1938 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)December 12, 1937
LocationSherman House Hotel,
in Chicago, IL
110 total selections in 12 rounds
First selectionCorbett Davis, FB
Cleveland Rams
Mr. IrrelevantFred Dreher, End
Chicago Bears
Most selections (12)Brooklyn Dodgers,
Chicago Cardinals,
Cleveland Rams,
Philadelphia Eagles,
Pittsburgh Pirates
Fewest selections (10)Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers
← 1937
1939 →

The 1938 National Football League Draft was held on December 12, 1937, at the Sherman House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] The draft consisted of 12 rounds and 110 player selections. It began with the Cleveland Rams using the first overall pick of the draft to select Corbett Davis.

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Rams Corbett Davis Back Indiana
2 Philadelphia Eagles Jim McDonald Back Ohio State
3 Brooklyn Dodgers Boyd Brumbaugh Back Duquesne
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Byron "Whizzer" White Back Colorado
5 Chicago Cardinals Jack Robbins Back Arkansas
6 Detroit Lions Alex Wojciechowicz Center Fordham
7 Green Bay Packers Cecil Isbell Back Purdue
8 New York Giants George Karamatic Back Gonzaga
9 Washington Redskins Andy Farkas Back Detroit
10 Chicago Bears Joe Gray Back Oregon State

Round two

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
11 Cleveland Rams Jim Benton End Arkansas
12 Philadelphia Eagles Dick Riffle Back Albright
13 Brooklyn Dodgers Joe Kilgrow Back Alabama
14 Pittsburgh Pirates Frank Filchock Back Indiana
15 Chicago Cardinals Milt Popovich Back Montana

Round three

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
16 Cleveland Rams Joe Routt Guard Texas A&M
17 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Bukant Back Washington University
18 Brooklyn Dodgers Frank Kinard Tackle Ole Miss
19 Pittsburgh Pirates Hugh Wolfe Back Texas
20 Chicago Cardinals Frank Patrick Back Pittsburgh
21 Detroit Lions Pete Smith End Oklahoma
22 Green Bay Packers Marty Schreyer Tackle Purdue
23 New York Giants Fred Vanzo Back Northwestern
24 Washington Redskins Sam Chapman Back California
25 Chicago Bears Gary Famiglietti Back Boston University

Round four

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
26 Cleveland Rams Vic Markov Tackle Washington
27 Philadelphia Eagles John Meek Back California
28 Brooklyn Dodgers Gene Moore Center Colorado
29 Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Matisi Tackle Pittsburgh
30 Chicago Cardinals Bob Herwig Center California

Round five

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
31 Cleveland Rams Ed Franco Guard Fordham
32 Philadelphia Eagles Fred Shirey Tackle Nebraska
33 Brooklyn Dodgers Ed Merlin Guard Vanderbilt
34 Pittsburgh Pirates Lou Midler Tackle Minnesota
35 Chicago Cardinals Al Babartsky Tackle Fordham
36 Detroit Lions Andy Bershak End North Carolina
37 Green Bay Packers Chuck Sweeney End Notre Dame
38 New York Giants Marion Konemann Back Georgia Tech
39 Washington Redskins Dave Price Center Mississippi State
40 Chicago Bears Gustave "Gust" Zarnas Guard Ohio State

Round six

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
41 Cleveland Rams Ray Hamilton Guard Arkansas
42 Philadelphia Eagles Herschel Ramsey End Texas Tech
43 Brooklyn Dodgers Perry Schwartz End California
44 Pittsburgh Pirates George Platukis End Duquesne
45 Chicago Cardinals Joe Brunansky Tackle Duke
46 Detroit Lions Karl Schleckman Tackle Utah
47 Green Bay Packers Andy Uram Back Minnesota
48 New York Giants Frank Souchak End Pittsburgh
49 Washington Redskins Elmer Dohrmann End Nebraska
50 Chicago Bears Bob Masterson End Miami (FL)

Round seven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
51 Cleveland Rams Marcel Chesbro Guard Colgate
52 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Lannon End Iowa
53 Brooklyn Dodgers Leroy Monsky Guard Alabama
54 Pittsburgh Pirates Ray King End Minnesota
55 Chicago Cardinals Ed Cherry Back Hardin–Simmons
56 Detroit Lions Paul Szakash End Montana
57 Green Bay Packers Johnny Kovatch End Northwestern
58 New York Giants Kelly Moan Halfback West Virginia
59 Washington Redskins Roy Young Guard Texas A&M
60 Chicago Bears Frank Ramsey Tackle Oregon State

Round eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
61 Cleveland Rams Walter Mayberry Back Florida
62 Philadelphia Eagles Clem Woltman Guard Purdue
63 Brooklyn Dodgers Len Noyes Guard Montana
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Burnette Halfback North Carolina
65 Chicago Cardinals Leon Lavington End Colorado
66 Detroit Lions Dick Nardi Halfback Ohio State
67 Green Bay Packers Phil Ragazzo Guard Western Reserve
68 New York Giants Ted Doyle Back Nebraska
69 Washington Redskins Bill Hartman Fullback Georgia
70 Chicago Bears Fletcher Sims Back Georgia Tech

Round nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
71 Cleveland Rams Charles Ream End Ohio State
72 Philadelphia Eagles Elmer Kolberg Back Oregon State
73 Brooklyn Dodgers John Stringham Back BYU
74 Pittsburgh Pirates Paul McDonough End Utah
75 Chicago Cardinals Phil Dougherty Center Santa Clara
76 Detroit Lions Jim Sirtosky Guard Indiana
77 Green Bay Packers John Howell Halfback Nebraska
78 New York Giants John Mellus Tackle Villanova
79 Washington Redskins Ed Parks Center Oklahoma
80 Chicago Bears Alex Schwarz Tackle San Francisco

Round ten

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
81 Cleveland Rams Joe Maras Center Duquesne
82 Philadelphia Eagles Emmett Kriel Guard Baylor
83 Brooklyn Dodgers Jim Sivell Guard Auburn
84 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat McCarty Center Notre Dame
85 Chicago Cardinals Dwight Sloan Fullback Arkansas
86 Detroit Lions Ralph Wolf Center Ohio State
87 Green Bay Packers Frank Barnhart Guard Northern Colorado
88 New York Giants Bob Grimstead Tackle Washington State
89 Washington Redskins Jack Abbott Back Elon
90 Chicago Bears John Weger Tackle Butler

Round eleven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
91 Cleveland Rams Al Hoptowit Guard Washington State
92 Philadelphia Eagles Carl Hinkle Center Vanderbilt
93 Brooklyn Dodgers Johnny Druze End Fordham
94 Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Krause Guard Baldwin Wallace
95 Chicago Cardinals Bob Kenderdine End Indiana
96 Detroit Lions Clarence Douglass Back Kansas
97 Green Bay Packers Pete Tinsley Back Georgia
98 New York Giants Doug Oldershaw End Santa Barbara State
99 Washington Redskins Dick Johnston End Washington
100 Chicago Bears Ray Mickovsky Back Case Western Reserve

Round twelve

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
101 Cleveland Rams Vic Spadaccini Halfback Minnesota
102 Philadelphia Eagles John Michelosen Back Pittsburgh
103 Brooklyn Dodgers Lou Mark Back NC State
104 Pittsburgh Pirates Joe Kuharich Guard Notre Dame
105 Chicago Cardinals Bob Mautner Center Holy Cross
106 Detroit Lions Clint Frank[3] Halfback Yale
107 Green Bay Packers Tony Falkenstein Back St. Mary's (CA)
108 New York Giants Elmore Hackney Fullback Duke
109 Washington Redskins Henry "Hank" Bartos Guard North Carolina
110 [4] Chicago Bears Fred Dreher End Denver
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1971.[6]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [7]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Green Bay Packers Carl Mulleneaux  E Utah State RMAC
Green Bay Packers Baby Ray  T Vanderbilt SEC
New York Giants Enio Conti  OG Fordham Ind.
New York Giants Frank Cope  T Santa Clara Ind.
Washington Redskins Willie Wilkin  OT Saint Mary's (CA) Ind.


  1. ^ "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. October 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Clinton Frank, 1937 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  4. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  6. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  7. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.