American Football Database
1948 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) December 19, 1947
Location Fort Pitt Hotel, Pittsburgh
First selection Harry Gilmer, HB
Washington Redskins
Last selection Bill Fischer, G
Chicago Cardinals
Most selections New York Giants (33)
Fewest selections Detroit Lions (28)
Chicago Cardinals (28)
Overall selections 300
NFL Draft
 < 1947 1949 > 

The 1948 National Football League Draft was held on December 19, 1947 at the Fort Pitt Hotel in Pittsburgh. [1]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Washington Redskins (Lottery bonus pick) Harry Gilmer Halfback Alabama
2 New York Giants Tony "Skip" Minisi Halfback University of Pennsylvania
3 Chicago Bears (From Detroit via Pittsburgh) Bobby Layne Quarterback Texas
4 Washington Redskins Lowell Tew Back Alabama
5 Boston Yanks Vaughn Mancha Center Alabama
6 Detroit Lions (From Los Angeles) Y. A. Tittle Quarterback LSU
7 Green Bay Packers Earl "Jug" Girard Back Wisconsin
8 Philadelphia Eagles Clyde Scott Back Arkansas
9 Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Edwards End Georgia
10 Chicago Bears Max Bumgardner End Texas
11 Chicago Cardinals Jim Spavital Fullback Oklahoma A&M

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
12 New York Giants Joe Scott Back San Francisco
13 Detroit Lions George Quist Back Stanford

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
14 Boston Yanks John Nolan Tackle Penn State
15 Detroit Lions Les Bingaman Tackle Illinois
16 Washington Redskins Tommy Thompson Center William & Mary
17 Boston Yanks Earl Cook Guard Southern Methodist
18 Los Angeles Rams Tom Keane Back West Virginia
19 Green Bay Packers Ed Smith Back Texas-El Paso
20 Pittsburgh Steelers Jerry Nuzum Back New Mexico State
21 Chicago Bears Dub Garrett Tackle Mississippi State
22 Philadelphia Eagles Paul Campbell Quarterback Texas
23 Chicago Cardinals Bill Smith Tackle North Carolina

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
24 New York Giants Bruce Gehrke End Columbia
25 Detroit Lions Jim Minor Tackle Arkansas

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
26 New York Giants Johnny Wolosky Center Penn State
27 Green Bay Packers Don Richards Tackle Arkansas
28 Washington Redskins Dan Sandifer Back Louisiana State
29 Boston Yanks Bill Healey Guard Georgia Tech
30 Los Angeles Rams Bruce Bailey Back Virginia
31 Green Bay Packers Weyman Sellers End Georgia
32 Chicago Bears Knox Ramsey Guard William & Mary
33 Philadelphia Eagles Jack "Moose" Myers Back UCLA
34 Pittsburgh Steelers John Wozniak Guard Alabama
35 Chicago Cardinals Jay Smith End Southern Mississippi

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
36 New York Giants Bill Erickson Tackle Mississippi
37 Detroit Lions Bob Williamson Tackle Hobart
38 Washington Redskins Jack Weisenburger Back Michigan
39 Boston Yanks Phil Slosburg Back Temple
40 Los Angeles Rams George Grimes Back Virginia
41 Green Bay Packers Larry Olsonoski Guard Minnesota
42 Philadelphia Eagles Howard Duncan Center Ohio State
43 Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Gasparella Back Notre Dame
44 Chicago Bears Bob Brugge Back Ohio State
45 Pittsburgh Steelers Phil O'Reilly Tackle Purdue

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
46 New York Giants Bob Pfohl Back Purdue
47 Detroit Lions Fred Enke Back Arizona
48 Washington Redskins Jack Kurkowski Back Detroit
49 Los Angeles Rams Gene Ruszkowski Tackle Ohio
50 Los Angeles Rams Noel Cudd Tackle West Texas State
51 Green Bay Packers Jay Rhodemyre Center Kentucky
52 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Luongo Back Pennsylvania
53 Detroit Lions Moroni Schwab Tackle Utah State
54 Philadelphia Eagles Buddy Tinsley Tackle Baylor
55 Chicago Cardinals Jim Cason Back Louisiana State

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
56 New York Giants Ralph Hutchinson Tackle Tennessee-Chattanooga
57 New York Giants Ray Coates Back Louisiana State
58 Washington Redskins Jerry Cady Tackle Gustavus Adolphus
59 Boston Yanks Robert "Tex" Furse Back Yale
60 Los Angeles Rams Bob Walker Back Colorado Mines
61 Green Bay Packers Bob Cunz Tackle Illinois
62 Chicago Bears Tom "Shorty" McWilliams Back Mississippi State
63 Philadelphia Eagles Marty Wendell Guard Notre Dame
64 Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Cooper Center North Texas State
65 Chicago Cardinals Jim Camp Back North Carolina

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
66 New York Giants Dick Ottele Back Washington
67 Detroit Lions Don Doll Back USC
68 Washington Redskins Bob Anderson Back Stanford
69 Boston Yanks Jim Burton End Wesleyan
70 Los Angeles Rams Mike Graham Back Cincinnati
71 New York Giants Ken Wiltgen End Northwestern
72 Philadelphia Eagles Scott Beasley End Nevada-Reno
73 Pittsburgh Steelers Ed Ryan End St. Mary's (CA)
74 Chicago Bears Malachi Mills Tackle Virginia Military Inst
75 New York Giants Ed Royston Guard Wake Forest

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
76 New York Giants Stan Magdziak Back William & Mary
77 Detroit Lions Paul Cleary End USC
78 Washington Redskins Mike Katrishen Tackle Southern Mississippi
79 Boston Yanks Bob Forbes Back Florida
80 Los Angeles Rams Glenn Johnson Tackle Arizona State
81 Green Bay Packers George Walmsley Back Rice
82 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Deranek Back Indiana
83 Chicago Bears Dick Flanagan End Ohio State
84 Philadelphia Eagles Ray Richeson Guard Alabama
85 Chicago Cardinals Carl Weisner End St. Louis

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
86 New York Giants Pete Lanzi End Youngstown State
87 Detroit Lions Fred Land Tackle Louisiana State
88 Washington Redskins Ed Marshall Tackle Pennsylvania
89 Boston Yanks George Roman Tackle Case Western Reserve
90 Los Angeles Rams Johnny Zisch End Colorado
91 Green Bay Packers Bob Hodges Tackle Bradley
92 Chicago Bears Jim McDowell Guard William & Mary
93 Philadelphia Eagles Gil Johnson Quarterback Southern Methodist
94 Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Redfield Tackle Colgate
95 Chicago Cardinals Gene Corum Guard West Virginia

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
96 New York Giants Len Modzeleski Tackle Scranton
97 New York Giants Jim Brieske Center Michigan
98 Washington Redskins Ted Andrus Guard Southwestern Louisiana
99 Boston Yanks Abner Wimberly End Louisiana State
100 Los Angeles Rams Atherton "Pinky" Phleger Tackle Stanford
101 Green Bay Packers Bob Rennebohm End Wisconsin
102 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Wyman Tackle Rice
103 Pittsburgh Steelers George Papach Back Purdue
104 Chicago Bears Mel Sheehan End Missouri
105 Chicago Cardinals Clarence Self Back Wisconsin

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
106 New York Giants Bob Hatch Back Boston University
107 Detroit Lions Russ Steger Back Illinois
108 Washington Redskins Carl Russ Back Rice
109 Boston Yanks Bob Jensen End Iowa State
110 Los Angeles Rams Bob Heck End Purdue
111 Green Bay Packers Perry Moss Back Illinois
112 Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Finical End Princeton
113 Chicago Bears Dick Scott Center Navy
114 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Walthall Back West Virginia
115 Chicago Cardinals John Hollar Back Appalachian State

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
116 New York Giants John Hanzel Guard Guilford
117 Detroit Lions Hal Enstice Back Union (NY)
118 Washington Redskins Harry "Chick" Jagade Back Indiana
119 Boston Yanks Hal "Bus" Entsminger Back Missouri
120 Los Angeles Rams Bill Schroll Back Louisiana State
121 Green Bay Packers Fred Provo Back Washington
122 Chicago Bears Ollie Cline Back Ohio State
123 Philadelphia Eagles Dick Kempthorn Back Michigan
124 Pittsburgh Steelers Clayton Lane Tackle New Hampshire
125 Chicago Cardinals Bob Hanlon Back Loras

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
126 New York Giants Dan Garza End Oregon
127 Detroit Lions Pete Elliott Back Michigan
128 Washington Redskins Ed Quirk Back Missouri
129 Boston Yanks Carmen Ragonese Back New Hampshire
130 Los Angeles Rams Bob Dement Tackle Southern Mississippi
131 Green Bay Packers Lou Agase Tackle Illinois
132 Philadelphia Eagles Dick Rifenburg End Michigan
133 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Mazuca Guard Canisius
134 Chicago Bears Rob Goode Back Texas A&M
135 Chicago Cardinals George Petrovich Tackle Texas

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
136 New York Giants Dan Yovetich End Montana State
137 Detroit Lions Dave Templeton Guard Ohio State
138 Washington Redskins Art Pollard Back Arizona
139 Boston Yanks George Ratterman Quarterback Notre Dame
140 Los Angeles Rams Charley Schoenherr Back Wheaton
141 Green Bay Packers Travis Raven Back Texas
142 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill McPeak End Pittsburgh
143 Chicago Bears Clyde Grimenstein End Purdue
144 Philadelphia Eagles Don Stanton Tackle Oregon
145 Chicago Cardinals Jim Still Back Georgia Tech

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
146 New York Giants Joe Grothus Guard Iowa
147 Detroit Lions Quentin Sickels Guard Michigan
148 Washington Redskins Chuck Newman End Louisiana Tech
149 Boston Yanks Nute Trotter Tackle Oklahoma
150 Los Angeles Rams Larry Brink End Northern Illinois
151 Washington Redskins Dale Schwartzkopf End Texas
152 Chicago Bears John Fallon Guard Notre Dame
153 Philadelphia Eagles Ralph Kohl Tackle Michigan
154 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Messoline Back Scranton
155 Chicago Cardinals Clay Davis Center Oklahoma State

Round eighteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
156 New York Giants George Mathews Back Georgia Tech
157 Detroit Lions Jim Spruill Tackle Rice
158 Washington Redskins Ray Pearcy Center Oklahoma
159 Boston Yanks Jack Mendel End Canisius
160 Los Angeles Rams Bill "Zeke" O'Connor Guard Notre Dame
161 Green Bay Packers Ken Balge End Michigan State
162 Philadelphia Eagles Aubrey Fowler Back Arkansas
163 Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Lane Tackle Muhlenberg
164 Chicago Bears Ray Brown Back Virginia
165 Chicago Cardinals Harry Caughron Tackle William & Mary

Round nineteen

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
166 New York Giants Don "Red Dog" Ettinger Guard Kansas
167 Detroit Lions Barney Hafen End Utah
168 Washington Redskins Gene Vellela Tackle Scranton
169 Boston Yanks Mel Jowell Guard McMurry
170 Los Angeles Rams Bill Nelson Back Montana State
171 Green Bay Packers Charley Tatom Tackle Texas
172 Pittsburgh Steelers Pete Barbolak Tackle Purdue
173 Chicago Bears Bob Hileman Center California
174 Philadelphia Eagles Rudy Krall Back New Mexico
175 Chicago Cardinals Jerry Davis Back Southeastern Louisiana

Round twenty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
176 New York Giants Frank Williams Back Utah State
177 Detroit Lions Aldo Dellosobelle Tackle Loyola (CA)
178 Washington Redskins Cloyce Box Back West Texas State
179 Boston Yanks Frank Nelson Back Utah
180 Los Angeles Rams Jim Rees Tackle North Carolina State
181 Green Bay Packers Floyd Thomas Center Arkansas
182 Chicago Bears Thurman Gay Tackle Oklahoma State
183 Philadelphia Eagles Ed Claunch Center Louisiana State
184 Pittsburgh Steelers Fred Folger Back Duke
185 Chicago Cardinals Gene Dwyer End St. Ambrose

Round twenty one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
186 New York Giants Dick Woodward Center Iowa
187 Detroit Lions Dean Dill Back USC
188 Washington Redskins Bryan Bell Back Washington & Lee
189 Boston Yanks Jim Lukens End Washington & Lee
190 Los Angeles Rams Ray Borneman Back Texas
191 Green Bay Packers Herb St. John Guard Georgia
192 Philadelphia Eagles Negley Norton Tackle Penn State
193 Pittsburgh Steelers Charley Snyder Tackle Marshall
194 Chicago Bears Ralph "Peppy" Blount End Texas
195 Chicago Cardinals Harry Waters Back Colorado College

Round twenty two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
196 New York Giants George Kisiday Tackle Columbia
197 Detroit Lions Jack McEwen Back Colorado
198 Washington Redskins Joel Williams Center Texas
199 Boston Yanks Fran O'Brien Back Dartmouth
200 Los Angeles Rams Ray Yagiello Tackle Catawba
201 Green Bay Packers Don "Red" Anderson Back Rice
202 Pittsburgh Steelers Tally Stevens End Utah
203 Chicago Bears J. R. Boone Back Tulsa
204 Philadelphia Eagles Lockwood Frizzell Center Virginia
205 Chicago Cardinals Dick Monroe Center Kansas

Round twenty three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
206 New York Giants Theron Roberts Guard Arkansas
207 Detroit Lions Roy "Rebel" Steiner End Alabama
208 Washington Redskins Lou Hoitsma End William & Mary
209 Boston Yanks Jim Zito Tackle Michigan State
210 Los Angeles Rams John Pesek End Nebraska
211 Green Bay Packers Fred Kling Back Missouri
212 Chicago Bears Jim Duncan End Wake Forest
213 Philadelphia Eagles Jack Swaner Back California
214 Pittsburgh Steelers Dike Norman Center Washington & Lee
215 Chicago Cardinals H.M. "Hindu" Reynolds End Southern Mississippi

Round twenty four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
216 New York Giants Walt McCormick Center USC
217 Detroit Lions Joe Suarez Guard St. Mary's (CA)
218 Washington Redskins Floyd Lawhorn Guard Texas Tech
219 Boston Yanks Jack Roderick End Yale
220 Los Angeles Rams Charlie DeAutremont Back Southern Oregon
221 Green Bay Packers Clyde Biggers Tackle Catawba
222 Philadelphia Eagles Art Littleton End Pennsylvania
223 Pittsburgh Steelers Floyd Simmons Back Notre Dame
224 Chicago Bears Jimmy Gatewood Back Georgia
225 Chicago Cardinals Dick Wedel Guard Wake Forest

Round twenty five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
226 New York Giants Dick Wilkins End Oregon
227 Detroit Lions Coy McGee Back Notre Dame
228 Washington Redskins Dick West Back Princeton
229 Boston Yanks Eddie Sikorski Back Muhlenberg
230 Los Angeles Rams Bob Levenhagen Guard Washington
231 Green Bay Packers Stan Heath Quarterback Nevada-Reno
232 Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Hausser Tackle Wichita State
233 Chicago Bears George Brumm Center Pacific
234 Philadelphia Eagles Jim Parmer Back Oklahoma State
235 Chicago Cardinals Paul Shoults Back Miami (OH)

Round twenty six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
236 New York Giants Vince Marotta Back Mount Union
237 Detroit Lions Phil Alexander Tackle South Carolina
238 Washington Redskins Roland Oakes End Missouri
239 Boston Yanks Bruce Mather Back New Hampshire
240 Los Angeles Rams Leon Cooper Tackle Hardin-Simmons
241 Green Bay Packers Aubrey Allen Tackle Colorado
242 Chicago Bears Paul Dietzel Center Miami (OH)
243 Philadelphia Eagles Lou Creekmur [3] Tackle William & Mary
244 Pittsburgh Steelers Bob Ramsey Back Southern Methodist
245 Chicago Cardinals Fred Wendt Back Texas-El Paso

Round twenty seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
246 New York Giants Tom Salisbury Tackle Clemson
247 Detroit Lions Frank Pizza Tackle Toledo
248 Washington Redskins Ed Watkins Tackle Idaho
249 Boston Yanks Jim Shoaf Tackle Iowa
250 Los Angeles Rams Jim Wade Back Oklahoma City
251 Green Bay Packers Stan Gorski End St. Mary's (MN)
252 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Stanton End North Carolina State
253 Pittsburgh Steelers Felton Whitlow Tackle North Texas State
254 Chicago Bears Ed Clasby Back Boston College
255 Chicago Cardinals Doug Belden Back Florida

Round twenty eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
256 New York Giants Roy Lilja Center Colorado College
257 Detroit Lions George Schutte Tackle USC
258 Washington Redskins Don Corbitt Center Arizona
259 Boston Yanks Joe McCary Back Virginia
260 Los Angeles Rams Ken Sinofsky Guard Nevada-Reno
261 Green Bay Packers Don Sharp Center Tulsa
262 Pittsburgh Steelers Dinky Bowen Back Georgia Tech
263 Chicago Bears Fred Hardison End Duke
264 Philadelphia Eagles Bennie Ellender Back Tulane
265 Chicago Cardinals Ray Stackhouse Tackle Xavier

Round twenty nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
266 New York Giants Bobby Greenhalgh Back San Francisco
267 Detroit Lions Tony Pabalis Back Central Michigan
268 Washington Redskins Buddy Bowen Back Mississippi
269 Boston Yanks Al Sica Back Pennsylvania
270 Los Angeles Rams Bobby Jack Stuart Back Tulsa/Army
271 Green Bay Packers John "Pep" Panelli Back Notre Dame
272 Chicago Bears Frank Van Deren End California
273 Philadelphia Eagles Rex Grossman Back Indiana
274 Pittsburgh Steelers Abe Gibron Guard Purdue
275 Chicago Cardinals Bernie Reid Guard Georgia

Round thirty

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
276 New York Giants Ed Kelley Tackle Texas
277 Detroit Lions Bob McCurry Center Michigan State
278 Washington Redskins Vic Paulson End California-Santa Barbara
279 Boston Yanks Harry Bonk Back Maryland
280 Los Angeles Rams Hilliard "Junior" Crum End Arizona
281 Green Bay Packers Clarence "Clink" McGeary Tackle North Dakota State
282 Philadelphia Eagles A. B. Kitchens Tackle Tulsa
283 Pittsburgh Steelers Bruce Hilkene Tackle Michigan
284 Chicago Bears Al Pietkiewicz End San Francisco
285 Chicago Cardinals Jim Powell End Tennessee

Round thirty one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
286 Washington Redskins Barney Welch Back Texas A&M
287 Boston Yanks Bernor Langsjoen Back Gustavus Adolphus
288 Los Angeles Rams Tony Kunkiewicz Back Trinity (CT)
289 Green Bay Packers Gayland "Mike" Mills End Brigham Young
290 Pittsburgh Steelers Ted Zuchowski Tackle Toledo
291 Chicago Bears Norm Cox Back Texas Christian
292 Philadelphia Eagles Art Statuto Center Notre Dame
293 Chicago Cardinals Bob Polidor Back Villanova

Round thirty two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
294 Boston Yanks George Neff Back Virginia
295 Los Angeles Rams Bill Taylor End Rice
296 Green Bay Packers Ralph Earhart End Texas Tech
297 Chicago Bears Truett Smith Back Mississippi State
298 Philadelphia Eagles Tom Novak Center Nebraska
299 Pittsburgh Steelers Tony DeMattea Back Pittsburgh
300 [4] Chicago Cardinals Bill Fischer Guard Notre Dame
= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer

Hall of famers

  • Bobby Layne, Quarterback from Texas taken 1st round 3rd overall by the Chicago Bears.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1967.[5]
  • Y.A. Tittle, Quarterback from LSU taken 1st round 4th overall by the Detroit Lions.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1971.[6]
  • Lou Creekmur, Tackle from William & Mary taken 243rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles, and again in the 2nd round of the 1950 special draft by the Detroit Lions.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1996.[7]


  1. "Steeler Fans Mob Ticket Office As Team Drills for Eagle Battle". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. December 16, 1947.,1316269&hl=en. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. Lou Creekmur was also drafted in the 2nd round of the 1950 special draft by the Detroit Lions. "History: 1950 Draft - Pro Football Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  4. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. List of 1960s Hall of Fame Inductee's at "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  6. List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductee's at "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  7. "History: 1950 Draft - Pro Football Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2008-08-03.

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