One thing is certain: The San Francisco 49ers are not short on draft day steals.
From Charles Haley to Jesse Sapolu to Dwight Clark, many could have feasibly made this list.
All of which just goes to show how wise and savvy the management and coaching was for this previously downtrodden franchise that turned things around in the 1980s.
Yet pound for pound, Montana is the man.
Although successful at Notre Dame, scouts were not exactly enamored with his core skill set, be it his arm strength, speed, or otherwise.
If only there was a system to measure the intangibles: coolness under pressure, will to win, etc.
(Then again, if such a system did exist, writers wouldn't really have a story).
But ever since the middle of the 1980 season, when he took over for Steve DeBerg (himself an early entrant on this list), he and the 49ers never loooked back, claiming four Super Bowl titles in the process.
From his coronation, "The Catch," to his 92-yard come from behind Super Bowl drive to beat the Cincinnati Bengals (in which he was infamously more interested in John Candy's presence than the first play), his legend is carved in stone as arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game.
Once an aging legend is traded, he tends to become a caricature of his former self. Joe Namath as a Ram, Franco Harris as a Seahawk, Earl Campbell as a Saint, and Emmitt Smith as a Cardinal come to mind.
Yet Montana continued to defy logic as he guided the perennially mediocre Kansas City Chiefs to the AFC title game in 1993.
As time progresses, athletes tend to get bigger, faster, and stronger.
For instance, a special teams second stringer today looks more fit than the 1961 Mr. Olympia.
Yet Montana's legacy of winning—which never gets outdated—will always remain legendary.