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1978 NFL draft

1978 NFL draft
General information
Date(s)May 2–3, 1978
LocationRoosevelt Hotel
in New York City, NY
Overview
334 total selections in 12 rounds
LeagueNFL
First selectionEarl Campbell, RB
Houston Oilers
Mr. IrrelevantLee Washburn, G
Dallas Cowboys
Most selections (18)Cincinnati Bengals
Fewest selections (5)Denver Broncos
Hall of Famers
← 1977
1979 →

The 1978 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 May 2–3, 1978, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York.[1][2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the first overall pick in the 1978 draft, by virtue of their 2–12 record in 1977. Tampa Bay traded the pick to the Oilers, for tight end Jimmie Giles and the Oilers' first- and second-round picks in the 1978 draft, and their third- and fifth-round picks in 1979.[3]

Leon White, who was drafted in the third round, went on to have an extensive professional wrestling career as Big Van Vader.[4]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler[5] = Hall of Famer
* = compensatory selection
= Pro Bowler[5]
= Hall of Famer[6]
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 Houston Oilers Earl Campbell RB Texas SWC
from Tampa Bay Heisman Trophy winner [7]
1 2 Kansas City Chiefs Art Still  DE Kentucky SEC
1 3 New Orleans Saints Wes Chandler  WR Florida SEC
1 4 New York Jets Chris Ward  T Ohio State Big Ten
1 5 Buffalo Bills Terry Miller  RB Oklahoma State Big Eight
1 6 Green Bay Packers James Lofton WR Stanford Pac-8
1 7 San Francisco 49ers Ken MacAfee  TE Notre Dame Ind.
1 8 Cincinnati Bengals Ross Browner  DE Notre Dame Ind.
1 9 Seattle Seahawks Keith Simpson  CB Memphis State Ind.
1 10 New York Giants Gordon King  T Stanford Pac-8
1 11 Detroit Lions Luther Bradley  CB Notre Dame Ind.
1 12 Cleveland Browns Clay Matthews  LB USC Pac-8
1 13 Atlanta Falcons Mike Kenn  T Michigan Big Ten
1 14 San Diego Chargers John Jefferson  WR Arizona State WAC
1 15 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Little  K Arkansas SWC
1 16 Cincinnati Bengals Blair Bush  C Washington Pac-8
1 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Williams  QB Grambling State SWAC
from Houston
1 18 New England Patriots Bob Cryder  OG Alabama SEC
1 19 St. Louis Cardinals Ken Greene  S Washington State Pac-8
1 20 Los Angeles Rams Elvis Peacock  RB Oklahoma Big Eight
from Chicago via Cleveland
1 21 Minnesota Vikings Randy Holloway  DE Pittsburgh Ind.
1 22 Pittsburgh Steelers Ron Johnson  CB Eastern Michigan MAC
1 23 Cleveland Browns Ozzie Newsome TE Alabama SEC
from Los Angeles
1 24 San Francisco 49ers Dan Bunz  LB Long Beach State PCAA
from Miami
1 25 Baltimore Colts Reese McCall  TE Auburn SEC
1 26 Green Bay Packers John Anderson  LB Michigan Big Ten
from Oakland
1 27 Denver Broncos Don Latimer  DT Miami (FL) Ind.
1 28 Dallas Cowboys Larry Bethea  DE Michigan State Big Ten

Round two

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
2 29 Kansas City Chiefs Sylvester Hicks  DE Tennessee State Ind.
2 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Johnny Davis  RB Alabama SEC
2 31 New York Jets Mark Merrill  LB Minnesota Big Ten
2 32 Buffalo Bills Dee Hardison  DE North Carolina ACC
2 33 New Orleans Saints James Taylor  OT Missouri Big Eight
2 34 Green Bay Packers Mike Hunt  LB Minnesota Big Ten
2 35 Cincinnati Bengals Ray Griffin  CB Ohio State Big Ten
from Philadelphia
2 36 Seattle Seahawks Keith Butler  LB Memphis State Ind.
2 37 New York Giants Odis McKinney  CB Colorado Big Eight
2 38 Buffalo Bills Scott Hutchinson  DE Florida SEC
2 39 Cleveland Browns Johnny Evans  P NC State ACC
2 40 Detroit Lions Al Baker  DE Colorado State WAC
2 41 San Diego Chargers Hardaway, MiltonMilton Hardaway  OT Oklahoma State Big Eight
2 42 St. Louis Cardinals John Barefield  LB Texas A&I LSC
2 43 Atlanta Falcons Steve Stewart  LB Minnesota Big Ten
2 44 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brett Moritz  OG Nebraska Big Eight
from Houston
2 45 Cincinnati Bengals Dave Turner  RB San Diego State Ind.
2 46 Los Angeles Rams Johnson, StanStan Johnson  DT Tennessee State Ind.
2 47 San Francisco 49ers Walt Downing  OG Michigan Big Ten
2 48 Minnesota Vikings John Turner  CB Miami (FL) Ind.
2 49 Pittsburgh Steelers Willie Fry  DE Notre Dame Ind.
2 50 New England Patriots Matt Cavanaugh  QB Pittsburgh Ind.
2 51 Miami Dolphins Guy Benjamin  QB Stanford Pac-8
2 52 Baltimore Colts Mike Woods  LB Cincinnati Ind.
2 53 Los Angeles Rams Ron Smith  WR San Diego State Ind.
2 54 Oakland Raiders Dave Browning  DE Washington Pac-8
2 55 Denver Broncos Bill Gay  TE USC Pac-8
2 56 Dallas Cowboys Todd Christensen  TE BYU WAC

Round three

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
3 57 Oakland Raiders Derrick Jensen  RB Texas Arlington
from Tampa Bay
3 58 Kansas City Chiefs Gary Spani  LB Kansas State Big Eight
3 59 Buffalo Bills Dennis Johnson  FB Mississippi State SEC
3 60 New Orleans Saints Barry Bennett  DT Concordia (Moorhead) N/A
3 61 New York Jets Mickey Shuler  TE Penn State Ind.
3 62 Green Bay Packers Estus Hood  CB Illinois State Ind.
3 63 Seattle Seahawks Bob Jury  CB Pittsburgh Ind.
3 64 Miami Dolphins Lyman Smith  DT Duke ACC
from N. Y. Giants
3 65 Buffalo Bills Danny Fulton  WR Nebraska–Omaha NCC
from San Francisco
3 66 Philadelphia Eagles Reggie Wilkes  LB Georgia Tech Ind.
3 67 Cleveland Browns Larry Collins  RB Texas A&I LSC
from Detroit
3 68 Cleveland Browns Mark Miller  QB Bowling Green MAC
3 69 St. Louis Cardinals Doug Greene  DB Texas A&I LSC
3 70 Atlanta Falcons Stan Waldemore  OG Nebraska Big Eight
3 71 San Diego Chargers Rickey Anderson  RB South Carolina State MEAC
3 72 Cincinnati Bengals Ted Vincent  DT Wichita State MVC
3 73 Houston Oilers Gifford Nielsen  QB BYU WAC
3 74 Chicago Bears Brad Shearer  DT Texas SWC
3 75 Minnesota Vikings Walton, WhipWhip Walton  LB San Diego State Ind.
3 76 Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Colquitt  P Tennessee SEC
3 77 New England Patriots Carlos Pennywell  WR Grambling State SWAC
3 78 Los Angeles Rams Frank Corral  K UCLA Pac-8
from Washington
3 79 San Francisco 49ers Ernie Hughes  OG Notre Dame Ind.
from Baltimore
3 80 Los Angeles Rams Leon White  C Colorado Big Eight
3 81 Miami Dolphins Jimmy Cefalo  WR Penn State Ind.
3 82 Oakland Raiders Lindsey Mason  OT Kansas Big Eight
3 83 Cincinnati Bengals Don Bass  WR Houston SWC
from Denver
3 84 Dallas Cowboys Dave Hudgens  OT Oklahoma Big Eight

Round four

Rnd. Pick No. NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
4 85 Kansas City Chiefs Daniel Johnson  LB Tennessee State Ind.
4 86 Oakland Raiders Maurice Harvey  S Ball State MAC
from Tampa Bay
4 87 New Orleans Saints Don Schwartz  S Washington State Pac-8
4 88 New York Jets Donnell, DodieDodie Donnell  RB Nebraska Big Eight
4 89 Buffalo Bills Lucius Sanford  LB Georgia Tech Ind.
4 90 New York Giants Billy Taylor  RB Texas Tech SWC
4 91 San Francisco 49ers Terry LeCount  WR Florida SEC
4 92 Philadelphia Eagles Dennis Harrison  DT Vanderbilt SEC
4 93 Miami Dolphins Gerald Small  CB San Jose State PCAA
4 94 Detroit Lions Fifer, WilliamWilliam Fifer  OT West Texas State MVC
4 95 Atlanta Falcons Brian Cabral  LB Colorado Big Eight
4 96 St. Louis Cardinals George Collins  OG Georgia SEC
from San Diego
4 97 St. Louis Cardinals Jimmy Childs  WR Cal Poly CCAA
4 98 Houston Oilers Mike Renfro  WR TCU SWC
4 99 Cincinnati Bengals Dennis Law  WR East Tennessee State OVC
4 100 Minnesota Vikings Jim Hough  C Utah State Big West
4 101 Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Anderson  CB Louisiana Tech Southland
4 102 New England Patriots Dwight Wheeler  OT Tennessee State Ind.
4 103 Cleveland Browns Pallara, PetePete Pallara  OG Tennessee-Chattanooga SoCon
4 104 Kansas City Chiefs Woods, PetePete Woods  QB Missouri Big Eight
4 105 Los Angeles Rams Mark Manges  QB Maryland ACC
4 106 Miami Dolphins Eric Laakso  OT Tulane Ind.
4 107 Detroit Lions Homer Elias  OG Tennessee State Ind.
from Baltimore
4 108 Oakland Raiders Stewart, JoeJoe Stewart  WR Missouri Big Eight
4 109 Detroit Lions Larry Tearry  C Wake Forest ACC
from Denver
4 110 Dallas Cowboys Alois Blackwell  RB Houston SWC

Round five

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
111 Miami Dolphins Ted Burgmeier Defensive back Notre Dame
112 Kansas City Chiefs Jerrold McRae Wide receiver Tennessee State
113 New York Jets Randy Sidler Linebacker Penn State
114 Buffalo Bills Ken Spaeth Tight end Nebraska
115 New Orleans Saints Eric Felton Defensive back Texas Tech
116 Green Bay Packers Mike Douglass Linebacker San Diego State
117 Baltimore Colts Frank Myers Tackle Texas A&M
118 Kansas City Chiefs Dwight Carey Defensive tackle Texas-Arlington
119 Seattle Seahawks Louis Bullard Tackle Jackson State
120 New York Giants Terry Jackson Cornerback San Diego State
121 Detroit Lions Amos Fowler Guard Southern Mississippi
122 Cleveland Browns Keith Wright Wide receiver Memphis State
123 Detroit Lions Dan Gray Defensive end Rutgers
124 St. Louis Cardinals Earl Carr Running back Florida
125 Atlanta Falcons Dennis Pearson Wide receiver San Diego State
126 Cincinnati Bengals Tom Dinkel Linebacker Kansas
127 San Francisco 49ers Archie Reese Defensive tackle Clemson
128 Green Bay Packers (from Steelers for Dave Pureifory)[8] Willie Wilder Running back Florida
129 New England Patriots Bill Matthews Linebacker South Dakota State
130 Philadelphia Eagles Norris Banks Running back Kansas
131 Cincinnati Bengals Rob Hertel Quarterback USC
132 New York Giants Jim Krahl Defensive tackle Texas Tech
133 San Francisco 49ers[from Miami] Bruce Threadgill Defensive back Mississippi State
134 Kansas City Chiefs Robert Woods Wide receiver Grambling
135 San Diego Chargers John Choma Guard Virginia
136 Oakland Raiders Derrick Ramsey Tight end Kentucky
137 New York Giants Brian DeRoo Wide receiver Redlands
138 Dallas Cowboys Rich Rosen Guard Syracuse

Round six

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
139 Chicago Bears John Skibinski Running back Purdue
140 Oakland Raiders Tom Davis Center Nebraska
141 New York Jets Bobby Jackson Cornerback Florida State
142 New Orleans Saints Mike Rieker Quarterback Lehigh
143 New York Jets Gregg Robinson Defensive tackle Dartmouth
144 Green Bay Packers Leotis Harris Guard Arkansas
145 Buffalo Bills Eric Smith Tackle Southern Mississippi
146 Seattle Seahawks Glenn Starks Wide receiver Texas A&I
147 New York Giants Randy Pass Guard Georgia Tech
148 San Francisco 49ers Elliott Walker Running back Pittsburgh
149 Cleveland Browns Al Pitts Center Michigan State
150 Detroit Lions Dwight Hicks Safety Michigan
151 St. Louis Cardinals Jack Williams Defensive end Bowling Green
152 Atlanta Falcons Rodney Parker Wide receiver Tennessee State
153 Detroit Lions Tony Ardizzone Guard Northwestern
154 Houston Oilers Conrad Rucker Tight end Southern
155 Cincinnati Bengals Steve Geise Running back Penn State
156 New England Patriots Ken Coleman Linebacker Mississippi
157 New Orleans Saints Francis Chesley Linebacker Wyoming
158 Chicago Bears Mekeli Ieremia Defensive end Brigham Young
159 Washington Redskins Tony Green Running back Florida
160 Pittsburgh Steelers Randy Reutershan Wide receiver Pittsburgh
161 Baltimore Colts Ben Garry Running back Southern Mississippi
162 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Elijah Marshall Wide receiver North Carolina State
163 Miami Dolphins Doug Betters Defensive end Nevada
164 Oakland Raiders Mike Levenseller Wide receiver Washington State
165 Detroit Lions Jesse Thompson Wide receiver California
166 Dallas Cowboys Harold Randolph Linebacker East Carolina

Round seven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
167 Atlanta Falcons Alfred Jackson Wide receiver Texas
168 Kansas City Chiefs Ricky Odom Defensive back USC
169 New York Jets Levi Armstrong Defensive back UCLA
170 New York Jets James Earley Running back Michigan State
171 Buffalo Bills Mario Celotto Linebacker USC
172 Green Bay Packers George Plasketes Linebacker Mississippi
173 Seattle Seahawks John Harris Safety Arizona State
174 New York Giants Dan Doornink Running back Washington State
175 San Francisco 49ers Fred Quillan Center Oregon
176 Oakland Raiders Arthur Whittington Running back Southern Methodist
177 Detroit Lions Bruce Gibson Running back Pacific
178 Miami Dolphins Karl Baldischwiler Tackle Oklahoma
179 Atlanta Falcons James Wright Tight end Texas Christian
180 San Diego Chargers Cliff Featherstone Defensive back Colorado State
181 St. Louis Cardinals Dave Stief Wide receiver Portland State
182 Cincinnati Bengals Joe Branson Defensive back Livingstone College
183 Buffalo Bills Steve Powell Running back N.E. Missouri State
184 Kansas City Chiefs Bill Kellar Wide receiver Stanford
185 Chicago Bears Herman Jones Wide receiver Ohio State
186 Philadelphia Eagles Greg Marshall Defensive tackle Oregon State
187 Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Dufresne Tight end Nebraska
188 New England Patriots Mike Hawkins Linebacker Texas A&I
189 Los Angeles Rams Reggie Doss Defensive end Hampton
190 Miami Dolphins Lloyd Henry Wide receiver N.E. Missouri State
191 Baltimore Colts Jeff Logan Running back Ohio State
192 Oakland Raiders Earl Inmon Linebacker Bethune-Cookman
193 Cincinnati Bengals Danny Bass Tackle Elon
194 Dallas Cowboys Tom Randall Defensive tackle Iowa State

Round eight

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
195 Kansas City Chiefs John Henry White Running back Louisiana Tech
196 Tampa Bay Buccaneers John McGriff Linebacker Miami (FL)
197 New York Jets Derrick Gaffney Wide receiver Florida
198 New England Patriots Terry Falcon Guard Montana
199 New Orleans Saints Brooks Williams Tight end North Carolina
200 Green Bay Packers Dennis Sproul Quarterback Arizona State
201 New York Giants Jeff Grady Linebacker Florida A&M
202 Washington Redskins Walker Lee Wide receiver North Carolina
203 New York Jets Mike Mock Punter Texas Tech
204 Minnesota Vikings Mike Wood Kicker Southeast Missouri State
205 Cleveland Browns Jesse Turnbow Defensive tackle Tennessee
206 Detroit Lions Jim Breech Kicker California
207 Oakland Raiders Mark Nichols Defensive end Colorado State
208 Pittsburgh Steelers Rick Moser Running back Rhode Island
209 Atlanta Falcons David Adkins Linebacker Ohio State
210 Houston Oilers J. C. Wilson Defensive back Pittsburgh
211 Cincinnati Bengals Bill Miller Tackle Western Illinois
212 Chicago Bears George Freitas Tight end California
213 New York Jets Roy Eppes Defensive back Clemson
214 Pittsburgh Steelers Andre Keyes Wide receiver Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
215 New England Patriots Mosi Tatupu Running back USC
216 Atlanta Falcons David Williams Defensive back Tennessee-Martin
217 Miami Dolphins Sean Clancy Linebacker Amherst
218 Baltimore Colts Monte Anthony Running back Nebraska
219 Washington Redskins Don Hover Linebacker Washington State
220 San Diego Chargers Gavin Hendrick Punter Washington State
221 Denver Broncos Frank Smith Tackle Alabama A&M
222 Dallas Cowboys Homer Butler Wide receiver UCLA

Round nine

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
223 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Willie Taylor Wide receiver Pittsburgh
224 Kansas City Chiefs Larry Brown Tackle Miami (FL)
225 New York Jets Reggie Grant Defensive back Oregon
226 New Orleans Saints Richard Carter Defensive back North Carolina State
227 New York Jets Neil Hutton Defensive back Penn State
228 Green Bay Packers Keith Myers Quarterback Utah State
229 San Francisco 49ers Herman Redden Defensive back Howard
230 Philadelphia Eagles Charles Williams Defensive back Jackson State
231 Seattle Seahawks Rich Grimmett Tackle Illinois
232 New York Giants Bill Swiacki Tight end Amherst
233 San Francisco 49ers Dean Moore Linebacker Iowa
234 Cleveland Browns Jon Kramer Guard Baylor
235 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Mosley Tight end Central State (OH)
236 Atlanta Falcons Tom Pridemore Safety West Virginia
237 San Diego Chargers Henry Bradley Defensive tackle Alcorn State
238 Cincinnati Bengals Ron Shumon Linebacker Wichita State
239 Houston Oilers Jim Mol Defensive end Morningside
240 Minnesota Vikings Mike Deutsch Punter Colorado State
241 Pittsburgh Steelers Lance Reynolds Tackle Brigham Young
242 New England Patriots Tim Petersen Linebacker Arizona State
243 Washington Redskins John Hurley Quarterback Santa Clara
244 Chicago Bears Mike Martin Linebacker Kentucky
245 Baltimore Colts Dave Studdard Tackle Texas
246 Los Angeles Rams Andre Anderson Defensive end New Mexico State
247 Miami Dolphins Bruce Hardy Tight end Arizona State
248 San Diego Chargers Blake Whitlatch Linebacker Louisiana State
249 San Francisco 49ers Steve McDaniels Tackle Notre Dame
250 Dallas Cowboys Russ Williams Defensive back Tennessee

Round ten

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
251 Kansas City Chiefs Earl Bryant Defensive end Jackson State
252 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Brown Linebacker Ohio State
253 New York Giants Greg Jorgensen Guard Nebraska
254 New York Jets Louis Richardson Defensive end Florida State
255 Buffalo Bills Will Grant Center Kentucky
256 Green Bay Packers Larry Key Running back Florida State
257 Atlanta Falcons Ricky Patton Running back Jackson State
258 Seattle Seahawks Rob Stewart Wide receiver Lafayette
259 Green Bay Packers Mark Totten Center Florida
260 San Francisco 49ers Mike Connell Punter Cincinnati
261 Cleveland Browns Brent Watson Tackle Tennessee
262 Detroit Lions Fred Arrington Linebacker Purdue
263 Atlanta Falcons Ray Strong Running back UNLV
264 San Diego Chargers Charles Price Tight end Cincinnati
265 St. Louis Cardinals Randy Gill Linebacker San Jose State
266 Houston Oilers Steve Young Tight end Wake Forest
267 Cincinnati Bengals Tom DePaso Linebacker Penn State
268 Pittsburgh Steelers Doug Becker Linebacker Notre Dame
269 New England Patriots Bryan Ferguson Defensive back Miami (FL)
270 Washington Redskins Scott Hartenstein Defensive end Azusa Pacific
271 Chicago Bears Ben Zambiasi Linebacker Georgia
272 Minnesota Vikings Hughie Shaw Running back Texas A&I
273 Los Angeles Rams Charles Peal Tackle Indiana
274 Miami Dolphins Mark Dennard Center Texas A&M
275 Baltimore Colts Dallas Owens Defensive back Kentucky
276 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Buccaneers for Ernie Holmes)[8] Tom Jurich Kicker Northern Arizona
277 Denver Broncos Vince Kinney Wide receiver Maryland
278 Dallas Cowboys Barry Tomasetti Tackle Iowa
0 Houston Oilers (supplemental draft) Johnnie Dirden Wide receiver Sam Houston State

Round eleven

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
279 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Buccaneers for Ernie Holmes)[8] Nat Terry Defensive back Florida State
280 Kansas City Chiefs Ray Milo Defensive back New Mexico State
281 New York Jets Pat Ryan Quarterback Tennessee
282 Buffalo Bills Jerry Blanton Linebacker Kentucky
283 New Orleans Saints Nathan Besaint Defensive tackle Southern
284 Green Bay Packers Terry Jones Defensive tackle Alabama
285 New Orleans Saints Dave Riley Running back West Virginia
286 New York Giants Dennis Heim Defensive tackle SW Missouri State
287 San Francisco 49ers Willie McCray Defensive end Troy State
288 Philadelphia Eagles Billy Campfield Running back Kansas
289 Detroit Lions Richard Murray Defensive tackle Oklahoma
290 Cleveland Browns Larry Gillard Defensive tackle Mississippi State
291 Oakland Raiders Dean Jones Defensive back Fresno State
292 Cincinnati Bengals Cal Prince Running back Louisville
293 Atlanta Falcons Scooter Reed Defensive back Baylor
294 Cincinnati Bengals Mark Donahue Guard Michigan
295 Houston Oilers Willie Thicklen Wide receiver Alabama State
296 New England Patriots Charlie Williams Linebacker Florida
297 Washington Redskins Mike Williams Defensive back Texas A&M
298 Chicago Bears Walt Underwood Defensive end USC
299 Minnesota Vikings Ron Harris Running back Colorado State
300 Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Brzoza Center Pittsburgh
301 Seattle Seahawks George Halas Linebacker Miami (FL)
302 Baltimore Colts Henry Mason Wide receiver Central Missouri State
303 Los Angeles Rams Ron Hostetler Linebacker Penn State
304 Oakland Raiders Bob Glazebrook Defensive back Fresno State
305 Denver Broncos Lacy Brumley Tackle Clemson
306 Dallas Cowboys Dennis Thurman Cornerback USC

Round twelve

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
307 Kansas City Chiefs Willie Brock Center Colorado
308 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kevin McLee Running back Georgia
309 Buffalo Bills Richard Crump Running back Northeastern State (OK)
310 New Orleans Saints Larry Hardy Tight end Jackson State
311 New York Jets Alan Williams Punter Florida
312 Green Bay Packers Eason Ramson Tight end Washington State
313 New York Giants Greg Lawson Running back Western Illinois
314 San Francisco 49ers Dan Irons Tackle Texas Tech
315 Philadelphia Eagles Mark Slater Center Minnesota
316 Seattle Seahawks Jeff Bergeron Running back Lamar
317 Cleveland Browns Leo Biedermann Tackle California
318 Detroit Lions Mark Patterson Defensive back Washington State
319 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Clay Linebacker South Carolina State
320 Atlanta Falcons Daria Butler Linebacker Oklahoma State
321 San Diego Chargers Kevin Bell Wide receiver Lamar
322 Houston Oilers John Schuhmacher Guard USC
323 Cincinnati Bengals Kim Featsent Wide receiver Kent State
324 Washington Redskins Steve McCabe Guard Bowdoin
325 Chicago Bears Lew Sibley Linebacker Louisiana State
326 Minnesota Vikings Jeff Morrow Tackle Minnesota
327 Pittsburgh Steelers Brad Carr Linebacker Maryland
328 New England Patriots John Gibney Center Colgate
329 Baltimore Colts Bruce Allen Punter Richmond
330 Los Angeles Rams Gus Coppens Tackle UCLA
331 Miami Dolphins Mike Moore Running back Middle Tennessee State
332 Oakland Raiders Joe Conron Wide receiver Pacific
333 Miami Dolphins Bill Kenney Quarterback Northern Colorado
334[9] Dallas Cowboys Lee Washburn Guard Montana State
0 San Francisco 49ers (supplemental draft) Rod Connors Running back Southern California
= Pro Bowler[5] = Hall of Famer

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[5] = Hall of Famer[6]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Atlanta Falcons Lewis Gilbert  TE Florida SEC
Atlanta Falcons Hans Nielsen  K Michigan State Big Ten
Baltimore Colts Roger Farmer  WR Baker HAAC
Buffalo Bills Joe Shipp  TE USC Pac-8
Chicago Bears Mike Morgan  RB Wisconsin Big Ten
Chicago Bears Mike Ulmer  DB Doane NIAC
Dallas Cowboys Dave Kraayeveld  DE Milton IBFC
Dallas Cowboys Robert Steele  WR North Alabama Gulf South
Denver Broncos Herb Christopher  S Morris Brown SIAC
Detroit Lions Ken Callicutt  RB Clemson ACC
Detroit Lions Kit Lathrop  DT Arizona State WAC
Green Bay Packers Paul Coffman  TE Kansas State Big Eight
Green Bay Packers Walt Landers  RB Clark Atlanta SIAC
Green Bay Packers Paul Rudzinski  LB Michigan State Big Ten
Green Bay Packers Howard Sampson  DB Arkansas SWC
Houston Oilers Warren Moon QB Washington Pac-8
Houston Oilers Guido Merkens  QB/WR Sam Houston State LSC
Los Angeles Rams Alan Caldwell  DB North Carolina ACC
Los Angeles Rams Preston Dennard  WR New Mexico WAC
Los Angeles Rams Dwayne O'Steen  CB San Jose State PCAA
Los Angeles Rams Doug Smith  C/OG Bowling Green MAC
Miami Dolphins Zac Henderson  DB Oklahoma Big Eight
Miami Dolphins George Roberts  P Virginia Tech Ind.
Minnesota Vikings Harry Washington  WR Colorado State WAC
Minnesota Vikings Kevin Miller  WR Louisville Ind.
New England Patriots Tom Birney  K Michigan State Big Ten
New England Patriots Nick Lowery  K Dartmouth Ivy
Oakland Raiders Mark Iwanowski  TE Penn Ivy
Oakland Raiders Booker Russell  RB Texas State LSC
Philadelphia Eagles Ken Clarke  DT Syracuse Ind.
Philadelphia Eagles Dan Rains  LB Cincinnati Ind.
Philadelphia Eagles Brenard Wilson  S Vanderbilt SEC
Pittsburgh Steelers Thom Dornbrook  C Kentucky SEC
Seattle Seahawks Rufus Crawford  RB Virginia State CIAA
Seattle Seahawks Kerry Justin  CB Oregon State Pac-8
Seattle Seahawks Brian Peets  TE Pacific PCAA
Washington Redskins J. T. Smith  WR North Texas Ind.

Hall of Famers

  • Earl Campbell, running back from Texas, taken 1st round 1st overall by Houston Oilers
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1991.[10]
  • Ozzie Newsome, wide receiver from Alabama, taken 1st round 23rd overall by Cleveland Browns
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1999.[10]
  • James Lofton, wide receiver from Stanford, taken 1st round 6th overall by Green Bay Packers
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2003.[11]
  • Warren Moon, quarterback from Washington, signed undrafted by Houston Oilers
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2006.[11]

References

  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. ^ Wire services. "Oilers make a deal". Eugene Register-Guard. Apr 25, 1978
  4. ^ Buckner, Brandon (October 23, 2005). "NFL career was ended by an injury - Pro wrestler Vader has son playing with OU". NewsOK.com. The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  7. ^ "Heisman Trophy". Retrieved August 14, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c Sheeley, Glenn (May 3, 1978). "Did Noll Win Draft Lottery?". Pittsburgh Press. pp. D-1. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  9. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  10. ^ a b 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.
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