1942 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)December 22, 1941
LocationPalmer House Hotel
in Chicago, IL
200 total selections in 22 rounds
First selectionBill Dudley, HB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Mr. IrrelevantStu Clarkson, C
Chicago Bears
Most selections (20)each team made 20 picks
Fewest selections (20)each team made 20 picks
Hall of Famers2
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The 1942 National Football League Draft was held on December 22, 1941, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.[1][2] Two members of the draft class have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bill Dudley, the first overall selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mac Speedie, 135th overall selection by the Detroit Lions. Additionally, one member of the draft class became a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame college basketball coach, Ralph Miller. Miller was selected 167th pick overall by the Brooklyn Dodgers after successful careers at Kansas on the school's football and basketball teams.

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Dudley Halfback Virginia
2 Cleveland Rams Jack Wilson Halfback Baylor
3 Philadelphia Eagles Pete Kmetovic Halfback Stanford
4 Chicago Cardinals Steve Lach Fullback Duke
5 Detroit Lions Bob Westfall Fullback Michigan
6 Washington Redskins Spec Sanders Running back Texas
7 Brooklyn Dodgers Bobby Robertson Running back USC
8 New York Giants Merle Hapes Fullback Mississippi
9 Green Bay Packers Urban Odson Tackle Minnesota
10 Chicago Bears Frankie Albert Quarterback Stanford

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
11 Pittsburgh Steelers Vern Martin Back Texas
12 Cleveland Rams Jack "Indian" Jacobs Back Oklahoma
13 Philadelphia Eagles Vic Lindskog Center Stanford
14 Chicago Cardinals Lloyd Cheatham Back Auburn
15 Detroit Lions Alf Bauman Tackle Northwestern

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
16 Pittsburgh Steelers Ken Casanega Back Santa Clara
17 Cleveland Rams Roger Eason Tackle Oklahoma
18 Philadelphia Eagles Ted Williams Back Boston College
19 Chicago Cardinals Wilson "Bud" Schwenk Back Washington (St. Louis)
20 Detroit Lions Bob Dethman Back Oregon State
21 Washington Redskins Rufus Deal Back Auburn
22 Brooklyn Dodgers Curt Mecham Back Oregon
23 New York Giants Bob Sweiger Back Minnesota
24 Green Bay Packers Ray Frankowski Guard Washington
25 Chicago Bears Joe Boratyn Back Holy Cross

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
26 Pittsburgh Steelers Malcolm Kutner End Texas
27 Cleveland Rams Len Levy Guard Minnesota
28 Philadelphia Eagles Gordon Paschka Guard Minnesota
29 Chicago Cardinals Vince Banonis Center Detroit
30 Detroit Lions Dom "Mickey" Sanzotta Back Case Western Reserve

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31 Pittsburgh Steelers Curt Sandig Back St. Mary's (TX)
32 Cleveland Rams Orville Matthews Back Oklahoma
33 Philadelphia Eagles Ernie Blandin Tackle Tulane
34 Chicago Cardinals Bob Reinhard Tackle California
35 Detroit Lions Joe Blalock End Clemson
36 Washington Redskins Joe Zeno Guard Holy Cross
37 Brooklyn Dodgers Vike Francis Back Nebraska
38 New York Giants Al Blozis Tackle Georgetown
39 Green Bay Packers Bill Green Back Iowa
40 Chicago Bears Martin Ruby Defensive tackle Texas A&M

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
41 Pittsburgh Steelers Charley Greene Tackle Tulsa
42 Cleveland Rams Mike Sweeney End Texas
43 Philadelphia Eagles Earl Younglove End Washington
44 Chicago Cardinals Chal Daniel Guard Texas
45 Detroit Lions Murray Evans Back Hardin–Simmons
46 Washington Redskins Harley McCollum Tackle Tulane
47 Brooklyn Dodgers Henry Stanton End Arizona
48 New York Giants Bob Glass Back Tulane
49 Green Bay Packers Joe Krivonak Guard South Carolina
50 Chicago Bears H.C. Burrus End Hardin–Simmons

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
51 Pittsburgh Steelers Johnny Butler Back Tennessee
52 Cleveland Rams Italo Rossi Tackle Purdue
53 Philadelphia Eagles Billy Sewell Back Washington State
54 Chicago Cardinals Rupe Thornton Guard Santa Clara
55 Detroit Lions Tommy Colella Back Canisius
56 Washington Redskins Bob Fitch End Minnesota
57 Brooklyn Dodgers Wayne Goldsmith Back Emporia State
58 New York Giants Tommy Prothro Back Duke
59 Green Bay Packers Preston Johnston Back Southern Methodist
60 Chicago Bears Bob Jeffries Guard Missouri

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
61 Pittsburgh Steelers Floyd Spendlove Tackle Utah
62 Cleveland Rams Bob Brumley Back Rice
63 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Halverson Guard Oregon State
64 Chicago Cardinals Doug Renzel Back Marquette
65 Detroit Lions Joe Franceski Tackle Scranton
66 Washington Redskins George Peters Back Oregon State
67 Brooklyn Dodgers Preston Flanagan End Texas
68 New York Giants Tom Kearns Tackle Miami (FL)
69 Green Bay Packers Joe Rogers End Michigan
70 Chicago Bears Frank Maznicki Back Boston College

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71 Pittsburgh Steelers Rayburn Chase Back Missouri
72 Cleveland Rams Hubert Ulrich End Kansas
73 Philadelphia Eagles Ray Graves Center Tennessee
74 Chicago Cardinals Chet Wetterlund Back Illinois Wesleyan
75 Detroit Lions Emil Banjavic Back Arizona
76 Washington Redskins Frank Swiger Back Duke
77 Brooklyn Dodgers Bob Gifford Back Denver
78 New York Giants Bob Merker End Millikin
79 Green Bay Packers Noah Langdale Tackle Alabama
80 Chicago Bears John Petty Back Purdue

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81 Pittsburgh Steelers Ernie Steele Back Washington
82 Cleveland Rams Bob deLauer Tackle USC
83 Philadelphia Eagles Jack Stackpool Back Washington
84 Chicago Cardinals Jud Ringer End Minnesota
85 Detroit Lions Bill Diehl Center Iowa
86 Washington Redskins John Goodyear Back Marquette
87 Brooklyn Dodgers Joe Petro Guard Muhlenberg
88 New York Giants Mike Kopcik End Georgetown (DC)
89 Green Bay Packers Gene Flick Center Minnesota
90 Chicago Bears Noah "Moon" Mullins Back Kentucky

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
91 Pittsburgh Steelers Thornley Wood Back Columbia
92 Cleveland Rams Ben Hightower End Sam Houston State
93 Philadelphia Eagles Noble Doss Back Texas
94 Chicago Cardinals Jim Fitzharris End St. Thomas (MN)
95 Detroit Lions John Polansky Back Wake Forest
96 Washington Redskins Al DeMao Center Duquesne
97 Brooklyn Dodgers Fraser "Pat" Donlan Tackle Manhattan
98 New York Giants John Solic Center St. Francis (PA)
99 Green Bay Packers Tom Farris Back Wisconsin
100 Chicago Bears Bill Geyer Back Colgate

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
101 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Roach End Texas Christian
102 Cleveland Rams Walt Zirinsky Back Lafayette
103 Philadelphia Eagles Fred Meyer End Stanford
104 Chicago Cardinals Dick Brye Tackle Marquette
105 Detroit Lions Joe Stringfellow End Southern Mississippi
106 Washington Redskins Phil Ahwesh Back Duquesne
107 Brooklyn Dodgers Jim Thibaut Back Tulane
108 New York Giants Len Krouse Back Penn State
109 Green Bay Packers Jimmy Richardson Back Marquette
110 Chicago Bears Jim Daniell Tackle Ohio State

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
111 Pittsburgh Steelers Wayne Holt Guard Tulsa
112 Cleveland Rams Ray Bradfield End Santa Clara
113 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Brenton Tackle Missouri
114 Chicago Cardinals Charley Givler Guard Wake Forest
115 Detroit Lions Tony Arena Center Michigan State
116 Washington Redskins John Kovatch End Notre Dame
117 Brooklyn Dodgers Art Deremer Center Niagara
118 New York Giants Bob Barnett Center Duke
119 Green Bay Packers Bruce Smith[3] Running back Minnesota
120 Chicago Bears Jackie Hunt Back Marshall

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
121 Pittsburgh Steelers Clure Mosher Center Louisville
122 Cleveland Rams Tom Greene Tackle Georgia
123 Philadelphia Eagles John Wyhonic Guard Alabama
124 Chicago Cardinals Hugh Swink Tackle Oklahoma State
125 Detroit Lions Wolf Heinberg Tackle California-Santa Barbara
126 Washington Redskins Bill DeCorrevont Back Northwestern
127 Brooklyn Dodgers Stan Gervelis End Pittsburgh
128 New York Giants Pete Layden Back Texas
129 Green Bay Packers Bill Applegate Guard South Carolina
130 Chicago Bears Henry "Bob" Gude Center Vanderbilt

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
131 Pittsburgh Steelers Hubbard Law Back Sam Houston State
132 Cleveland Rams Ike Peel Back Tennessee
133 Philadelphia Eagles O'Dell Griffin Guard Baylor
134 Chicago Cardinals Marv Harshman Back Pacific Lutheran
135 Detroit Lions Mac Speedie End Utah
136 Washington Redskins Marvin Whited Back Oklahoma
137 Brooklyn Dodgers Gene Davis Back Pennsylvania
138 New York Giants Buddy Jungmichel Guard Texas
139 Green Bay Packers Jim Trimble Tackle Indiana
140 Chicago Bears Joe Krutulis End Miami (FL)

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
141 Pittsburgh Steelers Andy Tomasic Back Temple
142 Cleveland Rams Glenn Henicle Guard Tulsa
143 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Smaltz Back Penn State
144 Chicago Cardinals George Arabian Back St. Mary's (CA)
145 Detroit Lions Firman Bynum Tackle Arkansas
146 Washington Redskins Dean "Dee" Chipman Back Brigham Young
147 Brooklyn Dodgers Ed Masloski Back Scranton
148 New York Giants Keith Doggett Tackle Wichita State
149 Green Bay Packers Tom Kinkade Back Ohio State
150 Chicago Bears George Abel Guard Nebraska

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
151 Pittsburgh Steelers Garth Chamberlain Tackle Brigham Young
152 Cleveland Rams Don Clawson Back Northwestern
153 Philadelphia Eagles Arnie Meiners End Stanford
154 Chicago Cardinals Jackie Crain Back Texas
155 Detroit Lions Dick Fisher Back Ohio State
156 Washington Redskins George Watts Tackle Appalachian State
157 Brooklyn Dodgers R. C. Pitts End Arkansas
158 New York Giants Verne Miller Tackle Harvard
159 Green Bay Packers Fred Preston End Nebraska
160 Chicago Bears Don Edmiston Tackle Tennessee

Round eighteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
161 Pittsburgh Steelers John Rokisky End Duquesne
162 Cleveland Rams Jack Graf Back Ohio State
163 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Braun Tackle Santa Clara
164 Chicago Cardinals Carl Suntheimer Center North Carolina
165 Detroit Lions George Speth Tackle Murray State
166 Washington Redskins Gene Stewart Back Willamette
167 Brooklyn Dodgers Ralph Miller Back Kansas
168 New York Giants John "Junie" Hovious Back Mississippi
169 Green Bay Packers Robert Ingalls Center Michigan
170 Chicago Bears Holt Rast End Alabama

Round nineteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
171 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray "Earthquake" Jenkins Back Colorado
172 Cleveland Rams Bill Regner End Oregon
173 Philadelphia Eagles Charley Dvoracek Back Texas Tech
174 Chicago Cardinals Jimmy Nelson Back Alabama
175 Detroit Lions Blair Heaton End Susquehanna
176 Washington Redskins Charlie Timmons Back Clemson
177 Brooklyn Dodgers Wilson Elliott Tackle Tennessee-Chattanooga
178 New York Giants Owen Price Back Texas-El Paso
179 Green Bay Packers George Benson Back Northwestern
180 Chicago Bears Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones Back Pittsburgh

Round twenty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
181 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Kapriva Guard Wake Forest
182 Cleveland Rams Gene Conley Tackle Washington
183 Philadelphia Eagles Marv Tommervik Back Pacific Lutheran
184 Chicago Cardinals Norvell Wallach Tackle Missouri
185 Detroit Lions Ben Collins Back West Texas State
186 Washington Redskins Milburn "Tiny" Croft Tackle Ripon
187 Brooklyn Dodgers Bill Polantonio Guard Elon
188 New York Giants Adam Kretowicz End Holy Cross
189 Green Bay Packers Horace "Deacon" Young Back Southern Methodist
190 Chicago Bears Bill Tessendorf Tackle Gonzaga

Round twenty-one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
191 Washington Redskins Steve Juzwik Back Notre Dame
192 Brooklyn Dodgers Bert Hayes Back Wichita
193 New York Giants Jim "Blackie" Blumenstock Back Fordham
194 Green Bay Packers Henry Woronicz End Boston College
195 Chicago Bears Adolph Kissell Back Boston College

Round twenty-two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
196 Washington Redskins Al Couppee Back Iowa
197 Brooklyn Dodgers Walt "Fuzzy" Fedora Back George Washington
198 New York Giants Milt Hull Tackle Florida
199 Green Bay Packers Woody Adams Tackle Texas Christian
200 [4] Chicago Bears Stu Clarkson Center Texas A&I

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1966.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[6]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Chicago Bears Clint Wager  E Saint Mary's MIAC
Chicago Cardinals Chet Bulger  OT Auburn SEC
Cleveland Rams Bosh Pritchard  RB Georgia Tech SEC
Green Bay Packers Ted Fritsch  RB Wisconsin–Stevens Point WSTCC
New York Giants Frank Liebel  DB Norwich Ind.
Washington Redskins Dick Poillon  RB/CB Canisius WNYL3


  1. ^ Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. 2014-10-02. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  3. ^ "1941 Heisman Trophy: Bruce Smith". Archived from the original on 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bill Dudley profile". Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.