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 selections

Player Position College Original NFL Team
Wayne Baker Defensive Tackle BYU San Francisco 49ers
Carl Barisich Defensive Tackle Princeton Cleveland Browns
Nick Bebout Offensive tackle Wyoming Atlanta Falcons
Lyle Blackwood Defensive Back TCU Cincinnati Bengals
Ed Bradley Linebacker Wake Forest Pittsburgh Steelers
Dave Brown Defensive Back Michigan Pittsburgh Steelers
Don Clune Wide Receiver Pennsylvania New York Giants
Rondy Colbert Defensive Back Lamar New York Giants
Dwayne Crump Defensive Back Fresno State St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Curtis Linebacker Duke Baltimore Colts
Jerry Davis Defensive Back Morris Brown New York Jets
John Demarie Offensive Guard LSU Cleveland Browns
Norm Evans Offensive Tackle TCU Miami Dolphins
Ken Geddes Linebacker Nebraska Los Angeles Rams
Neil Graff Quarterback Wisconsin New England Patriots
Don Hansen Linebacker Illinois Atlanta Falcons
Gary Hayman Running Back Penn State Buffalo Bills
Fred Hoaglin Center Pittsburgh Houston Oilers
Ron Howard Tight End Seattle Dallas Cowboys
Ken Hutcherson Linebacker Livingston State Green Bay Packers
Gordon Jolley Offensive Tackle Utah Detroit Lions
Gary Keithley Quarterback Texas-El Paso St. Louis Cardinals
Art Kuehn Center UCLA Washington Redskins
Kerry Marbury Running Back West Virginia New England Patriots
Al Matthews Defensive Back Texas A&I Green Bay Packers
Sam McCullum Wide Receiver Montana State Minnesota Vikings
John McMakin Tight End Clemson Detroit Lions
Eddie McMillan Defensive Back Florida State Los Angeles Rams
Bill Olds Running Back Nebraska Baltimore Colts
Jesse O'Neal Defensive End Grambling Houston Oilers
Joe Owens Defensive End Alcorn State New Orleans Saints
Bob Penchion Offensive Guard Alcorn State San Francisco 49ers
Bob Picard Wide Receiver Eastern Washington State Philadelphia Eagles
Rocky Rasley Offensive Guard Oregon State Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Taylor Defensive Back Kansas Denver Broncos
Dave Tipton Defensive End Stanford San Diego Chargers
Charles Waddell Tight End North Carolina San Diego Chargers
Larry Woods Defensive Tackle Tennessee State New York Jets
Rolly Woolsey Defensive Back Boise State Dallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay selections

Player Position College Original NFL Team
Larry Ball Linebacker Louisville Detroit Lions
Joe Blahak Defensive Back Nebraska Minnesota Vikings
Bubba Bridges Defensive Tackle Colorado Denver Broncos
Bubba Broussard Linebacker Houston Chicago Bears
Louis Carter Running Back Maryland Oakland Raiders
Steve Colavito Linebacker Wake Forest Philadelphia Eagles
Mark Cotney Defensive Back Cameron State Houston Oilers
Mike Current Offensive Tackle Ohio State Denver Broncos
Anthony Davis Running Back USC New York Jets
Ricky Davis Defensive Back Alabama Miami Dolphins
Earl Douthitt Defensive Back Iowa Chicago Bears
Bruce Elia Linebacker Ohio State Miami Dolphins
Larry Ely Linebacker Iowa Chicago Bears
Howard Fest Offensive Guard Texas Cincinnati Bengals
Ira Gordon Offensive Guard Kansas State San Diego Chargers
Jimmy Gunn Linebacker USC New York Giants
Harold Hart Running Back Texas Southern Oakland Raiders
Durwood Keeton Defensive Back Oklahoma New England Patriots
Vince Kendrick Running Back Florida Atlanta Falcons
Morris LaGrand Running Back Tampa New Orleans Saints
Willie McGee Wide Receiver Alcorn State Oakland Raiders
John (J.K.) McKay Wide Receiver USC Cleveland Browns
Bob Moore Tight End Stanford Oakland Raiders
Manfred Moore Running Back USC San Francisco 49ers
Frank Oliver Defensive Back Kentucky State Buffalo Bills
Dave Pear Defensive Tackle Washington Baltimore Colts
Cal Peterson Linebacker UCLA Dallas Cowboys
Dave Reavis Offensive Tackle Arkansas Pittsburgh Steelers
Council Rudolph Defensive End Kentucky State St. Louis Cardinals
Dan Ryczek Center Virginia Washington Redskins
Barry Smith Wide Receiver Florida State Green Bay Packers
Ken Stone Defensive Back Vanderbilt Washington Redskins
Doug Swift Linebacker Amherst Miami Dolphins
Dave Thompson Offensive Tackle-Center Clemson New Orleans Saints
Pat Toomay Defensive End Vanderbilt Buffalo Bills
John Ward Center-Offensive Guard Oklahoma State Minnesota Vikings
Lawrence Williams Wide Receiver Texas Tech Kansas City Chiefs
Dan Yochum Offensive Tackle Syracuse Philadelphia Eagles


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