The 2019 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and droves of NFL hopefuls will soon be waiting with great anticipation for their names to be called.
Some wait longer than others, of course, only to prove that teams should have been clamoring to get them all along. In the spirit of underrated picks, let's take a look back at the three biggest draft steals in New England Patriots history.
3. Ben Coates, 1991, 124th Overall
Before there was Rob Gronkowski, the best tight end in Patriots franchise history was far and away Ben Coates. Selected in the fifth round of the 1991 draft, Coates developed into a reliably powerful target for Patriots quarterbacks. He spent nine of his 10 years in the NFL with the Patriots, totaling 5,471 yards and 50 touchdowns in 142 games with the team. A two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Coates is undoubtedly one of the biggest steals the Patriots have ever had.
2. Troy Brown, 1993, 198th Overall
Selected in the eighth round of the 1993 draft, wide reciever Troy Brown ranks fourth on the Patriots' all-time receiving yards leaderboard with 6,366 yards to his name. Brown spent the entirety of his 15-year career in New England, winning three Super Bowls as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets. A key member of both the offense and special teams, Brown stands as one of the biggest steals the Patriots have ever had.
Except for the guy in the top spot, of course.
1. Tom Brady, 2000, 199th Overall
Surprise, surprise, it's only the greatest quarterback to ever play the game of football. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Tom Brady has almost single-handedly changed the Patriots from an afterthought into one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. He's thrown for 70,514 yards, 517 touchdown passes, and has won an NFL-record-tying six Super Bowls in his 19-year NFL career, making him not only the biggest draft steal in Patriots history, but NFL history.
Pro sports history? Nobody really comes close. Kudos.