1976 NFL draft

National Football League draft

1976 NFL draft
General information
Date(s)April 8–9, 1976
LocationRoosevelt Hotel
in New York City, NY
487 total selections in 17 rounds
First selectionLee Roy Selmon, DE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mr. IrrelevantKelvin Kirk, WR
Pittsburgh Steelers
Most selections (25)Seattle Seahawks
Fewest selections (11)Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers
  • DE Lee Roy Selmon
  • CB Mike Haynes
  • OT Jackie Slater
  • LB Harry Carson
  • WR Steve Largent
← 1975
1977 →

The 1976 NFL draft was an annual player selection meeting held April 8–9, 1976, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York.[1][2]

The draft lasted 17 rounds, with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks making the first two selections. The Buccaneers were awarded the first overall pick of the draft after winning a draw over the Seahawks, and used that pick to select defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon. The expansion teams were also given a pair of extra picks at the end of each of rounds 2–5. The 1976 draft was the final NFL draft to last seventeen rounds; it was reduced to twelve rounds in 1977, and it was the first draft to officially have the infamous unofficial award, "Mr. Irrelevant", for the final player selected. Like 1974, the 1976 draft is generally regarded as one of the worst quarterback draft classes of all time. No quarterback from the 1976 draft class ever reached the Pro Bowl, an All-Pro team or a Super Bowl, and according to the estimate of Eldorado this quarterback class was the second-worst after 1996.[3] Only first round pick Richard Todd, who led the New York Jets to their first postseason appearances since Super Bowl III in 1981 and 1982, was ever a regular starter.

Five teams lost picks as a penalty for illegally signing former World Football League players: the New York Giants and Chicago Bears lost sixth-round picks, the Washington Redskins lost their seventh-round pick, and the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets lost their tenth-round selections.[4]

The college draft was originally scheduled for February 3–4, 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 expansion draft. The court case delayed both the expansion draft and the annual college draft.[5]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer
Jump to round
* = compensatory selection
= Pro Bowler[6]
= Hall of Famer[7]
Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back EDGE Edge
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard K Kicker[a] KR Kickoff returner LB Linebacker
LS Long snapper OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman NT Nose tackle
P Punter PR Punt returner QB Quarterback RB Running back
S Safety SS Strong safety TE Tight end WR Wide receiver
  1. ^ Also known as placekicker (PK)

Round one

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon DE Oklahoma Big Eight
Expansion Pick
1 2 Seattle Seahawks Steve Niehaus  DT Notre Dame Ind.
Expansion Pick
1 3 New Orleans Saints Chuck Muncie  RB California Pac-8
1 4 San Diego Chargers Joe Washington  RB Oklahoma Big Eight
1 5 New England Patriots Mike Haynes CB Arizona State WAC
1 6 New York Jets Richard Todd  QB Alabama SEC
1 7 Cleveland Browns Mike Pruitt  RB Purdue Big Ten
1 8 Chicago Bears Dennis Lick  OT Wisconsin Big Ten
from Green Bay via Los Angeles through Detroit
1 9 Atlanta Falcons Bubba Bean  RB Texas A&M SWC
1 10 Detroit Lions James Hunter  CB Grambling State SWAC
from Chicago
1 11 Cincinnati Bengals Billy Brooks  WR Oklahoma Big Eight
1 12 New England Patriots Pete Brock  C Colorado Big Eight
1 13 New York Giants Troy Archer  DE Colorado Big Eight
1 14 Kansas City Chiefs Rod Walters  OG Iowa Big Ten
1 15 Denver Broncos Tom Glassic  OG Virginia ACC
1 16 Detroit Lions Lawrence Gaines  RB Wyoming WAC
1 17 Miami Dolphins Larry Gordon  LB Arizona State WAC
1 18 Buffalo Bills Mario Clark  CB Oregon Pac-8
1 19 Miami Dolphins Kim Bokamper  LB San Jose State PCAA
1 20 Baltimore Colts Ken Novak  DT Purdue Big Ten
1 21 New England Patriots Tim Fox  S Ohio State Big Ten
Houston via San Francisco
1 22 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Dawson  DT Arizona WAC
1 23 Green Bay Packers Mark Koncar  OT Colorado Big Eight
from Oakland
1 24 Cincinnati Bengals Archie Griffin  RB Ohio State Big Ten
1974 and 1975 Heisman Trophy winner[8]
1 25 Minnesota Vikings James White  DT Oklahoma State Big Eight
1 26 Los Angeles Rams Kevin McLain  LB Colorado State WAC
1 27 Dallas Cowboys Aaron Kyle  CB Wyoming WAC
1 28 Pittsburgh Steelers Bennie Cunningham  TE Clemson ACC

Round two

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
2 29 Seattle Seahawks Sammy Green  LB Florida SEC
Expansion Pick
2 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jimmy DuBose  RB Florida SEC
Expansion Pick
2 31 San Diego Chargers Don Macek  OG Boston College Ind.
2 32 New Orleans Saints Tony Galbreath  RB Missouri Big Eight
2 33 New York Jets Shafer Suggs  S Ball State MAC
2 34 Oakland Raiders Charles Philyaw  DT Texas Southern SWAC
from Cleveland
2 35 New England Patriots Ike Forte  RB Arkansas SWC
2 36 Atlanta Falcons Sonny Collins  RB Kentucky SEC
2 37 Pittsburgh Steelers Ray Pinney  OG Washington Pac-8
from Chicago
2 38 Cincinnati Bengals Glenn Bujnoch  OG Texas A&M SWC
from Philadelphia
2 39 Los Angeles Rams Pat Thomas  CB Texas A&M SWC
from Green Bay
2 40 Dallas Cowboys Jim Jensen  RB Iowa Big Ten
from N. Y. Giants
2 41 Kansas City Chiefs Cliff Frazier  DT UCLA Pac-8
2 42 San Francisco 49ers Randy Cross  C UCLA Pac-8
2 43 Denver Broncos Kurt Knoff  S Kansas Big Eight
2 44 Detroit Lions Ken Long  OG Purdue Big Ten
2 45 Buffalo Bills Ken Jones  OG Arkansas State Southland
2 46 Detroit Lions David Hill  TE Texas A&I LSC
From Washington through San Diego
2 47 Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Kruczek  QB Boston College Ind.
from Baltimore
2 48 Houston Oilers Mike Barber  TE Louisiana Tech Southland
2 49 Miami Dolphins Loaird McCreary  TE Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
2 50 Oakland Raiders Jeb Blount  QB Tulsa MVC
2 51 Cincinnati Bengals Chris Bahr  K Penn State Ind.
2 52 Buffalo Bills Joe Devlin  OT Iowa Big Ten
from St. Louis
2 53 Los Angeles Rams Ron McCartney  LB Tennessee SEC
2 54 Minnesota Vikings Sammy White  WR Grambling State SWAC
2 55 Dallas Cowboys Jim Eidson  OG Mississippi State SEC
2 56 Dallas Cowboys Files, JamesJames Files  C McNeese State Southland
2 57 San Francisco 49ers Eddie Lewis  DB Kansas Big Eight
From Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Expansion Pick)
2 58 Seattle Seahawks Sherman Smith  RB Miami (OH) MAC
Expansion Pick
2 59 Seattle Seahawks Steve Raible  WR Georgia Tech Ind.
Expansion Pick
2 60 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dewey Selmon  DT Oklahoma Big Eight
Expansion Pick

Round three

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
3 61 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Steve Young  OT Colorado Big Eight
3 62 Seattle Seahawks Jeff Lloyd  DE West Texas A&M MVC
3 63 Kansas City Chiefs Keith Simons  DT Minnesota Big Ten
from New Orleans via San Francisco
3 64 San Diego Chargers Larry Dorsey  WR Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
3 65 Cleveland Browns Dave Logan  WR Colorado Big Eight
3 66 Chicago Bears Brian Baschnagel  WR Ohio State Big Ten
from New England
3 67 New York Jets Greg Buttle  LB Penn State Ind.
3 68 Detroit Lions Russ Bolinger  OT Long Beach State PCAA
from Chicago
3 69 Cincinnati Bengals Danny Reece  CB USC Pac-8
from Philadelphia
3 70 Pittsburgh Steelers Ron Coder  DT Penn State Ind.
from Green Bay
3 71 Atlanta Falcons Dave Scott  OT Kansas Big Eight
3 72 Green Bay Packers Mike McCoy  CB Colorado Big Eight
from Kansas City
3 73 Dallas Cowboys Duke Fergerson  WR San Diego State Big West
from San Francisco
3 74 Kansas City Chiefs Gary Barbaro  S Nicholls State Gulf South
from N. Y. Giants via Green Bay
3 75 Dallas Cowboys John Smith  RB Boise State Big Sky
from Denver
3 76 Detroit Lions John Woodcock  DT Hawaii Ind.
3 77 New Orleans Saints Bob Simmons  OT Texas SWC
from Washington via San Diego
3 78 Buffalo Bills Ben Williams  DE Ole Miss SEC
3 79 Kansas City Chiefs Henry Marshall  WR Missouri Big Eight
from Houston
3 80 Miami Dolphins Duriel Harris  WR New Mexico State MVC
3 81 Baltimore Colts Ed Simonini  LB Texas A&M SWC
3 82 Cincinnati Bengals Reggie Williams  LB Dartmouth Ivy
3 83 St. Louis Cardinals Brad Oates  OT BYU WAC
3 84 Oakland Raiders Rik Bonness  C Nebraska Big Eight
3 85 Minnesota Vikings Wes Hamilton  OG Tulsa MVC
3 86 Los Angeles Rams Jackie Slater OT Jackson State SWAC
3 87 Dallas Cowboys Butch Johnson  WR UC Riverside N/A
3 88 Pittsburgh Steelers Ernie Pough  WR Texas Southern SWAC
3 89 Seattle Seahawks Rick Engles  P Tulsa MVC
3 90 Baltimore Colts Ron Lee  RB West Virginia Ind.
3 91 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Steve Maughan  LB Utah State Ind. (Univ.)
3 92 Seattle Seahawks Don Bitterlich  K Temple Ind.

Round four

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
4 93 Seattle Seahawks Steve Myer  QB New Mexico WAC
4 94 Los Angeles Rams Taylor, GeraldGerald Taylor  WR Texas A&I LSC
from Tampa Bay
4 95 San Diego Chargers Bob Horn  LB Oregon State Pac-8
4 96 New Orleans Saints Tinker Owens  WR Oklahoma Big Eight
4 97 Cleveland Browns Gene Swick  QB Toledo MAC
from New England via Philadelphia
4 98 Miami Dolphins Melvin Mitchell  OG Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
from N. Y. Jets via Chicago
4 99 Cleveland Browns Richard St. Clair  DE Grambling State SWAC
4 100 San Francisco 49ers Steve Rivera  WR California Pac-8
from Philadelphia
4 101 Green Bay Packers Tom Perko  LB Pittsburgh Ind.
4 102 Atlanta Falcons Brett, WaltWalt Brett  DE Montana Big Sky
4 103 Chicago Bears John Sciarra  S UCLA Pac-8
4 104 New York Giants Gordon Bell  RB Michigan Big Ten
4 105 New York Giants Harry Carson LB South Carolina State MEAC
4 106 Cincinnati Bengals Tony Davis  RB Nebraska Big Eight
from Kansas City
4 107 Denver Broncos Craig Penrose  QB San Diego State Big West
4 108 Chicago Bears Rhodes, WayneWayne Rhodes  DB Alabama SEC
from Detroit via Miami
4 109 Buffalo Bills Dan Jilek  LB Michigan Big Ten
4 110 Oakland Raiders Herb McMath  LB Morningside
from Washington via San Diego
4 111 Philadelphia Eagles Smith, MikeMike Smith  DE Florida SEC
from Miami
4 112 Pittsburgh Steelers Wonder Monds  DB Nebraska Big Eight
from Baltimore
4 113 San Diego Chargers Ron Singleton  TE Grambling State SWAC
from Houston via Oakland
4 114 St. Louis Cardinals Pat Tilley  WR Louisiana Tech Southland
4 115 San Diego Chargers Artie Owens  WR West Virginia Ind.
from Oakland
4 116 Cincinnati Bengals Greg Fairchild  OG Tulsa MVC
4 117 Houston Oilers Steve Largent WR Tulsa MVC
from Los Angeles via Philadelphia through Green Bay
4 118 Minnesota Vikings Leonard Willis  WR Ohio State Big Ten
4 119 Dallas Cowboys Tom Rafferty  OG Penn State Ind.
4 120 Pittsburgh Steelers Theo Bell  WR Arizona WAC
4 121 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Appleby, RichardRichard Appleby  WR Georgia SEC
4 122 Seattle Seahawks Randy Johnson  OG Georgia SEC
4 123 Seattle Seahawks Andrew Bolton  RB Fisk SIAC
4 124 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Everett Little  OG Houston Ind.

Round five

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
5 125 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kelson, MichaelMichael Kelson  DB West Texas State MVC
5 126 Seattle Seahawks Don Dufek  S Michigan Big Ten
5 127 New Orleans Saints Parrish, ScottScott Parrish  OT Utah State Ind. (Univ.)
5 128 Los Angeles Rams Carl Ekern  LB San Jose State PCAA
from San Diego
5 129 New York Jets King, SteveSteve King  OT Michigan Big Ten
5 130 Cleveland Browns Henry Sheppard  OT SMU SWC
5 131 San Diego Chargers Woodrow Lowe  LB Alabama SEC
from New England
5 132 Green Bay Packers Aundra Thompson  RB East Texas State LSC
5 133 Minnesota Vikings Steve Wagner  S Wisconsin Big Ten
from Atlanta
5 134 Baltimore Colts Sanders Shiver  LB Carson-Newman SAC
from Chicago via Miami through Chicago
5 135 Philadelphia Eagles Greg Johnson  DT Florida State Ind.
5 136 New York Giants Melvin Wilson  DB Cal State Northridge CCAA
5 137 Kansas City Chiefs Willie Lee  DT Bethune-Cookman SIAC
5 138 Cincinnati Bengals Willie Shelby  RB Alabama SEC
from San Francisco
5 139 Denver Broncos Lonnie Perrin  RB Illinois Big Ten
5 140 San Francisco 49ers Tony Leonard  CB Virginia Union CIAA
from Detroit
5 141 St. Louis Cardinals Wayne Morris  RB SMU SWC
from Washington
5 142 Buffalo Bills Fred Coleman  TE Northeast Louisiana Ind.
5 143 Baltimore Colts Mike Kirkland  QB Arkansas SWC
5 144 Kansas City Chiefs Jimbo Elrod  LB Oklahoma Big Eight
from Houston
5 145 Detroit Lions Scavella, SteadmanSteadman Scavella  LB Miami (FL) Ind.
from Miami
5 146 Oakland Raiders Fred Steinfort  K Boston College Ind.
5 147 Cincinnati Bengals Scott Perry  CB Williams NESCAC
5 148 Washington Redskins Hughes, MikeMike Hughes  OG Baylor SWC
from St. Louis
5 149 Minnesota Vikings Barnette, KeithKeith Barnette  RB Boston College Ind.
5 150 Los Angeles Rams Ken Bordelon  DE LSU SEC
5 151 Dallas Cowboys Wally Pesuit  OT Kentucky SEC
5 152 Pittsburgh Steelers Norton, RodneyRodney Norton  LB Rice SWC
5 153 Seattle Seahawks Ernie Jones  CB Miami (FL) Ind.
5 154 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Steve Wilson  OT Georgia SEC
5 155 Los Angeles Rams Dwight Scales  WR Grambling State SWAC
from Tampa Bay
5 156 Seattle Seahawks Bates, LarryLarry Bates  RB Miami (FL) Ind.

Round six

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
6 157 Seattle Seahawks Alvis Darby  TE Florida SEC
6 158 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Curtis Jordan  S Texas Tech SWC
6 159 Pittsburgh Steelers Gray Dunn  DT Miami (FL) Ind.
from San Diego via S. Louis
6 160 New Orleans Saints Terry Stieve  OG Wisconsin Big Ten
6 161 Chicago Bears Dan Jiggetts  OT Harvard Ivy
from Cleveland
6 162 New York Giants Dan Lloyd  LB Washington Pac-8
from New England
6 163 New York Jets Bob Martin  LB Nebraska Big Eight
6 164 Buffalo Bills Leslie Benson  DE Baylor SWC
from Atlanta
6 165 Philadelphia Eagles Johnson, KirkKirk Johnson  OT Howard Payne LSC
6 166 Kansas City Chiefs Steve Taylor  SS Kansas Big Eight
from Green Bay via Houston
6 167 Kansas City Chiefs Gregolunas, BobBob Gregolunas  LB Northern Illinois MAC
6 168 San Francisco 49ers Robert Pennywell  LB Grambling State SWAC
6 169 Atlanta Falcons Varner, StanStan Varner  DT BYU WAC
from Denver
6 170 New England Patriots Greg Boyd  DE San Diego State Big West
6 171 Buffalo Bills Scott Piper  WR Arizona WAC
6 172 Kansas City Chiefs Harper, CalvinCalvin Harper  OT Illinois State Ind. (Coll.)
from Washington
6 173 Houston Oilers Todd Simonsen  OT South Dakota State NCC
6 174 Miami Dolphins Gary Davis  RB Cal Poly CCAA
6 175 Buffalo Bills Darnell Powell  RB Chattanooga Ind. (Div. II)
6 176 Cincinnati Bengals Nelson, OrlandoOrlando Nelson  TE Utah State Ind. (Univ.)
6 177 San Francisco 49ers Scott Bull  QB Arkansas SWC
from St. Louis
6 178 San Diego Chargers Lane, CalvinCalvin Lane  DB Fresno State PCAA
from Oakland
6 179 Washington Redskins Tom Marvaso  S Cincinnati Ind.
from Los Angeles
6 180 Minnesota Vikings Egerdahl, TerryTerry Egerdahl  DB Minnesota-Duluth NIC
6 181 Dallas Cowboys McGuire, GregGreg McGuire  OT Indiana Big Ten
6 182 Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Deloplaine  RB Salem N/A

Round seven

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
7 183 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Parnell Dickinson  QB Mississippi Valley State SWAC
7 184 Seattle Seahawks Dixon, DickDick Dixon  DT Arkansas State Southland
7 185 Miami Dolphins Ingersoll, JoeJoe Ingersoll  OG UNLV Ind. (Coll.)
from New Orleans
7 186 Dallas Cowboys Greg Schaum  DT Michigan State Big Ten
from San Diego
7 187 Cincinnati Bengals Bob Bateman  QB Brown Ivy
from New England
7 188 New York Jets Abdul Salaam  DE Kent State MAC
7 189 Cleveland Browns Cassidy, SteveSteve Cassidy  DT LSU SEC
7 190 Chicago Bears Jerry Muckensturm  LB Arkansas State Southland
7 191 Philadelphia Eagles Carl Hairston  DE Maryland Eastern Shore N/A
7 192 Cincinnati Bengals Rome, CarmenCarmen Rome  DB Miami (OH) MAC
from Green Bay
7 193 Atlanta Falcons Karl Farmer  WR Pittsburgh Ind.
7 194 San Francisco 49ers Chesley, JayJay Chesley  DB Vanderbilt SEC
7 195 Buffalo Bills Williams, JackieJackie Williams  DB Texas A&M SWC
from N. Y. Giants
7 196 Kansas City Chiefs Wellington, RodRod Wellington  RB Iowa Big Ten
7 197 Houston Oilers Harris, LarryLarry Harris  DT Oklahoma State Big Eight
from Denver
7 198 Detroit Lions Garth TenNapel  LB Texas A&M SWC
7 199 New York Jets Richards, JamesJames Richards  RB Florida SEC
from Buffalo
7 200 Miami Dolphins Owens, JamesJames Owens  DE Tennessee State Ind. (Coll.)
7 201 New Orleans Saints Bauer, EdEd Bauer  OG Notre Dame Ind.
from Baltimore via Chicago through Oakland
7 202 New England Patriots Perry Brooks  DT Southern SWAC
from Houston
7 203 St. Louis Cardinals Rogers, PhilPhil Rogers  RB Virginia Tech Ind.
7 204 Oakland Raiders Clarence Chapman  WR Eastern Michigan MAC
7 205 Cincinnati Bengals Kuhn, KenKen Kuhn  LB Ohio State Big Ten
7 206 Minnesota Vikings Larry Brune  DB Rice SWC
7 207 Los Angeles Rams Buie, LarryLarry Buie  DB Mississippi State SEC
7 208 Dallas Cowboys Dave Williams  RB Colorado Big Eight
7 209 Pittsburgh Steelers Burton, BarryBarry Burton  TE Vanderbilt SEC

Round eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
210 Seattle Seahawks Larry Shipp Wide receiver Louisiana State
211 New York Jets Joe Davis Guard USC
212 San Diego Chargers Tony DiRienzo Kicker Oklahoma
213 New Orleans Saints Craig Cassady Defensive back Ohio State
214 New York Jets Louie Giammona Running back Utah State
215 Buffalo Bills Scott Gardner Quarterback Virginia
216 Philadelphia Eagles Richard LaFargue Center Arkansas
217 Detroit Lions Rich Sorenson Kicker Chico State
218 Green Bay Packers Jim Burrow Defensive back Nebraska
219 Atlanta Falcons Frank Reed Defensive back Washington
220 Oakland Raiders Jerome Dove Defensive back Colorado State
221 New York Giants John Jordan Defensive tackle Indiana
222 Kansas City Chiefs Orrin Olsen Center Brigham Young
223 San Francisco 49ers John Ayers Tackle West Texas State
224 Denver Broncos James Betterson Running back North Carolina
225 Detroit Lions Charles Braswell Defensive back West Virginia
226 Buffalo Bills Bobby Joe Easter Running back Middle Tennessee State
227 Buffalo Bills Art Meadowcroft Guard Minnesota
228 Baltimore Colts Ricky Thompson Wide receiver Baylor
229 Houston Oilers Bobby Simon Tackle Grambling
230 Miami Dolphins Bob Simpson Tackle Colorado
231 Oakland Raiders Terry Kunz Running back Colorado
232 Cincinnati Bengals Ron Hunt Tackle Oregon
233 St. Louis Cardinals Randall Burks Wide receiver SE Oklahoma State
234 Washington Redskins Brian Fryer Wide receiver Alberta
235 New England Patriots Stu Betts Running back Northern Michigan
236 Dallas Cowboys Henry Laws Defensive back South Carolina
237 Pittsburgh Steelers Ed McAleney Defensive tackle Massachusetts

Round nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
238 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Welch Guard Texas A&M
239 Seattle Seahawks Bob Bos Tackle Iowa State
240 New Orleans Saints Warren Peiffer Defensive tackle Iowa
241 Buffalo Bills Jeff Turner Linebacker Kansas
242 Cleveland Browns James Reed Running back Mississippi
243 New England Patriots Doug Beaudoin Defensive back Minnesota
244 New York Jets Ronnie Moore Wide receiver Virginia Military Inst.
245 Green Bay Packers Jim Gueno Linebacker Tulane
246 Atlanta Falcons Phil McKinnely Tackle UCLA
247 Philadelphia Eagles Mike Hogan Running back Tennessee-Chattanooga
248 Philadelphia Eagles Richard Osborne Tight end Texas A&M
249 Kansas City Chiefs Tim Collier Defensive back East Texas State
250 San Francisco 49ers Ken Harrison Wide receiver Southern Methodist
251 San Diego Chargers Glynn Harrison Running back Georgia
252 Denver Broncos Jim Czirr Center Michigan
253 Detroit Lions Leanell Jones Tight end Long Beach State
254 Washington Redskins Curtis Akins Guard Hawaii
255 Buffalo Bills Bob Kotzur Defensive tackle Southwest Texas State
256 Houston Oilers Art Stringer Linebacker Ball State
257 Miami Dolphins Norris Thomas Defensive back Southern Mississippi
258 Baltimore Colts Stu Levenick Tackle Illinois
259 Cincinnati Bengals Lonnie Allgood Wide Receiver Syracuse
260 Denver Broncos Jim Lisko Linebacker Arkansas State
261 Cleveland Browns Craig Nagel Quarterback Purdue
262 Minnesota Vikings Isaac Hagins Wide Receiver Southern
263 Los Angeles Rams Jeb Church Defensive back Stanford
264 Dallas Cowboys Beasley Reece Defensive back North Texas State
265 Pittsburgh Steelers Wentford Gaines Defensive back Cincinnati

Round ten

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
266 Seattle Seahawks Randy Coffield Linebacker Florida State
267 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sid Smith Linebacker Brigham Young
268 San Diego Chargers Jeff Perlinger Defensive end Michigan
269 New Orleans Saints Junior Hardin Linebacker Eastern Kentucky
270 New England Patriots Ricky Feacher Wide receiver Mississippi Valley State
271 Cleveland Browns Doug Kleber Tackle Illinois
272 Washington Redskins Paul Strohmeier Linebacker Washington
273 Philadelphia Eagles Herb Lusk Running back Long Beach State
274 Green Bay Packers Jessie Green Wide receiver Tulsa
275 San Francisco 49ers Robin Ross Tackle Washington State
276 New York Giants John Thomas Running back Valley City State
277 Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Paul Defensive end Colorado
278 Denver Broncos Art Gilliam Defensive end Grambling
279 Detroit Lions Bill Bowerman Defensive back New Mexico State
280 Buffalo Bills Keith Moody Defensive back Syracuse
281 Miami Dolphins Gary Fencik Safety Yale
282 Miami Dolphins Don Testerman Running back Clemson
283 Baltimore Colts Tim Baylor Defensive back Morgan State
284 Houston Oilers Steve Kincannon Quarterback Humboldt State
285 St. Louis Cardinals Randy Walker Running back Bethune-Cookman
286 Oakland Raiders Dwight Lewis Defensive back Purdue
287 Cincinnati Bengals Tom Klaban Kicker Ohio State
288 Los Angeles Rams Freeman Johns Wide receiver Southern Methodist
289 Minnesota Vikings Bill Salmon Quarterback Northern Iowa
290 Dallas Cowboys Leroy Cook Defensive end Alabama
291 Pittsburgh Steelers Gary Campbell Linebacker Colorado

Round eleven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
292 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Melvin Washington Defensive back Colorado State
293 Seattle Seahawks Keith Muehr Punter Southwestern Louisiana
294 New Orleans Saints Greg Kokal Quarterback Kent State
295 San Diego Chargers Ray Preston Linebacker Syracuse
296 New York Jets Lawrence Pillers Defensive end Alcorn State
297 Cleveland Browns Chuck Celek Defensive end Kent State
298 New England Patriots Donnie Thomas Linebacker Indiana
299 Chicago Bears Norman Andersen Wide receiver UCLA
300 Philadelphia Eagles Mike Gilbert Defensive tackle San Diego State
301 Green Bay Packers Curtis Leak Wide receiver Johnson C. Smith
302 Atlanta Falcons Chuck Brislin Tackle Mississippi State
303 New York Giants Craig Brantley Wide receiver Clemson
304 Kansas City Chiefs Bob Squires Tight end Hastings
305 San Francisco 49ers Paul Hofer Running back Mississippi
306 Denver Broncos Greg Pittman Linebacker Iowa State
307 Detroit Lions Gary Shugrue Defensive end Villanova
308 Washington Redskins Dean Gissler Defensive end Nebraska
309 Buffalo Bills Forry Smith Wide receiver Iowa State
310 Baltimore Colts Rick Gibney Defensive tackle Georgia Tech
311 Houston Oilers Skip Walker Running back Texas A&M
312 Miami Dolphins Dexter Pride Running back Minnesota
313 Oakland Raiders Rick Jennings Running back Maryland
314 Cincinnati Bengals Melvin Morgan Defensive back Mississippi Valley State
315 St. Louis Cardinals Marty Akins Defensive back Texas
316 Minnesota Vikings Steve Kracher Running back Montana State
317 Los Angeles Rams Brian Nemeth Tight end South Carolina
318 Dallas Cowboys Cornelius Greene Quarterback Ohio State
319 Pittsburgh Steelers Rolland Fuchs Running back Arkansas

Round twelve

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
320 Seattle Seahawks Ron Barnett Wide receiver Texas-Arlington
321 Tampa Bay Buccaneers George Ragsdale Running back North Carolina A&T
322 San Diego Chargers Ron Lee Defensive back Oregon
323 New Orleans Saints Milton Butts Tackle North Carolina
324 Houston Oilers Larry Bell Tackle East Texas State
325 New England Patriots Nathaniel Bell Defensive tackle Tulane
326 New York Jets Don Buckey Wide receiver North Carolina State
327 New York Jets Dave Buckey Quarterback North Carolina State
328 Green Bay Packers Melvin Jackson Guard USC
329 Atlanta Falcons Pat Bolton Kicker Montana State
330 Chicago Bears John O'Leary Running back Nebraska
331 Kansas City Chiefs Harold Porter Wide receiver Southwestern Louisiana
332 San Francisco 49ers Gerald Loper Guard Florida
333 New York Giants Jerry Golsteyn Quarterback Northern Illinois
334 Denver Broncos Randy Moore Defensive tackle Arizona State
335 Detroit Lions Mike McCabe Center South Carolina
336 Buffalo Bills Joe Lowery Running back Jackson State
337 Washington Redskins Walter Tullis Defensive back Delaware State
338 San Diego Chargers Herman Harris Defensive back Mississippi Valley State
339 Miami Dolphins Randy Young Tackle Iowa State
340 Baltimore Colts Frank Stavroff Kicker Indiana
341 Cincinnati Bengals Joe Dale Harris Wide receiver Alabama
342 Miami Dolphins Darryl Brandford Defensive tackle Northwestern
343 Oakland Raiders Cedric Brown Defensive back Kent State
344 Los Angeles Rams Jim Jodat Running back Carthage
345 Minnesota Vikings Robert Sparks Defensive back San Francisco State
346 Dallas Cowboys Charles McShane Linebacker Cal Lutheran
347 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Carroll Wide receiver East Texas State

Round thirteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
348 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brad Jenkins Tight end Nebraska
349 Seattle Seahawks Andy Reid Running back Georgia
350 New Orleans Saints Kenny Downing Defensive back Missouri
351 San Diego Chargers John Lee Defensive tackle Nebraska
352 New England Patriots James Jones Defensive back Central Michigan
353 Philadelphia Eagles Terry Tautolo Linebacker UCLA
354 Cleveland Browns Brian Murray Tackle Arizona
355 Green Bay Packers Bradley Bowman Defensive back Southern Mississippi
356 Atlanta Falcons Mike Williams Tackle Florida
357 Chicago Bears Dale Kasowski Running back North Dakota
358 Philadelphia Eagles Steve Ebbecke Defensive back Villanova
359 San Francisco 49ers Larry Brumfield Defensive back Indiana State
360 New York Giants Rick Caswell Wide receiver Western Kentucky
361 Kansas City Chiefs Joe Bruner Quarterback N.E. Louisiana
362 Denver Broncos Donnie McGraw Defensive back Houston
363 Detroit Lions Mel Jacobs Wide receiver San Diego State
364 Washington Redskins Wayman Britt Defensive back Michigan
365 Buffalo Bills Will Wilcox Guard Texas
366 Miami Dolphins Bernie Head Center Tulsa
367 Oakland Raiders Craig Crnick Defensive end Idaho
368 Houston Oilers Dan O'Rourke Wide receiver Colorado State
369 St. Louis Cardinals Greg Brewton Defensive tackle Michigan State
370 Oakland Raiders Mark Young Tackle Washington State
371 Cincinnati Bengals Randy Walker Defensive back Miami (OH)
372 Minnesota Vikings Gary Paulson Defensive end Colorado State
373 Los Angeles Rams Steve Hamilton Quarterback Emporia State
374 Dallas Cowboys Mark Driscoll Quarterback Colorado State
375 Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Kain Tight end Ohio State

Round fourteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
376 Seattle Seahawks Jarvis Blinks Defensive back Northwest Louisiana
377 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carl Roaches Wide receiver Texas A&M
378 San Diego Chargers Ed Jones Guard Cincinnati
379 New Orleans Saints Rich Hucke Defensive end Western Montana
380 New York Jets Al Gluchoski Center West Virginia
381 Cleveland Browns Joe Smalzer Tight end Illinois
382 New England Patriots David Quehl Wide receiver Holy Cross
383 Atlanta Falcons Mark Husfloen Defensive end Washington State
384 Chicago Bears Ron Cuie Running back Oregon State
385 Philadelphia Eagles Melvin Shy Defensive back Tennessee State
386 Green Bay Packers John Henson Running back Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
387 New York Giants Jerry Mullane Linebacker Lehigh
388 Kansas City Chiefs Rick Thurman Tackle Texas
389 San Francisco 49ers Johnny Miller Linebacker Livingstone College
390 Denver Broncos Larry Evans Linebacker Mississippi College
391 Detroit Lions Leonard Elston Wide receiver Kentucky State
392 Buffalo Bills Tony Williams Wide receiver Middle Tennessee State
393 Washington Redskins Quinn Buckner Defensive back Indiana
394 Baltimore Colts Jeremiah Cummings Defensive end Albany State
395 Houston Oilers John Reimer Tackle Wisconsin
396 Miami Dolphins Bob Gissler Linebacker South Dakota State
397 Oakland Raiders Calvin Young Running back Fresno State
398 Cincinnati Bengals Greg Coleman Punter Florida A&M
399 St. Louis Cardinals Raymond Crosier Defensive end Abilene Christian
400 Los Angeles Rams Al Burleson Defensive back Washington
401 Minnesota Vikings Jeff Stapleton Tackle Purdue
402 Dallas Cowboys Larry Mushinskie Tight end Nebraska
403 Pittsburgh Steelers Wayne Field Defensive back Florida

Round fifteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
404 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bob Dzierzak Defensive tackle Utah State
405 Seattle Seahawks Dan Smith Tackle Washington State
406 New Orleans Saints Steve Seminoff Defensive tackle Wichita State
407 San Diego Chargers Jack Hoffman Defensive tackle Indiana
408 Cleveland Browns Luther Philyaw Defensive back Loyola (CA)
409 New England Patriots Bernard Coleman Wide receiver Bethune-Cookman
410 New York Jets Rick Faulk Punter San Francisco State
411 Chicago Bears Jerry Meyers Defensive tackle Northern Illinois
412 Philadelphia Eagles Brett White Punter UCLA
413 Green Bay Packers Jerry Dandridge Linebacker Memphis State
414 Atlanta Falcons Ron Olson Defensive back Washington
415 Kansas City Chiefs Dave Rozumek Linebacker New Hampshire
416 San Francisco 49ers Howard Stidham Linebacker Tennessee Tech
417 New York Giants Eddie Morgan Defensive tackle Arkansas State
418 Denver Broncos Wilbur Summers Punter Louisville
419 Detroit Lions Trent Smock Wide receiver Indiana
420 St. Louis Cardinals Lee Nelson Defensive back Florida State
421 Buffalo Bills Arnold Robinson Linebacker Bethune-Cookman
422 Houston Oilers Bobby Byars Defensive back Cheyney (PA)
423 Miami Dolphins Ron Holmes Running back Utah State
424 Baltimore Colts Gary Alexander Tackle Clemson
425 Cincinnati Bengals Lynn Hieber Quarterback Indiana (PA)
426 Washington Redskins John Monroe Running back Bluefield State
427 Oakland Raiders Carl Hargrave Defensive back Upper Iowa
428 Minnesota Vikings Ron Groce Running back Macalester
429 Los Angeles Rams Malcolm Campbell Wide receiver Cal State-Los Angeles
430 Dallas Cowboys Dale Curry Linebacker UCLA
431 Pittsburgh Steelers Mel Davis Defensive end North Texas State

Round sixteen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
432 Seattle Seahawks Jeff Urczyk Guard Georgia Tech
433 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tommy West Linebacker Tennessee
434 San Diego Chargers Jack Harrison Guard California
435 New Orleans Saints Gene Jones Tackle Bowling Green
436 New England Patriots Clifford Brown Defensive tackle Tuskegee
437 New York Jets James Godwin Running back Fayetteville
438 Cleveland Browns Chris Lorenzen Defensive tackle Arizona State
439 Philadelphia Eagles Steve Campassi Running back Kentucky
440 Green Bay Packers Mike Timmermans Guard Northern Iowa
441 Atlanta Falcons Pat Curto Linebacker Ohio State
442 Chicago Bears Ronald Parker Tight end Texas Christian
443 San Francisco 49ers Reggie Lewis Defensive end San Diego State
444 New York Giants David Lawson Kicker Air Force
445 Kansas City Chiefs Dennis Anderson Punter Arizona
446 Denver Broncos John Huddleston Linebacker Utah
447 Detroit Lions Craig McCurdy Linebacker William & Mary
448 Buffalo Bills Gary Gorrell Linebacker Boise State
449 Baltimore Colts Mike Fuhrman Tight end Memphis State
450 Miami Dolphins Mike Green Punter Ohio
451 Baltimore Colts Steve Ludwig Center Miami (FL)
452 Houston Oilers Claude Johnson Linebacker Florida A&M
453 St. Louis Cardinals Cecil Beaird Wide receiver Fisk
454 Oakland Raiders Doug Hogan Defensive back USC
455 Cincinnati Bengals George Demopoulis Tackle Miami (FL)
456 Los Angeles Rams Rick Gage Wide receiver Arkansas Tech
457 Minnesota Vikings Randy Hickel Defensive back Montana State
458 Dallas Cowboys Rick Costanzo Tackle Nebraska
459 Pittsburgh Steelers Randy Butts Running back Kearney State

Round seventeen

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
460 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jack Berry Quarterback Washington & Lee
461 Seattle Seahawks Chris Rowland Quarterback Washington
462 New Orleans Saints Scott MacDonald Tight end West Virginia
463 San Diego Chargers Clarence Sanders Linebacker Cincinnati
464 New York Jets Darwin Willie Tight end Tulane
465 Cleveland Browns Tom Fleming Wide receiver Dartmouth
466 New England Patriots Todd Anderson Center Stanford
467 Green Bay Packers Ray Hall Tight end Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
468 Atlanta Falcons Tony Green Defensive back Texas Tech
469 Chicago Bears Mike Malham Linebacker Arkansas State
470 Philadelphia Eagles Anthony Terry Defensive back California-Davis
471 New York Giants Steve Curnutte Defensive back Vanderbilt
472 Kansas City Chiefs Pat McNeil Running back Baylor
473 San Francisco 49ers Darryl Jenkins Running back San Jose State
474 Denver Broncos Randy Cozens Defensive end Pittsburgh
475 Detroit Lions Jim Meeks Defensive back Boise State
476 Washington Redskins Chuck Wills Defensive back Oregon
477 Buffalo Bills Bob Berg Kicker New Mexico
478 Oakland Raiders Buddy Tate Defensive back Tulsa
479 Houston Oilers Allen Misher Wide receiver Louisiana State
480 Miami Dolphins Jeff Grantz Quarterback South Carolina
481 Oakland Raiders Nate Beasley Running back Delaware
482 Cincinnati Bengals Scott Dannelley Guard Ohio State
483 St. Louis Cardinals Dan Myers Defensive back Georgia Tech
484 Minnesota Vikings Dick Lukowski Defensive tackle West Virginia
485 Los Angeles Rams Gary Shaw Defensive back Brigham Young
486 Dallas Cowboys Stan Woodfill Kicker Oregon
487 [9] Pittsburgh Steelers Kelvin Kirk Wide receiver Dayton
= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

  • Steve Largent, wide receiver from Tulsa, taken 4th round 117th overall by Houston Oilers
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1995.[10]
  • Lee Roy Selmon, defensive end from Oklahoma, taken 1st round 1st overall by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1995.[10]
  • Mike Haynes, cornerback from Arizona State, taken 1st round 5th overall by New England Patriots
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1997.[10]
  • Jackie Slater, offensive tackle from Jackson State, taken 3rd round 86th overall by Los Angeles Rams
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2001.[11]
  • Harry Carson, linebacker from South Carolina State, taken 4th round 105th overall by New York Giants
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2006.[11]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[6]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Buffalo Bills Bob Patton  C Delaware Ind. (Div. II)
Buffalo Bills Benny Ricardo  K San Diego State Big West
Chicago Bears Vernon Perry  S Jackson State SWAC
Cleveland Browns Terry Luck  QB Nebraska Big Eight
Dallas Cowboys Hank Bauer  RB Cal Lutheran Ind. (NAIA)
Dallas Cowboys Jay Saldi  TE South Carolina Ind.
Denver Broncos Glenn Hyde  OT/OG Pittsburgh Ind.
Green Bay Packers Ken Starch  RB Wisconsin Big Ten
New York Giants Bobby Hammond  RB Morgan State MEAC
New York Giants Gary Shirk  TE Morehead State OVC
New York Jets Clark Gaines  RB Wake Forest ACC
New York Jets James Rosecrans  LB Penn State Ind.
Philadelphia Eagles Vince Papale  WR Saint Joseph N/A
St. Louis Cardinals Terry Joyce  TE/P Missouri Southern State Ind. (NAIA)
San Diego Chargers Charles Aiu  OG Hawaii Ind.
San Diego Chargers Arnold Morgado  RB Hawaii Ind.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Freddie Douglas  WR Arkansas SWC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee McGriff  WR Florida SEC
Washington Redskins Gerard Williams  CB Langston Ind. (NAIA)


  1. ^ "NFL Draft Locations". FootballGeography.com. October 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ NFL Draft History: Quarterback Draft Class Facts and Figures
  4. ^ Wire Services. "Bucs Open Draft By Taking Leroy Selmon". The Sarasota Journal. 8 Apr 1976
  5. ^ "Drafts delayed by Bucs". St. Petersburg Times. January 14, 1976. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  7. ^ Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  8. ^ "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  9. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  10. ^ a b c List of 1990s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  11. ^ a b List of 2000s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2008.

External links

  • NFL.com – 1976 Draft Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  • databaseFootball.com – 1976 Draft
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
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