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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Brady the Best


When you look at the best offensive draft pick ever, this might be easier than some think. When the New England Patriots selected Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, they made arguably one of the best drafts picks in NFL history. Brady has since led the Patriots to three Super Bowls, built a dynasty in New England, and has transformed the Patriots into one of the league's elite teams year after year.

He's won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP's, as well as a league MVP award. He's also the record holder for most passing touchdowns in a season with 50. With a career record of 101-27, including going 14-3 in the postseason, Brady will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history once all is said and done. The fact that there were 198 players taken ahead of him is what makes that pick the best offensive pick in NFL history.

By Shawn Zobel  |  March 24, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Taking a different approach, my sense is that if you took every offensive NFL player --- as the players they were and appeared to be on draft day --- and tossed them into one draft and then asked who would come out #1 overall, I'm certain that John Elway would come out #1 six times out of ten. Two times out of ten, the pick would have been Bo Jackson, and one time out of ten the pick would have been Orlando Pace, and also one time out of ten, the pick would have been Drew Bledsoe.

Posted by: tracker2 | March 24, 2009 12:41 PM

The best offensive draft pick ever was Bart Starr. A backup quarterback from the University of Alabama taken in the 17th round, he led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships, including victories in the first two Super Bowls. His Packers were the only team to threepeat in the modern era.

Posted by: nipplejesus | March 24, 2009 1:54 PM

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