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1961_NFL_Draft

1961 NFL Draft

The 1961 National Football League Draft took place on December 27–28, 1960. The league had previously held an expansion draft for the Minnesota Vikings expansion franchise, and they were also awarded the first selection position in this draft.

Player selections

= Pro Bowler = AFL All-Star = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Minnesota Vikings Tommy Mason Halfback Tulane
2 Washington Redskins (Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys) Norm Snead Quarterback Wake Forest
3 Washington Redskins Joe Rutgens Tackle Illinois
4 Los Angeles Rams Marlin McKeever Linebacker USC
5 Chicago Bears Mike Ditka HOF End Pittsburgh
6 San Francisco 49ers (Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers) James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson HOF Back UCLA
7 Baltimore Colts Tom Matte Halfback Ohio State
8 St. Louis Cardinals Ken Rice Tackle Auburn
9 San Francisco 49ers Bernie Casey Back Bowling Green
10 Cleveland Browns (Pick acquired from the Detroit Lions) Bobby Crespino End Mississippi
11 San Francisco 49ers (Pick acquired from the Baltimore Colts) Billy Kilmer Quarterback UCLA
12 Green Bay Packers Herb Adderley HOF Back Michigan State
13 Dallas Cowboys (Pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns) Bob Lilly HOF Tackle Texas Christian

  • HOF Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
14 Buffalo Bills Billy Shaw Guard Georgia Tech
15 Minnesota Vikings Rip Hawkins Linebacker North Carolina
16 Dallas Cowboys E.J. Holub Center Texas Tech
17 New York Giants Bob Gaiters Back New Mexico State
18 Los Angeles Rams Elbert Kimbrough End Northwestern
19 Pittsburgh Steelers Myron Pottios Linebacker Notre Dame
20 Chicago Bears Bill Brown Back Illinois
21 Baltimore Colts Tom Gilburg Tackle Syracuse
22 St. Louis Cardinals Fred Arbanas End Michigan State
23 Detroit Lions Danny LaRose End Missouri
24 San Francisco 49ers Roland Lakes Center Wichita State
25 New York Giants Bruce Tarbox Guard Syracuse
26 Green Bay Packers Ron Kostelnik Tackle Cincinnati
27 Cleveland Browns Ed Nutting Tackle Georgia Tech
28 Philadelphia Eagles Bo Strange Center Louisiana State

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
29 Minnesota Vikings Fran Tarkenton Quarterback Georgia
30 Dallas Cowboys Stew Barber Guard Penn State
31 St. Louis Cardinals Billy Wilson Tackle Auburn
32 Los Angeles Rams Harold Beaty Guard Oklahoma State
33 Chicago Bears Claude "Hoot" Gibson Back North Carolina State
34 Detroit Lions Dick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
35 Baltimore Colts Jerry Hill Runningback Wyoming
36 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Wright Quarterback Memphis State
37 San Francisco 49ers Bill Cooper Back Muskingum
38 Detroit Lions Houston Antwine Guard Southern Illinois
39 Washington Redskins Jim Cunningham Back Pittsburgh
40 Green Bay Packers Phil Nugent Back Tulane
41 Los Angeles Rams Ron Miller Quarterback Wisconsin
42 Philadelphia Eagles Don Oakes Tackle Virginia Tech

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
43 Minnesota Vikings Chuck Lamson Runningback Wyoming
44 Dallas Cowboys Arnold Davis End Baylor
45 Los Angeles Rams Charlie Cowan Tackle New Mexico Highlands
46 New York Giants Ben Davidson Tackle Washington
47 San Francisco 49ers Aaron Thomas End Oregon State
48 Chicago Bears Ernie Ladd Tackle Grambling
49 Baltimore Colts Ken Gregory End Whittier
50 St. Louis Cardinals Ron McDole Tackle Nebraska
51 Detroit Lions Ron Hartline Runningback Oklahoma
52 San Francisco 49ers Dale Messer Back Fresno State
53 Philadelphia Eagles Dan Ficca Guard USC
54 Green Bay Packers Paul Dudley Back Arkansas
55 Cleveland Browns John Brown Tackle Syracuse
56 Green Bay Packers Joe LeSage Guard Tulane

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
57 Minnesota Vikings Ed Sharockman Runningback Pittsburgh
58 San Francisco 49ers Clark Miller Tackle Utah State
59 Pittsburgh Steelers Fred Mautino End Syracuse
60 Los Angeles Rams Willie Hector Guard Pacific
61 Chicago Bears Keith Lincoln Back Washington State
62 Baltimore Colts Ed Dyas Back Auburn
63 Baltimore Colts Ron Osborne Tackle Clemson
64 St. Louis Cardinals Glen Bass End East Carolina
65 San Francisco 49ers Bob McCreary Tackle Wake Forest
66 Detroit Lions Earl Faison End Indiana
67 New York Giants Jerry Daniels End Mississippi
68 Green Bay Packers Jack Novak Guard Miami (FL)
69 Cleveland Browns Mike Lucci Center Tennessee
70 Detroit Lions Ron Puckett Tackle Cal State-Los Angeles

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71 Minnesota Vikings Jerry Burch End Georgia Tech
72 Washington Redskins Joe Krakoski Back Illinois
73 Washington Redskins John O'Day Tackle Miami (FL)
74 Los Angeles Rams Bruce Olderman Tackle Allegheny
75 Los Angeles Rams Larry Wood Back Northwestern
76 Chicago Bears George Fleming Back Washington
77 Baltimore Colts Don Kern Runningback Virginia Military Inst
78 St. Louis Cardinals Dale Evans Back Kansas State
79 Cleveland Browns Frank Parker Tackle Oklahoma State
80 San Francisco 49ers Mike McClellan Back Oklahoma
81 New York Giants Greg Larson Center Minnesota
82 Green Bay Packers Lee Folkins End Washington
83 St. Louis Cardinals Dick Thornton Quarterback Northwestern
84 Philadelphia Eagles Ben Balme Guard Yale

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
85 Minnesota Vikings Allan Ferrie End Wagner
86 Dallas Cowboys Art Gilmore Back Oregon State
87 Washington Redskins Jim Kerr Back Penn State
88 Los Angeles Rams Bobby Smith Back UCLA
89 Chicago Bears Mike Pyle Center Yale
90 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Hoak Back Penn State
91 Baltimore Colts Ike Grimsley Runningback Michigan State
92 St. Louis Cardinals George Hultz Tackle Southern Mississippi
93 San Francisco 49ers Ray Purdin Back Northwestern
94 St. Louis Cardinals Al Bemiller Center Syracuse
95 New York Giants Jimmy Collier End Arkansas
96 Green Bay Packers Lewis Johnson Back Florida A&M
97 Cleveland Browns Preston Powell Back Grambling
98 Philadelphia Eagles Irv Cross Back Northwestern

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
99 Minnesota Vikings Paul Lidquist Tackle New Hampshire
100 Dallas Cowboys Don Talbert Tackle Texas
101 Washington Redskins Charley Barnes End Northwest Louisiana
102 Los Angeles Rams Reg Carolan End Idaho
103 Pittsburgh Steelers George Balthazar Tackle Tennessee State
104 Chicago Bears Ed Ryan Back Michigan State
105 Baltimore Colts Paul Terhes Back Bucknell
106 St. Louis Cardinals Marshall Starks Runningback Illinois
107 Detroit Lions Larry Muff End Benedictine
108 San Francisco 49ers Neill Plumley Tackle Oregon
109 New York Giants Allen Green Center Mississippi
110 Cleveland Browns Fred Cox Runningback Pittsburgh
111 Cleveland Browns John Frongillo Tackle Baylor
112 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Beaver Guard Florida

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
113 Minnesota Vikings Dan Sheehan Tackle Tennessee-Chattanooga
114 Dallas Cowboys Glynn Gregory Back Southern Methodist
115 Washington Redskins Joel Arrington Back Duke
116 Los Angeles Rams Duane Allen End Santa Ana JC
117 Chicago Bears Bob Bethune Back Mississippi State
118 San Francisco 49ers Leon Donahue Tackle San Jose State
119 Baltimore Colts Pete Nicklas Tackle Baylor
120 St. Louis Cardinals Chick Granning Runningback Georgia Tech
121 San Francisco 49ers Everisto Nino Tackle East Texas State
122 Detroit Lions Bob Brooks Runningback Ohio
123 New York Giants Moses Gray Tackle Indiana
124 Green Bay Packers Vester Flanagan Tackle Cal State-Humboldt
125 Cleveland Browns Jake Gibbs Quarterback Mississippi
126 Philadelphia Eagles Wayne Fontes Runningback Michigan State

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
127 Minnesota Vikings Doug Mayberry Runningback Utah State
128 Green Bay Packers Roger Hagberg Back Minnesota
129 Cleveland Browns Wayne Wolff Guard Wake Forest
130 Los Angeles Rams Joe Scibelli Tackle Notre Dame
131 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill "Red" Mack Back Notre Dame
132 Chicago Bears Jason Harness End Michigan State
133 Baltimore Colts Bob Clemens Back Pittsburgh
134 St. Louis Cardinals Jimmy King Tackle Clemson
135 Detroit Lions Errol Linden End Houston
136 San Francisco 49ers Paul Hynes Runningback Louisiana Tech
137 New York Giants Glen Knight End Shaw
138 Green Bay Packers Buck McLeod Tackle Baylor
139 Cleveland Browns Ken Ericson End Syracuse
140 Philadelphia Eagles Luther Hayes End USC

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
141 Minnesota Vikings Jerry Mays Tackle Southern Methodist
142 Dallas Cowboys Norris Stevenson Back Missouri
143 Washington Redskins Riley Mattson Tackle Oregon
144 Los Angeles Rams Bob Lane End Baylor
145 Chicago Bears Sam Fewell Tackle South Carolina
146 Pittsburgh Steelers Henry Clement Back North Carolina
147 Baltimore Colts Ralph White Tackle Bowling Green
148 St. Louis Cardinals Bill Kinnune Guard Washington
149 San Francisco 49ers Tony Parrilli Guard Illinois
150 Detroit Lions Larry Vargo End Detroit
151 New York Giants Bob Benton Tackle Mississippi
152 Green Bay Packers Val Keckin Back Southern Mississippi
153 Cleveland Browns Billy Gault Back Texas Christian
154 Philadelphia Eagles L.E. Hicks Tackle Florida

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
155 Minnesota Vikings Steve Stonebreaker End Detroit
156 Dallas Cowboys Lowndes Shingler Quarterback Clemson
157 Washington Redskins Bob Coolbaugh End Richmond
158 Los Angeles Rams Walt Mince Back Arizona
159 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Jackunas Tackle Detroit
160 Chicago Bears Howard Dyer Quarterback Virginia Military Inst
161 Baltimore Colts Dick Reynolds Tackle North Carolina State
162 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Stock Back Northwestern
163 Detroit Lions Tom Rodgers Back Kentucky
164 San Francisco 49ers Don Coffey End Memphis State
165 New York Giants Jack Moynihan Quarterback Holy Cross
166 Green Bay Packers John Denvir Tackle Colorado
167 Cleveland Browns Dick Lage End Lenoir-Rhyne
168 Philadelphia Eagles Billy Majors Back Tennessee

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
169 Minnesota Vikings Ray Hayes Runningback Central State (OK)
170 Dallas Cowboys Don Goodman Back Florida
171 Washington Redskins Doug Elmore Back Mississippi
172 Los Angeles Rams Mike McKeever Guard USC
173 Chicago Bears Bob McLeod End Abilene Christian
174 San Francisco 49ers Tommy Hackler End Tennessee Tech
175 Baltimore Colts Dallas Garber Back Marietta
176 St. Louis Cardinals Ernie McMillan End Illinois
177 San Francisco 49ers Julius Fincke Tackle McNeese State
178 Detroit Lions Paul Hodge Linebacker Pittsburgh
179 New York Giants Jerry Fields Back Ohio State
180 Green Bay Packers Elijah Pitts Back Philander Smith
181 Cleveland Browns Jack Wilson Back Duke
182 Philadelphia Eagles Don Jonas Quarterback Penn State

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
183 Minnesota Vikings Ken Peterson Tackle Utah
184 Dallas Cowboys Billy Shaw Tackle Georgia Tech
185 Washington Redskins Doyle Schick Back Kansas
186 Los Angeles Rams David "Deacon" Jones Defensive end South Carolina State
187 Pittsburgh Steelers Bob Schmitz Guard Montana State
188 Chicago Bears Jim Tyrer Tackle Ohio State
189 Baltimore Colts Bob Hunt Tackle Southern Methodist
190 St. Louis Cardinals Bob Elliot Runningback North Carolina
191 Detroit Lions Charley Bowers Runningback Arizona State
192 San Francisco 49ers Bill Worrell Tackle Georgia
193 New York Giants Eugene White Back Florida A&M
194 Green Bay Packers Nelson Toburen End Wichita State
195 Cleveland Browns Phil Lohman Center Oklahoma
196 Philadelphia Eagles Willie Fleming Runningback Iowa

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
197 Minnesota Vikings Mike Mercer End Arizona State
198 Dallas Cowboys Julius Varnado Tackle Cal State-San Francisco
199 Washington Redskins Bob Johnson End Michigan
200 Los Angeles Rams Ernie Wright Tackle Ohio State
201 Chicago Bears Chuck Linning Tackle Miami (FL)
202 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray McCown Back West Texas State
203 Baltimore Colts E.A. Sims End New Mexico State
204 St. Louis Cardinals Mel West Back Missouri
205 San Francisco 49ers Bob Sams Tackle Central State (OK)
206 Detroit Lions Mike Lauber End Wisconsin-River Falls
207 New York Giants Cody Binkley Center Vanderbilt
208 Green Bay Packers Ray Lardani Tackle Miami (FL)
209 Cleveland Browns Charley Taylor Back Mississippi
210 Philadelphia Eagles Bobby Richards Tackle Louisiana State

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
211 Minnesota Vikings Ted Karpowicz Runningback Detroit
212 Dallas Cowboys Jerry Steffen Back Colorado
213 Washington Redskins Ron Petty Tackle Louisville
214 Los Angeles Rams Mike Zeno Guard Virginia Tech
215 Pittsburgh Steelers Wilbert Scott Back Indiana
216 Chicago Bears Wayne Frazier Center Auburn
217 Baltimore Colts Tom Weisner Back Wisconsin
218 St. Louis Cardinals Jake Bradley Tackle Florida A&M
219 Detroit Lions Gus Krantz Tackle Northern Michigan
220 San Francisco 49ers Charlie Fuller Runningback Cal State-San Francisco
221 New York Giants Bernie Vishneski Tackle Virginia Tech
222 Green Bay Packers Clarence Mason End Bowling Green
223 Cleveland Browns Roger Shoals Tackle Maryland
224 Philadelphia Eagles G.W. Clapp Guard Auburn

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
225 Minnesota Vikings Willie Jones Back Purdue
226 Dallas Cowboys Everett Cloud Back Maryland
227 Washington Redskins Joe Bellino

Back Navy
228 Los Angeles Rams Chuck Allen Guard Washington
229 Chicago Bears Rossie Barfield End North Carolina Central
230 Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Nofsinger Quarterback Utah
231 Baltimore Colts Steve Jastrzembski Back Pittsburgh
232 St. Louis Cardinals Pat Fischer Back Nebraska
233 San Francisco 49ers Tom Jewell Tackle Idaho State
234 Detroit Lions Tom Goode Linebacker Mississippi State
235 New York Giants Sylvester Cooper Tackle Bakersfield J.C.
236 Green Bay Packers Jim Brewington Tackle North Carolina Central
237 Cleveland Browns Calvin Bird Back Kentucky
238 Philadelphia Eagles Larry Lavery Tackle Illinois

Round eighteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
239 Minnesota Vikings Bob Voight Tackle Cal State-Los Angeles
240 Dallas Cowboys Randy Williams Back Indiana
241 Washington Redskins George Tolford Tackle Ohio State
242 Los Angeles Rams Bill Williamson Tackle Bakersfield J.C.
243 Pittsburgh Steelers John Simko End Augustana (ND)
244 Chicago Bears John Finn Tackle Louisville
245 Baltimore Colts Willson Allison Tackle Baylor
246 St. Louis Cardinals Art Browning Guard Duke
247 Detroit Lions John Gregor Tackle Montana
248 San Francisco 49ers Kay McFarland Runningback Colorado State
249 New York Giants Ken DesMarais Center Holy Cross
250 Green Bay Packers Arthur Sims Back Texas A&M
251 Cleveland Browns Ed Morris Tackle Indiana
252 Philadelphia Eagles Nick Maravich Tackle North Carolina State

Round nineteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
253 Minnesota Vikings Bill Hill Runningback Presbyterian
254 Dallas Cowboys Lynn Hoyem Center Long Beach State
255 Washington Redskins Tony Romoe End Florida State
256 Los Angeles Rams Lou Zivkovich Tackle New Mexico State
257 Chicago Bears Ben Charles Quarterback South Carolina
258 Pittsburgh Steelers Bernard Wyatt Back Iowa
259 Baltimore Colts Joe Novseek Tackle Tulsa
260 St. Louis Cardinals Dick Schnell Tackle Wyoming
261 San Francisco 49ers Tom Simpson Tackle Davidson
262 Detroit Lions Gene Valesano Back Northern Michigan
263 New York Giants Bob Reublin Back Bowling Green
264 Green Bay Packers Leland Bondhus Tackle South Dakota State
265 Cleveland Browns Bob Minihane Guard Boston University
266 Philadelphia Eagles Dick Wilson Center Penn State

Round twenty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
267 Minnesota Vikings Mike McFarland Quarterback Western Illinois
268 Dallas Cowboys Jerry Morgan Back Iowa State
269 Washington Redskins Mike Ingram Guard Ohio State
270 Los Angeles Rams Al Lederle End Georgia Tech
271 Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Jones Quarterback San Jose State
272 Chicago Bears Gordon Mason Back Tennessee Tech
273 Baltimore Colts Albert Kimbrough Back Northwestern
274 St. Louis Cardinals Leo Reed End Colorado State
275 Detroit Lions Tom Lewis Back Lake Forest
276 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Perry Guard Central State (OK)
277 New York Giants Don McKeta Back Washington
278 Green Bay Packers R Ratkowski Back Notre Dame
279 Cleveland Browns Charlie Baker Tackle Tennessee
280 Philadelphia Eagles Jacque MacKinnon Back Colgate

= Pro Bowler = AFL All-Star = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

  • Herb Adderley, Running back from Michigan State taken 1st round 12th overall by the Green Bay Packers.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980.

  • Bob Lilly, Tackle from Texas Christian University taken 1st round 13th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980,

  • David "Deacon" Jones, Defensive end from South Carolina State taken 14th round 186th overall by the Los Angeles Rams.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980.

  • Fran Tarkenton, Quarterback from Georgia taken 3rd round 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1986.

  • Mike Ditka, Tight end from the University of Pittsburgh taken 1st round 5th overall by the Chicago Bears.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1988.

  • James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson, Running back from UCLA taken 1st round 6th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1994.

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