10 best quarterbacks drafted in the fourth round or later since 1990

Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft choice by the Patriots in 2000. [Image Source: Flickr | Craig Nelson]
Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft choice by the Patriots in 2000. [Image Source: Flickr | Craig Nelson]

Tom Brady is not just the best late-round quarterback drafted since 1990, he is known by many as the best ever at his position.

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Three quarterbacks were selected in the first round of this year's draft on Thursday. While some fans may be disappointed that their team did not select a quarterback, not all hope is lost. There have been a number of instances where a late-round pick has made quite an impact in the league at the quarterback position and became a long-time starter.

Here are the ten best quarterbacks that were drafted in the fourth round or later since 1990. As a subjective list, there is room for debate as to who should be placed where. Some quarterbacks who just missed out on earning a spot on the list include Jeff Blake (sixth round, 1992), Gus Frerotte (seventh round, 1994), Kyle Orton (fourth round, 2005), Ryan Fitzpatrick (seventh round, 2005), and Tyrod Taylor (sixth round, 2011). This list also doesn't include quarterbacks who went undrafted (undrafted quarterbacks are talked about more in length in an article written by Football Outsiders) but still had successful careers such as Kurt Warner, Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme, Jon Kitna, and Tony Romo.

1

Tom Brady - 6th round, 199th overall by the Patriots (2000)

Fourteen-time Pro Bowler. Three-time league MVP. Six-time Super Bowl winner and four-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady is arguably the best to ever play quarterback as he is getting ready for his 20th season with the Patriots. Yahoo Sports recently took a look at the six quarterback selected before Brady in 2000.

2

Trent Green - 8th round, 222nd overall by the Chargers (1993)

Green started every game for the Chiefs for five straight seasons from 2001-2005. In the last three of those years, he threw for over 4,000 yards. He compiled 28,475 passing yards and 162 passing touchdowns in his career.

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