1971 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)January 28–29, 1971
LocationBelmont Plaza Hotel
in New York City, NY
442 total selections in 17 rounds
First selectionJim Plunkett, QB
Boston Patriots
Mr. IrrelevantCharles Hill, WR
Oakland Raiders
Most selections (22)Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers
Fewest selections (11)Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers
← 1970
1972 →

The 1971 National Football League draft was held January 28–29, 1971, at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. The Boston Patriots, who did not officially change their name to New England Patriots until after the draft, used the first overall pick of the draft to select quarterback Jim Plunkett. It was the first draft where the three first selections, Plunkett, Archie Manning, and Dan Pastorini, were quarterbacks.

During round 17, after Falcons coach Norm Van Brocklin had yelled to his staff "Do we want the roughest, toughest s.o.b. in the draft?!", the team drafted the then-64-year-old actor John Wayne, though saying he was from "Fort Apache State" (Wayne actually played football at USC); NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle rejected the selection.[1]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Boston Patriots Jim Plunkett[3] Quarterback Stanford
2 New Orleans Saints Archie Manning Quarterback Mississippi
3 Houston Oilers Dan Pastorini Quarterback/Punter Santa Clara
4 Buffalo Bills J. D. Hill Wide Receiver Arizona State
5 Philadelphia Eagles Richard Harris Defensive End Grambling
6 New York Jets John Riggins Running Back Kansas
7 Atlanta Falcons Joe Profit Running Back NE Louisiana
8 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Lewis Wide Receiver Grambling
9 Green Bay Packers (From Denver Broncos) John Brockington Running Back Ohio State
10 Los Angeles Rams (From Washington Redskins) Isiah Robertson Linebacker Southern
11 Chicago Bears Joe Moore Running Back Missouri
12 Denver Broncos (From Green Bay Packers) Marv Montgomery Offensive Tackle USC
13 San Diego Chargers Leon Burns Running Back Long Beach State
14 Cleveland Browns Clarence Scott Cornerback Kansas State
15 Cincinnati Bengals Vernon Holland Offensive Tackle Tennessee State
16 Kansas City Chiefs Elmo Wright Wide Receiver Houston
17 St. Louis Cardinals Norm Thompson Cornerback Utah
18 New York Giants Rocky Thompson Running back West Texas A&M
19 Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum Safety Ohio State
20 Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood Defensive End Florida
21 Detroit Lions Bob Bell Defensive Tackle Cincinnati
22 Baltimore Colts (From Miami Dolphins) Don McCauley Running Back North Carolina
23 San Francisco 49ers William Tim Anderson Cornerback Ohio State
24 Minnesota Vikings Leo Hayden Running Back Ohio State
25 Dallas Cowboys Tody Smith Defensive End USC
26 Baltimore Colts Leonard Dunlap Cornerback North Texas State

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
27 Boston Patriots Julius Adams Defensive tackle Texas Southern
28 Chicago Bears Jim Harrison Running back Missouri
29 Buffalo Bills Jan White Tight end Ohio State
30 Detroit Lions Dave Thompson Center Clemson
31 New Orleans Saints Sam Holden Guard Grambling
32 New York Jets John Mooring Tackle Tampa
33 Atlanta Falcons Ken Burrow Wide receiver San Diego State
34 Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Ham Linebacker Penn State
35 Denver Broncos Dwight Harrison Wide receiver Texas A&I
36 Chicago Bears Charlie Ford Cornerback Houston
37 San Francisco 49ers Ernie Janet Guard Washington
38 Washington Redskins Cotton Speyrer Wide receiver Texas
39 Kansas City Chiefs Wilbur Young Defensive tackle Wm. Penn (Iowa)
40 Cleveland Browns Bo Cornell Running back Washington
41 Cincinnati Bengals Stephen Lawson Guard Kansas
42 Kansas City Chiefs Scott Lewis Defensive end Grambling
43 St. Louis Cardinals Dan Dierdorf Tackle Michigan
44 New York Giants Wayne Walton Tackle Abilene Christian
45 Oakland Raiders Phil Villapiano Linebacker Bowling Green
46 Green Bay Packers Virgil Robinson Running back Grambling
47 Miami Dolphins Otto Stowe Wide receiver Iowa State
48 Detroit Lions Charlie Weaver Linebacker USC
49 San Francisco 49ers Joe Orduna Running back Nebraska
50 Philadelphia Eagles Hank Allison Guard San Diego State
51 Dallas Cowboys Ike Thomas Defensive back Bishop
52 Baltimore Colts Bill Atessis Defensive end Texas

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
53 Buffalo Bills Bruce Jarvis Center Washington
54 New Orleans Saints Bivian Lee Defensive back Prairie View A&M
55 San Francisco 49ers Sam Dickerson Wide receiver USC
56 Houston Oilers Lynn Dickey Quarterback Kansas State
57 Buffalo Bills Jim Braxton Running back West Virginia
58 New York Jets Chris Farasopoulos Defensive back Brigham Young
59 Atlanta Falcons Leo Hart Quarterback Duke
60 Pittsburgh Steelers Steve Davis Running back Delaware State
61 St. Louis Cardinals James Livesay Wide receiver Richmond
62 Green Bay Packers Charles Hall Defensive back Pittsburgh
63 Los Angeles Rams Dave Elmendorf Defensive back Texas A&M
64 Chicago Bears Tony McGee Defensive end Bishop
65 San Diego Chargers Mike Montgomery Running back Kansas State
66 Cleveland Browns Paul Staroba Wide receiver Michigan
67 Cincinnati Bengals Ken Anderson Quarterback Augustana (IL)
68 Cleveland Browns Charlie Hall Linebacker Houston
69 Dallas Cowboys Sam Scarber Running back New Mexico
70 New York Giants Ronnie Hornsby Linebacker Southeastern Louisiana
71 Chicago Bears Bob Newton Tackle Nebraska
72 Detroit Lions Al Clark Defensive back Eastern Michigan
73 Oakland Raiders Warren Koegel Center Penn State
74 Miami Dolphins Dale Farley Linebacker West Virginia
75 San Francisco 49ers Willie Parker Center North Texas State
76 Minnesota Vikings Eddie Hackett Wide receiver Alcorn A&M
77 Dallas Cowboys Bill Gregory Defensive tackle Wisconsin
78 Baltimore Colts Karl Douglas Quarterback Texas A&I

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
79 Denver Broncos Lyle Alzado Defensive end Yankton (SD)
80 Dallas Cowboys Joe Carter Tight end Grambling
81 Houston Oilers Larron Jackson Tackle Missouri
82 New Orleans Saints Carlos Bell Running back Houston
83 Philadelphia Eagles Happy Feller Kicker Texas
84 New York Jets Bill Zapalac Linebacker Texas
85 Atlanta Falcons Mike Potchad Tackle Pittsburg (KS)
86 Pittsburgh Steelers Gerry Mullins Tight end USC
87 Denver Broncos Cleo Johnson Defensive back Alcorn A&M
88 New Orleans Saints Wimpy Winther Center Mississippi
89 Chicago Bears Jerry Moore Defensive back Arkansas
90 Los Angeles Rams Steve Worster Running back Texas
91 New Orleans Saints D'Artagnan Martin Defensive back Kentucky State
92 Cleveland Browns Robert Pena Guard Massachusetts
93 Cincinnati Bengals Fred Willis Running back Boston College
94 Kansas City Chiefs David Robinson Tight end Jacksonville State
95 St. Louis Cardinals Larry Willingham Defensive back Auburn
96 New York Giants Dave Tipton Defensive tackle Stanford
97 Oakland Raiders Clarence Davis Running back USC
98 New Orleans Saints Don Morrison Tackle Texas-Arlington
99 Miami Dolphins Joe Theismann Quarterback Notre Dame
100 Detroit Lions Larry Woods Defensive tackle Tennessee State
101 San Francisco 49ers Tony Harris Running back Toledo
102 Minnesota Vikings Vince Clements Running back Connecticut
103 Dallas Cowboys Adam Mitchell Tackle Mississippi
104 Pittsburgh Steelers Dwight White Defensive end East Texas State

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
105 Boston Patriots Tim Kelly Linebacker Notre Dame
106 Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Brown Tight end Kansas
107 Buffalo Bills Donnie Green Tackle Purdue
108 Philadelphia Eagles Tom Shellabarger Tackle San Diego State
109 Houston Oilers Willie Armstrong Running back Grambling
110 Cincinnati Bengals Art May Defensive end Tuskegee
111 Atlanta Falcons Ray Jarvis Wide receiver Norfolk State
112 Pittsburgh Steelers Melvin Holmes Tackle North Carolina A&T
113 Buffalo Bills Tim Beamer Defensive back Johnson C. Smith
114 San Francisco 49ers Dean Shaternick Tackle Kansas State
115 San Diego Chargers Bryant Salter Defensive back Pittsburgh
116 Green Bay Packers Donnell Smith Defensive end Southern
117 San Diego Chargers Ray White Linebacker Syracuse
118 Cleveland Browns Stan Brown Wide receiver Purdue
119 San Diego Chargers Phil Asack Defensive end Duke
120 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Adamle Running back Northwestern
121 St. Louis Cardinals Rocky Wallace Linebacker Missouri
122 San Francisco 49ers George Wells Linebacker New Mexico State
123 Oakland Raiders Bob Moore Tight end Stanford
124 Green Bay Packers Jim Stillwagon Linebacker Ohio State
125 Detroit Lions Pete Newell Guard Michigan
126 Pittsburgh Steelers Ralph Anderson Defensive back W. Texas State
127 San Francisco 49ers Marty Huff Linebacker Michigan
128 Pittsburgh Steelers Fred Brister Linebacker Mississippi
129 Dallas Cowboys Ron Kadziel Linebacker Stanford
130 Baltimore Colts John Andrews Tight end Indiana

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
131 Boston Patriots David Hardt Tight end Kentucky
132 New Orleans Saints Don Moorhead Running back Michigan
133 Philadelphia Eagles Jack Smith Defensive back Troy State
134 Houston Oilers Willie Alexander Defensive back Alcorn A&M
135 Chicago Bears Earl Thomas Tight end Houston
136 New York Jets Phil Wise Tight end Nebraska-Omaha
137 Atlanta Falcons Tom Hayes Defensive back San Diego State
138 Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Hanneman Tackle Oregon State
139 Denver Broncos Harold Phillips Defensive back Michigan State
140 Green Bay Packers Scott Hunter Quarterback Alabama
141 Washington Redskins Conway Hayman Guard Delaware
142 Cleveland Browns Doug Dieken Tackle Illinois
143 San Diego Chargers Jacob Mayes Running back Tennessee State
144 Cleveland Browns Jay Dixon Defensive end Boston University
145 Buffalo Bills Bill McKinley Defensive end Arizona
146 Kansas City Chiefs Kerry Reardon Defensive back Iowa
147 St. Louis Cardinals Mel Gray Wide receiver Missouri
148 Atlanta Falcons Ray Brown Defensive back West Texas State
149 Oakland Raiders Greg Slough Linebacker USC
150 Detroit Lions Frank Harris Quarterback Boston College
151 Miami Dolphins Dennis Coleman Linebacker Mississippi
152 Detroit Lions Herman Franklin Wide receiver USC
153 San Francisco 49ers Al Bresler Wide receiver Auburn
154 Philadelphia Eagles Wyck Neely Defensive back Mississippi
155 Dallas Cowboys Steve Maier Wide receiver Northern Arizona
156 Baltimore Colts Ken Frith Defensive tackle Northeast Louisiana

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
157 Oakland Raiders Don Martin Defensive back Yale
158 New Orleans Saints Larry DiNardo Guard Notre Dame
159 Houston Oilers Phil Croyle Linebacker California
160 Buffalo Bills Bob Chandler Wide receiver USC
161 Philadelphia Eagles Harold Carmichael Wide receiver Southern
162 New York Jets Scott Palmer Defensive tackle Texas
163 Atlanta Falcons Wesley Chesson Wide receiver Duke
164 Pittsburgh Steelers Worthy McClure Tackle Mississippi
165 Denver Broncos Doug Adams Linebacker Ohio State
166 Washington Redskins Willie Germany Defensive back Morgan State
167 Chicago Bears Buddy Lee Quarterback LSU
168 Green Bay Packers Dave Davis Wide receiver Tennessee State
169 San Diego Chargers Chuck Dicus Wide receiver Arkansas
170 Cleveland Browns Bob Jacobs Kicker Wyoming
171 Cincinnati Bengals Neal Craig Defensive back Fisk
172 New Orleans Saints Bob Newland Wide receiver Oregon
173 St. Louis Cardinals James Cooch Defensive back Colorado
174 Houston Oilers Larry Watson Tackle Morgan State
175 Green Bay Packers James Johnson Wide receiver Bishop
176 Chicago Bears Dennis Ferris Running back Pittsburgh
177 Detroit Lions Brownie Wheless Tackle Rice
178 Miami Dolphins Ron Dickerson Defensive back Kansas State
179 San Francisco 49ers John Watson Tackle Oklahoma
180 Minnesota Vikings Gene Mack Linebacker Texas-El Paso
181 Dallas Cowboys Bill Griffin Tackle Catawba
182 Baltimore Colts Gordon Bowdell Wide receiver Michigan State

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
183 Buffalo Bills Louis Ross Defensive end South Carolina State
184 Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Crowe Running back Texas Southern
185 Buffalo Bills Tyrone Walls Running back Missouri
186 Philadelphia Eagles Leonard Gotschalk Center Humboldt State
187 Denver Broncos Tom Beard Center Michigan State
188 New York Jets Roy Kirksey Guard Maryland State
189 Atlanta Falcons Dennis Havig Guard Colorado
190 Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Rogers Kicker Nebraska
191 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Sensibaugh Defensive back Ohio State
192 Chicago Bears Karl Weiss Tackle Vanderbilt
193 Green Bay Packers Win Headley Center Wake Forest
194 New Orleans Saints James Elder Defensive back Southern
195 San Diego Chargers Leon Van Gorkum Defensive end San Diego State
196 Cleveland Browns Larry Zelina Running back Ohio State
197 Cincinnati Bengals Fred Herring Defensive back Tennessee State
198 Kansas City Chiefs Rick Telander Defensive back Northwestern
199 St. Louis Cardinals Ron Yankowski Defensive end Kansas State
200 New York Giants Ted Gregory Defensive end Delaware
201 New Orleans Saints Bob Gresham Running back West Virginia
202 Los Angeles Rams Tony Garay Defensive end Hofstra
203 Pittsburgh Steelers Ernie Holmes Defensive tackle Texas Southern
204 Detroit Lions Ken Lee Linebacker Washington
205 San Francisco 49ers Jim McCann Kicker Arizona State
206 Dallas Cowboys Ron Jessie Wide receiver Kansas
207 Baltimore Colts Willie Bogan Defensive back Dartmouth
208 Minnesota Vikings John Fairley Defensive end Johnson C. Smith

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
209 Boston Patriots Josh Ashton Running back Tulsa
210 New Orleans Saints Tom Williams Defensive back Willamette
211 Philadelphia Eagles Len Pettigrew Linebacker Ashland
212 Houston Oilers Floyd Rice Linebacker Alcorn A&M
213 Buffalo Bills Bob Strickland Linebacker Auburn
214 New York Jets John Curtis Tight end Springfield
215 Atlanta Falcons Alvin Griffin Wide receiver Tuskegee
216 Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Anderson Linebacker LSU
217 Denver Broncos John Handy Linebacker Purdue
218 Green Bay Packers Barry Mayer Running back Minnesota
219 Washington Redskins Mike Fanucci Defensive end Arizona State
220 Chicago Bears Lester McClain Wide receiver Tennessee
221 San Diego Chargers John Tanner Tight end Tennessee Tech
222 Cleveland Browns Wilmur Levels Defensive back North Texas State
223 Cincinnati Bengals Gary Gustafson Linebacker Montana State
224 Kansas City Chiefs Alvin Hawes Tackle Minnesota
225 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Savoy Wide receiver Black Hills (S.D.)
226 New York Giants Ed Thomas Linebacker Lebanon Valley
227 Oakland Raiders Dave Garnett Running back Pittsburgh
228 Los Angeles Rams Joe Schmidt Wide receiver Miami (FL)
229 Detroit Lions Mickey Zofko Running back Auburn
230 Miami Dolphins Vern Den Herder Defensive end Central Iowa
231 San Francisco 49ers Therman Couch Linebacker Iowa State
232 Minnesota Vikings Tim Sullivan Running back Iowa
233 Dallas Cowboys Honor Jackson Wide receiver Pacific
234 Baltimore Colts Bill Burnett Running back Arkansas

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
235 Boston Patriots Layne McDowell Tackle Iowa
236 San Francisco 49ers Ron Cardo Running back Wisconsin–Oshkosh
237 Houston Oilers Russell Price Defensive end North Carolina Central
238 Oakland Raiders William West Defensive back Tennessee State
239 New Orleans Saints Rocky Pamplin Running back Hawaii
240 New York Jets Jim Bettis Defensive back Michigan
241 Atlanta Falcons Faddie Tillman Defensive end Boise State
242 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim O'Shea Tight end Boston College
243 Denver Broncos Carlis Harris Wide receiver Idaho State
244 Washington Redskins Jesse Taylor Running back Cincinnati
245 Chicago Bears Larry Rowden Linebacker Houston
246 Green Bay Packers Kevin Hunt Tackle Doane
247 San Diego Chargers Gary Nowak Tight end Michigan State
248 Cleveland Browns Steve Casteel Linebacker Oklahoma
249 Cincinnati Bengals Jack Stambaugh Guard Oregon
250 Kansas City Chiefs Bruce Jankowski Wide receiver Ohio State
251 St. Louis Cardinals Ronald Miller Tackle McNeese State
252 New York Giants Henry Reed Linebacker Weber State
253 Oakland Raiders Tim Oesterling Defensive tackle UCLA
254 Los Angeles Rams Don Popplewell Center Colorado
255 Miami Dolphins Ron Maree Defensive tackle Purdue
256 Philadelphia Eagles Tom Bailey Running back Florida State
257 San Francisco 49ers Ernie Jennings Wide receiver Air Force
258 Minnesota Vikings Chris Morris Guard Indiana
259 Dallas Cowboys Rodney Wallace Defensive tackle New Mexico
260 Baltimore Colts Rex Kern Quarterback Ohio State

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
261 Boston Patriots Dan Schneiss Tight end Nebraska
262 New Orleans Saints Bob Pollard Defensive end Weber State
263 Buffalo Bills Andy Browder Tackle Texas A&I
264 Philadelphia Eagles Albert Davis Running back Tennessee State
265 Houston Oilers Macon Hughes Wide receiver Rice
266 New York Jets Vernon Studdard Wide receiver Mississippi
267 Atlanta Falcons Larry Shears Defensive back Lincoln (MO)
268 Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Wagner Defensive back Western Illinois
269 Denver Broncos Roger Roitsch Defensive tackle Rice
270 Chicago Bears Cliff Hardy Defensive back Michigan State
271 Green Bay Packers John Lanier Running back Parsons
272 Washington Redskins George Starke Tackle Columbia
273 San Diego Chargers Don Pinson Defensive back Tennessee State
274 Cleveland Browns Mike Sikich Guard Northwestern
275 Cincinnati Bengals Edward Marshall Wide receiver Cameron State
276 Kansas City Chiefs Nate Allen Defensive back Texas Southern
277 St. Louis Cardinals Rick Ogle Linebacker Colorado
278 New York Giants Marshall Ellison Guard Dayton
279 Oakland Raiders Jim Poston Defensive tackle South Carolina
280 Los Angeles Rams Charlie Richards Quarterback Richmond
281 Detroit Lions Phil Webb Defensive back Colorado State
282 Miami Dolphins Vic Surma Tackle Penn State
283 San Francisco 49ers Joe Reed Quarterback Mississippi State
284 Minnesota Vikings Mike Walker Linebacker Tulane
285 Dallas Cowboys Ernest Bonwell Defensive tackle Lane (Tenn.)
286 Baltimore Colts Dave Jones Linebacker Baylor

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
287 Boston Patriots John Rodman Tackle Northwestern
288 New Orleans Saints Ron Gathright Defensive back Morehead State
289 Philadelphia Eagles Rich Saathoff Defensive end Northern Arizona
290 Houston Oilers John Thompson Guard Minnesota
291 Buffalo Bills Jim Sheffield Kicker Texas A&M
292 New York Jets Rich Sowells Defensive back Alcorn A&M
293 Atlanta Falcons Ronnie Lowe Wide receiver Ft. Valley State
294 Baltimore Colts Bob Wuensch Tackle Texas
295 Denver Broncos Floyd Franks Wide receiver Mississippi
296 Green Bay Packers Greg Hendren Guard California
297 Washington Redskins Jeff Severson Defensive back Cal State-Long Beach
298 Chicago Bears Steve Booras Defensive end Mesa Jr. College
299 San Diego Chargers Wesley Garnett Wide receiver Utah State
300 Cleveland Browns Tony Blanchard Tight end North Carolina
301 Cincinnati Bengals James Hayden Defensive end Memphis State
302 Kansas City Chiefs Tony Esposito Running back Pittsburgh
303 St. Louis Cardinals Tim Von Dulm Quarterback Portland State
304 New York Giants Tom Blanchard Kicker Oregon
305 Oakland Raiders Horace Jones Defensive tackle Louisville
306 Los Angeles Rams Kirk Behrendt Tackle Whitewater
307 Miami Dolphins Leroy Byars Running back Alcorn A&M
308 Detroit Lions Bill Pilconis Wide receiver Pittsburgh
309 San Francisco 49ers Jim Bunch Defensive tackle Wisconsin–Platteville
310 Minnesota Vikings Reggie Holmes Defensive back Wisconsin–Stout
311 Dallas Cowboys Steve Goepel Quarterback Colgate
312 Baltimore Colts Bill Triplett Wide receiver Michigan State

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
313 Boston Patriots Lewis Swain Defensive back Alabama A&M
314 New Orleans Saints Don Burchfield Tight end Ball State
315 Houston Oilers Joe Hoing Guard Arkansas Tech
316 Buffalo Bills Busty Underwood Quarterback Texas Christian
317 Philadelphia Eagles Danny Lester Defensive back Texas
318 New York Jets John Eggold Defensive end Arizona
319 Atlanta Falcons Dan Crooks Defensive back Wisconsin
320 Pittsburgh Steelers Alfred Young Wide receiver South Carolina State
321 Denver Broncos Craig Blackford Quarterback Evansville
322 Washington Redskins Dan Ryczek Center Virginia
323 Chicago Bears Ed Nicholas Tackle North Carolina State
324 Green Bay Packers Jack Martin Running back Angelo State
325 San Diego Chargers Sammy Milner Wide receiver Mississippi State
326 Cleveland Browns Thad Jamula Tackle Lehigh
327 Cincinnati Bengals David Knapman Tight end Central Washington
328 Kansas City Chiefs Chuck Hixson Quarterback Southern Methodist
329 St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Allen Defensive back Iowa State
330 New York Giants Dave Roller Defensive tackle Kentucky
331 Los Angeles Rams Russell Harrison Running back Kansas State
332 Detroit Lions David Abercrombie Running back Tulane
333 Miami Dolphins Lionel Hepburn Defensive back Texas Southern
334 Oakland Raiders Mick Natzel Defensive back Central Michigan
335 San Francisco 49ers John Bullock Running back Purdue
336 Minnesota Vikings Benny Fry Center Houston
337 Dallas Cowboys James Ford Running back Texas Southern
338 Baltimore Colts Tom Neville Linebacker Yale

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
339 Boston Patriots Alfred Sykes Wide receiver Florida A&M
340 New Orleans Saints Bobby Scott Quarterback Tennessee
341 Buffalo Bills Jim Hoots Defensive end Missouri Southern
342 Philadelphia Eagles Robert Creech Linebacker Texas Christian
343 Houston Oilers Dick Adams Defensive back Miami (OH)
344 New York Jets John Harpring Guard Michigan
345 Atlanta Falcons Daryl Comer Tight end Texas
346 Pittsburgh Steelers McKinney Evans Defensive back New Mexico Highlands
347 Chicago Bears Willie Lewis Running back Arizona
348 Green Bay Packers LeRoy Spears Defensive end Moorhead (MN)
349 Washington Redskins Bill Bynum Quarterback W. New Mexico
350 Denver Broncos Tommy Lyons Center Georgia
351 San Diego Chargers Edward O'Daniel Defensive end Texas Southern
352 Cleveland Browns Rick Kingrea Linebacker Tulane
353 Cincinnati Bengals Irvin Mallory Defensive back Virginia Union
354 Kansas City Chiefs Bruce Bergey Defensive end UCLA
355 St. Louis Cardinals Doug Klausen Tackle Arizona
356 New York Giants Charlie Evans Running back USC
357 Oakland Raiders Tom Gipson Defensive tackle North Texas State
358 Los Angeles Rams Lionel Coleman Defensive back Oregon
359 Miami Dolphins David Vaughn Tight end Memphis State
360 Detroit Lions Tom Lorenz Tight end Iowa State
361 San Francisco 49ers Bill Dunstan Defensive end Utah State
362 Minnesota Vikings Jim Gallagher Linebacker Yale
363 Dallas Cowboys Tyrone Covey Defensive back Utah State
364 Baltimore Colts Mike Mikolayunas Running back Davidson

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
365 Boston Patriots Nick McGarry Tight end Massachusetts
366 New Orleans Saints Bart Graves Tackle Tulane
367 Philadelphia Eagles Ed Fisher Guard Prairie View A&M
368 Houston Oilers Andy Hopkins Running back Stephen F. Austin
369 Buffalo Bills Charles Cole Running back Toledo
370 New York Jets Dan Dyches Center South Carolina
371 Atlanta Falcons Wallace Clark Running back Auburn
372 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Makin Guard Kentucky
373 Denver Broncos Larry James Running back Norfolk State
374 Green Bay Packers Len Garrett Tight end New Mexico Highlands
375 Washington Redskins Anthony Christnovich Guard LaCrosse (Wisc)
376 Chicago Bears Ron Maciejowski Quarterback Ohio State
377 San Diego Chargers Eric Humston Linebacker Muskingum
378 Cleveland Browns Bill Green Defensive back Western Kentucky
379 Cincinnati Bengals Bob Thomas Running back Arizona State
380 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Montgomery Defensive back Southwest Texas State
381 St. Louis Cardinals Ted Heiskell Running back Houston
382 New York Giants Jim Wright Linebacker Notre Dame
383 Oakland Raiders Andy Giles Defensive end William & Mary
384 Los Angeles Rams Vontez Norman VI Guard Notre Dame
385 Detroit Lions Ed Coates Wide receiver Central Missouri
386 Miami Dolphins Bob Richards Guard California
387 San Francisco 49ers John Lennon Tackle Colgate
388 Minnesota Vikings Jeff Wright Defensive back Minnesota
389 Dallas Cowboys Bob Young Tight end Delaware
390 Baltimore Colts Mike Hogan Linebacker Michigan State

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
391 Boston Patriots Jim Zikmund Defensive back Kearney State
392 New Orleans Saints Craig Robinson Tackle Houston
393 Houston Oilers Mose Denson Running back Maryland State
394 Buffalo Bills Billy Hunter Defensive back Utah
395 Philadelphia Eagles Bruce James Linebacker Arkansas
396 New York Jets Steve Harkey Running back Georgia Tech
397 Atlanta Falcons Lindsey James Running back San Diego State
398 Pittsburgh Steelers Walter Huntley Defensive back Trinity
399 Denver Broncos Steve Thompson Defensive tackle Minnesota
400 Washington Redskins Glenn Tucker Linebacker North Texas State
401 Chicago Bears Sid Bailey Defensive end Texas-Arlington
402 Green Bay Packers Jack O'Donnell Guard Central State (OK)
403 San Diego Chargers Ed Foote Center Hawaii
404 Cleveland Browns Dave Smith Wide receiver Mississippi State
405 Cincinnati Bengals Mark Debevc Linebacker Ohio State
406 Kansas City Chiefs Darrell Jansonius Guard Iowa State
407 St. Louis Cardinals Lawrence Brame Linebacker Western Kentucky
408 New York Giants Dick Gibbs Tight end Texas-El Paso
409 Los Angeles Rams Ross Boice Linebacker Pacific Lutheran
410 Miami Dolphins Chris Myers Wide receiver Kenyon
411 Detroit Lions Tom Kutchinski Defensive back Michigan State
412 Oakland Raiders Tony Stawarz Defensive back Miami (FL)
413 Minnesota Vikings Greg Edmonds Wide receiver Penn State
414 San Francisco 49ers Dave Purcell Defensive tackle Kentucky
415 Dallas Cowboys John Brennan Tackle Boston College
416 Baltimore Colts Rich Harrington Defensive back Houston

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
417 Boston Patriots Ronald Leigh Defensive end Elizabeth City State
418 Los Angeles Rams Randy Vataha Wide receiver Stanford
419 Buffalo Bills Pat Morrison Tight end Arkansas
420 Philadelphia Eagles John Sage Linebacker LSU
421 Houston Oilers Calvin Fox Linebacker Michigan State
422 New York Jets Greg Flaska Defensive end Western Michigan
423 Atlanta Falcons Willie Martin Running back Johnson C. Smith
424 Pittsburgh Steelers Danny Ehle Running back Howard Payne
425 Denver Broncos Jack Simcsak Kicker Virginia Tech
426 Chicago Bears Ray Garganes Linebacker Millersville (PA)
427 Green Bay Packers Monty Johnson Defensive back Oklahoma
428 New Orleans Saints Hermann Eben Wide receiver Oklahoma State
429 San Diego Chargers Chip Kell Center Tennessee
430 Cleveland Browns Leo Dillon Center Dayton
431 Kansas City Chiefs Travis Hill Defensive back Prairie View A&M
432 Cincinnati Bengals Sam Pearson Defensive back Western Kentucky
433 St. Louis Cardinals Preston Watkins Wide receiver Bluefield (WV)
434 New York Giants Coleman Zeno Wide receiver Grambling
435 Los Angeles Rams Joe Sweet Wide receiver Tennessee State
436 Detroit Lions Gordon Jolley Tackle Utah
437 Miami Dolphins Curt Mark Linebacker Mayville (N.D.)
438 San Francisco 49ers Leroy Charlton Defensive back Florida A&M
439 Minnesota Vikings Ken Duncan Punter Tulsa
440 Dallas Cowboys John Bomer Center Memphis State
441 Baltimore Colts Don Nottingham Running back Kent State
442 [4] Oakland Raiders Charles Hill Wide receiver Sam Houston State
= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[2]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Atlanta Falcons Mike Lewis  DT Arkansas AM&N Ind. (Coll.)
Buffalo Bills Tony Greene  S Maryland ACC
Dallas Cowboys Toni Fritsch  K    
Green Bay Packers Jim DeLisle  DT Wisconsin Big Ten
Green Bay Packers Tim Webster  K Arkansas SWC
Los Angeles Rams Matt Maslowski  WR San Diego Ind. (Coll.)
Miami Dolphins Jim Del Gaizo  QB Tampa Ind. (Coll.)
Miami Dolphins Maulty Moore  DT Bethune-Cookman SIAC
Minnesota Vikings Chuck Winfrey  LB Wisconsin Big Ten
New England Patriots Kenny Price  LB Iowa Big Ten
New Orleans Saints Bill Line  DT SMU SWC
Oakland Raiders Don Milan  QB Cal Poly CCAA
Pittsburgh Steelers Glen Edwards  S Florida A&M SIAC

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1988.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1992.[6]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1996.[6]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2001.[7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2020


  1. ^ Prewitt, Alex (April 29, 2022). "Inside the 1971 NFL Draft, Where Atlanta Selected...John Wayne?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ Jim Plunkett, 1970 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  4. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b List of 1990s 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.
  7. ^ List of 2000s 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.