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1945 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 8, 1945
Location
Picks
First selection Charley Trippi, HB
Chicago Cardinals
Last selection Billy Joe Aldridge, B
Green Bay Packers
Most selections
Fewest selections
Overall selections 330
NFL Draft
 < 1944 1946 > 

The 1945 National Football League Draft was held on April 8, 1945. It was the last draft held in Chicago; later in the year the league moved its offices to Philadelphia.

Player selectionsEdit

= Hall of Famer

Round oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1Chicago CardinalsCharley TrippiHalfbackGeorgia
2Pittsburgh SteelersPaul DuhartHalfbackFlorida
3Brooklyn TigersJoe RenfroeBackTulane
4Boston YanksEddie ProkopBackGeorgia Tech
5Cleveland RamsElroy "Crazylegs" HirschWide ReceiverMichigan
6Detroit LionsFrank SzymanskiCenterNotre Dame
7Chicago BearsDon LundBackMichigan
8Washington RedskinsJim HardyQuarterbackUSC
9Philadelphia EaglesJohn YonakorDefensive EndNotre Dame
10New York GiantsElmer BarbourQuarterbackWake Forest
11Green Bay PackersWalt SchlinkmanFullbackTexas Tech

Round twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
12Pittsburgh SteelersJack DuggerEndOhio State
13Brooklyn TigersWayne WilliamsBackMinnesota
14Chicago CardinalsPaul CollinsBackMissouri
15Boston YanksTom DeanTackleSouthern Methodist
16Cleveland RamsMilan LazetichTackleMichigan

Round threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
17Brooklyn TigersCecil GrayCenterOregon
18Chicago CardinalsWalt WattBackMiami (FL)
19Pittsburgh SteelersBill DellastatiousBackMissouri
20Boston YanksDamon TassosGuardTexas A&M
21Cleveland RamsW.G. "Dub" WootenEndOklahoma
22Chicago BearsCharley AllenBackSouthern Methodist
23Washington RedskinsJohn "Tree" AdamsTackleNotre Dame
24Detroit LionsStan MohrbacherGuardIowa
25Philadelphia EaglesAlvin DarkBackLouisiana State
26New York GiantsGordon ApplebyCenterOhio State
27Green Bay PackersClyde GoodnightEndTulsa

Round fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
28Chicago CardinalsBob DobelsteinGuardTennessee
29Pittsburgh SteelersRoger AdamsCenterFlorida
30Brooklyn TigersSteve EnichGuardMarquette
31Boston YanksDon DeeksTackleWashington
32Cleveland RamsJack ZillyEndNotre Dame

Round fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
33Pittsburgh SteelersChuck MehelichEndDuquesne
34Brooklyn TigersAl KowalskiQuarterbackTulsa
35Chicago CardinalsZeke ChronisterEndTexas Christian
36Boston YanksJohnny "Strike" StrzykalskiBackMarquette
37Cleveland RamsRoger HardingCenterCalifornia
38Washington RedskinsGeorge BujanCenterOregon
39Detroit LionsBob WieseBackMichigan
40Chicago BearsForest MastersonCenterIowa
41Philadelphia EaglesPete PihosWide receiverIndiana
42New York GiantsEd CastleberryBackWest Texas State
43Green Bay PackersJoe GrahamEndFlorida

Round sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
44Brooklyn TigersDick BarweganGuardPurdue
45Chicago CardinalsCorwin ClattBackNotre Dame
46Pittsburgh SteelersGreg BrowningEndDenver
47Boston YanksJim MelloBackNotre Dame
48Cleveland RamsJerry CowhigBackNotre Dame
49Detroit LionsGene FeketeBackOhio State
50Chicago BearsWayne ShawBackSouthern Methodist
51Washington RedskinsJohnny NorthEndVanderbilt
52Philadelphia EaglesChuck DellagoGuardMinnesota
53New York GiantsBarney PooleEndMississippi/Army
54Green Bay PackersDon WellsTackleGeorgia

Round sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
55Chicago CardinalsZiggy CzarobskiTackleNotre Dame
56Pittsburgh SteelersMike WolakBackDuquesne
57Brooklyn TigersLouie FutrellBackFresno State
58Boston YanksMarty SilovichCenterMarquette
59Cleveland RamsFred NegusCenterWisconsin
60Chicago BearsGlen BurgeisTackleTulsa
61Washington RedskinsJohn SteberGuardGeorgia Tech
62Detroit LionsMike JarmolukTackleTemple
63Philadelphia EaglesGonzalo MoralesBackSt. Mary's (CA)
64New York GiantsJack MeadEndWisconsin
65Green Bay PackersCasey StephensonBackTennessee

Round eightEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
66Pittsburgh SteelersTom HughesTackleMissouri
67Brooklyn TigersJohn DoddsGuardCalifornia
68Chicago CardinalsJohn HarringtonEndMarquette
69Boston YanksEllis JonesGuardTulsa
70Cleveland RamsJohnny AugustBackAlabama
71Washington RedskinsArt PorterEndTulane
72Detroit LionsJack LowtherBackDetroit
73Chicago BearsPat O'BrienTacklePurdue
74Philadelphia EaglesSam RobinsonBackWashington
75New York GiantsNick VodickBackNorthwestern
76Green Bay PackersToby CollinsTackleTulsa

Round nineEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
77Brooklyn TigersElting JohnsonBackBucknell
78Chicago CardinalsGene MeeksBackKentucky
79Pittsburgh SteelersLeon PenseBackArkansas
80Boston YanksEarl LambertBackManhattan
81Cleveland RamsDick HuffmanTackleTennessee
82Detroit LionsLes JoopTackleIllinois
83Chicago BearsBill MaytherCenterOregon
84Washington RedskinsCurt KuykendallBackAuburn
85Philadelphia EaglesForrest HallBackSan Francisco
86New York GiantsJohn RudanBackMarquette
87Green Bay PackersLamar DinglerEndArkansas

Round tenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
88Chicago CardinalsBill HuberEndNotre Dame
89Pittsburgh SteelersArt BrandauCenterTennessee
90Brooklyn TigersRoy CrossEndTennessee
91Boston YanksDon KasprzakBackDartmouth
92Cleveland RamsVern WaltersBackAlma
93Chicago BearsBill PoeBackClemson
94Washington RedskinsFrank BroggerEndMichigan State
95Detroit LionsPaul WalkerEndYale
96Philadelphia EaglesJoe SadonisTackleFordham
97New York GiantsVic SmithBackUCLA
98Green Bay PackersHal HelscherBackLouisiana State

Round elevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
99Pittsburgh SteelersRay BallBackHoly Cross
100Brooklyn TigersEarl HauryTackleKansas State
101Chicago CardinalsHalley HeardTackleLouisiana State
102Boston YanksBen JonesEndArkansas
103Cleveland RamsTom FearsEndUCLA
104Washington RedskinsMack CregerBackNorthwestern
105Detroit LionsHowie HansenTackleUtah State
106Chicago BearsChuck AveryBackMinnesota
107Philadelphia EaglesRudy MobleyBackHardin-Simmons
108New York GiantsJim YoungTackleArkansas
109Green Bay PackersRalph HammondCenterPittsburgh

Round twelveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
110Brooklyn TigersJohn MartinBackEast Tennessee State
111Chicago CardinalsBob CowanBackIndiana
112Pittsburgh SteelersFrank BasiloneBackDuquesne
113Boston YanksHerb ColemanCenterNotre Dame
114Cleveland RamsJoe WinklerCenterPurdue
115Detroit LionsMike KasapTackleIllinois
116Chicago BearsJack BoydBackUCLA
117Washington RedskinsPaul McKeeEndSyracuse
118Philadelphia EaglesJim NewmeyerTackleSt. Vincent
119New York GiantsBilly BevisBackTennessee
120Green Bay PackersEd PodgorskiTackleLafayette

Round thirteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
121Chicago CardinalsElmore "Buddy" LuperBackDuke
122Pittsburgh SteelersJohn MonahanEndDartmouth
123Brooklyn TigersGeorge McDonaldTackleSouth Carolina
124Boston YanksJoe PezelskiBackVillanova
125Cleveland RamsJack AlandTackleAlabama
126Chicago BearsRalph EllsworthBackTexas
127Washington RedskinsCharlie ConerlyQuarterbackMississippi
128Detroit LionsWally HoppBackNebraska
129Philadelphia EaglesBill ChambersTackleUCLA
130New York GiantsBob BoozerTackleArkansas
131Green Bay PackersBill HackettGuardOhio State

Round fourteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
132Pittsburgh SteelersMel OdelliBackDuquesne
133Brooklyn TigersHal SelfBackAlabama
134Chicago CardinalsSolon "Bobo" BarnettGuardBaylor
135Boston YanksJohn DiGangiTackleHoly Cross
136Cleveland RamsChuck UknesBackIowa
137Washington RedskinsJohn PutnikEndUtah State
138Detroit LionsBen TrickeyBackIowa
139Chicago BearsFrank MattioliGuardPittsburgh
140Philadelphia EaglesJohn DudaBackVirginia
141New York GiantsStan RhoadesBackMississippi State
142Green Bay PackersMarv LindseyBackArkansas

Round fifteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
143Brooklyn TigersTom ReillyGuardFordham
144Chicago CardinalsGordon CarverBackDuke
145Pittsburgh SteelersGeorge ConnorTackleNotre Dame
146Boston YanksChan HighsmithCenterNorth Carolina
147Cleveland RamsBill LundBackCase Western Reserve
148Detroit LionsWindell WilliamsEndRice
149Chicago BearsMerle GibsonEndTexas Christian
150Washington RedskinsEddie SaenzBackUSC
151Philadelphia EaglesBill MontgomeryBackLouisiana State
152New York GiantsJack WinkBackWisconsin
153Green Bay PackersRobert "Buster" McClureTackleNevada-Reno

Round sixteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
154Chicago CardinalsJohn CannadyBackIndiana
155Pittsburgh SteelersJim UnglesBackKansas State
156Brooklyn TigersSkimp HarrisonEndSouth Carolina
157Boston YanksMike CostelloEndGeorgetown (DC)
158Cleveland RamsBob BartonEndHoly Cross
159Chicago BearsJohn CreeveyBackNotre Dame
160Washington RedskinsDom FusciTackleSouth Carolina
161Detroit LionsWayne FlaniganEndDenver
162Philadelphia EaglesHoward WernerEndSyracuse
163New York GiantsJim LittleTackleKentucky
164Green Bay PackersHarry PieperCenterCalifornia

Round seventeenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
165Pittsburgh SteelersJohn ItzelBackPittsburgh
166Brooklyn TigersArnie WeinmeisterDefensive TackleWashington
167Chicago CardinalsBen CittadinoEndDuke
168Boston YanksPaul DromgooleEndManhattan
169Cleveland RamsDick HoernerBackIowa
170Washington RedskinsBobby Tom JenkinsBackAlabama
171Detroit LionsO.J. KeyBackTulane
172Chicago BearsNick SacrintyBackWake Forest
173Philadelphia EaglesJim AustinBackMissouri
174New York GiantsBob JabbuschGuardOhio State
175Green Bay PackersBob KulaBackMinnesota

Round eighteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
176Brooklyn TigersVirgil EikenbergBackRice
177Chicago CardinalsRalph StrayhornGuardNorth Carolina
178Pittsburgh SteelersAlex WizbickiBackHoly Cross
179Boston YanksDolph CzekalaTackleSyracuse
180Cleveland RamsLee KennonTackleOklahoma
181Detroit LionsJim McWhorterBackAlabama
182Chicago BearsJim KeaneEndIowa
183Washington RedskinsEd StaccoTackleColgate
184Philadelphia EaglesQuentin KlenkTackleUSC
185New York GiantsBill ByrdCenterMaryland
186Green Bay PackersFrank HazardGuardNebraska

Round nineteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
187Chicago CardinalsJohn AndretichBackPurdue
188Pittsburgh SteelersJim LandriganTackleDartmouth
189Brooklyn TigersAl KasulinBackVillanova
190Boston YanksJoe DrummTackleGeorgetown (DC)
191Cleveland RamsEagle MatulichBackMississippi State
192Chicago BearsBruno NiedzielaTackleIowa
193Washington RedskinsJim BradshawCenterAuburn
194Detroit LionsClyde LeForceBackTulsa
195Philadelphia EaglesJoe SpencerTackleOklahoma State
196New York GiantsGlenn MorriesTackleTexas
197Green Bay PackersEd JeffersTackleOklahoma State

Round twentyEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
198Pittsburgh SteelersBill LilienthalTackleVillanova
199Brooklyn TigersCharley LivelyTackleArkansas
200Chicago CardinalsJack KramerTackleMarquette
201Boston YanksMario GiannelliTackleBoston College
202Cleveland RamsBill GriffinTackleKentucky
203Washington RedskinsBill ShipkeyBackStanford
204Detroit LionsMike CastronisGuardGeorgia
205Chicago BearsBroughton WilliamsEndFlorida
206Philadelphia EaglesLeo PrattTackleOklahoma State
207New York GiantsPete DavisBackSanta Clara
208Green Bay PackersBill PrenticeBackSanta Clara

Round twenty oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
209Brooklyn TigersTed CurranBackIowa
210Chicago CardinalsJ. D. "Red" CheekGuardBaylor
211Pittsburgh SteelersArt PriceBackRutgers
212Boston YanksEric JamisonTackleSan Francisco
213Cleveland RamsLeroy EricksonBackOregon
214Detroit LionsKen CurrierGuardWisconsin
215Chicago BearsWalt StickelTacklePennsylvania
216Washington RedskinsSid HallidayTackleSouthern Methodist
217Philadelphia EaglesPhil TeschnerTackleBrown
218New York GiantsSam VacantiBackIowa
219Green Bay PackersWarren FullerEndFordham

Round twenty twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
220Chicago CardinalsFred GrantBackWake Forest
221Pittsburgh SteelersDon MalmbergBackUCLA
222Brooklyn TigersDon FablingBackColorado
223Boston YanksWalt KretzBackCornell
224Cleveland RamsRay EvansTackleTexas-El Paso
225Chicago BearsBob LivingstoneBackNotre Dame
226Washington RedskinsChick DavidsonTackleCornell
227Detroit LionsJack VeruttiBackSt. Mary's (CA)
228Philadelphia EaglesJohn MageeGuardRice
229New York GiantsVern OliverCenterWashington State
230Green Bay PackersFred NeilsenTackleSt. Mary's (CA)

Round twenty threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
231Pittsburgh SteelersEverett HartwellEndAuburn
232Brooklyn TigersWally CrittendenBackUSC
233Chicago CardinalsJohnny CookBackGeorgia
234Boston YanksMarty GrbovazEndSan Francisco
235Cleveland RamsLuke HigginsTackleNotre Dame
236Washington RedskinsGabby MartinEndSouthern Methodist
237Detroit LionsRay OlsenBackTulane
238Chicago BearsMike VargonEndKansas State
239Philadelphia EaglesNorm "Monk" MosleyBackAlabama
240New York GiantsJim ChadwellTackleTennessee
241Green Bay PackersBob GilmoreBackWashington

Round twenty fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
242Brooklyn TigersJules TaddieCenterRochester
243Chicago CardinalsArdie McClureTackleGeorgia
244Pittsburgh SteelersEd CainBackRice
245Boston YanksZiggy GoryCenterVillanova
246Cleveland RamsStan NowakEndSouth Carolina
247Detroit LionsRuss MorrowCenterTennessee
248Chicago BearsCharley WrightGuardIowa State
249Washington RedskinsJim McCurdyCenterStanford
250Philadelphia EaglesBlair BrownGuardOklahoma State
251New York GiantsVince MrozEndMichigan State
252Green Bay PackersLloyd BaxterCenterSouthern Methodist

Round twenty fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
253Chicago CardinalsHugo NorigeBackWooster
254Pittsburgh SteelersAngelo CarlacciniBackPittsburgh
255Brooklyn TigersJerry WhitneyBackUSC
256Boston YanksBill IancelliEndWilliam & Mary
257Cleveland RamsGene KonopkaGuardVillanova
258Chicago BearsJack GreenGuardAlabama
259Washington RedskinsCecil "Cy" SoudersEndOhio State
260Detroit LionsStan GreenTackleOklahoma
261Philadelphia EaglesBob HallEndStanford
262New York GiantsGeorge KitaBackDrake
263Green Bay PackersNolan LuhnEndTulsa

Round twenty sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
264Pittsburgh SteelersEd BurnsBackBoston College
265Brooklyn TigersFelix TrapaniGuardLouisiana State
266Chicago CardinalsGene "Red" KnightBackLouisiana State
267Boston YanksAl KullTackleFordham
268Cleveland RamsRay FlorekBackIllinois
269Washington RedskinsBen WallBackWestern Michigan
270Detroit LionsBob IvoryGuardDetroit
271Chicago BearsLu GambinoBackMaryland
272Philadelphia EaglesDan TalcottTackleNevada-Reno
273New York GiantsDoug GrahamTackleStanford
274Green Bay PackersNestor BlancoGuardColorado Mines

Round twenty sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
275Brooklyn TigersHal FinneyBackUSC
276Chicago CardinalsDon FambroughBackTexas
277Pittsburgh SteelersGlen StoughTackleDuke
278Boston YanksBob MangeneBackBoston College
279Cleveland RamsRuss PerryBackWake Forest
280Detroit LionsDell TaylorBackTulsa
281Chicago BearsRay JonesBackTexas
282Washington RedskinsGeorge HilleryEndTexas-El Paso
283Philadelphia EaglesBill ThompsonTackleNew Mexico
284New York GiantsJack DillonEndTexas Tech
285Green Bay PackersBill ChestnutBackKansas

Round twenty eightEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
286Chicago CardinalsGarland "Bulldog" WilliamsTackleDuke
287Pittsburgh SteelersJim MarshTackleOklahoma State
288Brooklyn TigersDon FaubleBackOklahoma
289Boston YanksJohn MorelliGuardGeorgetown (DC)
290Cleveland RamsPat WestBackUSC
291Chicago BearsBob HaryBackMinnesota
292Washington RedskinsMilford DreblowBackUSC
293Detroit LionsLen CieslaBackCreighton
294Philadelphia EaglesAl FlemingCenterWichita State
295New York GiantsCharley J'AnthonyBackBrown
296Green Bay PackersJim ThompsonBackWashington State

Round twenty nineEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
297Pittsburgh SteelersRalph GrantBackBucknell
298Brooklyn TigersNick StudenBackDenver
299Chicago CardinalsEd DusekBackTexas A&M
300Boston YanksJohn FisherCenterHarvard
301Cleveland RamsBill DavisBackOregon
302Washington RedskinsFrank IrwinTackleDuke
303Detroit LionsFrank LoppTackleWisconsin
304Chicago BearsNick ForkovichBackWilliam & Mary
305Philadelphia EaglesLeo BenjaminCenterWest Virginia
306New York GiantsRay PipkinBackArkansas
307Green Bay PackersJim EvansEndIdaho

Round thirtyEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
308Brooklyn TigersLeMar DykstraBackColorado
309Chicago CardinalsOtto PayneBackTexas A&M
310Pittsburgh SteelersJohn KondrlaTackleSt. Vincent
311Boston YanksElmer ObertoGuardGeorgetown (DC)
312Cleveland RamsCharley ComptonTackleAlabama
313Detroit LionsPaul LimontEndNotre Dame
314Chicago BearsDon RobinsonBackMichigan
315Washington RedskinsLeon DinerEndDenver
316Philadelphia EaglesJim DoughertyBackMiami (OH)
317New York GiantsJoe WolfCenterUSC
318Green Bay PackersHam NicholsGuardRice

Round thirty oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
319Chicago BearsWayne "Rusty" JohnstonBackMarquette
320Washington RedskinsBob CummingsCenterVanderbilt
321Detroit LionsBen SchadlerBackNorthwestern
322Philadelphia EaglesKen ReeseBackAlabama
323New York GiantsBill BroderickTackleUtah
324Green Bay PackersJohn PridayBackOhio State

Round thirty twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
325Washington RedskinsDon NolanderTackleMinnesota
326Detroit LionsTom DoraisBackDetroit
327Chicago BearsGeorge GrovesCenterMarquette
328Philadelphia EaglesLoren BranerCenterPittsburgh
329New York GiantsJohn StaplesGuardAlabama
330 [1]Green Bay PackersBilly Joe AldridgeBackOklahoma State
= Hall of Famer

Hall of famersEdit

  • Charley Trippi, Halfback from Georgia taken 1st round 1st overall by the Chicago Cardinals.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1968.[2]
  • Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, Wide Receiver from Michigan taken 1st round 5th overall by the Cleveland Rams.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1968.[2]
  • Pete Pihos, Defensive End from Indiana University (Bloomington) taken 5th round 41st overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1970.[3]
  • Tom Fears, End from the University of California, Los Angeles taken 11th round 103rd overall by the Cleveland Rams.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1970.[3]
  • Arnie Weinmeister, Defensive Tackle from Washington taken 17th round 166th overall by the Brooklyn Tigers.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1984.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  2. 2.0 2.1 List of 1960s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. http://web.archive.org/web/20080731024937/http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.html#1960s. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. http://web.archive.org/web/20080731024937/http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.html#1970s. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  4. List of 1980s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. http://web.archive.org/web/20080731024937/http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.html#1980s. Retrieved 2008-10-06.

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