 8 Pro Bowls and holds the NFL Record for most TD passes in a single season with 50. He has the most Playoff wins out of any player ever with 17. He has the longest consecutive winning streak ever with 21 consecutive games. He led his team to the first undefeated season since the institution of 16 regular season games. He has won 2 NFL MVP awards and was Athlete of the Year in 2007. He is also the first QB to lead his team to 10 Divisional Titles. He has countless other awards and titles but this is getting too long. All of this and he was drafted in the 6TH ROUND!?

One of the best clutch abs of all time and shows that he's not a one trick pony by boasting a great regular season and playoff record. Can put up huge numbers when given good receivers 2007-2012 and can win even with scrubs around him 2001-2006 and 2013. Truly one of the greats

Not a better QB than Dan Marino. The product of a system that fit him to a tee. Would not be as good in a different scheme. Can not play under pressure, so why is he considered the best?

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2 Joe Montana Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

Apparently, in scouting reports he was called "cocky" and that "he lacked the tools for a NFL quarterback". Well, here we are in 2017, still gazing at his achievements, and, hey, I know it was the draft stock, but, really? Third round?!

Joe Cool. The best player in NFL for many years. But I have to admit, grudgingly, that Brady has put to rest any more debate on the subject, 5 rings seals it. I will never forget the greatness of Montana, but Brady now has just Charles Haley to catch for most rings (6), and he did it with 2 teams. - Ned964

greatest qb ever and in the 3rd round?! its a no brainer

Yeah my man, I felt the same for a long time. But Brady even has him beat there, he was drafted in the 6th round. - Ned964

I don't like the 49ers but how is joe Montana not number 1? - Elwood

4 superbowls, enough said.

3 Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Drafted by the falcons, traded to green-bay sat behind " the majic man" and got a lucky starting spot and took the green bay packers to the first Super Bowl since 67 got into a car accident, rehabbed and held more passing records then any qb in nfl history definitely the greatest at his position no doubt!

he's the greatest football player of allllllllllll tiimmmeee. period. - jwileson

Didnt pronounce name right on draft day.

4 Johnny Unitas Johnny Unitas John Constantine Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U", or "The Golden Arm", was an American professional football player from the 1950s through the 1970s.

I had to look it up, I had no idea Johnny U was drafted in the 9th round. What a steal for the Colts. Anyways, he played in an era that was largely running the football, take some shots downfield and play good defense, so there is no way his stats will stack up against guys from the pass happy NFL of today. - Ned964

Should have been number one

5 Fran Tarkenton

I'm a Viking fan, and watched this guy help lose 3 Super Bowls (I was too young to care about the Vikings loss in '69). A great scrambler, as everyone knows, and the Vikings dominated the NFC at the time. But in hindsight, the Vikings had little or no chance in the 3 Super Bowls Tarkenton started, the AFC was clearly dominant in the mid 70's, and the teams they lost to, Miami, Pittsburgh and Oakland, are rightfully considered among the best teams of all time. It's a lot like the Bills of the early 90's, they didn't stand much of a chance against Washington, then Dallas twice. - Ned964

Drafted in the third round. - BurtReynoldsWig

6 Kurt Warner Kurt Warner Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a former American football quarterback, a current part-time TV football analyst, and a philanthropist.

So underrated now he's actually playing really well with Arizona this year. TD should not be ahead of him and his career was cut short so what if he had stayed healthy he might have been the all time leading rusher he didn't and now he's a analyst on the nfl network. I'm sick of people and there stupid "what if"s it didn't happen get over it. - Chris-1

Former Hyvee stocker and 2 time MVP

7 Steve Young Steve Young

Greatest Rushing QB of all time, and has most TD passes in a Super Bowl (6)

8 Terell Davis

Thurman Thomas (2nd round) above TD (6th round)? TD could be a #1 and still be ahead of Thomas. Buffalo 0-4 in SBowls... :).LMAO - 144mango

Terrrel Davis was one of the few RB's to get over 2000 yrds in a season ever , he may go to the football hall of fame!

in my oppinion if his career wasnt cut short he would be the alll time leading rusher

9 Thurman Thomas

For like 5 years, his production was staggering. A great back who got caught in an era when no AFC team was gonna beat the NFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC was in the middle of winning 12 straight. Also, it must be said that Thomas really choked in the big game, he couldn't find his helmet once, and missed a crucial series. He also handed a Super Bowl to the Cowboys by fumbling to start the 2nd half. He cried, and having friends in Buffalo, I felt terrible. - Ned964

10 Dick "Night Train" Lane

The Contenders

11 Steve Largent Steve Largent Stephen Michael Largent is a retired American football player, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a former Republican politician, having served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma, from 1994 until 2002.

No one had beter hands then Steve Largent. - gocanes52

He's pretty big around Seattle now - aman28

He should be. He was simply amazing. You wouldn't think it to look at him, but he was nearly impossible to stop in the clutch. Maybe the best route runner ever. Wideouts of today could learn a lot studying his film. - Ned964

12 Ray Guy

Actually Ray Guy is the only punter ever drafted in the first round. (not counting two-way players or kicker hybrids)

Bro this guy is beast he has NEVER gotten a punt for a TD in his whole career!

13 Terrell Owens Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Is that the picture of him standing on the Star? Oh snap! A beast WR, fairly fast but incredibly strong. The model for the big strong wides of today. Devastating. Luckily, his ego allowed for some misplays. If he would have had half of Rice's concentration, he would have been unstoppable. Moody, a bit of a flake. - Ned964

14 Deacon Jones Deacon Jones David D. "Deacon" Jones was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins.

26 sacks in 14 games, anchored the rams defense, played for so long... from a 14th round draft pick. whoever votes on these must not know about football before the 90's.

I certainly saw the twilight of his career, and he was ferocious then. - Ned964

this guy invented the word sack, how is he not in the top 5? he had 26 sacks in a 14 game season. this list is awful.

15 Adam Vinatieri

possobly the best kicker ever has made more clutch kicks in games not only games but super bowls

16 Russell Wilson Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

Come on. No offense, but trick plays, field position and a truly great defense won that Super Bowl. He hasn't done enuf in my book to be mentioned here. He may very well get there, but as of 2017, it doesn't look good - Ned964

3rd round pick to super bowl champ in only 2 years

Really good quarterback was a 3rd round pick

17 Marques Colston
18 Devin Hester

Best kick returner EVER! how is he not on this list? he already nearly broke the most kick returns in a career record, in only 3 years! the current record holder played for at LEAST 7 years

19 Roger Staubach Roger Staubach Roger Thomas Staubach, nicknamed Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

Staubach was drafted round 10 pick pick 129 and is in the hall of fame. He made it to six pro bowls and was a a two time super bowl.

20 Richard Sherman Richard Sherman Richard Kevin Sherman is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.

He is really good and was a 5th round pick

21 Jimmy Graham Jimmy Graham Jimmy Graham is an American football tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

He sucks

22 Rod Smith

Undrafted, need I say more

23 Kam Chancellor Kam Chancellor Kameron Darnel "Kam" Chancellor is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
24 Dak Prescott Dak Prescott Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
25 Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

He is better then tom brady

In a lot of ways, yeah he is better than Brady. A brilliant, athletic QB. There is one area where Brady holds a significant advantage though... - Ned964

He was drafted in the 1st round, 24th overall - Ned964

26 Julian Edelman Julian Edelman Julian Francis Edelman is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. more.
27 Anthony Hargrove
28 Karl Mecklenburg

12th round or somewhere near. Broncos always get forgotten. 6 Super Bowls, 2 wins. Best in NFL over a 25-30 year span. Karl was a part of 3 of them.

29 Bart Starr Bart Starr
30 Aaron Murray
31 Bobby Wagner Bobby Wagner Bobby Joseph Wagner is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
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