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The 1966 NFL Expansion Draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Atlanta Falcons, selected its first players. On June 30, 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the first NFL franchise in the Deep South to the city of Atlanta, Georgia and granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr.[1]

So that the Falcons could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Falcons the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft, supplemented with the final pick in the first five rounds.[1] The NFL also gave the new team the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 15, 1966.[1] In this draft, held six weeks after the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Falcons could select to switch to the new team.

Player selections Edit

PlayerPositionCollege TeamOriginal NFL Team
Roger AndersonDefensive TackleVirginia UnionNew York Giants
Larry BenzSafetyNorthwesternCleveland Browns
Lee CallandDefensive BackLouisvilleMinnesota Vikings
Dennis ClaridgeQuarterbackNebraskaGreen Bay Packers
Junior CoffeyFullbackWashingtonGreen Bay Packers
Ed CookOffensive GuardNotre DameSt. Louis Cardinals
Dave CrossanCenterMarylandWashington Redskins
Perry Lee DunnHalf backMississippiDallas Cowboys
Bobby FranklinSafetyMississippiCleveland Browns
Dan GrimmOffensive GuardColoradoGreen Bay Packers
Alex HawkinsFlankerSouth CarolinaBaltimore Colts
Ralph HeckLinebackerColoradoPhiladelphia Eagles
Bob JencksTight End- KickerMiami (OH)Washington Redskins
Bill JobkoLinebackerOhio StateMinnesota Vikings
Rudy JohnsonHalf backNebraskaSan Francisco 49ers
Frank LaskyOffensive TackleFloridaNew York Giants
Danny LewisFullbackWisconsinWashington Redskins
Errol LindenOffensive TackleHoustonMinnesota Vikings
Bill (Red) MackFlankerNotre DamePittsburgh Steelers
Frank MarchlewskiCenterMinnesotaLos Angeles Rams
Billy MartinTight EndGeorgia TechChicago Bears
Dale MemmelaarOffensive GuardWyomingCleveland Browns
Dale MesserFlankerFresno StateSan Francisco 49ers
Max MessnerLinebackerCincinnatiPittsburgh Steelers
Dennis MurphyDefensive TackleFloridaChicago Bears
Neal PettiesSplit EndSan Diego StateBaltimore Colts
Tim PowellDefensive EndNorthwesternLos Angeles Rams
Dave RecherCenterIowaPhiladelphia Eagles
Guy ReeseOffensive TackleSMUBaltimore Colts
Bob RichardsDefensive EndLSUPhiladelphia Eagles
Jerry RichardsonDefensive BackWest Texas StateLos Angeles Rams
Marion RushingLinebackerSouthern IllinoisSt. Louis Cardinals
Bob ShermanDefensive BackIowaPittsburgh Steelers
Chuck SieminskiDefensive TacklePenn StateSan Francisco 49ers
Carl SilvestriDefensive BackWisconsinSt. Louis Cardinals
Jim SimonOffensive Guard-TackleMiamiDetroit Lions
Ron SmithDefensive BackWisconsinChicago Bears
Don TalbertOffensive TackleTexasDallas Cowboys
Ernie WheelwrightFullbackSouthern IllinoisNew York Giants
Bob WhitlowCenterArizonaDetroit Lions
Sam WilliamsDefensive EndMichigan StateDetroit Lions
Maury YoumansDefensive EndSyracuseDallas Cowboys

See also Edit

References Edit

  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.

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