1980 NFL Draft

The 1980 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 29–30, 1980, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York.[1][2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. This draft is notable as the first that the nascent ESPN network (which had first gone on the air seven months earlier) aired in its entirety, and the first to be televised.

1980 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 29–30, 1980
LocationNew York Sheraton Hotel
in New York City, NY
333 total selections in 12 rounds
First selectionBilly Sims, RB
Detroit Lions
Mr. IrrelevantTyrone McGriff, G
Pittsburgh Steelers
Most selections (15)New York Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers
Fewest selections (8)Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [3] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Detroit Lions Billy Sims[4] Running Back Oklahoma
2 New York Jets Lam Jones Wide Receiver Texas
3 Cincinnati Bengals Anthony Muñoz Offensive Tackle USC
4 Green Bay Packers Bruce Clark Defensive Tackle Penn State
5 Baltimore Colts Curtis Dickey Running Back Texas A&M
6 St. Louis Cardinals Curtis Greer Defensive End Michigan
7 Atlanta Falcons Junior Miller Tight End Nebraska
8 New York Giants Mark Haynes Cornerback Colorado
9 Minnesota Vikings Doug Martin Defensive Tackle Washington
10 Seattle Seahawks Jacob Green Defensive End Texas A&M
11 Kansas City Chiefs Brad Budde Guard USC
12 New Orleans Saints Stan Brock Offensive Tackle Colorado
13 San Francisco 49ers Earl Cooper Fullback Rice
14 New England Patriots Roland James Safety Tennessee
15 Oakland Raiders Marc Wilson Quarterback Brigham Young
16 Buffalo Bills Jim Ritcher Center North Carolina State
17 Los Angeles Rams Johnnie Johnson Safety Texas
18 Washington Redskins Art Monk Wide Receiver Syracuse
19 Chicago Bears Otis Wilson Linebacker Louisville
20 San Francisco 49ers Jim Stuckey Defensive Tackle Clemson
21 Miami Dolphins Don McNeal Cornerback Alabama
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ray Snell Guard Wisconsin
23 Philadelphia Eagles Roynell Young Cornerback Alcorn State
24 Baltimore Colts Derrick Hatchett Cornerback Texas
25 New England Patriots Vagas Ferguson Running Back Notre Dame
26 Green Bay Packers George Cumby Linebacker Oklahoma
27 Cleveland Browns Charles White [5] Running Back USC
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Malone Quarterback Arizona State

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
29 Buffalo Bills Joe Cribbs Running Back Auburn
30 Minnesota Vikings Willie Teal Cornerback Louisiana State
31 Cincinnati Bengals Kirby Criswell Linebacker Kansas
32 Baltimore Colts Ray Donaldson Center Georgia
33 St. Louis Cardinals Doug Marsh Tight End Michigan
34 Green Bay Packers Mark Lee Cornerback Washington
35 Pittsburgh Steelers Bob Kohrs Linebacker Arizona State
36 Atlanta Falcons Buddy Curry Linebacker North Carolina
37 Buffalo Bills Gene Bradley Quarterback Arkansas State
38 Houston Oilers Angelo Fields Offensive Tackle Michigan State
39 San Francisco 49ers Keena Turner Linebacker Purdue
40 New York Jets Darrol Ray Safety Oklahoma
41 New Orleans Saints Dave Waymer Safety Notre Dame
42 Denver Broncos Rulon Jones Defensive End Utah State
43 Oakland Raiders Matt Millen Linebacker Penn State
44 Seattle Seahawks Andre Hines Offensive Tackle Stanford
45 New England Patriots Larry McGrew Linebacker USC
46 Chicago Bears Matt Suhey Running Back Penn State
47 New York Jets Ralph Clayton Wide Receiver Michigan
48 Miami Dolphins Dwight Stephenson Center Alabama
49 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kevin House Wide Receiver Southern Illinois
50 Los Angeles Rams Irv Pankey Offensive Tackle Penn State
51 Baltimore Colts Tim J. Foley Defensive Back Notre Dame
52 Houston Oilers Daryle Skaugstad Defensive Tackle California
53 Philadelphia Eagles Perry Harrington Running Back Jackson State
54 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Crosby Defensive End Arizona
55 Washington Redskins Mat Mendenhall Defensive End Brigham Young
56 Pittsburgh Steelers John Goodman Defensive End Oklahoma

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
57 Detroit Lions Tom Turnure Center Washington
58 Los Angeles Rams Jewerl Thomas Running back San Jose State
59 Cincinnati Bengals Rod Horn Defensive tackle Nebraska
60 St. Louis Cardinals John Sinnott Tackle Brown
61 Green Bay Packers Syd Kitson Guard Wake Forest
62 Detroit Lions Mike Friede Wide receiver Indiana
63 Atlanta Falcons Earl Jones Cornerback Norfolk State
64 New York Giants Myron Lapka Defensive tackle USC
65 San Francisco 49ers Jim Miller Punter Mississippi
66 Kansas City Chiefs James Hadnot Running back Texas Tech
67 Buffalo Bills Mark Brammer Tight end Michigan State
68 Minnesota Vikings Brent Boyd Center UCLA
69 New York Jets Lance Mehl Linebacker Penn State
70 Los Angeles Rams LeRoy Irvin Cornerback Kansas
71 Buffalo Bills John Schmeding Guard Boston College
72 Cleveland Browns Cliff Odom Linebacker Texas-Arlington
73 New England Patriots Steve McMichael Defensive tackle Texas
74 Denver Broncos Larry Carter Defensive back Kentucky
75 Miami Dolphins Bill Barnett Defensive end Nebraska
76 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Scot Brantley Linebacker Florida
77 San Francisco 49ers Craig Puki Linebacker Tennessee
78 Dallas Cowboys Bill Roe Linebacker Colorado
79 Houston Oilers Tim Smith Wide receiver Nebraska
80 Dallas Cowboys James Jones Running back Mississippi State
81 St. Louis Cardinals Charles Baker Linebacker New Mexico
82 Los Angeles Rams Phil Murphy Defensive tackle South Carolina State
83 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Sydnor Tight end Wisconsin

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
84 San Francisco 49ers Ricky Churchman Cornerback Texas
85 Detroit Lions Eric Hipple Quarterback Utah State
86 Cincinnati Bengals Bill Glass Guard Baylor
87 Green Bay Packers Fred Nixon Wide receiver Oklahoma
88 Baltimore Colts Ray Butler Wide receiver USC
89 St. Louis Cardinals Rusty Lisch Quarterback Notre Dame
90 New York Giants Danny Pittman Wide receiver Wyoming
91 Atlanta Falcons Jim Laughlin Linebacker Ohio State
92 Minnesota Vikings Dennis Johnson Linebacker USC
93 Buffalo Bills Ervin Parker Linebacker South Carolina State
94 Kansas City Chiefs Dave Klug Linebacker Concordia
95 New York Jets Jesse Johnson Defensive back Colorado
96 New Orleans Saints Mike Jolly Defensive back Michigan
97 Seattle Seahawks Terry Dion Defensive end Oregon
98 San Francisco 49ers David Hodge Linebacker Houston
99 Cleveland Browns Ron Crews Defensive end UNLV
100 Miami Dolphins Elmer Bailey Wide receiver Minnesota
101 San Diego Chargers Ed Luther Quarterback San Jose State
102 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Larry Flowers Safety Texas Tech
103 Chicago Bears Arland Thompson Guard Baylor
104 Atlanta Falcons I. M. Hipp Running back Nebraska
105 Dallas Cowboys Kurt Petersen Defensive end Missouri
106 Houston Oilers Chris Combs Tight end New Mexico
107 Denver Broncos Rick Parros Running back Utah State
108 San Diego Chargers Bob Gregor Defensive back Washington State
109 Cleveland Browns Paul McDonald Quarterback USC
110 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Hurley Defensive back Syracuse

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
111 Detroit Lions Mark Streeter Defensive back Arizona
112 San Francisco 49ers Kenneth Times Defensive tackle Southern
113 Cincinnati Bengals Bryan Hicks Safety McNeese State
114 Kansas City Chiefs Carlos Carson Wide receiver Louisiana State
115 Kansas City Chiefs Dan Pensick Defensive tackle Nebraska
116 Cleveland Browns Elvis Franks Defensive end Morgan State
117 Atlanta Falcons Brad Vassar Linebacker Pacific
118 New York Giants Tony Blount Defensive back Virginia
119 Buffalo Bills Jeff Pyburn Defensive back Georgia
120 Detroit Lions Tom Ginn Guard Arkansas
121 Minnesota Vikings Doug Paschal Running back North Carolina
122 Minnesota Vikings Paul Jones Running back California
123 New York Jets Jim Zidd Linebacker Kansas
124 New England Patriots Doug McDougald Defensive end Virginia Tech
125 Oakland Raiders Kenny Lewis Running back Virginia Tech
126 Oakland Raiders John Adams Linebacker Louisiana State
127 Seattle Seahawks Joe Steele Running back Washington
128 Oakland Raiders William Bowens Linebacker North Alabama
129 Buffalo Bills Keith Lee Defensive back Colorado State
130 Chicago Bears Paul Tabor Center Oklahoma
131 Denver Broncos Mike Harden Defensive back Michigan
132 Seattle Seahawks Daniel Jacobs Defensive end Winston-Salem State
133 Dallas Cowboys Gary Hogeboom Quarterback Central Michigan
134 Houston Oilers John Corker Linebacker Oklahoma State
135 Philadelphia Eagles Nate Rivers Wide receiver South Carolina State
136 Denver Broncos Laval Short Defensive tackle Colorado
137 Atlanta Falcons Kenny Johnson Defensive back Mississippi State
138 Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Wolfley Guard Syracuse

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
139 San Francisco 49ers Herb Williams Defensive back Southern
140 Detroit Lions Chris Dieterich Tackle North Carolina State
141 Cincinnati Bengals Jo Jo Heath Defensive back Pittsburgh
142 St. Louis Cardinals Bill Acker Defensive tackle Texas
143 Green Bay Packers Karl Swanke Guard Boston College
144 Baltimore Colts Chris Foote Center USC
145 New York Giants Scott Brunner Quarterback Delaware
146 Atlanta Falcons Mike Davis Defensive back Colorado
147 Kansas City Chiefs Bubba Garcia Wide receiver Texas-El Paso
148 Minnesota Vikings Ray Yakavonis Defensive end East Stroudsburg (PA)
149 New York Jets George Visger Defensive end Colorado
150 New Orleans Saints Lester Boyd Linebacker Kentucky
151 San Diego Chargers LaRue Harrington Running back Norfolk State
152 New York Jets Tom Schremp Defensive end Wisconsin
153 Seattle Seahawks Mark McNeal Defensive end Idaho
154 Los Angeles Rams Mike Guman Running back Penn State
155 Washington Redskins Farley Bell Linebacker Cincinnati
156 Chicago Bears Mike Guess Defensive back Ohio State
157 Denver Broncos Keith Bishop Guard Baylor
158 Miami Dolphins Eugene Byrd Wide receiver Michigan State
159 Cincinnati Bengals Andrew Melontree Linebacker Baylor
160 New England Patriots Preston Brown Wide receiver Vanderbilt
161 Philadelphia Eagles Greg Murtha Tackle Minnesota
162 Dallas Cowboys Timmy Newsome Running back Winston-Salem State
163 San Diego Chargers Wayne Hamilton Linebacker Alabama
164 Kansas City Chiefs Larry Heater Running back Arizona
165 Pittsburgh Steelers Tunch Ilkin Tackle Indiana State

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
166 Detroit Lions Eddie Murray Kicker Tulane
167 Cincinnati Bengals Ron Simpkins Linebacker Michigan
168 Cincinnati Bengals Gary Don Johnson Defensive tackle Baylor
169 Green Bay Packers Buddy Aydelette Tackle Alabama
170 Baltimore Colts Wesley Roberts Defensive end Texas Christian
171 St. Louis Cardinals Ben Apuna Linebacker Arizona State
172 Atlanta Falcons Mike Smith Wide receiver Grambling
173 Oakland Raiders Malcolm Barnwell Wide receiver Virginia Union
174 Minnesota Vikings Henry Johnson Linebacker Georgia Tech
175 San Diego Chargers Chuck Loewen Guard South Dakota State
176 Los Angeles Rams Kirk Collins Defensive back Baylor
177 New Orleans Saints Mike Morucci Running back Bloomsburg (PA)
178 New York Jets Bob Batton Running back UNLV
179 New York Giants Darry Hebert Defensive back Oklahoma
180 New England Patriots Tom Kearns Guard Kentucky
181 New York Giants Chris Linnin Defensive end Washington
182 Houston Oilers Craig Bradshaw Quarterback Utah State
183 Chicago Bears Emanuel Tolbert Wide receiver Southern Methodist
184 Denver Broncos John Havekost Guard Nebraska
185 Miami Dolphins Joe Rose Tight end California
186 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jim Leonard Center Santa Clara
187 Washington Redskins Melvin Jones Guard Houston
188 Philadelphia Eagles Terrell Ward Defensive back San Diego State
189 Dallas Cowboys Lester Brown Running back Clemson
190 New York Jets Bennie Leverett Running back Bethune-Cookman
191 San Diego Chargers Stuart Dodds Punter Montana State
192 Los Angeles Rams Gerry Ellis Running back Missouri
193 Pittsburgh Steelers Nate Johnson Wide receiver Hillsdale
0 Atlanta Falcons (supplemental draft) Matthew Teague Defensive end Prairie View A&M

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
194 Oakland Raiders Ken Hill Defensive back Yale
195 Baltimore Colts Ken Walter Tackle Texas Tech
196 Cincinnati Bengals Mark Lyles Running back Florida State
197 Denver Broncos Don Coleman Wide receiver Oregon
198 St. Louis Cardinals Dupree Branch Defensive back Colorado State
199 Green Bay Packers Tim Smith Defensive back Oregon State
200 New York Giants Ken Harris Running back Alabama
201 Atlanta Falcons Al Richardson Linebacker Georgia Tech
202 Buffalo Bills Todd Krueger Quarterback Northern Michigan
203 Kansas City Chiefs Sam Stepney Linebacker Boston University
204 Seattle Seahawks Vic Minor Defensive back N.E. Louisiana
205 New York Jets Jeff Dziama Linebacker Boston College
206 New Orleans Saints Chuck Evans Linebacker Stanford
207 Seattle Seahawks Jack Cosgrove Center Pacific
208 New England Patriots Mike House Tight end Pacific
209 Cleveland Browns Jeff Copeland Linebacker Texas Tech
210 San Francisco 49ers Bobby Leopold Linebacker Notre Dame
211 St. Louis Cardinals Grant Hudson Defensive tackle Virginia
212 Miami Dolphins Jeff Allen Defensive back California-Davis
213 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Goddard Defensive back Drake
214 Miami Dolphins David Woodley Quarterback Louisiana State
215 Chicago Bears Randy Clark Guard Northern Illinois
216 Dallas Cowboys Larry Savage Linebacker Michigan State
217 Houston Oilers Harold Bailey Quarterback Oklahoma State
218 Philadelphia Eagles Mike Curcio Linebacker Temple
219 San Diego Chargers Curtis Sirmones Running back North Alabama
220 Los Angeles Rams Tom Pettigrew Tackle Eastern Illinois
221 Pittsburgh Steelers Ted Walton Defensive back Connecticut

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
222 Detroit Lions DeWayne Jett Wide receiver Hawaii
223 Detroit Lions Tom Tuinei Defensive tackle Hawaii
224 Cincinnati Bengals Greg Bright Defensive back Morehead State
225 St. Louis Cardinals Stafford Mays Defensive end Washington
226 Green Bay Packers Kelly Saalfeld Center Nebraska
227 Baltimore Colts Mark Bright Running back Temple
228 Atlanta Falcons Glen Keller Center West Texas State
229 New York Giants Otis Wonsley Running back Alcorn State
230 Kansas City Chiefs Tom Donovan Wide receiver Penn State
231 Buffalo Bills Kent Davis Defensive back Southeast Missouri State
232 Minnesota Vikings Dennis Mosley Running back Iowa
233 New Orleans Saints Frank Mordica Running back Vanderbilt
234 New York Jets Joe Peters Defensive tackle Arizona State
235 New England Patriots Barry Burdet Linebacker Oklahoma
236 Cleveland Browns Roy Dewalt Running back Texas-Arlington
237 San Francisco 49ers Dan Hartwig Quarterback California-Lutheran
238 Seattle Seahawks Jim Swift Tackle Iowa
239 Miami Dolphins Mark Goodspeed Tackle Nebraska
240 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald Carter Wide receiver Texas A&M
241 Washington Redskins Lawrence McCullough Wide receiver Illinois
242 Chicago Bears Turk Schonert Quarterback Stanford
243 Denver Broncos Greg Bracelin Linebacker California
244 Houston Oilers Ed Harris Running back Bishop
245 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Harris Tackle Bowling Green
246 Dallas Cowboys Jackie Flowers Wide receiver Florida State
247 San Diego Chargers Steve Whitman Running back Alabama
248 Los Angeles Rams George Farmer Wide receiver Southern
249 Pittsburgh Steelers Ron McCall Wide receiver Arkansas-Pine Bluff
0 San Diego Chargers (supplemental draft) Billy Mullins Wide receiver USC

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
250 Pittsburgh Steelers Woodrow Wilson Defensive back North Carolina State
251 Detroit Lions Henry Henderson Defensive back Utah State
252 Cincinnati Bengals Sandro Vitello Kicker Massachusetts
253 Green Bay Packers Jafus White Defensive back Texas A&I
254 Baltimore Colts Larry Stewart Tackle Maryland
255 St. Louis Cardinals Rush Brown Defensive tackle Ball State
256 New York Giants Joe Sanford Tackle Washington
257 Atlanta Falcons Walt Bellamy Defensive back Virginia Military Inst
258 Minnesota Vikings Kenny Brown Wide receiver Nebraska
259 Buffalo Bills Greg Cater Punter Tennessee-Chattanooga
260 New York Jets Guy Bingham Center Montana
261 Kansas City Chiefs Rob Martinovich Tackle Notre Dame
262 New Orleans Saints Tanya Webb Defensive end Michigan State
263 Cleveland Browns Kevin Fiedel Center San Diego State
264 Oakland Raiders Walter Carter Defensive tackle Florida State
265 Seattle Seahawks Ron Essink Tackle Grand Valley State
266 New England Patriots Rom Daniel Center Georgia Tech
267 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Andy Hawkins Linebacker Texas A&I
268 Washington Redskins Lewis Walker Running back Utah
269 Chicago Bears Willie Stephens Defensive back Texas Tech
270 Denver Broncos Virgil Seay Wide receiver Troy State
271 Miami Dolphins Doug Lantz Center Miami (OH)
272 Miami Dolphins Ben Long Linebacker South Dakota
273 Dallas Cowboys Matthew Teague Defensive end Prairie View A&M
274 Seattle Seahawks Billy Rivers Wide receiver Morris Brown
275 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brett Davis Running back UNLV
276 Los Angeles Rams Bob DiDonato Wide Receiver Fordham
277 Pittsburgh Steelers Ken Fritz Guard Ohio State

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
278 Detroit Lions Wayne Smith Defensive back Purdue
279 Miami Dolphins Phil Driscoll Defensive end Mankato State
280 Baltimore Colts Ed Whitley Tight end Kansas State
281 Cincinnati Bengals Alton Alexis Wide receiver Tulane
282 St. Louis Cardinals Delrick Brown Defensive back Houston
283 Green Bay Packers Ricky Skiles Linebacker Louisville
284 Atlanta Falcons Mike Babb Defensive back Oklahoma
285 New York Giants Steve Bernish Defensive end South Carolina
286 Buffalo Bills Joe Gordon Defensive tackle Grambling
287 Kansas City Chiefs Dale Markham Defensive tackle North Dakota
288 Minnesota Vikings Sam Harrell Running back East Carolina
289 New Orleans Saints George Woodard Running back Texas A&M
290 New York Jets James Zachery Linebacker Texas A&M
291 Oakland Raiders Mike Massey Linebacker Arkansas
292 Seattle Seahawks Tali Ena Running back Washington State
293 New England Patriots Mike Hubach Punter Kansas
294 Cleveland Browns Roland Sales Running back Arkansas
295 Washington Redskins Mike Matocha Defensive end Texas-Arlington
296 Chicago Bears Chris Judge Defensive back Texas Christian
297 Denver Broncos Phil Farris Wide receiver North Carolina
298 Philadelphia Eagles Lee Jukes Wide receiver North Carolina State
299 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Terry Jones Defensive end Central State (OK)
300 Dallas Cowboys Gary Padjen Linebacker Arizona State
301 Houston Oilers Eddie Preston Wide receiver Western Kentucky
302 Philadelphia Eagles Thomas Brown Defensive end Baylor
303 San Diego Chargers John Singleton Defensive end Texas-El Paso
304 Los Angeles Rams Terry Greer Wide receiver Alabama State
305 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Pollard Running back Baylor

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
306 Pittsburgh Steelers Charles Vaclavik Defensive back Texas
307 Detroit Lions Ray Williams Wide receiver Washington State
308 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Wright Quarterback Vanderbilt
309 St. Louis Cardinals Tyrone Gray Wide receiver Washington State
310 Green Bay Packers James Stewart Defensive back Memphis State
311 Baltimore Colts Randy Bielski Kicker Towson State
312 New York Giants Mike Lansford Kicker Washington
313 Atlanta Falcons Quinn Jones Running back Tulsa
314 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Brewington Linebacker East Carolina
315 Minnesota Vikings Thomas Lane Defensive back Florida A&M
316 Buffalo Bills Roger Lapham Tight end Maine
317 New York Jets David Dumars Defensive back N.E. Louisiana
318 New Orleans Saints Kiser Lewis Linebacker Florida A&M
319 Seattle Seahawks Presnell Gilbert Defensive back U.S. International
320 New England Patriots Jimmy Jordan Quarterback Florida State
321 Cleveland Browns Marcus Jackson Defensive tackle Purdue
322 Oakland Raiders Calvin Muhammad Wide receiver Texas Southern
323 Chicago Bears Robert Fisher Tight end Southern Methodist
324 Baltimore Colts Marvin Sims Running back Clemson
325 Miami Dolphins Chuck Stone Guard North Carolina State
326 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gene Coleman Defensive back Miami (FL)
327 Washington Redskins Marcene Emmett Defensive back North Alabama
328 Houston Oilers Wiley Pitts Wide receiver Temple
329 Philadelphia Eagles Howard Fields Defensive back Baylor
330 Dallas Cowboys Norm Wells Defensive end Northwestern
331 San Diego Chargers Harry Price Wide receiver McNeese State
332 Los Angeles Rams Kevin Scanlon Quarterback Arkansas
333 [6] Pittsburgh Steelers Tyrone McGriff Guard Florida A&M
= Pro Bowler [3] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

  • Anthony Muñoz, offensive tackle from University of Southern California taken 1st round 3rd overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1998.[7]
  • Dwight Stephenson, center from the University of Alabama taken 2nd round 48th overall by the Miami Dolphins.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1998.[7]
  • Art Monk, wide receiver from Syracuse University taken 1st round 18th overall by the Washington Redskins.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2008.[8]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[3]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Baltimore Colts Ron LaPointe  TE Penn State Ind.
Cincinnati Bengals M. L. Harris  TE Kansas State Big Eight
Cincinnati Bengals Blake Moore  C Wooster OAC
Cleveland Browns Marshall Harris  DT Texas Christian SWC
Cleveland Browns Joel Patten  OT Duke ACC
Dallas Cowboys Dextor Clinkscale  S South Carolina State MEAC
Dallas Cowboys Anthony Dickerson  LB SMU SWC
Dallas Cowboys Don Smerek  DE Nevada Big Sky
Detroit Lions Alvin Hall  S Miami MAC
Green Bay Packers Mark Murphy  S West Liberty WVIAC
Houston Oilers Adger Armstrong  FB Texas A&M SWC
Kansas City Chiefs Donovan Rose  DB Hampton CIAA
Los Angeles Rams Walt Arnold  TE New Mexico WAC
Los Angeles Rams Lucious Smith  CB Cal State Big West
Los Angeles Rams Kurt Sohn  WR Fordham Ind.
New York Giants Phil Cancik  LB Northern Arizona Big Sky
New York Giants Curtis McGriff  DT Alabama SEC
New York Giants Leon Perry  RB Ole Miss SEC
New York Jets Chris Godfrey  G Michigan Big Ten
New York Jets Jerry Holmes  CB/S West Virginia Ind.
New York Jets Saladin Martin  CB San Diego State WAC
Philadelphia Eagles Steve Kenney  G Clemson ACC
Seattle Seahawks Dave Krieg  QB Milton College IBFC
Washington Redskins Jeff Bostic  C Clemson ACC


  1. ^ "NFL Draft Locations". FootballGeography.com. October 2, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ Billy Sims, 1978 Heisman Trophy winner as a junior "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Charles White, 1979 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  6. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  7. ^ a b List of 1990s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  8. ^ List of 2000s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-11.

External links

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Craig Puki

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Curtis Greer

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Doug Martin (defensive end)

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Ed Luther

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Howard Fields

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Jim Ritcher

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Jim Stuckey

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Keena Turner

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Mark Lee (American football)

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Ray Snell

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Ricky Churchman

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Roynell Young

Roynell Young (born December 1, 1957) is a former professional American football safety and cornerback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles his entire National Football League (NFL) career, from 1980 to 1988. Young was selected by the Eagles from Alcorn State University in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, he played in Super Bowl XV and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his second season. He was one of two players who played in both Super Bowl XV and The Fog Bowl for the Eagles. The other was offensive lineman Ron Baker. Young was inducted to the Alcorn State University Sports Hall of Fame in November 2017.

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