1956 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)November 28, 1955 &
January 17–18, 1956
LocationThe Bellevue-Stratford Hotel
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania &
Ambassador Hotel
in Los Angeles, California
360 total selections in 30 rounds
First selectionGary Glick, QB/S
Pittsburgh Steelers
Mr. IrrelevantBob Bartholomew, OT
Cleveland Browns
Most selections (36)Los Angeles Rams
Fewest selections (28)Chicago Bears
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers
← 1955
1957 →

The 1956 National Football League Draft had its first three rounds held on November 28, 1955, at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and its final twenty-seven rounds on January 17–18, 1956, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California[1][2]

The previous NFL drafts in the 1950s were held in January; the first three rounds (37 selections) were moved up this year to late November to better compete with teams from Canada.[3][4]

This was the tenth year that the first overall pick was a bonus pick determined by lottery. With the previous nine winners ineligible from the draw, only the Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers had an equal chance of winning.[5] The draft lottery was won by Pittsburgh, who selected defensive back Gary Glick.

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
1 Pittsburgh Steelers (Lottery bonus pick) Gary Glick Safety Colorado A&M
2 San Francisco 49ers Earl Morrall Quarterback Michigan State
3 Detroit Lions Howard Cassady[7] Halfback Ohio State
4 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Pellegrini Center Maryland
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Art Davis Halfback Mississippi State
6 Los Angeles Rams (From New York Giants) Joe Marconi Fullback West Virginia
7 Chicago Cardinals Joe Childress Fullback Auburn
8 Green Bay Packers Jack Losch Halfback Miami (FL)
9 Baltimore Colts Lenny Moore Halfback Penn State
10 Chicago Bears Menan Schriewer End Texas
11 Los Angeles Rams Charlie Horton Halfback Vanderbilt
12 Washington Redskins Ed Vereb Halfback Maryland
13 Cleveland Browns Preston Carpenter Halfback Arkansas

Round two

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
14 Los Angeles Rams Leon Clarke End USC
15 San Francisco 49ers Bruce Bosley Tackle West Virginia
16 Philadelphia Eagles Frank D'Agostino Tackle Auburn
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Krupa Tackle Purdue
18 Chicago Cardinals Norm Masters Tackle Michigan State
19 New York Giants Henry Moore Back Arkansas
20 Green Bay Packers Forrest Gregg Offensive tackle SMU
21 Baltimore Colts Dick Donlin End Hamline
22 Chicago Bears M. L. Brackett Tackle Auburn
23 Los Angeles Rams Hugh Pitts Center TCU
24 Washington Redskins John Paluck End Pittsburgh
25 Cleveland Browns Billy Kinard Back Ole Miss

Round three

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
26 San Francisco 49ers Bill Herchman Tackle Texas Tech
27 Detroit Lions Don McIlhenny Back SMU
28 Philadelphia Eagles Don Schaefer Back Notre Dame
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Taylor Center Baylor
30 New York Giants Sam Huff Linebacker West Virginia
31 Chicago Cardinals John Roach Quarterback SMU
32 Los Angeles Rams A. D. Williams Defensive end Pacific
33 Baltimore Colts Bob Pascal Back Duke
34 Cleveland Browns Larry Ross End Denver
35 Los Angeles Rams John Marshall Back SMU
36 Washington Redskins Fred Wyant Back West Virginia
37 Cleveland Browns Bill Quinlan End Michigan State

Round four

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
38 Detroit Lions Jerry Reichow Quarterback Iowa
39 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Murley Guard Purdue
40 San Francisco 49ers Frank Pajaczkowski Back Richmond
41 Washington Redskins Fran Machinsky Tackle Ohio State
42 Chicago Cardinals Sam Salerno Tackle Colorado
43 Baltimore Colts Ben Inabinet Tackle Clemson
44 Green Bay Packers Cecil Morris Guard Oklahoma
45 New York Giants Jim Katcavage Defensive end Dayton
46 Los Angeles Rams Will Berzinski Back UW–La Crosse
47 Chicago Bears John Mellekas Tackle Arizona
48 Los Angeles Rams Jim Carmichael End California
49 Cleveland Browns Bobby Moss Back West Virginia

Round five

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
50 Detroit Lions Tom Tracy Back Tennessee
51 Los Angeles Rams Jim Freeman End Iowa
52 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Murakowski Back Purdue
53 Los Angeles Rams Herb Nakken Back Utah
54 Philadelphia Eagles Fred Thurston Guard Valparaiso
55 Baltimore Colts Herb Gray End Texas
56 Green Bay Packers Bob Skoronski Tackle Indiana
57 New York Giants Don Chandler Back Florida
58 Chicago Bears Willie Galimore Back Florida A&M
59 Washington Redskins Gary Lowe Back Michigan State
60 Los Angeles Rams Jesse Whittenton Cornerback Texas Western
61 Cleveland Browns Franklin Clarke End Colorado

Round six

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
62 Detroit Lions Bob Lusk Center William & Mary
63 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Taylor Back TCU
64 San Francisco 49ers Tony Sardisco Linebacker Tulane
65 Philadelphia Eagles Tirrel Burton Back Miami (OH)
66 Chicago Cardinals Charlie Dupre Back Baylor
67 Baltimore Colts Don Schmidt Back Texas Tech
68 Green Bay Packers Bob Burris Back Oklahoma
69 New York Giants Fred Cason Back Florida
70 Chicago Cardinals John Dittrich Tackle Wisconsin
71 Cleveland Browns Sherman Plunkett End Maryland State
72 Los Angeles Rams Eddie Vincent Back Iowa
73 Cleveland Browns Paul Wiggin End Stanford

Round seven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
74 Detroit Lions Gene Cronin Defensive end Pacific
75 San Francisco 49ers Larry Barnes Back Colorado A&M
76 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Gaspari Center George Washington
77 Chicago Cardinals Bob Konovsky Tackle Wisconsin
78 Philadelphia Eagles John Waedekin Tackle Hardin–Simmons
79 Baltimore Colts Bill Waters Tackle Austin
80 Green Bay Packers Hank Gremminger End Baylor
81 New York Giants Ron Nery Tackle Kansas State
82 Chicago Bears J. C. Caroline Back Illinois
83 Washington Redskins Donnie Caraway Back Houston
84 Los Angeles Rams Jack Morris Back Oregon
85 Cleveland Browns Chuck Griffith End USC

Round eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
86 Detroit Lions Jack Powell Tackle Texas A&M
87 Pittsburgh Steelers Vere Wellman Guard Wichita
88 San Francisco 49ers Charley Smith End Abilene Christian
89 Philadelphia Eagles Elroy Payne Back McMurry
90 Chicago Cardinals Dave Lunceford Tackle Baylor
91 Baltimore Colts Bill Koman Guard North Carolina
92 Green Bay Packers Russ Dennis End Maryland
93 New York Giants Don Holleder End Army
94 Washington Redskins Dick James Back Oregon
95 Chicago Bears Dick Klawitter Center South Dakota State
96 Los Angeles Rams George Boyer Linebacker Florida State
97 Cleveland Browns Len Hellyer Back Marshall

Round nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
98 Detroit Lions Calvin Jones Guard Iowa
99 San Francisco 49ers Jim Cox End Cal Poly
100 Pittsburgh Steelers Wayne Edmonds Guard Notre Dame
101 Chicago Cardinals Bob Lovely Tackle Tampa
102 Philadelphia Eagles Johnny Bredice End Boston University
103 Baltimore Colts John Lewis End Michigan State
104 Green Bay Packers Gordy Duvall Back USC
105 New York Giants Ken Braden Center East Texas State
106 Chicago Bears Ken Vargo Center Ohio State
107 Washington Redskins Whitey Rouviere Back Miami (FL)
108 Los Angeles Rams Maury Woolford Tackle Louisville
109 Cleveland Browns Jack Hecker End Bowling Green

Round ten

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
110 Detroit Lions Joe Silas Defensive end South Carolina
111 Pittsburgh Steelers Lou Baldacci Back Michigan
112 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Zaleski Back Colorado A&M
113 Philadelphia Eagles Tom Dimmick Center Houston
114 Chicago Cardinals Willis Towne End Wichita
115 Baltimore Colts Gene Scott Back Centre
116 Green Bay Packers Bob Laugherty Back Maryland
117 New York Giants Johnny Hermann Back UCLA
118 Pittsburgh Steelers Bob Nolan End Miami (FL)
119 Chicago Bears Dick Lucas End Boston College
120 Los Angeles Rams Charlie Sticka Back Trinity (CT)
121 Cleveland Browns Eddie Rayburn Tackle Rice

Round eleven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
122 Detroit Lions Lew Wacker Back Richmond
123 San Francisco 49ers Stew Pell Tackle North Carolina
124 Detroit Lions Tom Selep Back Maryland
125 Chicago Cardinals Fob James Back Auburn
126 Philadelphia Eagles Kenny Keller Back North Carolina
127 Baltimore Colts Dennis Shaw End North Texas State
128 Green Bay Packers Mike Hudock Center Miami (FL)
129 New York Giants Dick Moloney Back Kentucky
130 Chicago Bears John Jankans End Arizona State
131 Washington Redskins Tom Powell Guard Colgate
132 Los Angeles Rams Jim Decker Back UCLA
133 Cleveland Browns Bill Underdonk Tackle West Virginia

Round twelve

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
134 Detroit Lions Bob Nunnery Tackle LSU
135 Pittsburgh Steelers Phil Tarasovic End Yale
136 San Francisco 49ers Roger Swedberg Tackle Iowa
137 Philadelphia Eagles Tommy Harkins End Vanderbilt
138 Chicago Cardinals Jerry Walker Tackle Texas Tech
139 Baltimore Colts Steve Myhra Guard North Dakota
140 Green Bay Packers Max Burnett Back Arizona
141 Washington Redskins Gerry Planutis Back Michigan State
142 Washington Redskins Gil Moreno Tackle UCLA
143 Chicago Bears Buddy Cruze End Tennessee
144 Los Angeles Rams Em Lindbeck Quarterback Illinois
145 Cleveland Browns Harry Javernick Tackle Colorado

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
146 Detroit Lions O. K. Ferguson Back LSU
147 San Francisco 49ers Ralph Moody Back Kansas
148 Pittsburgh Steelers Weldon Holley Back Baylor
149 Chicago Cardinals Bo Bolinger Guard Oklahoma
150 Philadelphia Eagles James Sides Back Texas Tech
151 Baltimore Colts Jack Hill Back Utah State
152 Green Bay Packers Jim Mense Center Notre Dame
153 New York Giants Ed Crawford Back Ole Miss
154 Chicago Bears Dick Grogg Guard Minnesota
155 Washington Redskins Jerry Ward Guard Dayton
156 Los Angeles Rams Mike Norcia Back Kent State
157 Cleveland Browns Jim Furey Center Kansas State

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
158 Detroit Lions Ronnie Falls Linebacker Duke
159 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Emmons Tackle Alabama
160 San Francisco 49ers R. C. Owens End College of Idaho
161 Philadelphia Eagles Frank Reich Center Penn State
162 Chicago Cardinals Carnell Neuman Back Illinois
163 Baltimore Colts Ted Schwanger Back Tennessee Tech
164 Green Bay Packers Charlie Thomas Back Wisconsin
165 New York Giants John McMullan Guard Notre Dame
166 Washington Redskins Pat Uebel Back Army
167 Chicago Bears Milt Graham End Colgate
168 Los Angeles Rams Tom Runnels Back North Texas State
169 Cleveland Browns Charlie Sidwell Back William & Mary

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
170 Detroit Lions Horace "Buzzy" Allert Defensive end Southwest Texas State
171 San Francisco 49ers Reed Henderson Tackle Utah State
172 San Francisco 49ers Gene Boyd Back Abilene Christian
173 Chicago Cardinals Charley Anderson End Louisiana Tech
174 Philadelphia Eagles Don Brant Back Montana
175 Baltimore Colts John Polzer Quarterback Virginia
176 Green Bay Packers Buddy Alliston Guard Mississippi
177 New York Giants Ron Melnik Tackle Army
178 Chicago Bears Dick Fitzgerald Back Notre Dame
179 Chicago Cardinals Tom Spiers Quarterback Arkansas State
180 Los Angeles Rams Dick Shatto Back Kentucky
181 Cleveland Browns Willie Davis Defensive End Grambling

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
182 Detroit Lions Len Zyzda Defensive end Purdue
183 Pittsburgh Steelers Lionel Reed Back Central State (OK)
184 San Francisco 49ers George Herring Quarterback Mississippi Southern
185 Philadelphia Eagles Billy Hix Tackle Middle Tennessee State
186 Chicago Cardinals George Welsh Quarterback Navy
187 Baltimore Colts Gene "Moose" Hendrix Back Drake
188 Green Bay Packers Curtis Lynch Tackle Alabama
189 New York Giants Al Portney Tackle Missouri
190 Washington Redskins Wells Gray Guard Wisconsin
191 Chicago Bears Ray Brown Back Florida
192 Los Angeles Rams Arnie Pelluer End Washington State
193 Cleveland Browns Thurlow Cooper End Maine

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
194 Detroit Lions Ken Wind End Houston
195 San Francisco 49ers Dick Weiss Tackle Mississippi
196 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Schmitt Guard Pittsburgh
197 Chicago Cardinals Ron Beagle End Navy
198 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Mastrogiovanni Back Wyoming
199 Baltimore Colts Bill Danenhauer End Emporia State
200 Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Quarterback Alabama
201 New York Giants Tom Mooney Tackle Miami (OH)
202 Chicago Bears Tom Adams End UCLA
203 Washington Redskins Eagle Day Quarterback Mississippi
204 Los Angeles Rams Jack Butler Tackle Kentucky
205 Cleveland Browns Eddie West Quarterback North Carolina State

Round eighteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
206 Detroit Lions Emidio Petrarca Back Boston College
207 Pittsburgh Steelers John Stephans Quarterback Holy Cross
208 San Francisco 49ers Bill Yelverton Tackle Mississippi
209 Philadelphia Eagles Nick Consoles Defensive back Wake Forest
210 Chicago Cardinals Jim Brown Guard UCLA
211 Baltimore Colts Earl Looman Guard Stetson
212 Green Bay Packers Stan Intihar End Cornell
213 New York Giants Matt Boone Back North Carolina Central
214 Washington Redskins Jim Pyburn End Auburn
215 Chicago Bears Earl Payton Back Prairie View A&M
216 Los Angeles Rams Jack Klotz Tackle Widener
217 Cleveland Browns Hal "Candy" Carroll Back Case Western Reserve

Round nineteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
218 Detroit Lions Dale Vaughn Back Virginia Military Inst
219 San Francisco 49ers Pete Arrigoni Back Arizona
220 Pittsburgh Steelers Jerry Jacobs Guard Florida State
221 Chicago Cardinals Ray Zagar Back Marquette
222 Philadelphia Eagles Delano Womack Back Texas
223 Baltimore Colts Bob Fyvie Tackle Lafayette
224 Green Bay Packers Ken Vakey End Texas Tech
225 New York Giants Ray Dettring Back Missouri
226 Chicago Bears John Smith Back UCLA
227 Washington Redskins Ray Lemek Guard Notre Dame
228 Los Angeles Rams Charlie Dees Tackle McNeese State
229 Cleveland Browns John Sebest End Eastern Kentucky

Round twenty

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
230 Detroit Lions Joe Stephenson End Vanderbilt
231 Pittsburgh Steelers Fred Glatz End Pittsburgh
232 San Francisco 49ers Bob Scarbrough Center Auburn
233 Philadelphia Eagles Darrell Glover Tackle Maryland-Eastern Shore
234 Chicago Cardinals Dickie Mattison Back Georgia Tech
235 Baltimore Colts Robert Hill Back Jackson State
236 Green Bay Packers Clyde Letbetter Tackle Baylor
237 New York Giants Mike Falls Guard Minnesota
238 Washington Redskins Vince Gonzales Back Louisiana State
239 Chicago Bears Charley Maxime Guard Auburn
240 Los Angeles Rams John Coyne Tackle West Chester
241 Cleveland Browns Joe Mobra End Oklahoma

Round twenty-one

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
242 Detroit Lions Bob Blechen Center Whittier
243 San Francisco 49ers L.C. Joyner End Contra Costa J.C.
244 Pittsburgh Steelers Gene Martell Tackle Notre Dame
245 Chicago Cardinals Ronnie Herr Back Texas Tech
246 Philadelphia Eagles Jack Adams Tackle San Jose State
247 Baltimore Colts Jim Harness Back Mississippi State
248 Green Bay Packers Hal O'Brien Back Southern Methodist
249 New York Giants Don McComb End Villanova
250 Chicago Bears Jimmy Waddell Back Compton J.C.
251 Washington Redskins Howard Schnellenberger End Kentucky
252 Los Angeles Rams Milt Robichaux End Trinity (TX)
253 Cleveland Browns Gene Kapish End Notre Dame

Round twenty-two

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
254 Detroit Lions Dick Marazza Tackle Clemson
255 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray DiPasquale Back Pittsburgh
256 San Francisco 49ers Clarence Wessman End San Jose State
257 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Miller Back Cincinnati
258 Chicago Cardinals Jim Murphy Tackle Stephen F. Austin
259 Baltimore Colts Pat Del Vicaro Guard Southern Mississippi
260 Green Bay Packers Johnny Popson Back Furman
261 New York Giants Jerry Harkrader Back Ohio State
262 Washington Redskins George Nicula Tackle Notre Dame
263 Chicago Bears Joe Billings Tackle Memphis State
264 Los Angeles Rams Dick Fouts End Missouri
265 Cleveland Browns Sam "First Down" Brown Back UCLA

Round twenty-three

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
266 Detroit Lions Bob Garrard Back Georgia
267 San Francisco 49ers Mike Monroe Back Washington
268 Pittsburgh Steelers Pete Neft Quarterback Pittsburgh
269 Chicago Cardinals Tony Branoff Back Michigan
270 Philadelphia Eagles Chet Spencer End Oklahoma State
271 Baltimore Colts Al "Bear" Stephenson Tackle Idaho State
272 Green Bay Packers Jesse Birchfield Guard Duke
273 New York Giants Bob "Slick" McCool Back Mississippi
274 Chicago Bears Lou Holt End Howard Payne
275 Washington Redskins Don St. John Back Xavier
276 Los Angeles Rams Al Paulson Back Washington State
277 Cleveland Browns Don Althouse End Syracuse

Round twenty-four

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
278 Detroit Lions Jarv Walz End Central Michigan
279 Pittsburgh Steelers Bryan Engram End Texas Christian
280 San Francisco 49ers Ed Wallace Tackle San Diego J.C.
281 Philadelphia Eagles John Parham Back Wake Forest
282 Chicago Cardinals Orville Trask Tackle Rice
283 Baltimore Colts Bobby Fox Quarterback East Texas State
284 Green Bay Packers Don Wilson Center Rice
285 New York Giants Gerry Huth Guard Wake Forest
286 Washington Redskins Johnny Tatum Center Texas
287 Chicago Bears Jesse Castete Back McNeese State
288 Los Angeles Rams Sam Williams Defensive end Michigan State
289 Cleveland Browns Jim Hughes Guard San Jose State

Round twenty-five

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
290 Detroit Lions Jerry Hall Back Rice
291 San Francisco 49ers Paul Goad Back Abilene Christian
292 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill O'Dell Back Clemson
293 Chicago Cardinals Bill Wheeler Tackle Kentucky
294 Philadelphia Eagles Johnny Grogan Tackle Dayton
295 Baltimore Colts Brad Mills Back Kentucky
296 Green Bay Packers Franz Koeneke End Minnesota
297 New York Giants Harry Speers Back Florida
298 Chicago Bears Jerry Hentschel Tackle Sam Houston State
299 Washington Redskins Franklin Brooks Guard Georgia Tech
300 Los Angeles Rams Glen Tunning Guard Pittsburgh
301 Cleveland Browns Bob Davenport Back UCLA

Round twenty-six

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
302 Detroit Lions Joe Walden Back West Texas State
303 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Sweeney Guard Xavier
304 San Francisco 49ers Rommie Loudd End UCLA
305 Philadelphia Eagles Earl Lunsford Back Oklahoma State
306 Chicago Cardinals Chuck Zickefoose End Kansas State
307 Baltimore Colts Jim Lohr Tackle Southwest Missouri State
308 Green Bay Packers Dick Goehe Tackle Mississippi
309 New York Giants Bev Buller Back Kansas
310 Washington Redskins Dave Burnham Back Wheaton
311 Chicago Bears Don Orr Back Vanderbilt
312 Los Angeles Rams Hardiman Cureton Tackle UCLA
313 Cleveland Browns Jack Kammerman End Utah

Round twenty-seven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
314 Detroit Lions Bryan Burnthorne Guard Tulane
315 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Gustafson Quarterback Stanford
316 Pittsburgh Steelers Buddy Benson Back Arkansas
317 Chicago Cardinals Jack Hutchinson Tackle Oklahoma State
318 Philadelphia Eagles Al Ellett Tackle Alabama
319 Baltimore Colts Herb Hartwell Back Virginia
320 Green Bay Packers Dick Kolian End Wisconsin
321 New York Giants Gerry Nesbitt Back Arkansas
322 Chicago Bears Waylon Buchanan End East Texas State
323 Washington Redskins Royce Flippin Back Princeton
324 Los Angeles Rams Roger Siesel Tackle Miami (OH)
325 Cleveland Browns Ed Dwyer End Purdue

Round twenty-eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
326 Detroit Lions John Smith Guard Northwestern
327 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill DeGraaf Back Cornell
328 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Drew Back California
329 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Strawn Linebacker Western Kentucky
330 Chicago Cardinals Jim Miller Quarterback Wisconsin
331 Baltimore Colts John Shearer Quarterback Shepherd
332 Green Bay Packers Bobby Lance Quarterback Florida
333 New York Giants Bill Fuller Tackle Arkansas
334 Washington Redskins Billy Hicks Back Jacksonville State
335 Chicago Bears Bob Alexander Back Trinity (CT)
336 Los Angeles Rams John Morrow Tackle Michigan
337 Cleveland Browns Ollie Sparks Guard Iowa State

Round twenty-nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
338 Detroit Lions Doug Peters Back UCLA
339 San Francisco 49ers Dean Benson Guard Willamette
340 Pittsburgh Steelers Wes Thompson Tackle Alabama
341 Chicago Cardinals Jim Troglio Back Northwestern
342 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Hughes Back Southern Mississippi
343 Baltimore Colts Jim Rusher End Kansas State
344 Green Bay Packers Vester Newcomb Center Southwest J.C. (MS)
345 New York Giants Jim Nelson Guard Duke
346 Chicago Bears Billy Krietemeyer Back Vanderbilt
347 Washington Redskins Pat Bisceglia Guard Notre Dame
348 Los Angeles Rams Mickey Bates Back Illinois
349 Cleveland Browns John Battos End Vanderbilt

Round thirty

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
350 Detroit Lions John Gibbens Tackle Southwest Texas State
351 San Francisco 49ers Bob Mitchell Tackle Puget Sound
352 Philadelphia Eagles Joe Ulm Back San Jose State
353 Chicago Cardinals Bill Kucera Tackle Colorado
354 Baltimore Colts Terry Sweeney Back Middle Tennessee State
355 Green Bay Packers Rod Hermes Quarterback Beloit
356 New York Giants Wayne Williams End Southern Illinois
357 Washington Redskins Buck Nystrom Guard Michigan State
358 Chicago Bears Jim Buckler Guard Alabama
359 Los Angeles Rams Dick Kackmeister Center Central Michigan
360 [8] Cleveland Browns Bob Bartholomew Tackle Wake Forest
= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1975.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1977.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1977.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1981.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1982.[10]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[6]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Chicago Cardinals Carl Brettschneider  LB Iowa State Big Eight
Los Angeles Rams Tommy Wilson  RB    
San Francisco 49ers Clyde Conner  WR Pacific Ind. (Univ.)
San Francisco 49ers John Gonzaga  OT    


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  3. ^ "NFL will begin draft tomorrow". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. November 27, 1955. p. 3, section 4.
  4. ^ "Earliest NFL draft takes place today". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 28, 1955. p. 3, part 2.
  5. ^ "Draft History: 1940's". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  7. ^ Howard Cassady, 1955 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  8. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  9. ^ a b c 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 2008-10-07.
  10. ^ a b 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 2008-10-07.