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1966 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) November 27, 1965
Location
Picks
First selection Tommy Nobis, LB
Atlanta Falcons
Last selection Tom Carr, OT
Baltimore Colts
Most selections
Fewest selections
Overall selections 305
NFL Draft
 < 1965 1967 > 

The 1966 National Football League Draft was held on November 27, 1965.[1] It was the last draft in which the NFL and the AFL drafted their players separate of one another. As a result, many players selected by teams from both leagues would choose to play for the more established NFL, or in a rarer case, the AFL. The expansion Atlanta Falcons were awarded the first pick in the draft as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds.[1] The league also provided the Falcons with an expansion draft six weeks later.[1]

Player selectionsEdit

= Pro Bowler [2] = AFL All-Star [3] = Hall of Famer

Round oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1Atlanta FalconsTommy NobisLinebackerTexas
2Los Angeles RamsTom MackOffensive TackleMichigan
3Pittsburgh SteelersDick LeftridgeRunning BackWest Virginia
4Philadelphia EaglesRandy BeislerDefensive EndIndiana
5Dallas CowboysJohn NilandOffensive GuardIowa
6Washington RedskinsCharlie GogolakKickerPrinceton
7Minnesota VikingsJerry ShayOffensive TacklePurdue
8St. Louis CardinalsCarl McAdamsLinebackerOklahoma
9Green Bay PackersJim GrabowskiRunning Back Illinois
10New York GiantsFrancis PeayOffensive TackleMissouri
11San Francisco 49ersStan HindmanOffensive TackleOle 'Miss
12Chicago BearsGeorge RiceOffensive TackleLSU
13Green Bay PackersGale GillinghamOffensive TackleMinnesota
14Cleveland BrownsMilt MorinTight EndUMass
15Baltimore ColtsSam BallOffensive TackleKentucky
16Atlanta FalconsRandy JohnsonQuarterbackTexas A&I
  • HOF Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame

Round twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
17Atlanta FalconsNick RassasDefensive backNotre Dame
18Los Angeles RamsMike Garrett [4] Running backUSC
19Pittsburgh SteelersLarry GagnerGuardFlorida
20Philadelphia EaglesGary PettigrewDefensive endStanford
21Washington RedskinsWalter BarnesTackleNebraska
22Dallas CowboysWillie TownesTackleTulsa
23St. Louis CardinalsHarold LucasTackleMichigan State
24Detroit LionsNick EddyRunning backNotre Dame
25New York GiantsDon DavisTackleCal State-Los Angeles
26San Francisco 49ersBob WindsorTight endKentucky
27Minnesota VikingsJim LindseyRunning backArkansas
28Chicago BearsCharlie BrownDefensive backSyracuse
29Cleveland BrownsRick NortonQuarterbackKentucky
30Green Bay PackersTom CichowskiTackleMaryland
31Baltimore ColtsButch AllisonTackleMissouri
32Atlanta FalconsJerry JonesTackleBowling Green

Round threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
33Atlanta FalconsMike DennisRunning backMississippi
34Los Angeles RamsDick TysonGuardTulsa
35Pittsburgh SteelersPat KillorinCenterSyracuse
36Philadelphia EaglesBen HawkinsWide receiverArizona State
37San Francisco 49ersAl RandolphRunning backIowa
38Washington RedskinsTom BarringtonRunning backOhio State
39Detroit LionsBill MalinchakWide receiverIndiana
40New York GiantsTom FisherLinebackerTennessee
41San Francisco 49ersDan BlandDefensive backMississippi State
42Minnesota VikingsDon HansenLinebackerIllinois
43St. Louis CardinalsDave LongDefensive endIowa
44Chicago BearsBob PickensTackleNebraska
45Green Bay PackersFred HeronTackleSan Jose State
46Green Bay PackersTony JeterEndNebraska
47Baltimore ColtsRick KestnerWide receiverKentucky
48Atlanta FalconsPhil SheridanWide receiverNotre Dame

Round fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
49Atlanta FalconsKen ReavesDefensive backVirginia State
50Los Angeles RamsHenry DyerRunning backGrambling
51Chicago BearsRandy JacksonTackleFlorida
52Philadelphia EaglesFrank EmanuelLinebackerTennessee
53Washington RedskinsBill ClayDefensive backMississippi
54Baltimore ColtsRod ShermanWide receiverUSC
55Detroit LionsDoug Van HornGuardOhio State
56San Francisco 49ersDon ParkerGuardVirginia
57Minnesota VikingsRon AcksDefensive backIllinois
58St. Louis CardinalsGary SnookQuarterbackIowa
59Detroit LionsWillie WalkerWide receiverTennessee State
60Chicago BearsDoug BuffoneLinebackerLouisville
61Cleveland BrownsPete DurankoDefensive endNotre Dame
62Green Bay PackersJohn RoderickWide receiverSouthern Methodist
63Baltimore ColtsHoyle GrangerRunning backMississippi State
64Atlanta FalconsWillie AsburyRunning backKent State

Round fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
65Atlanta FalconsBill WolskiRunning backNotre Dame
66Los Angeles RamsDiron TalbertTackleTexas
67Detroit LionsBill CodyLinebackerAuburn
68Philadelphia EaglesDan BerryRunning backCalifornia
69San Francisco 49ersMel PhillipsDefensive backNorth Carolina A&T
70Washington RedskinsDick LemayTackleVanderbilt
71San Francisco 49ersSteve SmithWide receiverMichigan
72Minnesota VikingsDoug DavisTackleKentucky
73St. Louis CardinalsJack ClancyWide receiverMichigan
74Cleveland BrownsRandy SchultzRunning backNorthern Iowa
75New York GiantsBill BriggsDefensive endIowa
76Minnesota VikingsBob HallDefensive backBrown
77Los Angeles RamsDick ArdtTackleIdaho
78Cleveland BrownsDan FulfordWide receiverAuburn
79Dallas CowboysWalt GarrisonRunning backOklahoma State
80Atlanta FalconsMartin KahnTackleNorth Texas State

Round sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81Atlanta FalconsCharley CaseyWide receiverFlorida
82Los Angeles RamsBruce AndersonTackleWillamette
83Minnesota VikingsWilbur AylorTackleSouthwest Texas State
84Philadelphia EaglesBob SherlagDefensive backMemphis State
85Chicago BearsDennis BrewsterTackleBrigham Young
86Dallas CowboysBob DunlevyWide receiverWest Virginia
87Detroit LionsWayne DeSutterTackleWestern Illinois
88St. Louis CardinalsTim Van GalderQuarterbackIowa State
89Philadelphia EaglesMel TomLinebackerSan Jose State
90Cleveland BrownsJim BattleDefensive endSouthern
91San Francisco 49ersCharlie JohnsonDefensive tackleLouisville
92Chicago BearsFranklin McRaeDefensive tackleTennessee State
93Cleveland BrownsFred HoaglinCenterPittsburgh
94Washington RedskinsEarl YatesTackleDuke
95Baltimore ColtsStas MaliszewskiLinebackerPrinceton

Round sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
96Atlanta FalconsWilliam JohnsonRunning backUniversity of the South
97Los Angeles RamsGeorge YoungbloodDefensive backCal State-Los Angeles
98Pittsburgh SteelersEmerson BoozerRunning backMaryland-Eastern Shore
99Philadelphia EaglesDavid LinceTackleNorth Dakota
100Dallas CowboysArt RobinsonWide receiverFlorida A&M
101Washington RedskinsGeorge PattonTackleGeorgia
102St. Louis CardinalsCharley ArkwrightTackleGeorgia
103Detroit LionsJohnnie RobinsonWide receiverTennessee State
104New York GiantsPhil HarrisRunning backTexas
105Baltimore ColtsDave EllisDefensive endNorth Carolina State
106Minnesota VikingsBob MeersEndMassachusetts
107Chicago BearsRon MeyerQuarterbackSouth Dakota State
108Green Bay PackersRay MillerDefensive endIdaho
109Cleveland BrownsLeroy CarterWide receiverGrambling
110Baltimore ColtsRay PerkinsWide receiverAlabama

Round eightEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
111Atlanta FalconsBill GossLinebackerTulane
112Los Angeles RamsVilnis EzerinsRunning backWisconsin–Whitewater
113New York GiantsCharlie HarperTackleOklahoma State
114Philadelphia EaglesJohn MasonEndStanford
115Washington RedskinsStan MitchellRunning backTennessee
116Dallas CowboysDon KunitRunning backPenn State
117Detroit LionsJohn PincavageRunning backVirginia
118New York GiantsBill MatanWide receiverKansas State
119San Francisco 49ersDick WitcherWide receiverUCLA
120Baltimore ColtsJerry AllenRunning backNebraska-Omaha
121St. Louis CardinalsDan GoichEndCalifornia
122Chicago BearsDoug McFallsDefensive backGeorgia
123Cleveland BrownsTom TalagaWide receiverNotre Dame
124Green Bay PackersKen McLeanWide receiverTexas A&M
125Baltimore ColtsJack WhiteQuarterbackPenn State

Round nineEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
126Atlanta FalconsBob SandersCenterNorth Texas State
127Los Angeles RamsBurton MatthiesRunning backWayne State
128Pittsburgh SteelersDale StewartDefensive endPittsburgh
129Philadelphia EaglesJim ToddRunning backBall State
130Dallas CowboysDarrell ElamWide receiverWest Virginia Tech
131Washington RedskinsJack ShinholserLinebackerFlorida State
132New York GiantsFreeman WhiteWide receiverNebraska
133San Francisco 49ersKent KramerWide receiverMinnesota
134Minnesota VikingsRon GreenWide receiverNorth Dakota
135St. Louis CardinalsCharlie BryantWide receiverAllen
136Detroit LionsDick CunninghamGuardArkansas
137Chicago BearsFritz GreenleeWide receiverNorthern Arizona
138Green Bay PackersRon RectorRunning backNorthwestern
139Cleveland BrownsJack GregoryDefensive endDelta State
140Baltimore ColtsJerry GrossRunning backAuburn

Round tenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
141Atlanta FalconsMike BenderGuardArkansas
142Los Angeles RamsMike CapshawTackleAbilene Christian
143Pittsburgh SteelersJerry MarionDefensive backWyoming
144Philadelphia EaglesJohn OsmondCenterTulsa
145Washington RedskinsCaesar BelserDefensive backArkansas-Pine Bluff
146Dallas CowboysMason MitchellRunning backWashington
147San Francisco 49ersRon SbrantiDefensive endUtah State
148Detroit LionsBruce YatesTackleAuburn
149St. Louis CardinalsMike RingerRunning backOklahoma
150Detroit LionsTom BrighamDefensive endWisconsin
151New York GiantsJeff SmithLinebackerUSC
152Chicago BearsBobby BurnettRunning backArkansas
153Cleveland BrownsMonty LedbetterWide receiverNorthwestern State (LA)
154Green Bay PackersSam MontgomeryDefensive endSouthern
155Baltimore ColtsClaude BrownleeDefensive endBenedictine

Round elevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
156Atlanta FalconsSteve SloanQuarterbackAlabama
157Los Angeles RamsDarrell HooverRunning backArizona
158Pittsburgh SteelersCharley WashingtonRunning backGrambling
159Philadelphia EaglesWelford WaltonDefensive endNevada-Reno
160Dallas CowboysAustin DennyWide receiverTennessee
161Washington RedskinsDick RedingWide receiverNorthwestern State (LA
162Minnesota VikingsStan QuintanaDefensive backNew Mexico
163St. Louis CardinalsBobby WilliamsRunning backCentral State (OK)
164Detroit LionsJack O'BillovichLinebackerOregon State
165New York GiantsCliff WilderWide receiverIowa
166San Francisco 49ersPreston RidlehuberRunning backGeorgia
167Chicago BearsTerry OwensWide receiverJacksonville State
168Green Bay PackersRalph WenzelGuardSan Diego State
169Cleveland BrownsTony FireTackleBowling Green
170Baltimore ColtsEric CrabtreeWide receiverPittsburgh

Round twelveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
171Atlanta FalconsKen HollisterTackleIndiana
172Los Angeles RamsGeorge ClaytonDefensive backFairmont State
173Dallas CowboysLes ShyDefensive backLong Beach State
174Philadelphia EaglesBruce Van DykeGuardMissouri
175Washington RedskinsJohn StipechLinebackerUtah
176Dallas CowboysCraig BaynhamRunning backGeorgia Tech
177St. Louis CardinalsRickey JohnsonTackleClemson
178Detroit LionsRandy WinklerTackleTarleton State
179New York GiantsKen AveryLinebackerSouthern Mississippi
180San Francisco 49ersLyle LoebachTackleSimpson
181Minnesota VikingsBob PetrellaDefensive backTennessee
182Chicago BearsWayne PageDefensive endClemson
183Cleveland BrownsRich CzapTackleNebraska
184Green Bay PackersJim MankinsRunning backFlorida State
185Baltimore ColtsJim CarerGuardTennessee State

Round thirteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
186Atlanta FalconsBob CollinsTackleSouth Carolina
187Los Angeles RamsJake DavidRunning backLamar
188Pittsburgh SteelersBenjy DialQuarterbackEastern New Mexico
189Philadelphia EaglesJim BohlRunning backNew Mexico State
190Dallas CowboysRon LambRunning backSouth Carolina
191Washington RedskinsHeath WingateCenterBowling Green
192Detroit LionsBill MasselterTackleWisconsin
193New York GiantsJim FulghamTackleMinnesota
194San Francisco 49ersJim JacksonRunning backWestern Illinois
195Minnesota VikingsLarry MartinTackleSan Diego State
196St. Louis CardinalsJim BrownGuardNebraska
197Chicago BearsWayne BeckerTackleMontana
198Green Bay PackersEd KingLinebackerUSC
199Cleveland BrownsJim BoudreauxTackleLouisiana Tech
200Baltimore ColtsBob HadrickWide receiverPurdue

Round fourteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
201Atlanta FalconsSteve EckerKickerShippensburg
202Los Angeles RamsTerry ParksTackleCal State-Los Angeles
203Pittsburgh SteelersJoe NovogratzLinebackerPittsburgh
204Philadelphia EaglesRon MedvedRunning backWashington
205Washington RedskinsJerry LovelaceRunning backTexas Tech
206Dallas CowboysLewis TurnerRunning backNorfolk State
207New York GiantsHoward McCardGuardSyracuse
208San Francisco 49ersElmer CollettCenterCal State-San Francisco
209Minnesota VikingsHoward TwilleyWide receiverTulsa
210St. Louis CardinalsLaVerle PrattLinebackerIdaho
211Detroit LionsDenis MooreTackleUSC
212Chicago BearsMike BucknerDefensive backNorthwestern
213Cleveland BrownsPete LammonsEndTexas
214Green Bay PackersRon HansonWide receiverNorth Dakota State
215Baltimore ColtsJim WardQuarterbackGettysburg

Round fifteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
216Atlanta FalconsTom TollesonWide receiverAlabama
217Los Angeles RamsMike SullivanWide receiverOregon State
218Pittsburgh SteelersJoe DobsonTackleIdaho
219Philadelphia EaglesHarry DayTackleMemphis State
220Dallas CowboysMark GartungTackleOregon State
221Washington RedskinsHal SeymourRunning backFlorida
222San Francisco 49ersSaint SaffoldWide receiverSan Jose State
223Minnesota VikingsHugh WrightRunning backAdams State
224St. Louis CardinalsDarryl AllemanWide receiverWyoming
225Detroit LionsBill SullivanDefensive endWest Virginia
226New York GiantsSteve BowmanRunning backAlabama
227Chicago BearsJim KollmanGuardOregon
228Green Bay PackersGrady BoltonTackleMississippi State
229Cleveland BrownsBob EllisDefensive endMassachusetts
230Baltimore ColtsLee GarnerLinebackerMississippi

Round sixteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
231Atlanta FalconsJim ViningGuardRice
232Los Angeles RamsJoe O'BrienWide receiverTexas-Arlington
233Pittsburgh SteelersJim LongWide receiverPurdue
234Philadelphia EaglesArunas VasysLinebackerNotre Dame
235Washington RedskinsHal WantlandRunning backTennessee
236Dallas CowboysTom PiggeeRunning backCal State-San Francisco
237Minnesota VikingsJim WilliamsDefensive endArkansas
238St. Louis CardinalsDick KasperekCenterIowa State
239Detroit LionsJerry GendronWide receiverWisconsin–Eau Claire
240New York GiantsSam PriceRunning backIllinois
241San Francisco 49ersJim LeClairQuarterbackC.W. Post
242Chicago BearsLynn SenkbeilLinebackerNebraska
243Cleveland BrownsDavid RayEndAlabama
244Green Bay PackersBob SchultzDefensive endWisconsin–Stevens Point
245Baltimore ColtsRod StewartEndDuke

Round seventeenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
246Atlanta FalconsLurley ArchambeauCenterToledo
247Los Angeles RamsDan GilbertTackleArkansas Tech
248Pittsburgh SteelersMike BrundageQuarterbackOregon
249Philadelphia EaglesIke KelleyLinebackerOhio State
250Dallas CowboysGeorge AllenTackleWest Texas State
251Washington RedskinsMitch ZalnaskyWide receiverPittsburgh
252St. Louis CardinalsBenny RussellQuarterbackLouisville
253Detroit LionsRalph DunlapDefensive endBaylor
254New York GiantsGary EickmanTackleIllinois
255San Francisco 49ersJim BreelandCenterGeorgia Tech
256Minnesota VikingsMonroe BeardRunning backVirginia Union
257Chicago BearsCurtis GentryDefensive backMaryland-Eastern Shore
258Green Bay PackersDave HathcockDefensive backMemphis State
259Cleveland BrownsGene ModzelewskiTackleNew Mexico State
260Baltimore ColtsRandy MatsonTackleTexas A&M

Round eighteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
261Atlanta FalconsDoug KorverCenterNorthern Iowa
262Los Angeles RamsRay JohnsonLinebackerWhitworth
263Pittsburgh SteelersKen LucasQuarterbackPittsburgh
264Philadelphia EaglesBill MoorerCenterGeorgia Tech
265Washington RedskinsJoe BursonRunning backGeorgia
266Dallas CowboysSteve OrrTackleWashington
267Detroit LionsBill JohnsonWide receiverLivingston
268New York GiantsKai AndersonCenterIllinois
269San Francisco 49ersRon ParsonWide receiverAustin Peay
270Minnesota VikingsDale GrecoDefensive tackleIllinois
271St. Louis CardinalsWillie JonesDefensive endKansas State
272Chicago BearsCharley KinesTackleMichigan
273Cleveland BrownsCharley HarrawayRunning backSan Jose State
274Green Bay PackersJim JonesDefensive endNebraska-Omaha
275Baltimore ColtsEd TonerTackleMassachusetts

Round nineteenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
276Atlanta FalconsWalt MainerDefensive backXavier
277Los Angeles RamsHomer WilliamsWide receiverUSC
278Pittsburgh SteelersDave NeilsonQuarterbackAlbion
279Philadelphia EaglesTaft ReedDefensive backJackson State
280Dallas CowboysByron JohnsonTackleCentral Washington
281Washington RedskinsAndre WhiteWide receiverFlorida A&M
282New York GiantsBobby CrockettWide receiverArkansas
283San Francisco 49ersDick FitzgeraldTackleNebraska
284Minnesota VikingsJessie StokesRunning backCorpus Christi State
285St. Louis CardinalsTony GolmontDefensive backNorth Carolina State
286Detroit LionsBob BaierTackleSimpson
287Chicago BearsRoger HabererRunning backEastern Illinois
288Green Bay PackersDave MotonWide receiverUSC
289Cleveland BrownsKarl SingerTacklePurdue
290Baltimore ColtsKen DukeRunning backMorgan State

Round twentyEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
291Atlanta FalconsBob RiggleDefensive backPenn State
292Los Angeles RamsBud HarringtonRunning backTulsa
293Pittsburgh SteelersRon SpringerTackleAlbion
294Philadelphia EaglesBill RisioTackleBoston College
295Washington RedskinsJohn KellyCenterFlorida A&M
296Dallas CowboysLou HudsonWide receiverMinnesota
297San Francisco 49ersWillie WalkerWide receiverBaylor
298Philadelphia EaglesGerald CircoKickerCal State-Chico
299St. Louis CardinalsTom GallagherDefensive endIndiana
300Detroit LionsAllen SmithRunning backFindlay
301New York GiantsRandy MinniearRunning backPurdue
302Chicago BearsGoldie SellersWide receiverGrambling
303Cleveland BrownsJoe PetroDefensive backTemple
304Green Bay PackersEd MarasWide receiverSouth Dakota State
305 [5] Baltimore ColtsTom CarrTackleMorgan State
= Pro Bowler [2] = AFL All-Star [3] = Hall of Fame

Hall of famersEdit

  • Tom Mack, Guard from University of Michigan taken 1st round 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Rams.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999.[6]
  • Emmitt Thomas, from Bishop College, joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.[7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "1966 NFL Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/story.jsp?story_id=1998. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  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. 3.0 3.1 Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their career.
  4. Mike Garrett, 1965 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". http://www.heisman.com/winners/m-garrett65.html. Retrieved 2008-08-04.[dead link]
  5. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  6. List of 1990s 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#1990s. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  7. "Emmitt Thomas player profile at profootballhof.com". http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?PLAYER_ID=270. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  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. http://web.archive.org/web/20080731024937/http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.html#2000s. Retrieved 2008-10-07.

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