1960 NFL expansion draft

The 1960 NFL expansion draft was the first National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Dallas Rangers,[1] selected its initial players. The NFL awarded Dallas, Texas a franchise to compete for revenue with Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans of the upstart American Football League.[2] The Dallas expansion franchise was approved too late for it to participate in the 1960 NFL draft which had been held on November 30, 1959.[2] Dallas is the only NFL expansion team to not have had the benefit of a college draft in its first year.[2]

So that the Rangers (Cowboys) could become competitive with existing teams, the league gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on March 13, 1960.[3] In this draft, the Rangers chose 36 players from the existing 12 teams.[4] The NFL also assigned the rights to 1960 NFL draft picks Don Meredith (who had been drafted by the Chicago Bears) and Don Perkins (drafted by the Baltimore Colts) to the Cowboys for a couple of future draft picks.[2]

22 players made the active roster that season. 11 players played only one year with Dallas. Eight players (including Jack Patera, who was injured early in the 1961 season) played in 1960 and 1961. The three remaining players from the draft started for several years, including: Bob Fry, Tackle, 1960–64; Jerry Tubbs, Linebacker, 1960–66; and Frank Clarke, Wide Receiver, 1960–67.[5]

On March 19, 1960, the Rangers renamed themselves the Cowboys.

Rules of the draft

According to a post on the Professional Football Researcher's Association forum, details have never been released to the public, and thus the exact nature of the expansion draft is unclear. In his autobiography, Tom Landry stated, “Each team would be allowed to protect twenty-five of the thirty-four men on its roster. Of the nine remaining names, we could pick only three from each team.” [6] However, there are at least two mistakes in that statement. First, the active roster limit at that time was thirty-six, not thirty-four. Second, there were at least two individuals chosen by Dallas who were not on active rosters at the time of the selections. Note in particular the selection of Joe Nicely, who was never on an NFL active roster.[7] Thus, it would appear that teams could nominate players from their inactive rosters as well.

Mark Ribowsky: “The Cowboys were permitted to sign three players from each NFL team, choosing from among eleven players left unprotected from each thirty-six man roster in an expansion draft to be held in February.”[8] Again, nothing is said here about players not on the active roster, and Ribowsky has the date wrong. Perhaps the best conclusion is that teams were allowed to protect twenty-five players, active or inactive, and Dallas could choose from the remainder.

More from Landry, “ . . . each time we picked a player off the unprotected list, a team could remove another from that list.”

Player selections

1960 NFL expansion draft — Dallas Cowboys
From Player Position Experience[9] College Notes
G S
Baltimore Colts L. G. Dupre  HB 48 5 Baylor
Baltimore Colts Ray Krouse *  DT 106 9 Maryland
Baltimore Colts Dave Sherer  P 12 1 Southern Methodist
Chicago Bears Don Healy  DT 24 2 Maryland
Chicago Bears Jack Johnson  HB 29 3 Miami (Florida)
Chicago Bears Pete Johnson  HB 7 1 Virginia Military Institute
Cleveland Browns Leroy Bolden  HB 23 2 Michigan State
Cleveland Browns Frank Clarke  E 36 3 Colorado
Cleveland Browns Ed Modzelewski  FB 66 6 Maryland
Detroit Lions Charlie Ane *  C 83 7 Southern California
Detroit Lions Gene Cronin  DE 48 4 Pacific
Detroit Lions Jim Doran *  E 89 9 Iowa State
Green Bay Packers Nate Borden  DE 57 5 Indiana
Green Bay Packers Bill Butler  S 11 1 Tennessee-Chattanooga
Green Bay Packers Don McIlhenny  HB 45 4 Southern Methodist
Los Angeles Rams Tom Franckhauser  DB 12 1 Purdue
Los Angeles Rams Bob Fry  T 60 5 Kentucky
Los Angeles Rams Duane Putnam *  G 95 9 Pacific
New York Giants Al Barry  G 48 4 Southern California
New York Giants Buzz Guy  G 22 2 Duke
New York Giants Don Heinrich  QB 43 6 Washington
Philadelphia Eagles Dick Bielski *  E 60 5 Maryland
Philadelphia Eagles Jerry DeLucca  T 12 1 Middle Tennessee State
Philadelphia Eagles Bill Striegel  LB 12 1 Pacific
Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Fisher  DT 12 1 Eastern Illinois
Pittsburgh Steelers Bobby Luna  HB 24 2 Alabama
Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Mathews *  DB 108 9 Clemson
San Francisco 49ers Fred Dugan  E 24 2 Dayton
San Francisco 49ers John Gonzaga  T 45 4
San Francisco 49ers Jerry Tubbs *  MLB 34 3 Oklahoma
St. Louis Cardinals Bobby Cross  T 83 7 Stephen F. Austin
St. Louis Cardinals Ed Husmann *  DT 52 5 Nebraska
St. Louis Cardinals Jack Patera  LB 57 5 Oregon
Washington Redskins Tom Braatz  LB 37 3 Marquette
Washington Redskins Joe Nicely  C West Virginia
Washington Redskins Doyle Nix  S 31 3 Southern Methodist
      Made roster    *   Made Pro Bowl during career  

See also

References

  1. ^ The team was renamed the Dallas Cowboys six days later.
  2. ^ a b c d Buck, Ray (2008-02-15). "From meager beginnings to America's Team". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  3. ^ "Cowboys draft for 1960". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  4. ^ "Pro Football History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-09-22.(listed as the Dallas Rangers)
  5. ^ "1960 Expansion Draft". 2008-09-28. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  6. ^ Landry, Tom (1990). Tom Landry: An Autobiography. Grand Rapids, Michigan, and New York: Zondervan Publishing House and HarperCollinsPublishers. pp. 130–131. ISBN 0-310-52910-7.
  7. ^ Neither pro-football-reference.com nor NFL.com/players has an entry for Nicely.
  8. ^ Ribowsky, Mark (2014). The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry. New York: Liverright Publishing Corp. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-87140-748-1.
  9. ^ "1960 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
1961 NFL Draft

The 1961 National Football League draft took place at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on December 27–28, 1960. The league would later hold an expansion draft for the Minnesota Vikings expansion franchise, and the Vikings were also awarded the first selection position in this draft. This draft was also the first regular draft for the Dallas Cowboys as they had only participated in the 1960 NFL expansion draft that year. The Cowboys held the worst record in the NFL the previous season, but selected second in this draft because of the entry of the Vikings into the league.

Al Barry

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Bill Butler (American football)

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Buzz Guy

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Ed Husmann

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Jerry DeLucca

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Jerry Tubbs

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Jim Doran

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List of Dallas Cowboys first-round draft picks

The Dallas Cowboys are professional American football team based in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboys team is a franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and plays in the East Division of the National Football Conference. The first draft in which the Cowboys participated was the 1961 NFL Draft. Before their initial NFL Draft, the Cowboys franchise participated in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually adds new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on their records during the previous season, therefore the team with the worst record selects first. There are two exceptions to this order: the Super Bowl champion from the previous season selects last, and the Super Bowl runner-up selects second to last. Teams have the option of trading away their selections to other teams for different selections, players, cash, or any combination thereof. It is common, therefore, for the actual draft selection of a team to differ from their initial assigned draft selection or for a team to have either extra selections or no selections in any round because of such trades.

Ray Mathews

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Tom Franckhauser

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