1945 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 8, 1945
LocationCommodore Hotel
in New York City, NY
330 total selections in 32 rounds
First selectionCharley Trippi, HB
Chicago Cardinals
Mr. IrrelevantBilly Joe Aldridge, B
Green Bay Packers
Most selections (30)each team made 30 picks
Fewest selections (30)each team made 30 picks
Hall of Famers5
← 1944
1946 →

The 1945 National Football League Draft was held on April 8, 1945, at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, New York.[1] With the first overall pick of the draft, the Chicago Cardinals selected halfback Charley Trippi.

Player selections

= Pro Bowler[2] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Chicago Cardinals Charley Trippi Halfback Georgia
2 Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Duhart Halfback Florida
3 Brooklyn Tigers Joe Renfroe Back Tulane
4 Boston Yanks Eddie Prokop Back Georgia Tech
5 Cleveland Rams Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Wide Receiver Michigan
6 Detroit Lions Frank Szymanski Center Notre Dame
7 Chicago Bears Don Lund Back Michigan
8 Washington Redskins Jim Hardy Quarterback USC
9 Philadelphia Eagles John Yonakor Defensive End Notre Dame
10 New York Giants Elmer Barbour Quarterback Wake Forest
11 Green Bay Packers Walt Schlinkman Fullback Texas Tech

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
12 Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Dugger End Ohio State
13 Brooklyn Tigers Wayne Williams Back Minnesota
14 Chicago Cardinals Paul Collins Back Missouri
15 Boston Yanks Tom Dean Tackle Southern Methodist
16 Cleveland Rams Milan Lazetich Tackle Michigan

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
17 Brooklyn Tigers Cecil Gray Center Oregon
18 Chicago Cardinals Walt Watt Back Miami (FL)
19 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Dellastatious Back Missouri
20 Boston Yanks Damon Tassos Guard Texas A&M
21 Cleveland Rams W.G. "Dub" Wooten End Oklahoma
22 Chicago Bears Charley Allen Back Southern Methodist
23 Washington Redskins John "Tree" Adams Tackle Notre Dame
24 Detroit Lions Stan Mohrbacher Guard Iowa
25 Philadelphia Eagles Alvin Dark Back Louisiana State
26 New York Giants Gordon Appleby Center Ohio State
27 Green Bay Packers Clyde Goodnight End Tulsa

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
28 Chicago Cardinals Bob Dobelstein Guard Tennessee
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Roger Adams Center Florida
30 Brooklyn Tigers Steve Enich Guard Marquette
31 Boston Yanks Don Deeks Tackle Washington
32 Cleveland Rams Jack Zilly End Notre Dame

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
33 Pittsburgh Steelers Chuck Mehelich End Duquesne
34 Brooklyn Tigers Al Kowalski Quarterback Tulsa
35 Chicago Cardinals Zeke Chronister End Texas Christian
36 Boston Yanks Johnny "Strike" Strzykalski Back Marquette
37 Cleveland Rams Roger Harding Center California
38 Washington Redskins George Bujan Center Oregon
39 Detroit Lions Bob Wiese Back Michigan
40 Chicago Bears Forest Masterson Center Iowa
41 Philadelphia Eagles Pete Pihos Wide receiver Indiana
42 New York Giants Ed Castleberry Back West Texas State
43 Green Bay Packers Joe Graham End Florida

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
44 Brooklyn Tigers Dick Barwegan Guard Purdue
45 Chicago Cardinals Corwin Clatt Back Notre Dame
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Gregg Browning End Denver
47 Boston Yanks Jim Mello Back Notre Dame
48 Cleveland Rams Jerry Cowhig Back Notre Dame
49 Detroit Lions Gene Fekete Back Ohio State
50 Chicago Bears Wayne Shaw Back Southern Methodist
51 Washington Redskins Johnny North End Vanderbilt
52 Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Dellago Guard Minnesota
53 New York Giants Barney Poole End Mississippi/Army
54 Green Bay Packers Don Wells Tackle Georgia

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
55 Chicago Cardinals Ziggy Czarobski Tackle Notre Dame
56 Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Wolak Back Duquesne
57 Brooklyn Tigers Louie Futrell Back Fresno State
58 Boston Yanks Marty Silovich Center Marquette
59 Cleveland Rams Fred Negus Center Wisconsin
60 Chicago Bears Glen Burgeis Tackle Tulsa
61 Washington Redskins John Steber Guard Georgia Tech
62 Detroit Lions Mike Jarmoluk Tackle Temple
63 Philadelphia Eagles Gonzalo Morales Back St. Mary's (CA)
64 New York Giants Jack Mead End Wisconsin
65 Green Bay Packers Casey Stephenson Back Tennessee

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
66 Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Hughes Tackle Missouri
67 Brooklyn Tigers John Dodds Guard California
68 Chicago Cardinals John Harrington End Marquette
69 Boston Yanks Ellis Jones Guard Tulsa
70 Cleveland Rams Johnny August Back Alabama
71 Washington Redskins Art Porter End Tulane
72 Detroit Lions Jack Lowther Back Detroit
73 Chicago Bears Pat O'Brien Tackle Purdue
74 Philadelphia Eagles Sam Robinson Back Washington
75 New York Giants Nick Vodick Back Northwestern
76 Green Bay Packers Toby Collins Tackle Tulsa

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
77 Brooklyn Tigers Elting Johnson Back Bucknell
78 Chicago Cardinals Gene Meeks Back Kentucky
79 Pittsburgh Steelers Leon Pense Back Arkansas
80 Boston Yanks Earl Lambert Back Manhattan
81 Cleveland Rams Dick Huffman Tackle Tennessee
82 Detroit Lions Les Joop Tackle Illinois
83 Chicago Bears Bill Mayther Center Oregon
84 Washington Redskins Curt Kuykendall Back Auburn
85 Philadelphia Eagles Forrest Hall Back San Francisco
86 New York Giants John Rudan Back Marquette
87 Green Bay Packers Lamar Dingler End Arkansas

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
88 Chicago Cardinals Bill Huber End Notre Dame
89 Pittsburgh Steelers Art Brandau Center Tennessee
90 Brooklyn Tigers Roy Cross End Tennessee
91 Boston Yanks Don Kasprzak Back Dartmouth
92 Cleveland Rams Vern Walters Back Alma
93 Chicago Bears Bill Poe Back Clemson
94 Washington Redskins Frank Brogger End Michigan State
95 Detroit Lions Paul Walker End Yale
96 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Sadonis Tackle Fordham
97 New York Giants Vic Smith Back UCLA
98 Green Bay Packers Hal Helscher Back Louisiana State

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
99 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Ball Back Holy Cross
100 Brooklyn Tigers Earl Haury Tackle Kansas State
101 Chicago Cardinals Halley Heard Tackle Louisiana State
102 Boston Yanks Ben Jones End Arkansas
103 Cleveland Rams Tom Fears End UCLA
104 Washington Redskins Mack Creger Back Northwestern
105 Detroit Lions Howie Hansen Tackle Utah State
106 Chicago Bears Chuck Avery Back Minnesota
107 Philadelphia Eagles Rudy Mobley Back Hardin-Simmons
108 New York Giants Jim Young Tackle Arkansas
109 Green Bay Packers Ralph Hammond Center Pittsburgh

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
110 Brooklyn Tigers John Martin Back East Tennessee State
111 Chicago Cardinals Bob Cowan Back Indiana
112 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Basilone Back Duquesne
113 Boston Yanks Herb Coleman Center Notre Dame
114 Cleveland Rams Joe Winkler Center Purdue
115 Detroit Lions Mike Kasap Tackle Illinois
116 Chicago Bears Jack Boyd Back UCLA
117 Washington Redskins Paul McKee End Syracuse
118 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Newmeyer Tackle St. Vincent
119 New York Giants Billy Bevis Back Tennessee
120 Green Bay Packers Ed Podgorski Tackle Lafayette

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
121 Chicago Cardinals Elmore "Buddy" Luper Back Duke
122 Pittsburgh Steelers John Monahan End Dartmouth
123 Brooklyn Tigers George McDonald Tackle South Carolina
124 Boston Yanks Joe Pezelski Back Villanova
125 Cleveland Rams Jack Aland Tackle Alabama
126 Chicago Bears Ralph Ellsworth Back Texas
127 Washington Redskins Charlie Conerly Quarterback Mississippi
128 Detroit Lions Wally Hopp Back Nebraska
129 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Chambers Tackle UCLA
130 New York Giants Bob Boozer Tackle Arkansas
131 Green Bay Packers Bill Hackett Guard Ohio State

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
132 Pittsburgh Steelers Mel Odelli Back Duquesne
133 Brooklyn Tigers Hal Self Back Alabama
134 Chicago Cardinals Solon "Bobo" Barnett Guard Baylor
135 Boston Yanks John DiGangi Tackle Holy Cross
136 Cleveland Rams Chuck Uknes Back Iowa
137 Washington Redskins John Putnik End Utah State
138 Detroit Lions Ben Trickey Back Iowa
139 Chicago Bears Frank Mattioli Guard Pittsburgh
140 Philadelphia Eagles John Duda Back Virginia
141 New York Giants Stan Rhoades Back Mississippi State
142 Green Bay Packers Marv Lindsey Back Arkansas

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
143 Brooklyn Tigers Tom Reilly Guard Fordham
144 Chicago Cardinals Gordon Carver Back Duke
145 Pittsburgh Steelers George Connor Tackle Notre Dame
146 Boston Yanks Chan Highsmith Center North Carolina
147 Cleveland Rams Bill Lund Back Case Western Reserve
148 Detroit Lions Windell Williams End Rice
149 Chicago Bears Merle Gibson End Texas Christian
150 Washington Redskins Eddie Saenz Back USC
151 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Montgomery Back Louisiana State
152 New York Giants Jack Wink Back Wisconsin
153 Green Bay Packers Robert "Buster" McClure Tackle Nevada-Reno

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
154 Chicago Cardinals John Cannady Back Indiana
155 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Ungles Back Kansas State
156 Brooklyn Tigers Skimp Harrison End South Carolina
157 Boston Yanks Mike Costello End Georgetown (DC)
158 Cleveland Rams Bob Barton End Holy Cross
159 Chicago Bears John Creevey Back Notre Dame
160 Washington Redskins Dom Fusci Tackle South Carolina
161 Detroit Lions Wayne Flanigan End Denver
162 Philadelphia Eagles Howard Werner End Syracuse
163 New York Giants Jim Little Tackle Kentucky
164 Green Bay Packers Harry Pieper Center California

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
165 Pittsburgh Steelers John Itzel Back Pittsburgh
166 Brooklyn Tigers Arnie Weinmeister Defensive Tackle Washington
167 Chicago Cardinals Ben Cittadino End Duke
168 Boston Yanks Paul Dromgoole End Manhattan
169 Cleveland Rams Dick Hoerner Back Iowa
170 Washington Redskins Bobby Tom Jenkins Back Alabama
171 Detroit Lions O.J. Key Back Tulane
172 Chicago Bears Nick Sacrinty Back Wake Forest
173 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Austin Back Missouri
174 New York Giants Bob Jabbusch Guard Ohio State
175 Green Bay Packers Bob Kula Back Minnesota

Round eighteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
176 Brooklyn Tigers Virgil Eikenberg Back Rice
177 Chicago Cardinals Ralph Strayhorn Guard North Carolina
178 Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Wizbicki Back Holy Cross
179 Boston Yanks Dolph Czekala Tackle Syracuse
180 Cleveland Rams Lee Kennon Tackle Oklahoma
181 Detroit Lions Jim McWhorter Back Alabama
182 Chicago Bears Jim Keane End Iowa
183 Washington Redskins Ed Stacco Tackle Colgate
184 Philadelphia Eagles Quentin Klenk Tackle USC
185 New York Giants Bill Byrd Center Maryland
186 Green Bay Packers Frank Hazard Guard Nebraska

Round nineteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
187 Chicago Cardinals John Andretich Back Purdue
188 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Landrigan Tackle Dartmouth
189 Brooklyn Tigers Al Kasulin Back Villanova
190 Boston Yanks Joe Drumm Tackle Georgetown (DC)
191 Cleveland Rams Eagle Matulich Back Mississippi State
192 Chicago Bears Bruno Niedziela Tackle Iowa
193 Washington Redskins Jim Bradshaw Center Auburn
194 Detroit Lions Clyde LeForce Back Tulsa
195 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Spencer Tackle Oklahoma State
196 New York Giants Glenn Morries Tackle Texas
197 Green Bay Packers Ed Jeffers Tackle Oklahoma State

Round twenty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
198 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Lilienthal Tackle Villanova
199 Brooklyn Tigers Charley Lively Tackle Arkansas
200 Chicago Cardinals Jack Kramer Tackle Marquette
201 Boston Yanks Mario Giannelli Tackle Boston College
202 Cleveland Rams Bill Griffin Tackle Kentucky
203 Washington Redskins Bill Shipkey Back Stanford
204 Detroit Lions Mike Castronis Guard Georgia
205 Chicago Bears Broughton Williams End Florida
206 Philadelphia Eagles Leo Pratt Tackle Oklahoma State
207 New York Giants Pete Davis Back Santa Clara
208 Green Bay Packers Bill Prentice Back Santa Clara

Round twenty-one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
209 Brooklyn Tigers Ted Curran Back Iowa
210 Chicago Cardinals J. D. "Red" Cheek Guard Baylor
211 Pittsburgh Steelers Art Price Back Rutgers
212 Boston Yanks Eric Jamison Tackle San Francisco
213 Cleveland Rams Leroy Erickson Back Oregon
214 Detroit Lions Ken Currier Guard Wisconsin
215 Chicago Bears Walt Stickel Tackle Pennsylvania
216 Washington Redskins Sid Halliday Tackle Southern Methodist
217 Philadelphia Eagles Phil Teschner Tackle Brown
218 New York Giants Sam Vacanti Back Iowa
219 Green Bay Packers Warren Fuller End Fordham

Round twenty-two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
220 Chicago Cardinals Fred Grant Back Wake Forest
221 Pittsburgh Steelers Don Malmberg Back UCLA
222 Brooklyn Tigers Don Fabling Back Colorado
223 Boston Yanks Walt Kretz Back Cornell
224 Cleveland Rams Ray Evans Tackle Texas-El Paso
225 Chicago Bears Bob Livingstone Back Notre Dame
226 Washington Redskins Chick Davidson Tackle Cornell
227 Detroit Lions Jack Verutti Back St. Mary's (CA)
228 Philadelphia Eagles John Magee Guard Rice
229 New York Giants Vern Oliver Center Washington State
230 Green Bay Packers Fred Neilsen Tackle St. Mary's (CA)

Round twenty-three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
231 Pittsburgh Steelers Everett Hartwell End Auburn
232 Brooklyn Tigers Wally Crittenden Back USC
233 Chicago Cardinals Johnny Cook Back Georgia
234 Boston Yanks Marty Grbovaz End San Francisco
235 Cleveland Rams Luke Higgins Tackle Notre Dame
236 Washington Redskins Gabby Martin End Southern Methodist
237 Detroit Lions Ray Olsen Back Tulane
238 Chicago Bears Mike Vargon End Kansas State
239 Philadelphia Eagles Norm "Monk" Mosley Back Alabama
240 New York Giants Jim Chadwell Tackle Tennessee
241 Green Bay Packers Bob Gilmore Back Washington

Round twenty-four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
242 Brooklyn Tigers Jules Taddie Center Rochester
243 Chicago Cardinals Ardie McClure Tackle Georgia
244 Pittsburgh Steelers Ed Cain Back Rice
245 Boston Yanks Ziggy Gory Center Villanova
246 Cleveland Rams Stan Nowak End South Carolina
247 Detroit Lions Russ Morrow Center Tennessee
248 Chicago Bears Charley Wright Guard Iowa State
249 Washington Redskins James McCurdy Center Washington
250 Philadelphia Eagles Blair Brown Guard Oklahoma State
251 New York Giants Vince Mroz End Michigan State
252 Green Bay Packers Lloyd Baxter Center Southern Methodist

Round twenty-five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
253 Chicago Cardinals Hugo Norige Back Wooster
254 Pittsburgh Steelers Angelo Carlaccini Back Pittsburgh
255 Brooklyn Tigers Jerry Whitney Back USC
256 Boston Yanks Bill Iancelli End William & Mary
257 Cleveland Rams Gene Konopka Guard Villanova
258 Chicago Bears Jack Green Guard Alabama
259 Washington Redskins Cecil "Cy" Souders End Ohio State
260 Detroit Lions Stan Green Tackle Oklahoma
261 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Hall End Stanford
262 New York Giants George Kita Back Drake
263 Green Bay Packers Nolan Luhn End Tulsa

Round twenty-six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
264 Pittsburgh Steelers Ed Burns Back Boston College
265 Brooklyn Tigers Felix Trapani Guard Louisiana State
266 Chicago Cardinals Gene "Red" Knight Back Louisiana State
267 Boston Yanks Al Kull Tackle Fordham
268 Cleveland Rams Ray Florek Back Illinois
269 Washington Redskins Ben Wall Back Western Michigan
270 Detroit Lions Bob Ivory Guard Detroit
271 Chicago Bears Lu Gambino Back Maryland
272 Philadelphia Eagles Dan Talcott Tackle Nevada-Reno
273 New York Giants Doug Graham Tackle Stanford
274 Green Bay Packers Nestor Blanco Guard Colorado Mines

Round twenty-seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
275 Brooklyn Tigers Hal Finney Back USC
276 Chicago Cardinals Don Fambrough Back Texas
277 Pittsburgh Steelers Glen Stough Tackle Duke
278 Boston Yanks Bob Mangene Back Boston College
279 Cleveland Rams Russ Perry Back Wake Forest
280 Detroit Lions Dell Taylor Back Tulsa
281 Chicago Bears Ray Jones Back Texas
282 Washington Redskins George Hillery End Texas-El Paso
283 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Thompson Tackle New Mexico
284 New York Giants Jack Dillon End Texas Tech
285 Green Bay Packers Bill Chestnut Back Kansas

Round twenty-eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
286 Chicago Cardinals Garland "Bulldog" Williams Tackle Duke
287 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Marsh Tackle Oklahoma State
288 Brooklyn Tigers Don Fauble Back Oklahoma
289 Boston Yanks John Morelli Guard Georgetown (DC)
290 Cleveland Rams Pat West Back USC
291 Chicago Bears Bob Hary Back Minnesota
292 Washington Redskins Milford Dreblow Back USC
293 Detroit Lions Len Ciesla Back Creighton
294 Philadelphia Eagles Al Fleming Center Wichita State
295 New York Giants Charley J'Anthony Back Brown
296 Green Bay Packers Jim Thompson Back Washington State

Round twenty-nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
297 Pittsburgh Steelers Ralph Grant Back Bucknell
298 Brooklyn Tigers Nick Studen Back Denver
299 Chicago Cardinals Ed Dusek Back Texas A&M
300 Boston Yanks John Fisher Center Harvard
301 Cleveland Rams Bill Davis Back Oregon
302 Washington Redskins Frank Irwin Tackle Duke
303 Detroit Lions Frank Lopp Tackle Wisconsin
304 Chicago Bears Nick Forkovitch Back William & Mary
305 Philadelphia Eagles Leo Benjamin Center West Virginia
306 New York Giants Ray Pipkin Back Arkansas
307 Green Bay Packers Jim Evans End Idaho

Round thirty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
308 Brooklyn Tigers LeMar Dykstra Back Colorado
309 Chicago Cardinals Otto Payne Back Texas A&M
310 Pittsburgh Steelers John Kondrla Tackle St. Vincent
311 Boston Yanks Elmer Oberto Guard Georgetown (DC)
312 Cleveland Rams Charley Compton Tackle Alabama
313 Detroit Lions Paul Limont End Notre Dame
314 Chicago Bears Don Robinson Back Michigan
315 Washington Redskins Leon Diner End Denver
316 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Dougherty Back Miami (OH)
317 New York Giants Joe Wolf Center USC
318 Green Bay Packers Hamilton Nichols Guard Rice

Round thirty-one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
319 Chicago Bears Wayne "Rusty" Johnston Back Marquette
320 Washington Redskins Bob Cummings Center Vanderbilt
321 Detroit Lions Ben Schadler Back Northwestern
322 Philadelphia Eagles Ken Reese Back Alabama
323 New York Giants Bill Broderick Tackle Utah
324 Green Bay Packers John Priday Back Ohio State

Round thirty-two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
325 Washington Redskins Don Nolander Tackle Minnesota
326 Detroit Lions Tom Dorais Back Detroit
327 Chicago Bears George Groves Center Marquette
328 Philadelphia Eagles Loren Braner Center Pittsburgh
329 New York Giants John Staples Guard Alabama
330 [3] Green Bay Packers Billy Joe Aldridge Back Oklahoma State
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[4]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[4]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1970.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1970.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1984.[6]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[2]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Cleveland Rams Don Greenwood  RB/DB Missouri Big Eight
Green Bay Packers Ken Keuper  RB/DB Georgia SEC
Philadelphia Eagles Ben Agajanian  K New Mexico Border
Washington Redskins Steve Bagarus  RB Notre Dame Ind.
Washington Redskins Al Lolotai  OG Weber Junior College N/A


  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. ^ a b Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  4. ^ a b List of 1960s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  5. ^ a b List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  6. ^ List of 1980s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-06.