American Football Database

The 1967 National Football League Expansion Draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the New Orleans Saints, selected its first players. On November 1, 1966, (All Saints Day), NFL owners awarded its 16th team franchise to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] The expansion draft included future Hall of Famer running back Paul Hornung, who set an NFL record by scoring 176 points in only 12 games in 1960 for the Green Bay Packers, but did not play in Super Bowl I. Hornung never played a down for the Saints and retired in the preseason due to a neck injury.

Following the expansion draft, the Saints signed Hornung's backfield mate with the Packers, Jim Taylor to a 10-year, $400,000 contract. Taylor played just one season in his home state (Taylor was a native of Baton Rouge and was an All-American at LSU) and retired in September 1968.

Player selections

Player Position College Team Original NFL Team
Tom Barrington Fullback Ohio State Washington Redskins
Jim Battles Offensive Tackle Cleveland Browns
Charlie Bradshaw Offensive Tackle Baylor Pittsburgh Steelers
Jackie Burkett Linebacker Auburn Baltimore Colts
Dave Cahill Defensive Tackle Northern Arizona Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Cody Linebacker Auburn Detroit Lions
Don Croftcheck Offensive Guard Indiana Washington Redskins
Bill Curry Center Georgia Tech Green Bay Packers
Ted Davis Linebacker Georgia Tech Baltimore Colts
Jim Garcia Defensive End Purdue New York Giants
Tom Hall Wide Receiver Minnesota Minnesota Vikings
Steve Heckard Wide Receiver Davidson, USC Los Angeles Rams
Jimmy Heidel Defensive Back St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Hornung Running back Notre Dame Green Bay Packers
Billy Kilmer Quarterback UCLA San Francisco 49ers
Elbert Kimbrough Defensive Back Northwestern San Francisco 49ers
Kent Kramer Tight End Minnesota San Francisco 49ers
Jake Kupp Offensive Guard Washington Washington Redskins
Earl Leggett Defensive Tackle Louisiana State Los Angeles Rams
Obert Logan Defensive Back Trinity Dallas Cowboys
Riley Mattson Offensive Tackle Oregon Chicago Bears
John Morrow Center Michigan Cleveland Browns
Ray Ogden Tight End Alabama St. Louis Cardinals
Ray Rissmiller Offensive Tackle Georgia Philadelphia Eagles
Walt Roberts Wide Receiver San José State Cleveland Browns
George Rose Defensive Back Auburn Minnesota Vikings
Bill Sandeman Offensive Tackle Pacific Dallas Cowboys
Bob Scholtz Offensive Tackle Notre Dame New York Giants
Brian Schweda Defensive End Kansas Chicago Bears
Dave Simmons Linebacker Georgia Tech St. Louis Cardinals
Jerry Simmons Wide Receiver Bethune-Cookman Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Smith Defensive Back UCLA Detroit Lions
Bobby Smith Running back North Texas Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Stephens Defensive Tackle Texas Dallas Cowboys
Steve Stonebreaker Linebacker Detroit Baltimore Colts
Mike Tilleman Defensive Tackle Montana Minnesota Vikings
Phil Vandersea Linebacker Massachusetts Green Bay Packers
Willie Walker Wide Receiver Tennessee State Detroit Lions
Joe Wendryhoski Offensive Guard Illinois Los Angeles Rams
Dave Whitsell Defensive Back Indiana Chicago Bears
Fred Whittingham Linebacker Cal Poly, BYU Philadelphia Eagles
Gary Wood Quarterback Cornell New York Giants