1983 NFL draft
General information
Date(s)April 26–27, 1983
LocationNew York Sheraton Hotel
in New York City, NY
335 total selections in 12 rounds
First selectionJohn Elway, QB
Baltimore Colts
Mr. IrrelevantJohn Tuggle, RB
New York Giants
Most selections (19)New England Patriots
Fewest selections (5)New Orleans Saints
Hall of Famers
← 1982
1984 →

The 1983 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 26–27, 1983, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York.[1][2] No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

The draft is frequently referred to as the quarterback class of 1983, because six quarterbacks were taken in the first round — John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O'Brien, and Dan Marino — tied with the 2024 draft for the highest number taken. Of these quarterbacks, Elway, Kelly, Eason, and Marino played in the Super Bowl, Elway, Kelly, O'Brien, and Marino were selected to play in the Pro Bowl, and Elway, Kelly, and Marino have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All six quarterbacks were drafted by American Football Conference (AFC) teams, with every member of the five-team AFC East (the Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and New England Patriots) selecting a quarterback. In eleven of the sixteen years following this draft, the AFC was represented in the Super Bowl by a team led by one of these quarterbacks: five with the Denver Broncos and Elway, four with the Bills and Kelly, one with the Dolphins and Marino, and one with the Patriots and Eason.

They met with little success in the Super Bowl, however, compiling a 2–9 record among them, with an 0–9 record for their first 14 years in the league. The only two wins were by Elway in XXXII and XXXIII during his final two seasons in 1997 and 1998. Three of the most lopsided Super Bowl losses in history also came at the hands of quarterbacks from the Class of '83: Elway, a 55–10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in XXIV; Eason, a 46–10 loss to the Chicago Bears in XX; and Kelly, a 52–17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in XXVII. Marino would only reach the Super Bowl once in a 38–16 loss to San Francisco in XIX following the end of his second season, when he won league MVP. Kelly and the Bills would appear in the Super Bowl for a record four consecutive years, from 1990 to 1993, but lost all four.

Of the six first round quarterbacks drafted, Hall of Famers Elway and Kelly did not sign with the teams that selected them for the 1983 season. Elway, who had made his antipathy towards the Colts known long before the draft, was also a promising baseball player in the New York Yankees organization. With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner aggressively pursuing a commitment from Elway to play baseball full-time, Elway and his agent, Marvin Demoff, successfully leveraged the threat of Elway abandoning football altogether to compel the Colts to trade Elway to the Broncos a few days after selecting him with the first overall pick of the draft.[3]

Kelly, the other holdout, instead signed with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League (USFL), where he led the springtime circuit in passing in both 1984 and 1985. Kelly was set to play for the New Jersey Generals when the USFL planned to switch to a fall season in 1986, but when the USFL won only $1 (tripled to $3) from its antitrust lawsuit vs. the NFL on July 29, 1986, Kelly finally signed with the Bills three weeks later.

Including the aforementioned Elway, Kelly, and Marino, a total of seven players drafted in the first round have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and eight players overall have been inducted. Each round of this draft also contained at least one player who was later selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Several websites, including Bleacher Report and Athlon Sports, have called the class of 1983 the greatest of all time.[4][5]

Player selections

Picture of John Elway.
Picture of Jim Kelly.
Picture of Dan Marino
The famed "Quarterback Class of 1983" includes hall-of-famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino (pictured from left to right).
= Pro Bowler[6] = Hall of Famer
* = compensatory selection
= Pro Bowler[6]
= Hall of Famer[7]
Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back DE Defensive end[a]
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard[b] K Kicker[c] KR Kickoff returner LB Linebacker
LS Long snapper MLB Middle linebacker[d] OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman
OLB Outside linebacker[a] NT Nose tackle P Punter PR Punt returner
QB Quarterback RS Return specialist RB Running back S Safety
SS Strong safety TE Tight end WR Wide receiver
  1. ^ a b May sometimes be referred to as an edge rusher (EDGE)
  2. ^ Also known as offensive guard (OG)
  3. ^ Also known as placekicker (PK)
  4. ^ Also known as inside linebacker (ILB)

Round one

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 Baltimore Colts John Elway QB Stanford Pac-10
Rights later traded to Denver
1 2 Los Angeles Rams Eric Dickerson RB SMU SWC
from Houston through Seattle
1 3 Seattle Seahawks Curt Warner  RB Penn State Ind. (I-A)
from L. A. Rams
1 4 Denver Broncos Chris Hinton  OG Northwestern Big Ten
Rights later traded to Baltimore
1 5 San Diego Chargers Billy Ray Smith  LB Arkansas SWC
1 6 Chicago Bears Jim Covert OT Pittsburgh Ind. (I-A)
1 7 Kansas City Chiefs Todd Blackledge  QB Penn State Ind. (I-A)
1 8 Philadelphia Eagles Michael Haddix  RB Mississippi State SEC
1 9 Houston Oilers Bruce Matthews OT USC Pac-10
from Seattle
1 10 New York Giants Terry Kinard  S Clemson ACC
1 11 Green Bay Packers Tim Lewis  CB Pittsburgh Ind. (I-A)
1 12 Buffalo Bills Tony Hunter  TE Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
1 13 Detroit Lions James Jones  FB Florida SEC
1 14 Buffalo Bills Jim Kelly QB Miami (FL) Ind. (I-A)
from Cleveland
1 15 New England Patriots Tony Eason  QB Illinois Big Ten
1 16 Atlanta Falcons Mike Pitts  DE Alabama SEC
1 17 St. Louis Cardinals Leonard Smith  CB McNeese State Southland
1 18 Chicago Bears Willie Gault  WR Tennessee SEC
1 19 Minnesota Vikings Joey Browner  CB USC Pac-10
1 20 San Diego Chargers Gary Anderson  RB Arkansas SWC
from Green Bay
1 21 Pittsburgh Steelers Gabriel Rivera  DT Texas Tech SWC
1 22 San Diego Chargers Gill Byrd  CB San Jose State PCAA
from San Diego through San Francisco
1 23 Dallas Cowboys Jim Jeffcoat  DE Arizona State Pac-10
1 24 New York Jets Ken O'Brien  QB UC Davis NCAC
1 25 Cincinnati Bengals Dave Rimington  C Nebraska Big Eight
1 26 Los Angeles Raiders Don Mosebar  C USC Pac-10
1 27 Miami Dolphins Dan Marino QB Pittsburgh Ind. (I-A)
1 28 Washington Redskins Darrell Green CB Texas A&I LSC

Round two

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
2 29 Baltimore Colts Vernon Maxwell  LB Arizona State Pac-10
2 30 Houston Oilers Harvey Salem  OT California Pac-10
2 31 Denver Broncos Mark Cooper  OT Miami (FL) Ind. (I-A)
2 32 Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard  WR Fresno State PCAA
2 33 Chicago Bears Mike Richardson  CB Arizona State Pac-10
2 34 Kansas City Chiefs Dave Lutz  OG Georgia Tech Ind.
2 35 Philadelphia Eagles Wes Hopkins  S SMU SWC
2 36 Los Angeles Rams Mike Wilcher  LB North Carolina ACC
from San Francisco
2 37 New York Giants Leonard Marshall  DE LSU SEC
2 38 New Orleans Saints Steve Korte  C Arkansas SWC
2 39 Buffalo Bills Darryl Talley  LB West Virginia Ind. (I-A)
2 40 Detroit Lions Rich Strenger  OT Michigan Big Ten
2 41 Cleveland Browns Ron Brown  WR Arizona State Pac-10
2 42 Houston Oilers Keith Bostic  S Michigan Big Ten
from Seattle
2 43 Atlanta Falcons James Britt  CB LSU SEC
2 44 St. Louis Cardinals Cedric Mack  CB Baylor SWC
2 45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Randy Grimes  C Baylor SWC
2 46 Philadelphia Eagles Jody Schulz  LB East Carolina Ind. (I-A)
2 47 New England Patriots Darryal Wilson  WR Tennessee SEC
2 48 Green Bay Packers Dave Drechsler  OG North Carolina ACC
2 49 San Francisco 49ers Roger Craig  RB Nebraska Big Eight
from San Diego
2 50 Dallas Cowboys Michael Walter  LB Oregon Pac-10
2 51 New York Jets Johnny Hector  RB Texas A&M SWC
2 52 Pittsburgh Steelers Wayne Capers  WR Kansas Big Eight
2 53 Cincinnati Bengals Ray Horton  S Washington Pac-10
2 54 Los Angeles Raiders Bill Pickel  DT Rutgers Ind. (I-A)
2 55 Miami Dolphins Mike Charles  DT Syracuse Ind. (I-A)
2 56 Washington Redskins Richard Williams  RB Memphis State Ind. (I-A)

Round three

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
3 57 Baltimore Colts George Achica  NT USC Pac-10
3 58 Houston Oilers Tim Joiner  LB LSU SEC
3 59 San Francisco 49ers Blanchard Montgomery  LB UCLA Pac-10
from L. A. Rams
3 60 Denver Broncos Clint Sampson  WR San Diego State WAC
3 61 Kansas City Chiefs Albert Lewis  CB Grambling State SWAC
3 62 Philadelphia Eagles Glen Young  WR Mississippi State SEC
3 63 New York Giants Jamie Williams  TE Nebraska Big Eight
from San Francisco via L. A. Rams
3 64 Chicago Bears Dave Duerson  S Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
3 65 New Orleans Saints John Tice  TE Maryland ACC
3 66 New Orleans Saints Cliff Austin  RB Clemson ACC
from Buffalo via St. Louis
3 67 Detroit Lions Mike Cofer  LB Tennessee SEC
3 68 Cleveland Browns Reggie Camp  DE California Pac-10
3 69 Houston Oilers Chris Dressel  TE Stanford Pac-10
from Seattle
3 70 New York Giants Karl Nelson  OT Iowa State Big Eight
3 71 St. Louis Cardinals Ramsey Dardar  DT LSU SEC
3 72 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jeremiah Castille  CB Alabama SEC
3 73 Minnesota Vikings Walker Lee Ashley  LB Penn State Ind. (I-A)
3 74 New England Patriots Stephen Starring  WR McNeese State Southland
3 75 Atlanta Falcons Andrew Provence  NT South Carolina Ind. (I-A)
3 76 Miami Dolphins Charles Benson  DE Baylor SWC
from Green Bay via Houston
3 77 Dallas Cowboys Bryan Caldwell  DE Arizona State Pac-10
3 78 New York Jets JoJo Townsell  WR UCLA Pac-10
3 79 Pittsburgh Steelers Todd Seabaugh  LB San Diego State WAC
3 80 New England Patriots Steve Moore  OG Tennessee State Ind. (I-AA)
from San Diego
3 81 Cincinnati Bengals Jimmy Turner  S UCLA Pac-10
3 82 Los Angeles Raiders Tony Caldwell  LB Washington Pac-10
3 83 Houston Oilers Steve Brown  CB Oregon Pac-10
from Miami
3 84 Washington Redskins Charles Mann  DE Nevada Big Sky

Round four

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
4 85 Baltimore Colts Phil Smith  WR San Diego State WAC
4 86 Houston Oilers Greg Hill  CB Oklahoma State Big Eight
4 87 Los Angeles Rams Chuck Nelson  K Washington Pac-10
from Denver via San Francisco
4 88 Houston Oilers Mike McCloskey  TE Penn State Ind. (I-A)
from L. A. Rams
4 89 Philadelphia Eagles Mike Williams  RB Mississippi College Gulf South
4 90 San Francisco 49ers Tom Holmoe  S BYU WAC
4 91 Chicago Bears Tom Thayer  C Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
4 92 Kansas City Chiefs Ron Wetzel  TE Arizona State Pac-10
4 93 Buffalo Bills Trey Junkin  LB Louisiana Tech Southland
4 94 Detroit Lions August Curley  LB USC Pac-10
4 95 San Diego Chargers Danny Walters  CB Arkansas SWC
from Cleveland
4 96 St. Louis Cardinals Mark Duda  DT Maryland ACC
from Seattle
4 97 Los Angeles Rams Vince Newsome  CB Washington Pac-10
from N. Y. Giants
4 98 New Orleans Saints Gary Lewis  DT Oklahoma State Big Eight
4 99 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kelly Thomas  OT USC Pac-10
4 100 Minnesota Vikings Rush, MarkMark Rush  RB Miami (FL) Ind. (I-A)
4 101 New England Patriots Johnny Rembert  LB Clemson ACC
4 102 Atlanta Falcons John Harper  LB Southern Illinois MVC
4 103 St. Louis Cardinals Lionel Washington  CB Tulane Ind. (I-A)
4 104 Green Bay Packers Mike Miller  WR Tennessee SEC
4 105 New York Jets Howell, WesWes Howell  TE California Pac-10
4 106 Pittsburgh Steelers Bo Metcalf  CB Baylor SWC
4 107 Chicago Bears Pat Dunsmore  TE Drake MVC
from San Diego
4 108 Dallas Cowboys Chris Faulkner  TE Florida SEC
4 109 Cincinnati Bengals Steve Maidlow  LB Michigan State Big Ten
4 110 Los Angeles Raiders Greg Townsend  DE TCU SWC
4 111 Los Angeles Rams Doug Reed  DT San Diego State WAC
from Miami
4 112 Buffalo Bills Payne, JimmyJimmy Payne  DE Georgia SEC
from Washington

Round five

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
113 Baltimore Colts Sid Abramowitz Tackle Tulsa
114 Houston Oilers Larry Moriarty Running back Notre Dame
115 Detroit Lions Demetrious Johnson Safety Missouri
116 Denver Broncos Weedy Harris Linebacker Houston
117 San Francisco 49ers Riki Ellison Linebacker USC
118 New England Patriots Smiley Creswell Defensive end Michigan State
119 Kansas City Chiefs Jim Arnold Punter Vanderbilt
120 Philadelphia Eagles Byron Darby Defensive tackle USC
121 Detroit Lions Steve Mott Center Alabama
122 Cleveland Browns Bill Contz Tackle Penn State
123 Seattle Seahawks Chris Castor Wide receiver Duke
124 New York Giants Malcolm Scott Tight end Louisiana State
125 Denver Broncos Bruce Baldwin Defensive back Harding
126 Buffalo Bills Matt Vandenboom Defensive back Wisconsin
127 Minnesota Vikings Mark Stewart Linebacker Washington
128 New England Patriots Darryl Lewis Tight end Texas-Arlington
129 Atlanta Falcons Brett Miller Tackle Iowa
130 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Bird Wide receiver Eastern Kentucky
131 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tony Chickillo Defensive tackle Miami (FL)
132 Green Bay Packers Bryan Thomas Running back Pittsburgh
133 Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Skansi Wide receiver Washington
134 Los Angeles Rams Otis Grant Wide receiver Michigan State
135 Dallas Cowboys Chuck McSwain Running back Clemson
136 New York Jets John Walker Defensive tackle Nebraska-Omaha
137 Cincinnati Bengals Jeff Christensen Quarterback Eastern Illinois
138 Los Angeles Raiders Dokie Williams Wide receiver UCLA
139 Houston Oilers Jerome Foster Defensive tackle Ohio State
140 Pittsburgh Steelers Gregg Garrity Wide receiver Penn State

Round six

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
141 San Diego Chargers Trumaine Johnson Wide receiver Grambling
142 Houston Oilers Steve Haworth Defensive back Oklahoma
143 Denver Broncos Victor Heflin Defensive back Delaware State
144 Los Angeles Rams Gary Kowalski Tackle Boston College
145 Cleveland Browns Tim Stracka Tight end Wisconsin
146 Kansas City Chiefs Ellis Gardner Tackle Georgia Tech
147 Philadelphia Eagles Victor Oatis Wide receiver Northwest Louisiana
148 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gene Branton Wide receiver Texas Southern
149 Cleveland Browns Dave Puzzuoli Defensive tackle Pittsburgh
150 Seattle Seahawks Reginald Gipson Running back Alabama A&M
151 New York Giants Darrell Patterson Linebacker Texas Christian
152 Cincinnati Bengals Kiki DeAyala Linebacker Texas
153 New York Giants Kevin Belcher Guard Texas-El Paso
154 Detroit Lions Todd Brown Wide receiver Nebraska
155 New England Patriots Mike Bass Kicker Illinois
156 Atlanta Falcons Anthony Allen Wide receiver Washington
157 St. Louis Cardinals George Schmitt Defensive back Delaware
158 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ken Kaplan Tackle New Hampshire
159 Minnesota Vikings Mike Jones Wide receiver Tennessee State
160 Green Bay Packers Ron Sams Guard Pittsburgh
161 Baltimore Colts Grant Feasel Center Abilene Christian
162 Dallas Cowboys Reggie Collier Quarterback Southern Mississippi
163 New York Jets Vincent White Running back Stanford
164 Pittsburgh Steelers Eric Williams Defensive back North Carolina State
165 Cincinnati Bengals Larry Kinnebrew Running back Tennessee State
166 Washington Redskins Bob Winckler Tackle Wisconsin
167 Miami Dolphins Reggie Roby Punter Iowa
168 Washington Redskins Babe Laufenberg Quarterback Indiana

Round seven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
169 Baltimore Colts Alvin Moore Running back Arizona State
170 Houston Oilers Herkie Walls Wide receiver Texas
171 Los Angeles Rams Jeff Simmons Wide receiver USC
172 Denver Broncos Myron Dupree Defensive back North Carolina Central
173 Kansas City Chiefs Ken Thomas Running back San Jose State
174 Philadelphia Eagles Anthony Edgar Running back Hawaii
175 San Francisco 49ers Gary Moten Linebacker Southern Methodist
176 Cleveland Browns Rocky Belk Wide receiver Miami (FL)
177 Seattle Seahawks Sam Merriman Linebacker Idaho
178 New York Giants Perry Williams Cornerback North Carolina State
179 Kansas City Chiefs Daryl Posey Running back Mississippi College
180 Buffalo Bills Gurnest Brown Defensive tackle Maryland
181 Detroit Lions Mike Black Punter Arizona State
182 Philadelphia Eagles Jon Schultheis Guard Princeton
183 Atlanta Falcons Jeff Turk Defensive back Boise State
184 St. Louis Cardinals Carlos Scott Center Texas-El Paso
185 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Weldon Ledbetter Running back Oklahoma
186 Minnesota Vikings Carl Lee Cornerback Marshall
187 New England Patriots Craig James Running back Southern Methodist
188 Green Bay Packers Jessie Clark Running back Arkansas
189 Dallas Cowboys Chris Schultz Tackle Arizona
190 New York Jets Darrin Newbold Linebacker SW Missouri State
191 Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Kirchner Guard Baylor
192 San Diego Chargers Bill Elko Defensive tackle Louisiana State
193 Cincinnati Bengals James Griffin Defensive back Middle Tennessee State
194 Los Angeles Raiders Jeff McCall Running back Clemson
195 Miami Dolphins Keith Woetzel Linebacker Rutgers
196 Washington Redskins Kelvin Bryant Running back North Carolina

Round eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
197 Denver Broncos Gary Kubiak Quarterback Texas A&M
198 Houston Oilers Robert Thompson Linebacker Michigan
199 Pittsburgh Steelers Henry Odom Running back South Carolina State
200 Los Angeles Rams Troy West Defensive back USC
201 Philadelphia Eagles Rich Kraynak Linebacker Pittsburgh
202 San Diego Chargers Earnest Jackson Running back Texas A&M
203 Chicago Bears Richard Dent Defensive end Tennessee State
204 Kansas City Chiefs Irv Eatman Tackle UCLA
205 New York Giants Andy Headen Linebacker Clemson
206 New Orleans Saints David Greenwood Defensive back Wisconsin
207 Buffalo Bills James Durham Defensive back Houston
208 Detroit Lions Bill Stapleton Defensive back Washington
209 Cleveland Browns Mike McClearn Guard Temple
210 Seattle Seahawks Matt Hernandez Tackle Purdue
211 St. Louis Cardinals Bob Harris Defensive back Auburn
212 Tampa Bay Buccaneers John Samuelson Linebacker Azusa Pacific
213 Minnesota Vikings Norris Brown Tight end Georgia
214 New England Patriots Ronnie Lippett Defensive back Miami (FL)
215 Atlanta Falcons John Rade Linebacker Boise State
216 Green Bay Packers Carlton Briscoe Defensive back McNeese State
217 New York Jets Davlin Mullen Defensive back Western Kentucky
218 Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Dunaway Tight end Michigan
219 Chicago Bears Mark Bortz Guard Iowa
220 Dallas Cowboys Lawrence Ricks Running back Michigan
221 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Martin Wide receiver Illinois
222 Los Angeles Raiders Mike Dotterer Running back Stanford
223 Miami Dolphins Mark Clayton Wide receiver Louisville
224 Washington Redskins Todd Hallstrom Tackle Minnesota

Round nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
225 Baltimore Colts Jim Mills Tackle Hawaii
226 Houston Oilers Kevin Potter Defensive back Missouri
227 Los Angeles Rams Jack Belcher Center Boston College
228 Denver Broncos Brian Hawkins Defensive back San Jose State
229 San Francisco 49ers Mike Mularkey Tight end Florida
230 Chicago Bears Rob Fada Guard Pittsburgh
231 Kansas City Chiefs Adam Lingner Center Illinois
232 Philadelphia Eagles Rich Pelzer Tackle Rhode Island
233 New England Patriots Ricky Williams Running back Langston
234 Buffalo Bills George Parker Running back Norfolk State
235 Chicago Bears Mark Zavagnin Linebacker Notre Dame
236 Seattle Seahawks Bob Clasby Defensive tackle Notre Dame
237 New York Giants Ali Haji-Sheikh Kicker Michigan
238 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hasson Arbubakrr Defensive tackle Texas Tech
239 Minnesota Vikings Rod Achter Wide receiver Toledo
240 New England Patriots Mark Keel Tight end Arizona
241 Baltimore Colts Chris Rose Tackle Stanford
242 St. Louis Cardinals Otis Brown Running back Jackson State
243 Green Bay Packers Robin Ham Center West Texas State
244 Pittsburgh Steelers Blake Wingle Guard UCLA
245 San Diego Chargers Mike Green Linebacker Oklahoma State
246 Dallas Cowboys Al Gross Defensive back Arizona
247 New York Jets Bobby Humphery Wide receiver New Mexico State
248 Cincinnati Bengals Stanley Wilson Running back Oklahoma
249 Los Angeles Raiders Kent Jordan Tight end St. Mary's (CA)
250 Miami Dolphins Mark Brown Linebacker Purdue
251 Washington Redskins Marcus Gilbert Running back Texas Christian

Round ten

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
252 Baltimore Colts Ronald Hopkins Defensive back Murray State
253 Green Bay Packers Byron Williams Wide receiver Texas-Arlington
254 Denver Broncos Walt Bowyer Defensive end Arizona State
255 Minnesota Vikings Melvin Brown Defensive back Mississippi
256 Chicago Bears Anthony Hutchison Running back Texas Tech
257 Kansas City Chiefs Mark Shumate Defensive tackle Wisconsin
258 Philadelphia Eagles Thomas Strauthers Defensive tackle Jackson State
259 San Francisco 49ers Jeff Merrell Defensive tackle Nebraska
260 Buffalo Bills Richard Tharpe Defensive tackle Louisville
261 Detroit Lions Dave Laube Guard Penn State
262 Cleveland Browns Thomas Hopkins Tackle Alabama State
263 Seattle Seahawks Pete Speros Guard Penn State
264 New England Patriots James Williams Tight end Wyoming
265 New England Patriots Toby Williams Defensive end Nebraska
266 Minnesota Vikings Walter Tate Center Tennessee State
267 New England Patriots Tom Ramsey Quarterback UCLA
268 Atlanta Falcons Ralph Giacomarro Punter Penn State
269 St. Louis Cardinals Tim Lucas Linebacker California
270 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Darius Durham Wide receiver San Diego State
271 Green Bay Packers Jimmy Thomas Defensive back Indiana
272 San Diego Chargers Bruce Mathison Quarterback Nebraska
273 Dallas Cowboys Eric Moran Tackle Washington
274 New York Jets Dan Fike Tackle Florida
275 Pittsburgh Steelers Roosevelt Straughter Defensive back N.E. Louisiana
276 Cincinnati Bengals Tim Krumrie Defensive tackle Wisconsin
277 Los Angeles Raiders Mervyn Fernandez Wide receiver San Jose State
278 Miami Dolphins Anthony Reed Running back South Carolina State
279 Washington Redskins Geff Gandy Linebacker Baylor

Round eleven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
280 Baltimore Colts Jim Bob Taylor Quarterback Georgia Tech
281 New York Giants Lee Jenkins Defensive back Tennessee
282 Los Angeles Rams Danny Triplett Linebacker Clemson
283 Denver Broncos Don Bailey Center Miami (FL)
284 Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Jackson Defensive end South Carolina State
285 Philadelphia Eagles Steve Sebahar Center Washington State
286 Chicago Bears Gary Worthy Running back Wilmington (OH)
287 Detroit Lions Ben Tate Running back North Carolina Central
288 Cleveland Browns Boyce Green Running back Carson-Newman
289 San Francisco 49ers Jesse Sapolu Center Hawaii
290 Seattle Seahawks Bob Mayberry Guard Clemson
291 New York Giants Clenzie Pierson Defensive tackle Rice
292 New England Patriots Steve Parker Wide receiver Abilene Christian
293 Buffalo Bills Larry White Defensive end Jackson State
294 New England Patriots Calvin Eason Defensive back Houston
295 Atlanta Falcons John Salley Defensive back Wyoming
296 St. Louis Cardinals Aaron Williams Wide receiver Washington
297 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mark Witte Tight end North Texas State
298 Minnesota Vikings Brian Butcher Guard Clemson
299 Green Bay Packers Bucky Scribner Punter Kansas
300 Dallas Cowboys Dan Taylor Tackle Idaho State
301 New York Jets Mike Harmon Wide receiver Mississippi
302 Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Raugh Tight end West Virginia
303 San Diego Chargers Tim Kearse Wide receiver San Jose State
304 Cincinnati Bengals Gary Williams Wide receiver Ohio State
305 Cleveland Browns Howard McAdoo Linebacker Michigan State
306 Miami Dolphins Joe Lukens Guard Ohio State
307 San Diego Chargers Tim Spencer Running back Ohio State

Round twelve

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
308 Baltimore Colts Carl Williams Wide receiver Texas Southern
309 New York Giants Robbie Jones Linebacker Alabama
310 Denver Broncos Karl Mecklenburg Linebacker Minnesota
311 Los Angeles Rams Clete Casper Quarterback Washington State
312 Philadelphia Eagles David Mangrum Quarterback Baylor
313 Chicago Bears Oliver Williams Wide receiver Illinois
314 San Diego Chargers Billy Blaylock Defensive back Tennessee Tech
315 Kansas City Chiefs Ken Jones Tackle Tennessee
316 Cleveland Browns Paul Farren Tackle Boston University
317 Seattle Seahawks Don Dow Tackle Washington
318 New York Giants Frank Magwood Wide receiver Clemson
319 New England Patriots Waddell Kelly Running back Arkansas State
320 Buffalo Bills Julius Dawkins Wide receiver Pittsburgh
321 Detroit Lions Jim Lane Center Idaho State
322 Atlanta Falcons Allama Matthews Tight end Vanderbilt
323 St. Louis Cardinals James Lane Linebacker Alabama State
324 Tampa Bay Buccaneers John Higginbotham Defensive tackle N.E. Oklahoma
325 Minnesota Vikings Maurice Turner Running Back Utah State
326 New England Patriots Andy Ekern Tackle Missouri
327 Green Bay Packers John Harvey Linebacker USC
328 New York Jets Stu Crum Kicker Tulsa
329 San Diego Chargers Chuck Ehin Defensive tackle Brigham Young
330 Pittsburgh Steelers Roger Wiley Running back Sam Houston State
331 Dallas Cowboys Lorenzo Bouier Running back Maine
332 Cincinnati Bengals Andre Young Linebacker Bowling Green
333 Los Angeles Raiders Scott Lindquist Quarterback Northern Arizona
334 Miami Dolphins Anthony Carter Wide receiver Michigan
335[8] New York Giants John Tuggle Running back California
= Pro Bowler[6] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Fame inductees

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2004.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2005.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.[10]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.[10]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[6]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Atlanta Falcons Dan Benish  DT Clemson ACC
Atlanta Falcons Arthur Cox  TE Texas Southern SWAC
Atlanta Falcons David Frye  LB Purdue Big Ten
Baltimore Colts John Miller  LB Mississippi State SEC
Buffalo Bills David Kilson  DB Nevada Big Sky
Buffalo Bills Scott Virkus  DE Purdue Big Ten
Chicago Bears Brian Glasgow  TE Northern Illinois MAC
Chicago Bears John Janata  T Illinois Big Ten
Chicago Bears Dennis McKinnon  WR Florida State Ind. (I-A)
Cincinnati Bengals Jim Gustafson  WR St. Thomas (MN) MIAC
Cleveland Browns Dale Carver  LB Georgia SEC
Cleveland Browns Andy Gibler  TE Missouri Big Eight
Cleveland Browns Roger Ruzek  K Weber State Big Sky
Dallas Cowboys Raúl Allegre  K Texas SWC
Dallas Cowboys Bill Bates  S Tennessee SEC
Dallas Cowboys Kirk Phillips  WR Tulsa MVC
Dallas Cowboys Broderick Thompson  OT Kansas Big Eight
Dallas Cowboys Mark Tuinei  DT Hawaii WAC
Dallas Cowboys John Warren  P Tennessee SEC
Dallas Cowboys Jon Zogg  OG Boise State Big Sky
Denver Broncos Dan DeRose  LB CSU Pueblo RMAC
Denver Broncos Shawn Hollingsworth  T Angelo State LSC
Denver Broncos Mike Morris  LS Truman State MIAA
Denver Broncos Rich Stachowski  DT California Pac-10
Detroit Lions Jeff Chadwick  WR Grand Valley State GLIAC
Houston Oilers Bob Hamm  DE Nevada Big Sky
Houston Oilers Brian Sochia  DT Northwestern Oklahoma State OIC
Kansas City Chiefs Van Jakes  CB Kent State MAC
Kansas City Chiefs Jim Bob Morris  S Kansas State Big Eight
Los Angeles Raiders Vince Courville  WR Rice SWC
Los Angeles Rams Mike McDonald  LS USC Pac-10
Los Angeles Rams Scott Tinsley  QB USC Pac-10
Minnesota Vikings Bill Renner  P Virginia Tech Ind.
New England Patriots Ed Reynolds  LB Virginia ACC
New England Patriots Clarence Weathers  WR Delaware State MEAC
New Orleans Saints Bobby Hebert  QB Northwestern State Ind. (I-AA)
New York Giants Bart Oates  C BYU WAC
New York Giants Zeke Mowatt  TE Florida State Ind. (I-A)
New York Jets Ted Banker  OG Southeast Missouri State MIAA
New York Jets Nick Bruckner  WR Syracuse Ind. (I-A)
Philadelphia Eagles Major Everett  FB Mississippi College Gulf South
Philadelphia Eagles Elbert Foules  CB Alcorn State SWAC
Pittsburgh Steelers Lou Rash  DB Mississippi Valley State SWAC
Pittsburgh Steelers Pete Rostosky  T UConn Yankee
St. Louis Cardinals Fernanza Burgess  WR Morris Brown SIAC
San Diego Chargers Gary Plummer  LB California Pac-10
San Diego Chargers Joaquin Zendejas  K La Verne SCIAC
Seattle Seahawks Joe Dufek  QB Yale Ivy
Seattle Seahawks David Hardy  K Texas A&M SWC
Seattle Seahawks Frank Middleton  RB Florida A&M MEAC
Seattle Seahawks Paul Moyer  S Arizona State Pac-10
Seattle Seahawks John Stadnik  C Western Illinois AMCU
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bob Hewko  QB Florida SEC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alan Risher  QB LSU SEC
Washington Redskins D.D. Hoggard  DB NC State ACC
Washington Redskins Kevin Kellin  DT Minnesota Big Ten
Washington Redskins Nate Newton  OT Florida A&M MEAC


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  7. ^ Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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