1996 NFL Draft

The 1996 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 20–21, 1996, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.[1][2] No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft is considered one of the best draft classes ever for the position of wide receiver. Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison, Marvin Harrison, Eric Moulds, Bobby Engram, Terrell Owens, Muhsin Muhammad, Amani Toomer, Jermaine Lewis, and Joe Horn have all achieved success in the pros, with all except Kennison, Engram, and Toomer having reached the Pro Bowl at least once, and a total of 26 Pro Bowl appearances for the group. In addition to the class having had several successful receivers, none of the five wide receivers drafted in the first round have been busts, as all of them spent at least a reasonable amount of time as starters in the NFL. Combined, 1996 wide receivers (through the end of the 2006 season) have totalled 7,646 receptions for 105,866 yards, eclipsing any other class by more than 1,000 receptions and 10,000 yards.[3]

It was also one of the best draft years for middle linebackers, with Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and Hall candidate Zach Thomas selected. Lewis won Super Bowl XXXV and was selected MVP of that game. Lewis also won Super Bowl XLVII in the final game of his career, and made 13 career Pro Bowls while Thomas has made 7. Other linebackers who made at least one Pro Bowl from this draft are Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Hardy, Simeon Rice, John Mobley, and Donnie Edwards. Randall Godfrey, Earl Holmes, and Carlos Emmons also had solid careers in the league.

In contrast to its successes at wide receiver and linebacker, the 1996 draft had often been rated as the worst ever for quarterbacks.[4] None of the eight drafted quarterbacks made the Pro Bowl or an All-Pro team. Half of the drafted quarterbacks never threw one pass in the NFL. As of 2018, this remains the last draft without a quarterback selected in the first round. Previously, the 1988 draft had been the last with no quarterback selected in the first round.[note 1]

On draft day, the St. Louis Rams traded running back Jerome Bettis and a third round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a second round pick for that year, as well as a fourth round pick the following year. The trade was made immediately after the Rams drafted Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips. Bettis went on to have a successful career with the Steelers as well as being one of the team's most popular players, while the Rams wouldn't have another feature back until they traded for Marshall Faulk three years later due to Phillips' off-field problems.

1996 NFL Draft
1996 NFL draft logo
General information
Date(s)April 20–21, 1996
LocationParamount Theatre at MSG
in New York City, NY
254 total selections in 7 rounds
First selectionKeyshawn Johnson, WR
New York Jets
Mr. IrrelevantSam Manuel, LB
San Francisco 49ers
Most selections (13)New England Patriots
Fewest selections (5)Detroit Lions
Hall of Famers

Player selections

* = compensatory selection
= Pro Bowler[note 2]
= Hall of Famer[note 3]
Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back DE Defensive end
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard HB Halfback K Placekicker KR Kick returner
LB Linebacker LS Long snapper OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman
NT Nose tackle P Punter PR Punt returner QB Quarterback
RB Running back S Safety SS Strong safety TB Tailback
TE Tight end WR Wide receiver        
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 New York Jets Keyshawn Johnson  WR USC Pac-10 1995 All-American
1 2 Jacksonville Jaguars Kevin Hardy  LB Illinois Big Ten 1995 All-American
1 3 Arizona Cardinals Simeon Rice  DE Illinois Big Ten
1 4 Baltimore Ravens Jonathan Ogdendouble-dagger OT UCLA Pac-10 1995 Outland Trophy Winner
1 5 New York Giants Cedric Jones  DE Oklahoma Big Eight
1 6 St. Louis Rams Lawrence Phillips  RB Nebraska Big Eight
1 7 New England Patriots Terry Glenn  WR Ohio State Big Ten 1995 All-American
1 8 Carolina Panthers Tim Biakabutuka  RB Michigan Big Ten
1 9 Oakland Raiders Rickey Dudley  TE Ohio State Big Ten
1 10 Cincinnati Bengals Willie Anderson  OT Auburn SEC
1 11 New Orleans Saints Alex Molden  CB Oregon Pac-10
1 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Regan Upshaw  DE California Pac-10
1 13 Chicago Bears Walt Harris  CB Mississippi State SEC
1 14 Houston Oilers Eddie George  RB Ohio State Big Ten 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner
1 15 Denver Broncos John Mobley  LB Kutztown PSAC
1 16 Minnesota Vikings Duane Clemons  DE California Pac-10
1 17 Detroit Lions Reggie Brown  LB Texas A&M SWC
1 18 St. Louis Rams Eddie Kennison  WR LSU SEC
1 19 Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrisondouble-dagger WR Syracuse Big East
1 20 Miami Dolphins Daryl Gardener  DT Baylor SWC
1 21 Seattle Seahawks Pete Kendall  OT Boston College Big East
1 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marcus Jones  DE North Carolina ACC
1 23 Detroit Lions Jeff Hartings  G Penn State Big Ten
1 24 Buffalo Bills Eric Moulds  WR Mississippi State SEC
1 25 Philadelphia Eagles Jermane Mayberry  OT Texas A&M–Kingsville Lone Star
1 26 Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewisdouble-dagger LB Miami (FL) Big East
1 27 Green Bay Packers John Michels  OT USC Pac-10
1 28 Kansas City Chiefs Jerome Woods  FS Memphis Ind. (I-A)
1 29 Pittsburgh Steelers Jamain Stephens  OT North Carolina A&T MEAC
1 30 Washington Redskins Andre Johnson  OT Penn State Big Ten
2 31 New York Jets Alex Van Dyke  WR Nevada Big West
2 32 Arizona Cardinals Leeland McElroy  RB Texas A&M SWC 1994 All-American
2 33 Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Brackens  DE Texas SWC
2 34 New York Giants Amani Toomer  WR Michigan Big Ten
2 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Alstott  FB Purdue Big Ten
2 36 New England Patriots Lawyer Milloy  SS Washington Pac-10 1995 All-American
2 37 Dallas Cowboys Kavika Pittman  DE McNeese State Southland
2 38 Houston Oilers Bryant Mix  DE Alcorn State SWAC
2 39 Cincinnati Bengals Marco Battaglia  TE Rutgers Big East
2 40 New Orleans Saints Je'Rod Cherry  SS California Pac-10
2 41 San Diego Chargers Bryan Still  WR Virginia Tech Big East
2 42 St. Louis Rams Tony Banks  QB Michigan State Big Ten
2 43 Carolina Panthers Muhsin Muhammad  WR Michigan State Big Ten
2 44 Denver Broncos Tory James  CB LSU SEC
2 45 Minnesota Vikings James Manley  DT Vanderbilt SEC
2 46 San Francisco 49ers Israel Ifeanyi  DE USC Pac-10
2 47 Seattle Seahawks Fred Thomas  CB Tennessee-Martin OVC
2 48 Houston Oilers Jason Layman  OT Tennessee SEC
2 49 Dallas Cowboys Randall Godfrey  LB Georgia SEC
2 50 San Diego Chargers Patrick Sapp  LB Clemson ACC
2 51 Indianapolis Colts Dedric Mathis  CB Houston SWC
2 52 Chicago Bears Bobby Engram  WR Penn State Big Ten
2 53 Buffalo Bills Gabe Northern  DE LSU SEC
2 54 Philadelphia Eagles Jason Dunn  TE Eastern Kentucky OVC
2 55 Baltimore Ravens DeRon Jenkins  CB Tennessee SEC
2 56 Green Bay Packers Derrick Mayes  WR Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
2 57 Oakland Raiders Lance Johnstone  DE Temple Big East
2 58 Kansas City Chiefs Reggie Tongue  SS Oregon State Pac-10
2 59 St. Louis Rams Ernie Conwell  TE Washington Pac-10 from Pittsburgh
2 60 Jacksonville Jaguars Michael Cheever  C Georgia Tech ACC
2* 61 Philadelphia Eagles Brian Dawkinsdouble-dagger FS Clemson ACC
3 62 New York Jets Ray Mickens  CB Texas A&M SWC
3 63 Jacksonville Jaguars Aaron Beasley  CB West Virginia Big East
3 64 Arizona Cardinals Johnny McWilliams  TE USC Pac-10
3 65 Denver Broncos Detron Smith  RB Texas A&M SWC
3 66 New York Giants Roman Oben  OT Louisville Ind. (I-A)
3 67 Dallas Cowboys Clay Shiver  C Florida State ACC
3 68 Kansas City Chiefs John Browning  DT West Virginia Big East
3 69 Cincinnati Bengals Ken Blackman  G Illinois Big Ten
3 70 New Orleans Saints Brady Smith  DE Colorado State WAC
3 71 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Donnie Abraham  CB East Tenn. State SoCon
3 72 Pittsburgh Steelers Steve Conley  LB Arkansas SEC
3 73 Carolina Panthers Winslow Oliver  RB New Mexico WAC
3 74 Houston Oilers Terry Killens  LB Penn State Big Ten
3 75 Minnesota Vikings Moe Williams  RB Kentucky SEC
3 76 Detroit Lions Ryan Stewart  S Georgia Tech ACC
3 77 Seattle Seahawks Robert Barr  OT Rutgers Big East
3 78 Denver Broncos Mark Campbell  DT Florida SEC
3 79 Miami Dolphins Dorian Brew  CB Kansas Big Eight
3 80 Miami Dolphins Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar  RB UCLA Pac-10
3 81 San Diego Chargers Brian Roche  TE San Jose State Big West
3 82 Indianapolis Colts Scott Slutzker  TE Iowa Big Ten
3 83 St. Louis Rams Jerald Moore  RB Oklahoma Big Eight
3 84 Atlanta Falcons Shannon Brown  DT Alabama SEC
3 85 Philadelphia Eagles Bobby Hoying  QB Ohio State Big Ten
3 86 New England Patriots Tedy Bruschi  LB Arizona Pac-10
3 87 Buffalo Bills Matt Stevens  SS Appalachian State SoCon
3 88 Carolina Panthers J.C. Price  DT Virginia Tech Big East Never played a game in the NFL
3 89 San Francisco 49ers Terrell Owensdouble-dagger WR Chattanooga SoCon
3 90 Green Bay Packers Mike Flanagan  C UCLA Pac-10
3 91 Seattle Seahawks Reggie Brown  RB Fresno State WAC
3 92 Pittsburgh Steelers Jon Witman  FB Penn State Big Ten
3* 93 Green Bay Packers Tyrone Williams  CB Nebraska Big Eight
3* 94 Dallas Cowboys Stepfret Williams  WR Louisiana Monroe Southland
3* 95 Dallas Cowboys Mike Ulufale  DE BYU WAC
4 96 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Odom  OT Florida SEC
4 97 Minnesota Vikings Hunter Goodwin  G Texas A&M SWC
4 98 Kansas City Chiefs Donnie Edwards  LB UCLA Pac-10
4 99 Seattle Seahawks Phillip Daniels  DE Georgia SEC
4 100 Denver Broncos Jeff Lewis  QB Northern Arizona Big Sky (Deceased)
4 101 New England Patriots Heath Irwin  G Colorado Big Eight
4 102 Washington Redskins Stephen Davis  RB Auburn SEC
4 103 New Orleans Saints Ricky Whittle  RB Oregon Pac-10
4 104 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Eric Austin  S Jackson State SWAC
4 105 St. Louis Rams Percell Gaskins  LB Kansas State Big Eight
4 106 Carolina Panthers Norberto Davidds-Garrido  OT USC Pac-10
4 107 Houston Oilers Kendrick Burton  DE Alabama SEC
4 108 Cincinnati Bengals Jevon Langford  DE Oklahoma State Big Eight
4 109 Houston Oilers Jon Runyan  OT Michigan Big Ten
4 110 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Barlow  WR Alabama State SWAC
4 111 Carolina Panthers Emmanuel McDaniel  CB East Carolina Ind. (I-A)
4 112 Arizona Cardinals Aaron Graham  C Nebraska Big Eight
4 113 Miami Dolphins Kirk Pointer  CB Austin Peay OVC
4 114 San Diego Chargers Charlie Jones  WR Fresno State WAC
4 115 Indianapolis Colts Brian Milne  RB Penn State Big Ten
4 116 Chicago Bears Paul Grasmanis  DT Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
4 117 Atlanta Falcons Richard Huntley  RB Winston-Salem State CIAA
4 118 Miami Dolphins Stanley Pritchett  FB South Carolina SEC
4 119 New England Patriots Chris Sullivan  DT Boston College Big East
4 120 Buffalo Bills Sean Moran  DE Colorado State WAC
4 121 Philadelphia Eagles Ray Farmer  LB Duke ACC
4 122 Denver Broncos Darrius Johnson  CB Oklahoma Big Eight
4 123 Green Bay Packers Chris Darkins  RB Minnesota Big Ten
4 124 New England Patriots Kantroy Barber  RB West Virginia Big East
4 125 Miami Dolphins LaCurtis Jones  LB Baylor SWC
4 126 Pittsburgh Steelers Earl Holmes  LB Florida A&M MEAC
4 127 Atlanta Falcons Juran Bolden  CB Mississippi Delta CC MACJC
4* 128 San Francisco 49ers Daryl Price  LB Colorado Big Eight
4* 129 Detroit Lions Brad Ford  DB Alabama SEC
4* 130 New York Giants Danny Kanell  QB Florida State ACC
4* 131 Seattle Seahawks Eric Unverzagt  LB Wisconsin Big Ten
4* 132 Pittsburgh Steelers Jahine Arnold  WR Fresno State WAC
5 133 New York Jets Marcus Coleman  CB Texas Tech SWC
5 134 Miami Dolphins Jerris McPhail  RB East Carolina Ind. (I-A)
5 135 Kansas City Chiefs Joe Horn  WR Itawamba CC MACJC
5 136 New Orleans Saints Mercury Hayes  WR Michigan Big Ten
5 137 Arizona Cardinals James Dexter  OT South Carolina SEC
5 138 Washington Redskins Leomont Evans  S Clemson ACC
5 139 New England Patriots John Elmore  G Texas SWC
5 140 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Maniecki  DT Wisconsin Big Ten
5 141 St. Louis Rams Fred Miller  OT Baylor SWC
5 142 Carolina Panthers Marquette Smith  RB Central Florida Ind. (I-AA)
5 143 Houston Oilers Rayna Stewart  S Northern Arizona Big Sky
5 144 Cincinnati Bengals Greg Myers  S Colorado State WAC
5 145 New Orleans Saints Tom Ackerman  G Eastern Washington Big Sky
5 146 Jacksonville Jaguars Jimmy Herndon  G Houston SWC
5 147 Philadelphia Eagles Whit Marshall  LB Georgia SEC
5 148 Minnesota Vikings Sean Boyd  DB North Carolina ACC
5 149 New England Patriots Christian Peter  DT Nebraska Big Eight
5 150 Miami Dolphins Shane Burton  DT Tennessee SEC
5 151 Indianapolis Colts Steve Martin  DT Missouri Big Eight
5 152 Chicago Bears Chris Villarrial  G IUP PSAC
5 153 Baltimore Ravens Jermaine Lewis  WR Maryland ACC
5 154 Miami Dolphins Zach Thomas  LB Texas Tech SWC
5 155 San Diego Chargers Junior Soli  DT Arkansas SEC
5 156 Buffalo Bills Raymond Jackson  DB Colorado State WAC
5 157 Dallas Cowboys Kenneth McDaniel  DB Norfolk State CIAA
5 158 Detroit Lions Kerwin Waldroup  DT Central State Ind. (NAIA)
5 159 Denver Broncos Patrick Jeffers  WR Virginia ACC
5 160 San Francisco 49ers Iheanyi Uwaezuoke  WR California Pac-10
5 161 Arizona Cardinals Harry Stamps  OT Oklahoma Big Eight
5 162 Arizona Cardinals Dell McGee  DB Auburn SEC
5 163 Pittsburgh Steelers Israel Rayborn  DE North Alabama Gulf South
5 164 Atlanta Falcons Gary Bandy  LB Baylor SWC
5* 165 New Orleans Saints Terry Guess  WR Gardner–Webb SAC
5* 166 Oakland Raiders La'Roi Glover  DT San Diego State WAC
5* 167 Dallas Cowboys Alan Campos  LB Louisville Ind. (I-A)
6 168 New York Jets Hugh Hunter  DE Hampton MEAC
6 169 Arizona Cardinals Mike Foley  DE New Hampshire Yankee
6 170 Jacksonville Jaguars John Fisher  DB Missouri Western State MIAA
6 171 New York Giants Doug Colman  LB Nebraska Big Eight
6 172 Baltimore Ravens Dexter Daniels  LB Florida SEC
6 173 New England Patriots Chris Griffin  TE New Mexico WAC
6 174 Washington Redskins Kelvin Kinney  DE Virginia State CIAA
6 175 St. Louis Rams Derrick Harris  RB Miami (FL) Big East
6 176 Kansas City Chiefs Dietrich Jells  WR Pittsburgh Big East
6 177 Houston Oilers Anthony Dorsett  S Pittsburgh Big East
6 178 Cincinnati Bengals Tom Tumulty  LB Pittsburgh Big East
6 179 New Orleans Saints Keno Hills  OT SW Louisiana Big West
6 180 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nilo Silvan  WR Tennessee SEC
6 181 Denver Broncos Tony Veland  S Nebraska Big Eight
6 182 New York Giants Scott Galyon  LB Tennessee SEC
6 183 Oakland Raiders Tim Hall  RB Robert Morris Ind.
6 184 Seattle Seahawks Reggie Green  G Florida SEC
6 185 Jacksonville Jaguars Chris Doering  WR Florida SEC
6 186 Baltimore Ravens James Roe  WR Norfolk State CIAA
6 187 Chicago Bears Jon Clark  OT Temple Big East
6 188 Atlanta Falcons Craig Sauer  LB Minnesota Big Ten
6 189 Miami Dolphins Shawn Wooden  S Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
6 190 San Diego Chargers Jim Mills  OT Idaho Big Sky
6 191 Indianapolis Colts Keith Conlin  OT Penn State Big Ten
6 192 San Diego Chargers Bryan Stoltenberg  C Colorado Big Eight
6 193 Carolina Panthers Scott Greene  RB Michigan State Big Ten
6 194 Philadelphia Eagles Steve White  DE Tennessee SEC
6 195 New England Patriots Marrio Grier  RB Tennessee-Chattanooga SoCon
6 196 Buffalo Bills Leon Neal  RB Washington Pac-10
6 197 Philadelphia Eagles Tony Johnson  TE Alabama SEC
6 198 San Francisco 49ers Stephen Pitts  RB Penn State Big Ten
6 199 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Riley  WR Florida State ACC
6 200 Pittsburgh Steelers Orpheus Roye  DE Florida State ACC
6 201 St. Louis Rams Hayward Clay  TE Texas A&M SWC
6* 202 Buffalo Bills Dusty Zeigler  C Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
6* 203 Pittsburgh Steelers Spence Fischer  QB Duke ACC
6* 204 New Orleans Saints Toderick Malone  WR Alabama SEC
6* 205 Indianapolis Colts Mike Cawley  QB James Madison Yankee
6* 206 New England Patriots Devin Wyman  DE Kentucky State Ind. (Div. II)
6* 207 Dallas Cowboys Wendell Davis  CB Oklahoma Big Eight
6* 208 Green Bay Packers Marco Rivera  G Penn State Big Ten
6* 209 Seattle Seahawks T.J. Cunningham  S Colorado Big Eight
7 210 New York Jets Chris Hayes  S Washington State Pac-10
7 211 Kansas City Chiefs Ben Lynch  C California Pac-10
7 212 Arizona Cardinals Jarius Hayes  TE North Alabama Gulf South
7 213 Denver Broncos Leslie Ratliffe  OT Tennessee SEC
7 214 New York Giants Conrad Hamilton  CB Eastern New Mexico Lone Star
7 215 Washington Redskins Jeremy Asher  LB Oregon Pac-10
7 216 New England Patriots Lovett Purnell  TE West Virginia Big East
7 217 Carolina Panthers Donnell Baker  WR Southern SWAC
7 218 Houston Oilers Mike Archie  RB Penn State Big Ten
7 219 Cincinnati Bengals Rod Jones  OT Kansas Big Eight
7 220 Oakland Raiders Sedric Clark  DE Tulsa Ind. (I-A)
7 221 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reggie Rusk  CB Kentucky SEC
7 222 St. Louis Rams Chuck Osborne  DT Arizona Pac-10
7 223 Minnesota Vikings Jon Merrill  OT Duke ACC
7 224 Oakland Raiders Darius Smith  C Sam Houston State Southland
7 225 Seattle Seahawks Johnie Church  DE Florida SEC
7 226 Denver Broncos Chris Banks  G Kansas Big Eight
7 227 Jacksonville Jaguars Clarence Jones  WR Tennessee State OVC
7 228 Jacksonville Jaguars Gregory Spann  WR Jackson State SWAC
7 229 Atlanta Falcons Ethan Brooks  DE Williams NESCAC
7 230 Miami Dolphins Jeff Buckey  G Stanford Pac-10
7 231 San Diego Chargers Freddie Bradley  RB Sonoma State NCAC
7 232 Indianapolis Colts Adrian Robinson  CB Baylor SWC
7 233 Chicago Bears Marcus Keyes  DT North Alabama Gulf South
7 234 Carolina Panthers Kerry Hicks  DT Colorado Big Eight
7 235 Denver Broncos L.T. Levine  RB Kansas Big Eight
7 236 Denver Broncos Brian Gragert  P Wyoming WAC
7 237 Buffalo Bills Dan Brandenburg  DE Indiana State Gateway
7 238 Baltimore Ravens Jon Stark  QB Trinity International (IL) MSFA [5]
7 239 San Francisco 49ers Sean Manuel  TE New Mexico State Big West
7 240 Green Bay Packers Kyle Wachholtz  QB USC Pac-10
7 241 Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Smith  C Tennessee SEC
7 242 Pittsburgh Steelers Carlos Emmons  LB Arkansas State Big West
7 243 Dallas Cowboys Ryan Wood  RB Arizona State Pac-10
7* 244 Buffalo Bills Jay Riemersma  TE Michigan Big Ten
7* 245 Kansas City Chiefs Darrell Williams  CB Tennessee State OVC
7* 246 New Orleans Saints Henry Lusk  TE Utah WAC
7* 247 New England Patriots J.R. Conrad  OT Oklahoma Big Eight
7* 248 Oakland Raiders Joey Wylie  G Stephen F. Austin Southland
7* 249 Buffalo Bills Eric Smedley  S Indiana Big Ten
7* 250 Washington Redskins DeAndre Maxwell  WR San Diego State WAC
7* 251 Miami Dolphins Brice Hunter  WR Georgia SEC
7* 252 Green Bay Packers Keith McKenzie  LB Ball State MAC
7* 253 Chicago Bears Michael Hicks  RB South Carolina State MEAC
7* 254 San Francisco 49ers Sam Manuel  LB New Mexico State Big West

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[note 2]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Arizona Cardinals Kevin Jordan  WR UCLA Pac-10
Arizona Cardinals Ronald McKinnon  LB North Alabama Gulf South
Atlanta Falcons Freddie Scott  WR Penn State Big Ten
Cincinnati Bengals Nick Ferguson  S Georgia Tech ACC
Cincinnati Bengals Chris Hetherington  FB Yale Ivy Later signed by Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals Damon Huard  QB Washington Pac-10 Signed by Miami Dolphins in 1998
Cincinnati Bengals Tim Morabito  DT Boston College Big East
Detroit Lions Barry Stokes  G Eastern Michigan MAC
Green Bay Packers Joe Nedney  K San Jose State Big West
Indianapolis Colts Casey Wiegmann  C Iowa Big Ten
Miami Dolphins Larry Izzo  LB Rice SWC
New England Patriots Ray Lucas  QB Rutgers Big East
New England Patriots Adam Vinatieri  K South Dakota State NCC Kicked the game-winning field goals in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII. NFL All Time Leading Scorer
New York Giants Kevin Alexander  WR Utah State Big West Starting for the Giants in 1997
New York Giants Percy Ellsworth  S Virginia ACC
New York Giants Olindo Mare  K Syracuse Big East
New Orleans Saints Don Davis  LB Kansas Big Eight
Philadelphia Eagles Hollis Thomas  DT Northern Illinois Big West
Seattle Seahawks Grant Williams  OT Louisiana Tech Big West Starter at right tackle for the Seahawks and Rams
St. Louis Rams Josh Miller  P Arizona Pac-10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jorge Diaz  G Texas A&M–Kingsville Lone Star
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Scott Milanovich  QB Maryland ACC Played at least one game with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Karl Williams  WR Texas A&M-Kingsville Lone Star Played 1996 to 2003 with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, primarily as a punt returner

Hall of Famers

  • Jonathan Ogden, offensive tackle from UCLA, taken 1st round 4th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2013.
  • Marvin Harrison, wide receiver from Syracuse, taken 1st round 19th overall by the Indianapolis Colts.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.
  • Ray Lewis, linebacker from Miami (FL), taken 1st round 26th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.
  • Brian Dawkins, safety from Clemson, taken 2nd round 61st overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.
  • Terrell Owens, wide receiver from Chattanooga, taken 3rd round 89th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.


  1. ^ The first quarterback in the 1988 draft wasn’t selected until the third round.
  2. ^ a b Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


  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 September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Football Prospectus 2007, p. 461
  4. ^ NFL Draft History: Quarterback Draft Class Facts and Figures
  5. ^ "At Trinity, QB Getting His Shot". Chicago Tribune. November 11, 1995. Retrieved April 23, 2015.

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Expansion drafts
See also

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