Now it’s laughable that Wilson was a third-round pick in 2012 but there were genuine doubts over his height. He was impressive for the Wisconsin Badgers but his short stature drew significant criticism. The Seahawks also felt the heat after their selection (via Sportskeeda).
Many analysts believed it was a pointless choice. After all, they had Matt Flynn on their books too. Then, Wilson silenced his doubters as he emerged as one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks. He helped them win a Super Bowl and should have had another.
Montana is the second-most successful quarterback in NFL history. Before Tom Brady came along he was unquestionably the greatest. However, the 49ers didn’t select him until relatively late in the draft. They used a third-round pick to bring ‘Joe Cool’ to the Golden State.
They reaped the rewards because his abilities were remarkable. Montana had a magnificent career with the 49ers before a short spell with the Chiefs. He won four Super Bowl rings with three MVP awards. It’s crazy but Montana was one of the biggest steals ever (via Sportskeeda).
We’ve tried to keep this list relatively recent, but Starr is worthy of a place. He declared for the Draft in 1956. There were fewer teams back then but a ridiculous number of rounds. When the Packers finally selected the legendary quarterback it was in the 17th round (via Franchise Sports).
This made him the 200th selected player of the year. Starr was one of five future Hall of Famers that year. He helped his franchise win the first two installments of the Super Bowl. It’s no exaggeration to say that he was one of the NFL’s first true stars.
Sharpe belied his lowly seventh-round status with one of the most iconic careers ever. The tight end won three Super Bowl rings and retired with the most receptions by a tight end in NFL history. It’s amazing in hindsight that he fell as low as he did after a great career at Savannah State.
However, scouts didn’t rate him highly because of his size. The Broncos gambled on him with a late selection and he quickly repaid him. After transitioning from receiver to tight end, he defined the position. He was also very influential for the Ravens (via Washington Times).
Could anybody else top this list? Brady is arguably the greatest NFL player of all time. With his longevity and seven Super Bowl rings, his legacy outshines everybody else’s. Meanwhile, he’s also the biggest steal in history. That’s because the Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.
They used the 199th overall pick to select the former Michigan quarterback. Nobody expected much from him. But an opportunity arose after Drew Bledsoe’s injury that season. Suddenly, Brady became the starter and he never allowed it to slip (via Business Insider).