The 1976 National Football League Expansion draft was held on March 30 – 31, 1976.[1] The expansion teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, each selected 39 players from the other 26 NFL teams.[1] When one player was chosen from an existing team, that team was then permitted to protect two additional players.[1] The expansion teams continued until three players had been picked from each of the existing teams.[1]

The expansion draft was originally scheduled for January 23-24, but was postponed when the owners of the Seahawks and Buccaneers filed a lawsuit against the players' union with worries that the organization would try to prevent the draft. The court case delayed both the expansion draft and the annual college draft.[2]

Seattle Seahawk selectionsEdit

Player Position CollegeOriginal NFL Team
Wayne BakerDefensive TackleBYUSan Francisco 49ers
Carl BarisichDefensive TacklePrincetonCleveland Browns
Nick BeboutOffensive tackleWyomingAtlanta Falcons
Lyle BlackwoodDefensive BackTCUCincinnati Bengals
Ed BradleyLinebackerWake ForestPittsburgh Steelers
Dave BrownDefensive BackMichiganPittsburgh Steelers
Don CluneWide ReceiverPennsylvaniaNew York Giants
Rondy ColbertDefensive BackLamarNew York Giants
Dwayne CrumpDefensive BackFresno StateSt. Louis Cardinals
Mike CurtisLinebackerDukeBaltimore Colts
Jerry DavisDefensive BackMorris BrownNew York Jets
John DemarieOffensive GuardLSUCleveland Browns
Norm EvansOffensive TackleTCUMiami Dolphins
Ken GeddesLinebackerNebraskaLos Angeles Rams
Neil GraffQuarterbackWisconsinNew England Patriots
Don HansenLinebackerIllinoisAtlanta Falcons
Gary HaymanRunning BackPenn StateBuffalo Bills
Fred HoaglinCenterPittsburghHouston Oilers
Ron HowardTight EndSeattleDallas Cowboys
Ken HutchersonLinebackerLivingston StateGreen Bay Packers
Gordon JolleyOffensive TackleUtahDetroit Lions
Gary KeithleyQuarterbackTexas-El PasoSt. Louis Cardinals
Art KuehnCenterUCLAWashington Redskins
Kerry MarburyRunning BackWest VirginiaNew England Patriots
Al MatthewsDefensive BackTexas A&IGreen Bay Packers
Sam McCullumWide ReceiverMontana StateMinnesota Vikings
John McMakinTight EndClemsonDetroit Lions
Eddie McMillanDefensive BackFlorida StateLos Angeles Rams
Bill OldsRunning BackNebraskaBaltimore Colts
Jesse O'NealDefensive EndGramblingHouston Oilers
Joe OwensDefensive EndAlcorn StateNew Orleans Saints
Bob PenchionOffensive GuardAlcorn StateSan Francisco 49ers
Bob PicardWide ReceiverEastern Washington StatePhiladelphia Eagles
Rocky RasleyOffensive GuardOregon StateKansas City Chiefs
Steve TaylorDefensive BackKansasDenver Broncos
Dave TiptonDefensive EndStanfordSan Diego Chargers
Charles WaddellTight EndNorth CarolinaSan Diego Chargers
Larry WoodsDefensive TackleTennessee StateNew York Jets
Rolly WoolseyDefensive BackBoise StateDallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay selectionsEdit

Player Position CollegeOriginal NFL Team
Larry BallLinebackerLouisvilleDetroit Lions
Joe BlahakDefensive BackNebraskaMinnesota Vikings
Bubba BridgesDefensive TackleColoradoDenver Broncos
Bubba BroussardLinebackerHoustonChicago Bears
Louis CarterRunning BackMarylandOakland Raiders
Steve ColavitoLinebackerWake ForestPhiladelphia Eagles
Mark CotneyDefensive BackCameron StateHouston Oilers
Mike CurrentOffensive TackleOhio StateDenver Broncos
Anthony DavisRunning BackUSCNew York Jets
Ricky DavisDefensive BackAlabamaMiami Dolphins
Earl DouthittDefensive BackIowaChicago Bears
Bruce EliaLinebackerOhio StateMiami Dolphins
Larry ElyLinebackerIowaChicago Bears
Howard FestOffensive GuardTexasCincinnati Bengals
Ira GordonOffensive GuardKansas StateSan Diego Chargers
Jimmy GunnLinebackerUSCNew York Giants
Harold HartRunning BackTexas SouthernOakland Raiders
Durwood KeetonDefensive BackOklahomaNew England Patriots
Vince KendrickRunning BackFloridaAtlanta Falcons
Morris LaGrandRunning BackTampaNew Orleans Saints
Willie McGeeWide ReceiverAlcorn StateOakland Raiders
John (J.K.) McKayWide ReceiverUSCCleveland Browns
Bob MooreTight EndStanfordOakland Raiders
Manfred MooreRunning BackUSCSan Francisco 49ers
Frank OliverDefensive BackKentucky StateBuffalo Bills
Dave PearDefensive TackleWashingtonBaltimore Colts
Cal PetersonLinebackerUCLADallas Cowboys
Dave ReavisOffensive TackleArkansasPittsburgh Steelers
Council RudolphDefensive EndKentucky StateSt. Louis Cardinals
Dan RyczekCenterVirginiaWashington Redskins
Barry SmithWide ReceiverFlorida StateGreen Bay Packers
Ken StoneDefensive BackVanderbiltWashington Redskins
Doug SwiftLinebackerAmherstMiami Dolphins
Dave ThompsonOffensive Tackle-CenterClemsonNew Orleans Saints
Pat ToomayDefensive EndVanderbiltBuffalo Bills
John WardCenter-Offensive GuardOklahoma StateMinnesota Vikings
Lawrence WilliamsWide ReceiverTexas TechKansas City Chiefs
Dan YochumOffensive TackleSyracusePhiladelphia Eagles


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