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1961 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) December 27–28, 1960
Location
Picks
First selection Tommy Mason, HB
Minnesota Vikings
Last selection Jacque MacKinnon, FB
Philadelphia Eagles
Most selections San Francisco 49ers (26)
Fewest selections Pittsburgh Steelers (14)
Overall selections 280
NFL Draft
 < 1960 1962 > 

The 1961 National Football League Draft took place 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.

Player selectionsEdit

= Pro Bowler [1] = AFL All-Star [2] = Hall of Famer

Round oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1Minnesota VikingsTommy MasonHalfbackTulane
2Washington Redskins (Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys)[3]Norm SneadQuarterbackWake Forest
3Washington RedskinsJoe RutgensTackleIllinois
4Los Angeles RamsMarlin McKeeverLinebackerUSC
5Chicago BearsMike Ditka EndPittsburgh
6San Francisco 49ers (Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers)James Earl "Jimmy" JohnsonBackUCLA
7Baltimore ColtsTom MatteHalfbackOhio State
8St. Louis CardinalsKen Rice [4]TackleAuburn
9San Francisco 49ersBernie CaseyBackBowling Green
10Cleveland Browns (Pick acquired from the Detroit Lions)Bobby CrespinoEndMississippi
11San Francisco 49ers (Pick acquired from the Baltimore Colts)Billy KilmerQuarterbackUCLA
12Green Bay PackersHerb Adderley BackMichigan State
13Dallas Cowboys (Pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns)Bob Lilly TackleTexas Christian
14Philadelphia EaglesArt BakerfullbackSyracuse
  • HOF Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame

Round twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
15Minnesota VikingsRip HawkinsLinebackerNorth Carolina
16Dallas CowboysE. J. Holub[5]CenterTexas Tech
17New York GiantsBob GaitersBackNew Mexico State
18Los Angeles RamsElbert KimbroughEndNorthwestern
19Pittsburgh SteelersMyron PottiosLinebackerNotre Dame
20Chicago BearsBill BrownBackIllinois
21Baltimore ColtsTom GilburgTackleSyracuse
22St. Louis CardinalsFred ArbanasEndMichigan State
23Detroit LionsDanny LaRoseEndMissouri
24San Francisco 49ersRoland LakesCenterWichita State
25New York GiantsBruce TarboxGuardSyracuse
26Green Bay PackersRon KostelnikTackleCincinnati
27Cleveland BrownsEd NuttingTackleGeorgia Tech
28Philadelphia EaglesBo StrangeCenterLouisiana State

Round threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
29Minnesota VikingsFran TarkentonQuarterbackGeorgia
30Dallas CowboysStew Barber[6]GuardPenn State
31St. Louis CardinalsBilly WilsonTackleAuburn
32Los Angeles RamsHarold BeatyGuardOklahoma State
33Chicago BearsClaude "Hoot" Gibson[7]BackNorth Carolina State
34Detroit LionsDick MillsTacklePittsburgh
35Baltimore ColtsJerry HillRunning backWyoming
36Philadelphia EaglesJim WrightQuarterbackMemphis State
37San Francisco 49ersBill CooperBackMuskingum
38Detroit LionsHouston Antwine[8]GuardSouthern Illinois
39Washington RedskinsJim CunninghamBackPittsburgh
40Green Bay PackersPhil NugentBackTulane
41Los Angeles RamsRon MillerQuarterbackWisconsin
42Philadelphia EaglesDon OakesTackleVirginia Tech

Round fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
43Minnesota VikingsChuck LamsonRunning backWyoming
44Dallas CowboysArnold DavisEndBaylor
45Los Angeles RamsCharlie CowanTackleNew Mexico Highlands
46New York GiantsBen DavidsonTackleWashington
47San Francisco 49ersAaron ThomasEndOregon State
48Chicago BearsErnie Ladd[9]TackleGrambling
49Baltimore ColtsKen GregoryEndWhittier
50St. Louis CardinalsRon McDoleTackleNebraska
51Detroit LionsRon HartlineRunning backOklahoma
52San Francisco 49ersDale MesserBackFresno State
53Philadelphia EaglesDan FiccaGuardUSC
54Green Bay PackersPaul DudleyBackArkansas
55Cleveland BrownsJohn BrownTackleSyracuse
56Green Bay PackersJoe LeSageGuardTulane

Round fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
57Minnesota VikingsEd SharockmanCornerbackPittsburgh
58San Francisco 49ers[10]Clark MillerTackleUtah State
59Pittsburgh SteelersFred MautinoEndSyracuse
60Los Angeles RamsWillie HectorGuardPacific
61Chicago BearsKeith Lincoln[11]BackWashington State
62Baltimore ColtsEd DyasBackAuburn
63Baltimore ColtsRon OsborneTackleClemson
64St. Louis CardinalsGlenn Bass[12]EndEast Carolina
65San Francisco 49ersBob McCrearyTackleWake Forest
66Detroit LionsEarl Faison[13]EndIndiana
67New York GiantsJerry DanielsEndMississippi
68Green Bay PackersJack NovakGuardMiami (FL)
69Cleveland BrownsMike LucciCenterTennessee
70Detroit LionsRon PuckettTackleCal State-Los Angeles

Round sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71Minnesota VikingsJerry BurchEndGeorgia Tech
72Washington Redskins[3]Joe KrakoskiBackIllinois
73Washington RedskinsJohn O'DayTackleMiami (FL)
74Los Angeles RamsBruce OldermanTackleAllegheny
75Los Angeles RamsLarry WoodBackNorthwestern
76Chicago BearsGeorge FlemingBackWashington
77Baltimore ColtsDon KernRunning backVirginia Military Inst
78St. Louis CardinalsDale EvansBackKansas State
79Cleveland BrownsFrank ParkerTackleOklahoma State
80San Francisco 49ersMike McClellanBackOklahoma
81New York GiantsGreg LarsonCenterMinnesota
82Green Bay PackersLee FolkinsEndWashington
83St. Louis CardinalsDick ThorntonQuarterbackNorthwestern
84Philadelphia EaglesBen BalmeGuardYale

Round sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
85Minnesota VikingsAllan FerrieEndWagner
86Dallas CowboysArt GilmoreBackOregon State
87Washington RedskinsJim KerrBackPenn State
88Los Angeles RamsBobby SmithBackUCLA
89Chicago BearsMike PyleCenterYale
90Pittsburgh SteelersDick HoakBackPenn State
91Baltimore ColtsIke GrimsleyRunning backMichigan State
92St. Louis CardinalsGeorge HultzTackleSouthern Mississippi
93San Francisco 49ersRay PurdinBackNorthwestern
94St. Louis CardinalsAl Bemiller [14] CenterSyracuse
95New York GiantsJim CollierEndArkansas
96Green Bay PackersLewis JohnsonBackFlorida A&M
97Cleveland BrownsPreston PowellBackGrambling
98Philadelphia EaglesIrv CrossBackNorthwestern

Round eightEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
99Minnesota VikingsPaul LindquistTackleNew Hampshire
100Dallas CowboysDon TalbertTackleTexas
101Washington RedskinsCharley BarnesEndNorthwest Louisiana
102Los Angeles RamsReggie Carolan [15] EndIdaho
103Pittsburgh SteelersGeorge BalthazarTackleTennessee State
104Chicago BearsEd RyanBackMichigan State
105Baltimore ColtsPaul TerhesBackBucknell
106St. Louis CardinalsMarshall StarksRunning backIllinois
107Detroit LionsLarry MuffEndBenedictine
108San Francisco 49ersNeill PlumleyTackleOregon
109New York GiantsAllen GreenCenterMississippi
110Cleveland BrownsFred CoxKickerPittsburgh
111Cleveland BrownsJohn FrongilloTackleBaylor
112Philadelphia EaglesJim BeaverGuardFlorida

Round nineEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
113Minnesota VikingsDan SheehanTackleTennessee-Chattanooga
114Dallas CowboysGlynn GregoryBackSouthern Methodist
115Washington RedskinsJoel ArringtonBackDuke
116Los Angeles RamsDuane AllenEndMt. San Antonio J.C.
117Chicago BearsBob BethuneBackMississippi State
118San Francisco 49ersLeon DonohueTackleSan Jose State
119Baltimore ColtsPete NicklasTackleBaylor
120St. Louis CardinalsChick GranningRunning backGeorgia Tech
121San Francisco 49ersEvaristo DeLeon Nino Jr.TackleEast Texas State
122Detroit LionsBob BrooksRunning backOhio
123New York GiantsMoses GrayTackleIndiana
124Green Bay PackersVester FlanaganTackleCal State-Humboldt
125Cleveland BrownsJake GibbsQuarterbackMississippi
126Philadelphia EaglesWayne Fontes [16] Running backMichigan State

Round tenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
127Minnesota VikingsDoug MayberryRunning backUtah State
128Green Bay Packers[17]Roger HagbergBackMinnesota
129Cleveland BrownsWayne WolffGuardWake Forest
130Los Angeles RamsJoe ScibelliTackleNotre Dame
131Pittsburgh SteelersBill "Red" MackBackNotre Dame
132Chicago BearsJason HarnessEndMichigan State
133Baltimore ColtsBob ClemensBackPittsburgh
134St. Louis CardinalsJimmy KingTackleClemson
135Detroit LionsErrol LindenEndHouston
136San Francisco 49ersPaul HynesRunning backLouisiana Tech
137New York GiantsGlen KnightEndShaw
138Green Bay PackersBuck McLeodTackleBaylor
139Cleveland BrownsKen EricsonEndSyracuse
140Philadelphia EaglesLuther HayesEndUSC

Round elevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
141Minnesota VikingsJerry Mays[18]TackleSouthern Methodist
142Dallas CowboysNorris StevensonBackMissouri
143Washington RedskinsRiley MattsonTackleOregon
144Los Angeles RamsBob LaneEndBaylor
145Chicago BearsSam FewellTackleSouth Carolina
146Pittsburgh SteelersHenry ClementBackNorth Carolina
147Baltimore ColtsRalph WhiteTackleBowling Green
148St. Louis CardinalsBill KinnuneGuardWashington
149San Francisco 49ersTony ParrilliGuardIllinois
150Detroit LionsLarry VargoEndDetroit
151New York GiantsBob BentonTackleMississippi
152Green Bay PackersVal KeckinBackSouthern Mississippi
153Cleveland BrownsBilly GaultBackTexas Christian
154Philadelphia EaglesL.E. HicksTackleFlorida

Round twelveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
155Minnesota VikingsSteve StonebreakerEndDetroit
156Dallas CowboysLowndes ShinglerQuarterbackClemson
157Washington RedskinsBob CoolbaughEndRichmond
158Los Angeles RamsWalt MinceBackArizona
159Pittsburgh SteelersFrank JackunasTackleDetroit
160Chicago BearsHoward DyerQuarterbackVirginia Military Inst
161Baltimore ColtsDick ReynoldsTackleNorth Carolina State
162St. Louis CardinalsMike StockBackNorthwestern
163Detroit LionsTom RodgersBackKentucky
164San Francisco 49ersDon CoffeyEndMemphis State
165New York GiantsJack MoynihanQuarterbackHoly Cross
166Green Bay PackersJohn DenvirTackleColorado
167Cleveland BrownsDick LageEndLenoir-Rhyne
168Philadelphia EaglesBilly Majors [19] BackTennessee

Round thirteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
169Minnesota VikingsRay HayesRunning backCentral State (OK)
170Dallas CowboysDon GoodmanBackFlorida
171Washington RedskinsDoug ElmoreBackMississippi
172Los Angeles RamsMike McKeeverGuardUSC
173Chicago BearsBob McLeodEndAbilene Christian
174San Francisco 49ersTommy HacklerEndTennessee Tech
175Baltimore ColtsDallas GarberBackMarietta
176St. Louis CardinalsErnie McMillanEndIllinois
177San Francisco 49ersJulius FinckeTackleMcNeese State
178Detroit LionsPaul HodgeLinebackerPittsburgh
179New York GiantsJerry FieldsBackOhio State
180Green Bay PackersElijah PittsBackPhilander Smith
181Cleveland BrownsJack WilsonBackDuke
182Philadelphia EaglesDon JonasQuarterbackPenn State

Round fourteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
183Minnesota VikingsKen PetersenTackleUtah
184Dallas CowboysBilly Shaw [20]TackleGeorgia Tech
185Washington RedskinsDoyle SchickBackKansas
186Los Angeles RamsDavid "Deacon" JonesDefensive endSouth Carolina State
187Pittsburgh SteelersBob SchmitzGuardMontana State
188Chicago BearsJim Tyrer[21]TackleOhio State
189Baltimore ColtsBob HuntTackleSouthern Methodist
190St. Louis CardinalsBob ElliotRunning backNorth Carolina
191Detroit LionsCharley BowersRunning backArizona State
192San Francisco 49ersBill WorrellTackleGeorgia
193New York GiantsEugene WhiteBackFlorida A&M
194Green Bay PackersNelson ToburenEndWichita State
195Cleveland BrownsPhil LohmanCenterOklahoma
196Philadelphia EaglesWillie FlemingRunning backIowa

Round fifteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
197Minnesota VikingsMike MercerEndArizona State
198Dallas CowboysJulius VarnadoTackleCal State-San Francisco
199Washington RedskinsBob JohnsonEndMichigan
200Los Angeles RamsErnie Wright [22] TackleOhio State
201Chicago BearsChuck LinningTackleMiami (FL)
202Pittsburgh SteelersRay McCownBackWest Texas State
203Baltimore ColtsE. A. SimsEndNew Mexico State
204St. Louis CardinalsMel WestBackMissouri
205San Francisco 49ersBob SamsTackleCentral State (OK)
206Detroit LionsMike LauberEndWisconsin–River Falls
207New York GiantsCody BinkleyCenterVanderbilt
208Green Bay PackersRay LardaniTackleMiami (FL)
209Cleveland BrownsCharley TaylorBackMississippi
210Philadelphia EaglesBobby RichardsTackleLouisiana State

Round sixteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
211Minnesota VikingsTed KarpowiczRunning backDetroit
212Dallas CowboysJerry SteffenBackColorado
213Washington RedskinsRon PettyTackleLouisville
214Los Angeles RamsMike ZenoGuardVirginia Tech
215Pittsburgh SteelersWilbert ScottBackIndiana
216Chicago BearsWayne Frazier [23] CenterAuburn
217Baltimore ColtsTom WiesnerBackWisconsin
218St. Louis CardinalsJake BradleyTackleFlorida A&M
219Detroit LionsGus KrantzTackleNorthern Michigan
220San Francisco 49ersCharley FullerRunning backCal State-San Francisco
221New York GiantsBernie VishneskiTackleVirginia Tech
222Green Bay PackersClarence MasonEndBowling Green
223Cleveland BrownsRoger ShoalsTackleMaryland
224Philadelphia EaglesG. W. ClappGuardAuburn

Round seventeenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
225Minnesota VikingsWillie JonesBackPurdue
226Dallas CowboysEverett CloudBackMaryland
227Washington Redskins Joe Bellino [24][25] BackNavy
228Los Angeles RamsChuck AllenGuardWashington
229Chicago BearsRossie BarfieldEndNorth Carolina Central
230Pittsburgh SteelersTerry NofsingerQuarterbackUtah
231Baltimore ColtsSteve JastrzembskiBackPittsburgh
232St. Louis CardinalsPat FischerBackNebraska
233San Francisco 49ersTom JewellTackleIdaho State
234Detroit LionsTom Goode [26] LinebackerMississippi State
235New York GiantsSylvester CooperTackleBakersfield J.C.
236Green Bay PackersJim BrewingtonTackleNorth Carolina Central
237Cleveland BrownsCalvin BirdBackKentucky
238Philadelphia EaglesLarry LaveryTackleIllinois

Round eighteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
239Minnesota VikingsBob VoightTackleCal State-Los Angeles
240Dallas CowboysRandy WilliamsBackIndiana
241Washington RedskinsGeorge TolfordTackleOhio State
242Los Angeles RamsBill WilliamsonTackleBakersfield J.C.
243Pittsburgh SteelersJohn SimkoEndAugustana (ND)
244Chicago BearsJohn FinnTackleLouisville
245Baltimore ColtsWilson AllisonTackleBaylor
246St. Louis CardinalsArt BrowningGuardDuke
247Detroit LionsJohn GregorTackleMontana
248San Francisco 49ersKay McFarlandRunning backColorado State
249New York GiantsKen DesMaraisCenterHoly Cross
250Green Bay PackersArthur SimsBackTexas A&M
251Cleveland BrownsEd MorrisTackleIndiana
252Philadelphia EaglesNick MaravichTackleNorth Carolina State

Round nineteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
253Minnesota VikingsBill HillRunning backPresbyterian
254Dallas CowboysLynn HoyemCenterLong Beach State
255Washington RedskinsTony Romeo [27] EndFlorida State
256Los Angeles RamsLou ZivkovichTackleNew Mexico State
257Chicago BearsBen CharlesQuarterbackSouth Carolina
258Pittsburgh SteelersBernard WyattBackIowa
259Baltimore ColtsJoe NovsekTackleTulsa
260St. Louis CardinalsDick SchnellTackleWyoming
261San Francisco 49ersTom SimpsonTackleDavidson
262Detroit LionsGene ValesanoBackNorthern Michigan
263New York GiantsBob ReublinBackBowling Green
264Green Bay PackersLeland BondhusTackleSouth Dakota State
265Cleveland BrownsBob MinihaneGuardBoston University
266Philadelphia EaglesDick WilsonCenterPenn State

Round twentyEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
267Minnesota VikingsMike McFarlandQuarterbackWestern Illinois
268Dallas CowboysJerry MorganBackIowa State
269Washington RedskinsMike IngramGuardOhio State
270Los Angeles RamsAl LederleEndGeorgia Tech
271Pittsburgh SteelersMike JonesQuarterbackSan Jose State
272Chicago BearsGordon MasonBackTennessee Tech
273Baltimore ColtsAlbert KimbroughBackNorthwestern
274St. Louis CardinalsLeo ReedEndColorado State
275Detroit LionsTom LewisBackLake Forest
276San Francisco 49ersJerry PerryGuardCentral State (OK)
277New York GiantsDon McKetaBackWashington
278Green Bay PackersRay RatkowskiBackNotre Dame
279Cleveland BrownsCharlie BakerTackleTennessee
280 [28] Philadelphia EaglesJacque MacKinnon[29]BackColgate
= Pro Bowler [1] = AFL All-Star [2] = Hall of Famer

Hall of famersEdit

  • Herb Adderley, running back from Michigan State taken 1st round 14th overall by the Green Bay Packers.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980.[30]
  • Bob Lilly, tackle from Texas Christian University taken 1st round 13th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980,[30]
  • David "Deacon" Jones, defensive end from South Carolina State taken 14th round 186th overall by the Los Angeles Rams.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1980.[30]
  • Fran Tarkenton, quarterback from Georgia taken 3rd round 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1986.[30]
  • Mike Ditka, tight end from the University of Pittsburgh taken 1st round 5th overall by the Chicago Bears.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1988.[30]
  • James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson, running back from UCLA taken 1st round 6th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1994.[31]
  • Billy Shaw, offensive guard from Georgia Tech taken 14th round 184th overall by the Dallas Cowboys, signed by the Buffalo Bills of the AFL.
Inducted: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999.[31]


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their career.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for quarterback Eddie LeBaron.
  4. Ken Rice signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
  5. E.J. Holub signed with the Dallas Texans of the American Football League
  6. Stew Barber signed with the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.
  7. Claude Gibson signed with the Oakland Raiders of the AFL
  8. Houston Antwine signed with the Boston Patriots of the AFL
  9. Ernie Ladd signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
  10. Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for linebacker/Running back Gene Babb.
  11. Keith Lincoln signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
  12. Glenn Bass signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
  13. Earl Faison signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
  14. Al Bemiller signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
  15. Reggie Carolan signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
  16. Wayne Fontes signed with the New York Titans of the AFL
  17. Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for Fred Cone.
  18. Jerry Mays signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL
  19. Billy Majors signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
  20. Billy Shaw signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
  21. Jim Tyrer signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL
  22. Ernie Wright signed with the Los Angeles Chargers of the AFL in 1960. The NFL apparently didn't know.
  23. Wayne Frazier was drafted and signed by the San Diego Chargers of the AFL in 1962
  24. After his Navy service Joe Bellino signed with the Boston Patriots of the AFL in 1965
  25. Joe Bellino, 1960 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". http://www.heisman.com/winners/j-bellino60.php. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  26. Tom Goode signed with the Houston Oilers of the AFL
  27. Tony Romeo signed with the Boston Patriots of the AFL
  28. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  29. Jacque MacKinnon signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 List of 1980s Hall of Fame Inductees"Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.aspx#1980s. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  31. 31.0 31.1 List of 1990s Hall of Fame Inductees"Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.aspx#1990s. Retrieved October 25, 2011.

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