1976 NFL expansion draft
General information
SportAmerican football
Date(s)March 30–31, 1976
Expansion teamsSeattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Expansion season1976
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The 1976 National Football League (NFL) expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976. The expansion teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, each selected 39 players from the other 26 NFL teams. Before the draft, each of the existing NFL teams was allowed to protect 29 players from selection by the expansion teams. When one player was chosen from an existing team, that team was then permitted to protect two additional players. The expansion teams continued until three players had been picked from each of the existing teams.[1]

The expansion draft was originally scheduled for January 23–24, but was postponed when the owners of the Seahawks and Buccaneers filed a lawsuit against the players' union with worries that the organization would try to prevent the draft. The court case delayed both the expansion draft and the annual college draft.[2]

Seattle selections

Player Position College Original NFL team
Wayne Baker DT BYU San Francisco 49ers
Carl Barisich DT Princeton Cleveland Browns
Nick Bebout OT Wyoming Atlanta Falcons
Lyle Blackwood DB TCU Cincinnati Bengals
Ed Bradley LB Wake Forest Pittsburgh Steelers
Dave Brown DB Michigan Pittsburgh Steelers
Don Clune WR Pennsylvania New York Giants
Rondy Colbert DB Lamar New York Giants
Dwayne Crump DB Fresno State St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Curtis LB Duke Baltimore Colts
Jerry Davis DB Morris Brown New York Jets
John Demarie OG LSU Cleveland Browns
Norm Evans OT TCU Miami Dolphins
Ken Geddes LB Nebraska Los Angeles Rams
Neil Graff QB Wisconsin New England Patriots
Don Hansen LB Illinois Atlanta Falcons
Gary Hayman RB Penn State Buffalo Bills
Fred Hoaglin C Pittsburgh Houston Oilers
Ron Howard TE Seattle Dallas Cowboys
Ken Hutcherson LB Livingston State Green Bay Packers
Gordon Jolley OT Utah Detroit Lions
Gary Keithley QB Texas-El Paso St. Louis Cardinals
Art Kuehn C UCLA Washington Redskins
Kerry Marbury RB West Virginia New England Patriots
Al Matthews DB Texas A&I Green Bay Packers
Sam McCullum WR Montana State Minnesota Vikings
John McMakin TE Clemson Detroit Lions
Eddie McMillan DB Florida State Los Angeles Rams
Bill Olds RB Nebraska Baltimore Colts
Jesse O'Neal DE Grambling State Houston Oilers
Joe Owens DE Alcorn State New Orleans Saints
Bob Penchion OG Alcorn State San Francisco 49ers
Bob Picard WR Eastern Washington State Philadelphia Eagles
Rocky Rasley OG Oregon State Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Taylor DB Georgia Denver Broncos
Dave Tipton DE Stanford San Diego Chargers
Charles Waddell TE North Carolina San Diego Chargers
Larry Woods DT Tennessee State New York Jets
Rolly Woolsey DB Boise State Dallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay selections

Player Position College Original NFL team
Larry Ball LB Louisville Detroit Lions
Joe Blahak DB Nebraska Minnesota Vikings
Bubba Bridges DT Colorado Denver Broncos
Bubba Broussard LB Houston Chicago Bears
Louis Carter RB Maryland Oakland Raiders
Steve Colavito LB Wake Forest Philadelphia Eagles
Mark Cotney DB Cameron State Houston Oilers
Mike Current OT Ohio State Denver Broncos
Anthony Davis RB USC New York Jets
Ricky Davis DB Alabama Cincinnati Bengals
Earl Douthitt DB Iowa Chicago Bears
Bruce Elia LB Ohio State Miami Dolphins
Larry Ely LB Iowa Chicago Bears
Howard Fest OG Texas Cincinnati Bengals
Ira Gordon OG Kansas State San Diego Chargers
Jimmy Gunn LB USC New York Giants
Harold Hart RB Texas Southern Oakland Raiders
Durwood Keeton DB Oklahoma New England Patriots
Jim Kearney DB Prairie View Kansas City Chiefs
Vince Kendrick RB Florida Atlanta Falcons
Morris LaGrand RB Tampa New Orleans Saints
Willie McGee WR Alcorn State Los Angeles Rams
John (J.K.) McKay WR USC Cleveland Browns
Bob Moore TE Stanford Oakland Raiders
Manfred Moore RB USC San Francisco 49ers
Frank Oliver DB Kentucky State Buffalo Bills
Dave Pear DT Washington Baltimore Colts
Cal Peterson LB UCLA Dallas Cowboys
Dave Reavis OT Arkansas Pittsburgh Steelers
Council Rudolph DE Kentucky State St. Louis Cardinals
Dan Ryczek C Virginia Washington Redskins
Barry Smith WR Florida State Green Bay Packers
Ken Stone DB Vanderbilt Washington Redskins
Doug Swift LB Amherst Miami Dolphins
Dave Thompson OT-C Clemson New Orleans Saints
Pat Toomay DE Vanderbilt Buffalo Bills
John Ward C-OG Oklahoma State Minnesota Vikings
Lawrence Williams WR Texas Tech Kansas City Chiefs
Dan Yochum OT Syracuse Philadelphia Eagles


  1. ^ "1976 NFL Expansion Draft". ProFootballHOF.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. January 1, 2005. Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Drafts delayed by Bucs". St. Petersburg Times. January 14, 1976. Retrieved February 9, 2009.[permanent dead link]