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 first three selections were quarterbacks (Plunkett, Archie Manning, and Dan Pastorini).

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
* = compensatory selection
= Pro Bowler[2]
= Hall of Famer[3]
Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back EDGE Edge
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard K Kicker[a] KR Kickoff returner LB Linebacker
LS Long snapper OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman NT Nose tackle
P Punter PR Punt returner QB Quarterback RB Running back
S Safety SS Strong safety TE Tight end WR Wide receiver
  1. ^ Also known as placekicker (PK)

Round one-seven

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 Boston Patriots Jim Plunkett  QB Stanford Pac-8
1 2 New Orleans Saints Archie Manning  QB Ole Miss SEC
1 3 Houston Oilers Dan Pastorini  QB/P Santa Clara
1 4 Buffalo Bills J. D. Hill  WR Arizona State WAC
1 5 Philadelphia Eagles Richard Harris  DE Grambling SWAC
1 6 New York Jets John Riggins RB Kansas Big Eight
1 7 Atlanta Falcons Joe Profit  RB Northeast Louisiana Gulf States
1 8 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Lewis  WR Grambling SWAC
1 9 Green Bay Packers John Brockington  RB Ohio State Big Ten
from Denver
1 10 Los Angeles Rams Isiah Robertson  LB Southern SWAC
1 11 Chicago Bears Joe Moore  RB Missouri Big Eight
1 12 Denver Broncos Marv Montgomery  OT USC Pac-8
from Green Bay
1 13 San Diego Chargers Leon Burns  RB Long Beach State PCAA
1 14 Cleveland Browns Clarence Scott  CB Kansas State Big Eight
1 15 Cincinnati Bengals Vernon Holland  OT Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
1 16 Kansas City Chiefs Elmo Wright  WR Houston Ind.
1 17 St. Louis Cardinals Norm Thompson  CB Utah WAC
1 18 New York Giants Rocky Thompson  RB West Texas A&M Ind. (Coll.)
1 19 Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum  S Ohio State Big Ten
1 20 Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood DE Florida SEC
1 21 Detroit Lions Bob Bell  DT Cincinnati Ind. (Univ.)
1 22 Baltimore Colts Don McCauley  RB North Carolina ACC
From Miami
1 23 San Francisco 49ers Tim Anderson  CB Ohio State Big Ten
1 24 Minnesota Vikings Leo Hayden  RB Ohio State Big Ten
1 25 Dallas Cowboys Tody Smith  DE USC Pac-8
1 26 Baltimore Colts Leonard Dunlap  CB North Texas State MVC
2 27 Boston Patriots Julius Adams  DT Texas Southern SWAC
2 28 Chicago Bears Jim Harrison  RB Missouri Big Eight
from New Orleans
2 29 Buffalo Bills Jan White  TE Ohio State Big Ten
2 30 Detroit Lions Dave Thompson  C Clemson ACC
from Philadelphia
2 31 New Orleans Saints Sam Holden  OG Grambling SWAC
from Houston
2 32 New York Jets John Mooring  OT Tampa
2 33 Atlanta Falcons Ken Burrow  WR San Diego State Big West
2 34 Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Ham LB Penn State Ind.
2 35 Denver Broncos Dwight Harrison  WR Texas A&I LSC
2 36 Chicago Bears Charlie Ford  CB Houston Ind.
2 37 San Francisco 49ers Ernie Janet  OG Washington Pac-8
from Green Bay
2 38 Washington Redskins Cotton Speyrer  WR Texas SWC
2 39 Kansas City Chiefs Wilbur Young  DT William Penn IIAC
from San Diego
2 40 Cleveland Browns Bo Cornell  RB Washington Pac-8
2 41 Cincinnati Bengals Stephen Lawson  OG Kansas Big Eight
2 42 Kansas City Chiefs Lewis, ScottScott Lewis  DE Grambling SWAC
2 43 St. Louis Cardinals Dan Dierdorf OT Michigan Big Ten
2 44 New York Giants Wayne Walton  OT Abilene Christian Southland
2 45 Oakland Raiders Phil Villapiano  LB Bowling Green MAC
2 46 Green Bay Packers Virgil Robinson  RB Grambling SWAC
from Los Angeles
2 47 Miami Dolphins Otto Stowe  WR Iowa State Big Eight
2 48 Detroit Lions Charlie Weaver  LB USC Pac-8
2 49 San Francisco 49ers Joe Orduna  RB Nebraska Big Eight
2 50 Philadelphia Eagles Hank Allison  OG San Diego State Big West
from Minnesota
2 51 Dallas Cowboys Ike Thomas  CB Bishop
2 52 Baltimore Colts Bill Atessis  DE Texas SWC
3 53 Buffalo Bills Bruce Jarvis  C Washington Pac-8
from Boston vis Oakland
3 54 New Orleans Saints Bivian Lee  CB Prairie View A&M SWAC
3 55 San Francisco 49ers Dickerson, SamSam Dickerson  WR USC Pac-8
from Philadelphia
3 56 Houston Oilers Lynn Dickey  QB Kansas State Big Eight
3 57 Buffalo Bills Jim Braxton  RB West Virginia Ind. (Univ.)
3 58 New York Jets Chris Farasopoulos  S BYU WAC
3 59 Atlanta Falcons Leo Hart  QB Duke ACC
3 60 Pittsburgh Steelers Steve Davis  RB Delaware State CIAA
3 61 St. Louis Cardinals Livesay, JamesJames Livesay  WR Richmond SoCon
from Denver
3 62 Green Bay Packers Charlie Hall  DB Pittsburgh Ind. (Univ.)
3 63 Los Angeles Rams Dave Elmendorf  S Texas A&M SWC
from Washington
3 64 Chicago Bears Tony McGee  DE Bishop
3 65 San Diego Chargers Mike Montgomery  RB Kansas State Big Eight
3 66 Cleveland Browns Paul Staroba  WR Michigan Big Ten
3 67 Cincinnati Bengals Ken Anderson  QB Augustana (IL) N/A
3 68 Cleveland Browns Charlie Hall  LB Houston Ind.
from N. Y. Jets
3 69 Dallas Cowboys Sam Scarber  RB New Mexico WAC
from St. Louis
3 70 New York Giants Ronnie Hornsby  LB Southeastern Louisiana Gulf States
3 71 Chicago Bears Bob Newton  OT Nebraska Big Eight
from Los Angeles
3 72 Detroit Lions Al Clark  CB Eastern Michigan Ind.
3 73 Oakland Raiders Warren Koegel  C Penn State Ind.
3 74 Miami Dolphins Dale Farley  LB West Virginia Ind. (Univ.)
3 75 San Francisco 49ers Willie Parker  C North Texas State MVC
3 76 Minnesota Vikings Hackett, EddieEddie Hackett  WR Alcorn A&M SWAC
3 77 Dallas Cowboys Bill Gregory  DT Wisconsin Big Ten
3 78 Baltimore Colts Karl Douglas  QB Texas A&I LSC
4 79 Denver Broncos Lyle Alzado  DE Yankton (SD) N/A
from Boston
4 80 Dallas Cowboys Carter, JoeJoe Carter  TE Grambling SWAC
from New Orleans
4 81 Houston Oilers Larron Jackson  OT Missouri Big Eight
4 82 New Orleans Saints Carlos Bell  RB Houston Ind.
from Buffalo
4 83 Philadelphia Eagles Happy Feller  K Texas SWC
4 84 New York Jets Bill Zapalac  LB Texas SWC
4 85 Atlanta Falcons Potchad, MikeMike Potchad  OT Pittsburg (KS) RMAC
4 86 Pittsburgh Steelers Gerry Mullins  TE USC Pac-8
4 87 Denver Broncos Johnson, CleoCleo Johnson  DB Alcorn A&M SWAC
4 88 New Orleans Saints Wimpy Winther  C Ole Miss SEC
from Washington
4 89 Chicago Bears Jerry Morre  S Arkansas SWC
4 90 Los Angeles Rams Steve Worster  RB Texas SWC
from Green Bay
4 91 New Orleans Saints D'Artagnan Martin  CB Kentucky State Ind. (NAIA)
from San Diego
4 92 Cleveland Browns Pena, RobertRobert Pena  OG UMass Yankee
4 93 Cincinnati Bengals Fred Willis  RB Boston College Ind. (Univ.)
4 94 Kansas City Chiefs Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson  TE Jacksonville State Mid-South
4 95 St. Louis Cardinals Larry Willingham  DB Auburn SEC
4 96 New York Giants Dave Tipton  DT Stanford Pac-8
4 97 Oakland Raiders Clarence Davis  RB USC Pac-8
4 98 New Orleans Saints Don Morrison  OT Texas–Arlington
from Los Angeles
4 99 Miami Dolphins Joe Theismann  QB Notre Dame Ind.
4 100 Detroit Lions Larry Woods  DT Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
4 101 San Francisco 49ers Harris, TonyTony Harris  RB Toledo MAC
4 102 Minnesota Vikings Vince Clements  RB Connecticut Yankee
4 103 Dallas Cowboys Mitchell, AdamAdam Mitchell  OT Ole Miss SEC
4 104 Pittsburgh Steelers Dwight White  DE East Texas State LSC
from Baltimore
5 105 Boston Patriots Tim Kelly  LB Notre Dame Ind.
5 106 Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Brown  TE Kansas Big Eight
5 107 Buffalo Bills Donnie Green  OT Purdue Big Ten
5 108 Philadelphia Eagles Shellabarger, TomTom Shellabarger  OT San Diego State Big West
5 109 Houston Oilers Armstrong, WillieWillie Armstrong  RB Grambling SWAC
5 110 Cincinnati Bengals Art May  DE Tuskegee SIAC
from N. Y. Jets
5 111 Atlanta Falcons Ray Jarvis  WR Norfolk State CIAA
5 112 Pittsburgh Steelers Melvin Holmes  OT North Carolina A&T CIAA
5 113 Buffalo Bills Tim Beamer  CB Johnson C. Smith CIAA
from Denver
5 114 San Francisco 49ers Shaternick, DeanDean Shaternick  OT Kansas State Big Eight
from Chicago
5 115 San Diego Chargers Bryant Salter  S Pittsburgh Ind. (Univ.)
from Green Bay
5 116 Green Bay Packers Donnell Smith  DE Southern SWAC
from Washington
5 117 San Diego Chargers Ray White  LB Syracuse Ind. (Univ.)
5 118 Cleveland Browns Brown, StanStan Brown  WR Purdue Big Ten
5 119 San Diego Chargers Asack, PhilPhil Asack  DE Duke ACC
from Cincinnati
5 120 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Adamle  RB Northwestern Big Ten
5 121 St. Louis Cardinals Wallace, RockyRocky Wallace  LB Missouri Big Eight
5 122 San Francisco 49ers George Wells  LB New Mexico State Ind.
from N. Y. Giants
5 123 Oakland Raiders Bob Moore  TE Stanford Pac-8
5 124 Green Bay Packers Jim Stillwagon  LB Ohio State Big Ten
from Los Angeles via Washington
5 125 Detroit Lions Newell, PetePete Newell  OG Michigan Big Ten
5 126 Pittsburgh Steelers Ralph Anderson  DB West Texas A&M Ind. (Coll.)
5 127 San Francisco 49ers Marty Huff  LB Michigan Big Ten
5 128 Pittsburgh Steelers Brister, FredFred Brister  LB Ole Miss SEC
from Minnesota
5 129 Dallas Cowboys Ron Kadziel  LB Stanford Pac-8
5 130 Baltimore Colts John Andrews  TE Indiana Big Ten
6 131 Boston Patriots Hardt, DavidDavid Hardt  TE Kentucky SEC
6 132 New Orleans Saints Don Moorhead  RB Michigan Big Ten
6 133 Philadelphia Eagles Jack Smith  DB Troy State Mid-South
6 134 Houston Oilers Willie Alexander  CB Alcorn A&M SWAC
6 135 Chicago Bears Earl Thomas  WR Houston Ind.
from Buffalo
6 136 New York Jets Phil Wise  TE Nebraska–Omaha RMAC
6 137 Atlanta Falcons Tom Hayes  CB San Diego State Big West
6 138 Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Hanneman  OT Oregon State Pac-8
6 139 Denver Broncos Phillips, HaroldHarold Phillips  DB Michigan State Big Ten
6 140 Green Bay Packers Scott Hunter  QB Alabama SEC
6 141 Washington Redskins Conway Hayman  OG Delaware Ind. (Coll.)
6 142 Cleveland Browns Doug Dieken  OT Illinois Big Ten
from Chicago
6 143 San Diego Chargers Mayes, JacobJacob Mayes  RB Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
6 144 Cleveland Browns Dixon, JayJay Dixon  DE Boston University Ind. (Coll.)
6 145 Buffalo Bills Bill McKinley  DE Arizona WAC
from Cincinnati
6 146 Kansas City Chiefs Kerry Reardon  CB Iowa Big Ten
6 147 St. Louis Cardinals Mel Gray  WR Missouri Big Eight
6 148 Atlanta Falcons Ray Brown  S West Texas State Ind. (Coll.)
from N. Y. Giants
6 149 Oakland Raiders Greg Slough  LB USC Pac-8
6 150 Detroit Lions Frank Harris  QB Boston College Ind. (Univ.)
from Los Angeles via Philadelphia
6 151 Miami Dolphins Dennis Coleman  LB Ole Miss SEC
6 152 Detroit Lions Franklin, HermanHerman Franklin  WR USC Pac-8
6 153 San Francisco 49ers Bresler, AlAl Bresler  WR Auburn SEC
6 154 Philadelphia Eagles Neely, WyckWyck Neely  DB Ole Miss SEC
from Minnesota
6 155 Dallas Cowboys Maier, SteveSteve Maier  WR Northern Arizona Big Sky
6 156 Baltimore Colts Ken Frith  DT Northeast Louisiana Gulf States
7 157 Oakland Raiders Don Martin  DB Yale Ivy
from Boston
7 158 New Orleans Saints Larry DiNardo  OG Notre Dame Ind.
7 159 Houston Oilers Phil Croyle  LB California Pac-8
7 160 Buffalo Bills Bob Chandler  WR USC Pac-8
7 161 Philadelphia Eagles Harold Carmichael WR Southern SWAC
7 162 New York Jets Scott Palmer  DT Texas SWC
7 163 Atlanta Falcons Wesley Chesson  WR Duke ACC
7 164 Pittsburgh Steelers McClure, WorthyWorthy McClure  OT Ole Miss SEC
7 165 Denver Broncos Doug Adams  LB Ohio State Big Ten
7 166 Washington Redskins Willie Germany  DB Morgan State CIAA
7 167 Chicago Bears Lee, BuddyBuddy Lee  QB LSU SEC
7 168 Green Bay Packers Dave Davis  WR Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
7 169 San Diego Chargers Chuck Dicus  WR Arkansas SWC
7 170 Cleveland Browns Jacobs, BobBob Jacobs  K Wyoming WAC
7 171 Cincinnati Bengals Neal Craig  S Fisk SIAC
7 172 New Orleans Saints Bob Newland  WR Oregon Pac-8
from Kansas City
7 173 St. Louis Cardinals Cooch, JamesJames Cooch  DB Colorado Big Eight
7 174 Houston Oilers Watson, LarryLarry Watson  OT Morgan State CIAA
from N. Y. Giants
7 175 Green Bay Packers Johnson, JamesJames Johnson  WR Bishop
from Oakland
7 176 Chicago Bears Ferris, DennisDennis Ferris  RB Pittsburgh Ind. (Univ.)
from Los Angeles
7 177 Detroit Lions Wheless, BrownieBrownie Wheless  OT Rice SWC
7 178 Miami Dolphins Ron Dickerson  DB Kansas State Big Eight
7 179 San Francisco 49ers John Watson  OT Oklahoma Big Eight
7 180 Minnesota Vikings Gene Mack  LB UTEP WAC
7 181 Dallas Cowboys Griffin, BillBill Griffin  OT Catawba N/A
7 182 Baltimore Colts Gordon Bowdell  WR Michigan State Big Ten

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 Betts 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 [5] 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
Cincinnati Bengals Tony Bertuca  LB Chico State FWC
Cincinnati Bengals Cookie Brinkman  WR Louisville MVC
Dallas Cowboys Toni Fritsch  K    
Green Bay Packers Jim DeLisle  DT Wisconsin Big Ten
Green Bay Packers Tim Webster  K Arkansas SWC
Houston Oilers Ward Walsh  RB Colorado Big Eight
Los Angeles Rams Matt Maslowski  WR San Diego 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.[6]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1992.[7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1996.[7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2001.[8]
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 d Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  4. ^ "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  6. ^ List of 1980s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  7. ^ a b List of 1990s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  8. ^ List of 2000s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.