1996 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 20–21, 1996
Location Madison Square Garden, New York City
First selection Keyshawn Johnson, WR
New York Jets
Mr. Irrelevant Sam Manuel, LB
San Francisco 49ers
Most selections New England Patriots (13)
Fewest selections Detroit Lions (5)
Overall selections 254
NFL Draft
 < 1995 1997 > 

The 1996 NFL Draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 20–21, 1996. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft is considered one of the best draft classes ever for the position of wide receiver. Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison, Marvin Harrison, Eric Moulds, Bobby Engram, Terrell Owens, Muhsin Muhammad, Amani Toomer, Jermaine Lewis, and Joe Horn have all achieved success in the pros, with all except Kennison, Engram, and Toomer having reached the Pro Bowl at least once, and a total of 26 Pro Bowl appearances for the group. In addition to the class having had several successful receivers, none of the five wide receivers drafted in the first round have been busts, as all of them are currently or have recently been starters in the NFL (Keyshawn Johnson retired in 2007). Combined, 1996 wide receivers (through the end of the 2006 season) have totalled 7,646 receptions for 105,866 yards, eclipsing any other class by more than 1,000 receptions and 10,000 yards [1].

It was also one of the best draft years for middle linebackers, with two potential hall of famers in Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas selected. Lewis won Super Bowl XXXV and was selected MVP of that game, as well as making 12 Pro Bowls while Thomas has made 7. Other linebackers who made at least one Pro Bowl from this draft are Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Hardy, John Mobley, and Donnie Edwards. The following have enjoyed solid careers: Randall Godfrey, Earl Holmes, and Carlos Emmons.

On draft day, the St. Louis Rams traded running back Jerome Bettis and a third round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a second round pick for that year, as well as a fourth round pick the following year. The trade was made immediately after the Rams drafted Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips. Bettis went on to have a successful career with the Steelers as well as being one of the team's most popular players, while the Rams wouldn't have another feature back until they traded for Marshall Faulk three years later due to Phillips' off-field problems.

Player selectionsEdit

= Pro Bowler [2]

Round oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1New York JetsKeyshawn JohnsonWide ReceiverUSC
2Jacksonville JaguarsKevin HardyLinebackerIllinois
3Arizona CardinalsSimeon RiceDefensive EndIllinois
4Baltimore RavensJonathan OgdenTackleUCLA
5New York GiantsCedric JonesDefensive EndOklahoma
6St. Louis RamsLawrence PhillipsRunning BackNebraska
7New England PatriotsTerry GlennWide ReceiverOhio State
8Carolina PanthersTim BiakabutukaRunning BackMichigan
9Oakland RaidersRickey DudleyTight EndOhio State
10Cincinnati BengalsWillie AndersonTackleAuburn
11New Orleans SaintsAlex MoldenDefensive BackOregon
12Tampa Bay BuccaneersRegan UpshawDefensive EndCalifornia
13Chicago BearsWalt HarrisDefensive BackMississippi State
14Houston OilersEddie George [3]Running BackOhio State
15Denver BroncosJohn MobleyLinebackerKutztown
16Minnesota VikingsDuane ClemonsDefensive EndCalifornia
17Detroit LionsReggie BrownLinebackerTexas A&M
18St. Louis RamsEddie KennisonWide ReceiverLSU
19Indianapolis ColtsMarvin HarrisonWide ReceiverSyracuse
20Miami DolphinsDaryl GardenerDefensive TackleBaylor
21Seattle SeahawksPete KendallTackleBoston College
22Tampa Bay BuccaneersMarcus JonesDefensive EndNorth Carolina
23Detroit LionsJeff HartingsGuardPenn State
24Buffalo BillsEric MouldsWide ReceiverMississippi State
25Philadelphia EaglesJermane MayberryTackleTexas A&M-Kingsville
26Baltimore RavensRay LewisLinebackerMiami
27Green Bay PackersJohn MichelsTackleUSC
28Kansas City ChiefsJerome WoodsDefensive BackMemphis
29Pittsburgh SteelersJamain StephensTackleNorth Carolina A&T
30Washington Redskins (from Dallas Cowboys)Andre JohnsonTacklePenn State

Round twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31New York JetsAlex Van DykeWide ReceiverNevada
32Arizona CardinalsLeeland McElroyRunning BackTexas A&M
33Jacksonville JaguarsTony BrackensDefensive EndTexas
34New York GiantsAmani ToomerWide ReceiverMichigan
35Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike AlstottFullbackPurdue
36New England PatriotsLawyer MilloyStrong safetyWashington
37Dallas CowboysKavika PittmanDefensive EndMcNeese State
38Houston OilersBryant MixDefensive EndAlcorn State
39Cincinnati BengalsMarco BattagliaTight EndRutgers
40New Orleans Saints Je'Rod CherryStrong SafetyCalifornia
41San Diego ChargersBryan StillWide ReceiverVirginia Tech
42St. Louis RamsTony BanksQuarterbackMichigan State
43Carolina PanthersMuhsin MuhammadWide ReceiverMichigan State
44Denver BroncosTory JamesCornerbackLouisiana State
45Minnesota VikingsJames ManleyDefensive TackleVanderbilt
46San Francisco 49ersIsrael IfeanyiDefensive EndUSC
47Seattle SeahawksFred ThomasCornerbackTennessee-Martin
48Houston OilersJason LaymanTackleTennessee
49Dallas CowboysRandall GodfreyLinebackerGeorgia
50San Diego ChargersPatrick SappLinebackerClemson
51Indianapolis ColtsDedric MathisDefensive backHouston
52Chicago BearsBobby EngramWide ReceiverPenn State
53Buffalo BillsGabe NorthernDefensive EndLouisiana State
54Philadelphia EaglesJason DunnTight EndEastern Kentucky
55Baltimore RavensDeRon JenkinsCornerbackTennessee
56Green Bay PackersDerrick MayesWide ReceiverNotre Dame
57Oakland RaidersLance JohnstoneDefensive EndTemple
58Kansas City ChiefsReggie TongueStrong SafetyOregon State
59St. Louis RamsErnie ConwellTight EndWashington
60Jacksonville JaguarsMichael CheeverCenterGeorgia Tech
61Philadelphia EaglesBrian DawkinsFree SafetyClemson

Round threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
62New York JetsRay MickensCornerbackTexas A&M
63Jacksonville JaguarsAaron BeasleyCornerbackWest Virginia
64Arizona CardinalsJohnny McWilliamsTight EndUSC
65Denver BroncosDetron SmithRunning BackTexas A&M
66New York GiantsRoman ObenTackleLouisville
67Dallas CowboysClay ShiverCenterFlorida State
68Kansas City ChiefsJohn BrowningDefensive TackleWest Virginia
69Cincinnati BengalsKen BlackmanGuardIllinois
70New Orleans SaintsBrady SmithDefensive EndColorado State
71Tampa Bay BuccaneersDonnie AbrahamCornerbackEast Tennessee State
72Pittsburgh SteelersSteve ConleyLinebackerArkansas
73Carolina PanthersWinslow OliverRunning BackNew Mexico
74Houston OilersTerry KillensLinebackerPenn State
75Minnesota VikingsMoe WilliamsRunning BackKentucky
76Detroit LionsRyan StewartDefensive BackGeorgia Tech
77Seattle SeahawksRobert BarrOffensive TackleRutgers
78Denver BroncosMark CampbellDefensive TackleFlorida
79Miami DolphinsDorian BrewDefensive BackKansas
80Miami DolphinsAbdul-Karim al-JabbarRunning BackUCLA
81San Diego ChargersBrian RocheTight EndSan Jose State
82Indianapolis ColtsScott SlutzkerTight EndIowa
83St. Louis RamsJerald MooreRunning BackOklahoma
84Atlanta FalconsShannon BrownDefensive TackleAlabama
85Philadelphia EaglesBobby HoyingQuarterbackOhio State
86New England PatriotsTedy BruschiLinebackerArizona
87Buffalo BillsMatt StevensStrong safetyAppalachian State
88Carolina PanthersJ. C. PriceDefensive TackleVirginia Tech
89San Francisco 49ersTerrell OwensWide ReceiverTennessee-Chattanooga
90Green Bay PackersMike FlanaganCenterUCLA
91Seattle SeahawksReggie BrownRunning BackFresno State
92Pittsburgh SteelersJon WitmanFullbackPenn State
93Green Bay PackersTyrone WilliamsDefensive BackNebraska
94Dallas CowboysStepfret WilliamsWide ReceiverLouisiana-Monroe
95Dallas CowboysMike UlufaleDefensive EndBrigham Young

Round fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
96Tampa Bay BuccaneersJason OdomTackleFlorida
97Minnesota VikingsHunter GoodwinGuardTexas A&M
98Kansas City ChiefsDonnie EdwardsLinebackerUCLA
99Seattle SeahawksPhillip DanielsDefensive endGeorgia
100Denver BroncosJeff LewisQuarterbackNorthern Arizona
101New England PatriotsHeath IrwinGuardColorado
102Washington RedskinsStephen DavisRunning backAuburn
103New Orleans SaintsRicky WhittleRunning backOregon
104Tampa Bay BuccaneersEric AustinDefensive backJackson State
105St. Louis RamsPercell GaskinsLinebackerKansas State
106Carolina PanthersNorberto GarridoGuardUSC
107Houston OilersKendrick BurtonDefensive endAlabama
108Cincinnati BengalsJevon LangfordDefensive endOklahoma State
109Houston OilersJon RunyanTackleMichigan
110Jacksonville JaguarsReggie BarlowWide receiverAlabama State
111Carolina PanthersEmmanuel McDanielDefensive backEast Carolina
112Arizona Cardinals Aaron GrahamCenterNebraska
113Miami DolphinsKirk PointerDefensive backAustin Peay
114San Diego ChargersCharlie JonesWide receiverFresno State
115Indianapolis ColtsBrian MilneRunning backPenn State
116Chicago BearsPaul GrasmanisDefensive tackleNotre Dame
117Atlanta FalconsRichard HuntleyRunning backWinston-Salem State
118Miami DolphinsStanley PritchettRunning backSouth Carolina
119New England PatriotsChris SullivanDefensive tackleBoston College
120Buffalo BillsSean MoranDefensive endColorado State
121Philadelphia EaglesRay FarmerDefensive backDuke
122Denver BroncosDarius JohnsonDefensive backOklahoma
123Green Bay PackersChris DarkinsRunning backMinnesota
124New England PatriotsKantroy BarberRunning backWest Virginia
125Miami DolphinsLaCurtis JonesLinebackerBaylor
126Pittsburgh SteelersEarl HolmesLinebackerFlorida A&M
127Atlanta FalconsJuran BoldenDefensive backMississippi Delta
128San Francisco 49ersDaryl PriceDefensive endColorado
129Detroit LionsBrad FordDefensive backAlabama
130New York GiantsDanny KanellQuarterbackFlorida State
131Seattle SeahawksEric UnverzagtLinebackerWisconsin
132Pittsburgh SteelersJahine ArnoldWide receiverFresno State

Round fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
133New York JetsMarcus ColemanDefensive backTexas Tech
134Miami DolphinsJerris McPhailRunning backEast Carolina
135Kansas City ChiefsJoe HornWide receiverItawamba J.C.
136New Orleans SaintsMercury HayesWide receiverMichigan
137Arizona Cardinals James DexterTackleSouth Carolina
138Washington RedskinsLeomont EvansDefensive backClemson
139New England PatriotsJohn ElmoreGuardTexas
140Tampa Bay BuccaneersJason ManieckiDefensive tackleWisconsin
141St. Louis RamsFred MillerTackleBaylor
142Carolina PanthersMarquette SmithRunning backCentral Florida
143Houston OilersRayna StewartDefensive backNorthern Arizona
144Cincinnati BengalsGreg MyersDefensive backColorado State
145New Orleans SaintsTom AckermanGuardEastern Washington
146Jacksonville Jaguars Jimmy HerndonGuardHouston
147Philadelphia EaglesWhit MarshallLinebackerGeorgia
148Minnesota VikingsSean BoydDefensive backNorth Carolina
149New England PatriotsChristian PeterDefensive tackleNebraska
150Miami DolphinsShane BurtonDefensive tackleTennessee
151Indianapolis ColtsSteve MartinDefensive tackleMissouri
152Chicago BearsChris VillarrialGuardIndiana (PA)
153Baltimore RavensJermaine LewisWide receiverMaryland
154Miami DolphinsZach ThomasLinebackerTexas Tech
155San Diego ChargersJunior SoliDefensive tackleArkansas
156Buffalo BillsRay JacksonDefensive backColorado State
157Dallas CowboysKenneth McDanielGuardNorfolk State
158Detroit LionsKerwin WaldroupDefensive tackleCentral State (OH)
159Denver BroncosPatrick JeffersWide receiverVirginia
160San Francisco 49ersIheanyi UwaezuokeWide receiverCalifornia
161Arizona Cardinals Harry StampsTackleOklahoma
162Arizona Cardinals Dell McGeeDefensive backAuburn
163Pittsburgh SteelersIsrael RaybonDefensive endNorth Alabama
164Atlanta FalconsGary BandyLinebackerBaylor
165New Orleans SaintsTerry GuessWide receiverGardner-Webb
166Oakland RaidersLa'Roi GloverDefensive tackleSan Diego State
167Dallas CowboysAlan CamposLinebackerLouisville

Round sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
168New York JetsHugh HunterDefensive endHampton
169Arizona Cardinals Mike FoleyDefensive endNew Hampshire
170Jacksonville Jaguars John FisherDefensive backMissouri Western
171New York GiantsDoug ColmanLinebackerNebraska
172Baltimore Ravens Dexter DanielsLinebackerFlorida
173New England PatriotsChris GriffinTight endNew Mexico
174Washington RedskinsKelvin KinneyDefensive endVirginia State
175St. Louis RamsDerrick HarrisRunning backMiami (FL)
176Kansas City ChiefsDietrich JellsWide receiverPittsburgh
177Houston OilersAnthony DorsettDefensive backPittsburgh
178Cincinnati BengalsTom TumultyLinebackerPittsburgh
179New Orleans SaintsKeno HillsTackleSouthwestern Louisiana
180Tampa Bay BuccaneersNilo SilvanWide receiverTennessee
181Denver BroncosTony VelandDefensive backNebraska
182New York GiantsScott GalyonLinebackerTennessee
183Oakland RaidersTim HallRunning backRobert Morris
184Seattle SeahawksReggie GreenGuardFlorida
185Jacksonville Jaguars Chris DoeringWide receiverFlorida
186Baltimore Ravens James RoeWide receiverNorfolk State
187Chicago BearsJon ClarkTackleTemple
188Atlanta FalconsCraig SauerLinebackerMinnesota
189Miami DolphinsShawn WoodenDefensive backNotre Dame
190San Diego ChargersJim MillsTackleIdaho
191Indianapolis ColtsKeith ConlinTacklePenn State
192San Diego ChargersBryan StoltenbergCenterColorado
193Carolina PanthersScott GreeneRunning backMichigan State
194Philadelphia EaglesSteve WhiteDefensive endTennessee
195New England PatriotsMarrio GrierRunning backTennessee-Chattanooga
196Buffalo BillsLeon NealRunning backWashington
197Philadelphia EaglesTony JohnsonTight endAlabama
198San Francisco 49ersStephen PittsRunning backPenn State
199Kansas City ChiefsPhilip RileyWide receiverFlorida State
200Pittsburgh SteelersOrpheus RoyeDefensive endFlorida State
201St. Louis RamsHayward ClayTight endTexas A&M
202Buffalo BillsDusty ZeiglerCenterNotre Dame
203Pittsburgh SteelersSpence FischerQuarterbackDuke
204New Orleans SaintsToderick MaloneWide receiverAlabama
205Indianapolis ColtsMike CawleyQuarterbackJames Madison
206New England PatriotsDevin WymanDefensive endKentucky State
207Dallas CowboysWendell DavisDefensive backOklahoma
208Green Bay PackersMarco RiveraGuardPenn State
209Seattle SeahawksT. J. CunninghamDefensive backColorado

Round sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
210New York JetsChris HayesDefensive backWashington State
211Kansas City ChiefsBen LynchCenterCalifornia
212Arizona Cardinals Jarius HayesTight endNorth Alabama
213Denver BroncosLeslie RatliffeTackleTennessee
214New York GiantsConrad HamiltonDefensive backEast New Mexico
215Washington RedskinsJeremy AsherLinebackerOregon
216New England PatriotsLovett PurnellTight endWest Virginia
217Carolina PanthersDonnell BakerWide receiverSouthern
218Houston OilersMike ArchieRunning backPenn State
219Cincinnati BengalsRod JonesTackleKansas
220Oakland RaidersSedric ClarkDefensive endTulsa
221Tampa Bay BuccaneersReggie RuskDefensive backKentucky
222St. Louis RamsChuck OsborneDefensive tackleArizona
223Minnesota VikingsJon MerrillTackleDuke
224Oakland RaidersDarius SmithCenterSam Houston State
225Seattle SeahawksJohnie ChurchDefensive endFlorida
226Denver BroncosChris BanksGuardKansas
227Jacksonville Jaguars Clarence JonesWide receiverTennessee State
228Jacksonville Jaguars Gregory SpannWide receiverJackson State
229Atlanta FalconsEthan BrooksDefensive endWilliams
230Miami DolphinsJeff BuckeyGuardStanford
231San Diego ChargersFreddie BradleyRunning backSonoma State
232Indianapolis ColtsAdrian RobinsonDefensive backBaylor
233Chicago BearsMarcus KeyesDefensive tackleNorth Alabama
234Carolina PanthersKerry HicksDefensive tackleColorado
235Denver BroncosL. T. LevineRunning backKansas
236Denver BroncosBrian GragertPunterWyoming
237Buffalo BillsDan BradenburgDefensive endIndiana State
238Baltimore Ravens Jon StarkQuarterbackTrinity
239San Francisco 49ersSean ManuelTight endNew Mexico State
240Green Bay PackersKyle WachholtzQuarterbackUSC
241Kansas City ChiefsJeff SmithCenterTennessee
242Pittsburgh SteelersCarlos EmmonsLinebackerArkansas State
243Dallas CowboysRyan WoodRunning backArizona State
244Buffalo BillsJay RiemersmaTight endMichigan
245Kansas City ChiefsDarrell WilliamsDefensive backTennessee State
246New Orleans SaintsHenry LuskTight endUtah
247New England PatriotsJ. R. ConradTackleOklahoma
248Oakland RaidersJoey WylieGuardStephen F. Austin
249Buffalo BillsEric SmedleyDefensive backIndiana
250Washington RedskinsDeAndre MaxwellWide receiverSan Diego State
251Miami DolphinsBrice HunterWide receiverGeorgia
252Green Bay PackersKeith McKenzieLinebackerBall State
253Chicago BearsMichael HicksRunning backSouth Carolina State
254 [4]San Francisco 49ersSam ManuelLinebackerNew Mexico State
= Pro Bowler [2]

Notable undrafted playersEdit

NFL Team Player Position College
Green Bay Packers Joe Nedney Kicker San Jose State
New England Patriots Ray Lucas Quarterback Rutgers
Philadelphia Eagles Hollis Thomas Defensive Tackle Northern Illinois
New England Patriots Adam Vinatieri Kicker South Dakota State

Hall of famersEdit

None of the drafted players from the 1996 NFL Draft have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. However, many of the players drafted are expected to make it when they are eligible.


  1. Football Prospectus 2007, p. 461
  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. Eddie George, 1995 Heisman Trophy winner "1995 Heisman Trophy winner". Retrieved 2008-10-11.[dead link]
  4. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.

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