On all-time draft list, Brady ranks 8th -- for now

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The race ain't over.

ESPN Stats & Information recently concocted a formula to determine the best buys in NFL draft history. Receiver nonpareil Jerry Rice topped the list ahead of quarterbacks Joe Montana and Brett Favre.

But the scores are permanent only for the players who've stopped playing. Active players still can accumulate points for being named MVP or first-team All-Pro or for playing in the Super Bowl.

In other words, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could rise from his No. 8 ranking before he and Gisele retire to some beach in Bimini.

Brady has a chance to overtake Montana and Rice, but jockeying past Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could be a problem.

Rice's accomplishments give him a score of 88.07, while Montana's put him at 87.14. Favre is third with 84.74 points.

Manning is fourth with 84.04 points, followed by three retirees: Linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Jack Lambert and running back Terrell Davis.

Brady ranks eighth with 71.34 points, and he won't be caught from behind any time soon. No active player is within photo-taking distance -- not even with a zoom lens.

How can Brady catch Rice? An MVP award is worth 15 points. Each first-team All-Pro selection is worth five points. Super Bowl victories are good for five points. Super Bowl losses garner 2.5 points.
If Brady returns from his season-erasing left knee injury and helps the Patriots' offense resume its dominance against the NFL's third-toughest schedule, then he would have to be the leading contender for MVP and All-Pro.

It doesn't have to happen this year, either. Brady has plenty of years left to reach Super Bowls. He'll turn only 32 in August.

Where on the best-buy list do you think Brady finishes his career?