New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady probably owns one of the best storylines from the NFL draft. In 2000, the Patriots took a chance on Brady, despite having three quarterbacks in their roster, by taking him as the 199th overall pick in the sixth round. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he was intrigued by Brady's rocky stint at Michigan, where he saved the Wolverines many times in tight situations. Belichick told NFL Films in an interview that the Patriots kept Brady as the fourth quarterback, virtually wasting a roster spot, despite having Drew Bledsoe as the starter, Michael Bishop as a backup, and John Friesz as third signal-caller.

Decision to draft Brady paid dividends for Patriots

The team’s decision to keep Brady paid dividends immediately, as he was vaulted to the role of starter after Bledsoe went down with a season-ending injury in 2001. That year, Brady steered the Patriots to the first of their six Super Bowl trophies with a 20-17 win over the then-St. Louis Rams. So, hands down, Chris Trapasso, NFL draft writer at CBS Sports, named Brady as the No. 1 in terms of value draft picks, or mid-to-late round selections that have provided huge value to their respective teams, in NFL history.

Aside from winning six Super Bowl titles, Brady also clinched four Super Bowl MVP trophies and was named NFL Most Valuable Player three times.

In terms of statistics, Brady also led the league in passing yards three times, passing touchdowns four times and passer rating twice. The 41-year-old Brady remains as the last man standing from the 2000 Draft class after veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski after 19 seasons in the NFL. Janikowski was taken way earlier than Brady after the Oakland Raiders selected him 17th overall.

Based on photos and videos on his social media accounts, Brady is busy preparing for the 2019 season where the Patriots will go for their seventh Super Bowl trophy.

Three legendary quarterbacks follow Brady

Three other legendary quarterbacks followed Brady in Trapasso’s list, including Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts, Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers, and Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Unitas, who was drafted No. 102 overall in 1955, was a three-time NFL champion and a three-time MVP. A 200th overall pick by the Packers in 1956, Starr won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls. Staubach, a 219th overall selection in 1965, was a two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time passer rating leader.

In the top 10 were defensive end Deacon Jones of the Los Angeles Rams, offensive tackle Rosey Brown of the New York Giants, wide receiver Raymond Berry of the Colts, defensive end Andy Robustelli of the Rams, linebacker Chris Hanburger of the Washington Redskins, and defensive end Willie Davis of the Packers. Jones, a 186th overall pick, was a five-time first-team All-Pro and a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

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