Thirteen quarterbacks were drafted in 2003 – from Carson Palmer with the first overall pick to Brian St. Pierre to seventh-rounder Ken Dorsey, now a Panthers scout. Tony Romo was not one of them. But Romo has played 10 seasons and makes our list of the NFL’s top five undrafted quarterbacks.
1 Warren Moon, Washington: After leading the Huskies to a Rose Bowl win, Moon played six seasons with Edmonton in the CFL. Moon played 17 NFL seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
2 Kurt Warner, Northern Iowa: Warner went from stocking shelves in a grocery store to leading the Rams to a Super Bowl win over Tennessee two years later.
3 Jake Delhomme, Louisiana-Lafayette: Delhomme spent three years in NFL Europe before the Saints signed him in 1999. Delhomme owns all the Panthers’ major passing records and is the only Carolina quarterback to play in a Super Bowl.
4 Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois: Romo’s numbers compare favorably with some of the great Cowboys quarterbacks. But Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman won multiple Super Bowls, Romo has yet to play in one.
5 Dave Krieg, Milton College: The longtime Seahawks QB got a shot after starring at Milton. Krieg played 19 years and went to three Pro Bowls.
Runners-up: Jeff Garcia, Jon Kitna.