1997 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 19–20, 1997
First selection Orlando Pace, OT
St. Louis Rams
Mr. Irrelevant Ronnie McAda, QB
Green Bay Packers
Most selections
Fewest selections
Overall selections 253
NFL Draft
 < 1996 1998 > 

The 1997 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 19–20, 1997. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft was notable for its high-profile offensive linemen. The first overall selection was Orlando Pace, who has appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2000 to 2006. Defensive End Peter Boulware was picked 4th overall in the draft, and finished his career with a Baltimore Ravens team record 70 sacks. Walter Jones was taken 6th overall, and has made 9 Pro Bowls, including seven consecutive from 2001 to 2007. Tarik Glenn was selected 19th overall and has been named to three Pro Bowls as well. Others include Chris Naeole, Dan Neil, Ryan Tucker, Jeff Mitchell, Mike Flynn, and Joe Andruzzi.

The '97 Draft is also well-known for its running backs. Warrick Dunn was drafted 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for over 10,000 yards in his career. Corey Dillon, Tiki Barber, Antowain Smith, Priest Holmes, and Duce Staley all enjoyed productive seasons in the NFL.

This draft is also well-known for its undrafted Pro Bowl players. Jake Delhomme, Priest Holmes, and Pat Williams all made Pro-Bowl trips at some point in their careers.

Player selectionsEdit

= Pro Bowler [1]

Round oneEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1St. Louis Rams (from New York Jets) Orlando PaceOffensive tackleOhio State
2Oakland RaidersDarrell RussellDefensive tackleUSC
3Seattle Seahawks (from Atlanta Falcons for 1997 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks)Shawn SpringsDefensive backOhio State
4Baltimore RavensPeter BoulwareLinebackerFlorida State
5Detroit LionsBryant WestbrookDefensive backTexas
6Seattle Seahawks (from St. Louis Rams via New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Walter JonesOffensive tackleFlorida State
7New York GiantsIke HilliardWide receiverFlorida
8New York Jets(from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)James FarriorLinebackerVirginia
9Arizona CardinalsTommy KnightDefensive backIowa
10New Orleans SaintsChris NaeoleGuardColorado
11Atlanta FalconsMichael BookerDefensive backNebraska
12Tampa Bay BuccaneersWarrick DunnRunning backFlorida State
13Kansas City ChiefsTony GonzalezTight endCalifornia
14Cincinnati BengalsReinard WilsonLinebackerFlorida State
15Miami DolphinsYatil GreenWide receiverMiami
16Tampa Bay BuccaneersReidel AnthonyWide receiverFlorida
17Washington RedskinsKenard LangDefensive endMiami
18Tennessee OilersKenny HolmesDefensive endMiami
19Indianapolis ColtsTarik GlennOffensive tackleCalifornia
20Minnesota VikingsDwayne RuddLinebackerAlabama
21Jacksonville JaguarsRenaldo WynnDefensive tackleNotre Dame
22Dallas CowboysDavid LaFleurTight endLSU
23Buffalo BillsAntowain SmithRunning backHouston
24Pittsburgh SteelersChad ScottDefensive backMaryland
25Philadelphia EaglesJon HarrisDefensive endVirginia
26San Francisco 49ersJim DruckenmillerQuarterbackVirginia Tech
27Carolina PanthersRae CarruthWide receiverColorado
28Denver BroncosTrevor PryceDefensive linemanClemson
29New England PatriotsChris CantyDefensive backKansas State
30Green Bay PackersRoss VerbaOffensive tackleIowa

Round twoEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31New York JetsRick TerryDefensive tackleNorth Carolina
32Atlanta FalconsNathan DavisDefensive endIndiana
33New Orleans SaintsRob KellyDefensive backOhio State
34Baltimore RavensJamie SharperLinebackerVirginia
35Detroit LionsJuan RoqueOffensive tackleArizona State
36New York GiantsTiki BarberRunning backVirginia
37Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry WunschOffensive tackleWisconsin
38Chicago BearsJohn AllredTight endUSC
39New Orleans SaintsJared TomichDefensive endNebraska
40St. Louis RamsDexter McCleonDefensive backClemson
41Atlanta FalconsByron HanspardRunning backTexas Tech
42Arizona CardinalsJake PlummerQuarterbackArizona State
43Cincinnati BengalsCorey DillonRunning backWashington
44Miami DolphinsSam MadisonCornerbackLouisville
45San Diego ChargersFreddie JonesTight endNorth Carolina
46Tennessee OilersJoey KentWide receiverTennessee
47Kansas City ChiefsKevin LockettWide receiverKansas State
48Indianapolis ColtsAdam MeadowsOffensive tackleGeorgia
49Minnesota VikingsTorrian GrayFree SafetyVirginia Tech
50Jacksonville JaguarsMike LoganCornerbackWest Virginia
51Washington RedskinsGreg JonesLinebackerColorado
52Buffalo BillsMarcellus WileyDefensive endColumbia
53Pittsburgh SteelersWill BlackwellWide receiverSan Diego State
54Detroit LionsKevin AbramsCornerbackSyracuse
55San Francisco 49ersMarc EdwardsRunning backNotre Dame
56Carolina PanthersMike MinterFree SafetyNebraska
57Philadelphia EaglesJames DarlingLinebackerWashington State
58Baltimore RavensKim HerringFree SafetyPenn State
59New England PatriotsBrandon MitchellDefensive endTexas A&M
60Green Bay PackersDarren SharperDefensive backWilliam & Mary

Round threeEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
61New England PatriotsSedrick ShawRunning backIowa
62New Orleans SaintsTroy DavisRunning backIowa State
63Tampa Bay BuccaneersFrank MiddletonGuardArizona
64Baltimore RavensJay GrahamRunning backTennessee
65Dallas CowboysDexter CoakleyOutside linebackerAppalachian State
66Tampa Bay BuccaneersRonde BarberCornerbackVirginia
67Denver BroncosDan NeilOffensive guardTexas
68New York GiantsRyan PhillipsLinebackerIdaho
69Chicago BearsBob SappOffensive guardWashington
70Atlanta FalconsO. J. SantiagoTight endKent State
71Philadelphia EaglesDuce StaleyRunning backSouth Carolina
72Oakland RaidersAdam TreuOffensive guardNebraska
73Miami DolphinsJason TaylorDefensive endAkron
74San Diego ChargersMichael HamiltonLinebackerNorth Carolina A&T
75Tennessee OilersDenard WalkerCornerbackKent State
76Cincinnati BengalsRod PayneCenterMichigan
77San Francisco 49ersGreg ClarkTight endStanford
78Minnesota VikingsStalin ColinetDefensive endBoston College
79Jacksonville JaguarsJames HamiltonLinebackerNorth Carolina
80Washington RedskinsDerek SmithOutside linebackerArizona State
81Tennessee OilersScott SandersonOffensive tackleWashington State
82Pittsburgh SteelersPaul WigginsOffensive tackleOregon
83Dallas CowboysSteve ScifresOffensive guardWyoming
84Arizona CardinalsTy HowardCornerbackOhio State
85Oakland RaidersTim KohnOffensive guardIowa State
86Indianapolis ColtsBertrand BerryLinebackerNotre Dame
87Carolina PanthersKinnon TatumLinebackerNotre Dame
88New York JetsDedric WardWide receiverNorthern Iowa
89New England PatriotsChris CarterDefensive backTexas
90Green Bay PackersBrett ConwayKickerPenn State
91Pittsburgh SteelersMike VrabelDefensive endOhio State
92Miami DolphinsDerrick RodgersOutside linebackerArizona State
93Miami DolphinsRonnie WardLinebackerKansas
94Dallas CowboysKenny WheatonDefensive backOregon
95New York GiantsBrad MaynardPunterBall State
96Miami DolphinsBrent SmithOffensive tackleMississippi State

Round fourEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
97New England PatriotsDamon DensonOffensive guardMichigan
98Tennessee OilersDerrick MasonWide receiverMichigan State
99New Orleans SaintsDanny Wuerffel [2]QuarterbackFlorida
100Atlanta FalconsHenri CrockettLinebackerFlorida State
101Dallas CowboysAntonio AndersonDefensive tackleSyracuse
102New York JetsTerry DayDefensive endMississippi State
103New York GiantsPete MontyLinebackerWisconsin
104New York JetsLeon JohnsonRunning backNorth Carolina
105Chicago BearsDarnell AutryRunning backNorthwestern
106Arizona CardinalsChris DishmanOffensive linemanNebraska
107Tennessee OilersPratt LyonsDefensive LinemanTroy State
108Chicago BearsMarcus RobinsonWide receiverSouth Carolina
109San Diego ChargersRaleigh RoundtreeOffensive linemanSouth Carolina State
110Kansas City ChiefsPat BarnesQuarterbackCalifornia
111Cincinnati BengalsTremain MackDefensive backMiami
112St. Louis RamsRyan TuckerOffensive linemanTCU
113Minnesota VikingsAntonio BanksDefensive backVirginia Tech
114Jacksonville JaguarsSeth PayneDefensive LinemanCornell
115Washington RedskinsAlbert ConnellWide receiverTexas A&M
116New Orleans SaintsKeith PooleWide receiverArizona State
117Indianapolis ColtsMonty MontgomeryDefensive backHouston
118Baltimore RavensTyrus McCloudLinebackerLouisville
119Philadelphia EaglesDamien RobinsonDefensive backIowa
120Buffalo BillsJamie NailsOffensive linemanFlorida A&M
121Miami DolphinsJerome DanielsTackleNortheastern
122Carolina Panthers Tarek SalehLinebackerWisconsin
123Oakland RaidersChad LevittRunning backCornell
124Denver BroncosCory GilliardDefensive backBall State
125New England PatriotsEd EllisTackleBuffalo Bulls
126Green Bay PackersJermaine SmithDefensive tackleGeorgia
127Dallas CowboysMacey BrooksWide receiverJames Madison
128Tampa Bay BuccanneersAlshermond SingletonLinebackerTemple
129Dallas CowboysNicky SualuaFullbackOhio State
130Detroit LionsMatt RussellLinebackerColorado

Round fiveEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
131New York JetsLamont BurnsOffensive linemanEast Carolina
132Washington RedskinsJamel WilliamsDefensive backNebraska
133Atlanta FalconsMarcus WimberlyDefensive backMiami (FL)
134Baltimore RavensJeff MitchellOffensive linemanFlorida
135Detroit LionsPete ChryplewiczTight endNotre Dame
136New York GiantsSam GarnesDefensive backCincinnati
137Tampa Bay BuccaneersPatrick HapeTight endAlabama
138San Diego ChargersKenny BynumRunning backSouth Carolina State
139Arizona CardinalsChad CarpenterWide receiverWashington State
140Washington RedskinsKeith ThibodeauxDefensive backNorthwest Louisiana
141Chicago BearsVan HilesDefensive backKentucky
142Seattle SeahawksEric StokesDefensive backNebraska
143Tennessee OilersGeorge McCulloughDefensive backBaylor
144Cincinnati BengalsAndre PurvisDefensive tackleNorth Carolina
145New York JetsRaymond AustinDefensive backTennessee
146San Diego ChargersPaul BradfordDefensive backPortland State
147Jacksonville JaguarsDamon JonesTight endSouthern Illinois
148Washington RedskinsTwan RussellLinebackerMiami(FL)
149Miami DolphinsBarron TannerDefensive tackleOklahoma
150Indianapolis ColtsNate JacquetWide receiverSan Diego State
151Minnesota VikingsTony WilliamsDefensive tackleMemphis
152Philadelphia EaglesNdukwe KaluDefensive endRice
153Buffalo BillsSean WoodsonDefensive backJackson State
154Pittsburgh SteelersGeorge JonesRunning backSan Diego State
155Philadelphia EaglesLuther BroughtonTight endFurman
156Indianapolis ColtsCarl PowellDefensive endLouisville
157Miami DolphinsNick LopezDefensive endTexas Southern
158St. Louis RamsTaje AllenDefensive backTexas
159New England PatriotsVernon CrawfordLinebackerFlorida State
160Green Bay PackersAnthony HicksLinebackerMiddle Tennessee State
161Detroit LionsDuane AshmanDefensive endVirginia
162Washington RedskinsBrad BadgerGuardStanford
163Kansas City ChiefsJune HenleyRunning backKansas

Round sixEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
164New York JetsTim ScharfLinebackerNorthwestern
165New Orleans SaintsNicky SavoieTight endLouisiana State
166Miami DolphinsJohn FialaLinebackerWashington
167Baltimore RavensSteve LeeRunning backIndiana
168Detroit LionsTony RamirezGuardNorthern Colorado
169Tampa Bay BuccaneersAl HarrisCornerbackTexas A&M-Kingsville
170Miami DolphinsBrian ManningWide receiverStanford
171New York GiantsMike CherryQuarterbackMurray State
172Oakland RaidersCalvin BranchRunning backColorado State
173Miami DolphinsMike CrawfordLinebackerNevada
174Seattle SeahawksItula MiliTight endBrigham Young
175Arizona Cardinals Rod BrownRunning backNorth Carolina State
176Cincinnati BengalsCanute CurtisLinebackerWest Virginia
177Miami DolphinsEd PerryTight endJames Madison
178San Diego ChargersDaniel PalmerCenterAir Force
179St. Louis RamsMuadianvita KazadiLinebackerTulsa
180Atlanta FalconsCalvin CollinsCenterTexas A&M
181Tennessee Oilers Dennis StallingsLinebackerIllinois
182Indianapolis ColtsScott Von der AheLinebackerArizona State
183Minnesota VikingsRobert TateWide receiverCincinnati
184Jacksonville JaguarsDaimon SheltonRunning backSacramento State
185Buffalo BillsMarcus SpriggsGuardHouston
186Pittsburgh SteelersDaryl PorterDefensive backBoston College
187Dallas CowboysLee VaughnDefensive backWyoming
188Arizona Cardinals Tony McCombsLinebackerEastern Kentucky
189Carolina PanthersMatt FinkesDefensive endOhio State
190Philadelphia EaglesAntwuan WyattWide receiverBethune-Cookman
191New York JetsChuck ClementsQuarterbackHouston
192New England PatriotsTony GaiterWide receiverMiami (FL)
193Oakland RaidersGrady JacksonDefensive tackleKnoxville
194Baltimore Ravens Cornell BrownDefensive endVirginia Tech
195Kansas City ChiefsIsaac ByrdWide receiverKansas
196Chicago BearsShawn SwaydaDefensive tackleArizona State
197Tampa Bay BuccaneersNigea CarterWide receiverMichigan State
198Philadelphia EaglesEd JasperDefensive tackleTexas A&M
199Pittsburgh SteelersRod ManuelDefensive endOklahoma
200Chicago BearsRichard HogansLinebackerMemphis
201Chicago BearsRicky ParkerDefensive backSan Diego State

Round sevenEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
202New York JetsSteve RosgaDefensive backColorado
203Miami DolphinsHudhaifa IsmaeliDefensive backNorthwestern
204Atlanta FalconsTony GrazianiQuarterbackOregon
205Baltimore Ravens Chris WardDefensive endKentucky
206Detroit LionsTerry BattleRunning backArizona State
207Philadelphia EaglesKoy DetmerQuarterbackColorado
208New York GiantsMatt KeneleyDefensive tackleUSC
209Tampa Bay BuccaneersAnthony DeGrateDefensive tackleStephen F. Austin
210Chicago BearsMike MianoDefensive tackleSW Missouri State
211Seattle SeahawksCarlos JonesDefensive backMiami (FL)
212Arizona Cardinals Mark SmithDefensive endAuburn
213Green Bay PackersChris MillerWide receiverUSC
214Kansas City ChiefsNathan ParksTackleStanford
215St. Louis RamsCedric WhiteDefensive endNorth Carolina A&T
216Tennessee Oilers Armon WilliamsLinebackerArizona
217Cincinnati BengalsWilliam CarrDefensive tackleMichigan
218San Diego ChargersToran JamesLinebackerNorth Carolina A&T
219Indianapolis ColtsClarence ThompsonDefensive backKnoxville
220Minnesota VikingsArtie UlmerLinebackerValdosta State
221Jacksonville Jaguars Jon HesseLinebackerNebraska
222Atlanta FalconsChris BayneDefensive backFresno State
223Pittsburgh SteelersMike AdamsWide receiverTexas
224Dallas CowboysOmar StoutmireDefensive backFresno State
225Philadelphia EaglesByron CapersDefensive backFlorida State
226Buffalo BillsPat FitzgeraldTight endTexas
227Philadelphia EaglesDeauntae BrownDefensive backCentral State (OH)
228Carolina PanthersKris MangumTight endMississippi
229New York JetsJason FergusonDefensive tackleGeorgia
230New England PatriotsScott RehbergTackleCentral Michigan
231Green Bay PackersJerald SowellRunning backTulane
232Detroit LionsMarcus HarrisWide receiverWyoming
233Chicago BearsMarvin ThomasDefensive endMemphis
234Baltimore RavensWally RichardsonQuarterbackPenn State
235Minnesota VikingsMatthew HatchetteWide receiverLangston
236Baltimore Ravens Ralph StatenLinebackerAlabama
237San Diego ChargersTony CorbinQuarterbackSacramento State
238Baltimore Ravens Leland TaylorDefensive tackleLouisville
239Detroit LionsRichard JordanLinebackerMissouri Southern
240 [3]Green Bay PackersRonnie McAdaQuarterbackArmy
= Pro Bowler [1]

Notable undrafted playersEdit

Original NFL Team Player Position College
Baltimore Ravens Priest Holmes Running back Texas
Baltimore Ravens Mike Flynn Center Maine
Buffalo Bills Pat Williams Defensive tackle Texas A&M
Green Bay Packers Joe Andruzzi Offensive lineman Southern Connecticut St
Denver Broncos Matt Lepsis Offensive tackle Colorado
New Orleans Saints Sammy Knight Defensive Back USC
New Orleans Saints Jake Delhomme Quarterback Louisiana-Lafayette
Seattle Seahawks Jon Kitna Quarterback Central Washington
Detroit Lions Travis Kirschke Defensive End UCLA

Hall of famersEdit

None of the drafted players from the 1997 NFL Draft have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. Danny Wuerffel, 1996 Heisman Trophy winner "1996 Heisman Trophy winner". Retrieved 2008-10-11.[dead link]
  3. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.

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