1967 NFL expansion draft
General information
SportAmerican football
Date(s)February 9, 1967
Expansion teamsNew Orleans Saints
Expansion season1967
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The 1967 National Football League expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft held on February 9, 1967 in which a new expansion team named the New Orleans Saints selected its first players.[1] On November 1, 1966 (All Saints Day), NFL owners awarded its 16th team franchise to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] The Saints selected 42 players in total from every team roster except for the Atlanta Falcons, who had begun play in the 1966 season. The expansion draft included future Hall of Famer running back Paul Hornung, who set an NFL record by scoring 176 points in only 12 games in 1960 for the Green Bay Packers, but did not play in Super Bowl I. Hornung never played a down for the Saints and retired in the preseason due to a neck injury.

Following the expansion draft, the Saints signed Hornung's backfield mate with the Packers, Jim Taylor to a 10-year, $400,000 contract. Taylor played just one season in his home state (Taylor was a native of Baton Rouge and was an All-American at LSU) and retired in September 1968.

Player selections

1967 NFL expansion draft — New Orleans Saints
From Player Position[3][4] Experience[5] College[3][5] Notes
Baltimore Colts Jackie Burkett  LB 79 6 Auburn
Baltimore Colts Ted Davis  LB 38 3 Georgia Tech
Baltimore Colts Steve Stonebreaker  LB 60 5 Detroit
Chicago Bears Riley Mattson  OT 68 5 Oregon Did not report.[6]
Chicago Bears Brian Schweda  DE 14 1 Kansas
Chicago Bears Dave Whitsell *  CB 119 9 Indiana
Cleveland Browns Jim Battle  DE 6 1 Southern
Cleveland Browns John Morrow *  C 125 10 Michigan
Cleveland Browns Walter Roberts  FL 42 3 San Jose State
Dallas Cowboys Obert Logan  S 28 2 Trinity
Dallas Cowboys Bill Sandeman  OT 8 1 Pacific
Dallas Cowboys Larry Stephens  DT 94 7 Texas
Detroit Lions Bill Cody  LB 1 1 Auburn Injured reserve.[6]
Detroit Lions Bobby Smith  CB 69 6 UCLA Also known as Bobby Lee Smith
Detroit Lions Willie Walker  FL-SE 9 1 Tennessee State
Green Bay Packers Bill Curry *  C-LB 28 2 Georgia Tech Traded along with three draft selections (one of which was Bubba Smith) to Baltimore Colts for Gary Cuozzo, Butch Allison and a 1967 17th-round pick on March 6, 1967.
Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung *   HB 104 9 Notre Dame
Green Bay Packers Phil Vandersea  FB-LB 14 1 Massachusetts
Los Angeles Rams Steve Heckard  FL-SE 25 2 Davidson; USC
Los Angeles Rams Earl Leggett  DT 112 9 Louisiana State
Los Angeles Rams Joe Wendryhoski  C-E 31 3 Illinois
Minnesota Vikings Tom Hall  FL-SE 69 5 Minnesota
Minnesota Vikings George Rose  CB 34 3 Auburn
Minnesota Vikings Mike Tilleman  DT 12 1 Montana
New York Giants Jim Garcia  DE 22 2 Purdue
New York Giants Bob Scholtz  OT 81 7 Notre Dame Did not report.[6]
New York Giants Gary Wood  QB 35 3 Cornell
Philadelphia Eagles Dave Cahill  DE 14 1 Northern Arizona Traded to Los Angeles Rams for Mike Capshaw and an undisclosed draft choice on July 1, 1967.[7]
Philadelphia Eagles Ray Rissmiller  OT 1 1 Georgia
Philadelphia Eagles Fred Whittingham  LB 19 2 Cal Poly
Pittsburgh Steelers Charlie Bradshaw *  OT 118 9 Baylor Traded to Detroit Lions for Bruce McLenna on March 9, 1967.[8]
Pittsburgh Steelers Jerry Simmons  SE 17 2 Bethune-Cookman
Pittsburgh Steelers Bobby Smith *  HB 36 3 North Texas State Also known as Bob Smith
St. Louis Cardinals Jimmy Heidel  S 14 1 Mississippi
St. Louis Cardinals Ray Ogden  TE 17 2 Alabama
St. Louis Cardinals Dave Simmons  LB 20 2 Georgia Tech
San Francisco 49ers Billy Kilmer *  QB 39 4 UCLA
San Francisco 49ers Elbert Kimbrough  S 75 6 Northwestern
San Francisco 49ers Kent Kramer  TE 14 1 Minnesota
Washington Redskins Tom Barrington  FB 6 1 Ohio State
Washington Redskins Don Croftcheck  G 26 2 Indiana Traded to Chicago Bears for Doug Atkins and Herman Lee on July 16, 1967.
Washington Redskins Jake Kupp *  G 42 3 Washington
      Made roster    *   Made Pro Bowl during career    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame


  1. ^ Howell, Brian. New Orleans Saints. Edina, Minnesota: ABDO Publishing Company, 2011.
  2. ^ "Team History: New Orleans Saints". Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Saints by Position". New Orleans States-Item. New Orleans. February 11, 1967. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Veterans Picked by Saints". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. February 11, 1967. sec. 2, p. 13.
  5. ^ a b "1967 New Orleans Saints Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c New Orleans Saints 1967 Information Guide (scroll down to page 20). Retrieved August 2, 2020
  7. ^ "Saints Trade Cahill For Rams' Capshaw," United Press International (UPI), Sunday, July 2, 1967. Retrieved August 2, 2020
  8. ^ "Saints Trade For McLenna," The Associated Press (AP), Friday, March 10, 1967. Retrieved August 2, 2020