|1960 American Football League draft|
|Date(s)||November 23–24, 1959 &|
December 2, 1959
|Location||Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis|
The 1960 American Football League draft was held on November 23–24, 1959, in Minneapolis,shortly after the organization of the league, and lasted 33 rounds. An additional draft of 20 rounds was held by the AFL on December 2.
Teams were required to fill the 11 squad positions by selecting four backs, two ends, two tackles, two guards, and a center with their first 11 picks.Before each position was selected, teams drew lots to determine the selection order. Though professional teams used dedicated offensive and defensive units, the league did not want to go 22 rounds before starting unrestricted drafting.
The first territorial or "bonus" picks for each team were:
|Boston Patriots||Buffalo Bills|
|Dallas Texans||Denver Broncos|
|Houston Oilers||Los Angeles Chargers|
|New York Titans||Minneapolis dropped out. Oakland Raiders assumed the draftees.|
For the allocation draft, the other seven AFL teams each froze eleven players, and Oakland selected a total of 24 players from the ranks of the other teams' "unfrozen" lists.The number of players originally drafted for the eighth AFL franchise, but who were signed by other teams, combined with the process of the allocation draft, virtually guaranteed that the Raiders would have the worst team in the AFL in its first year. In spite of this, they managed to sign future stars Jim Otto and Wayne Hawkins, two men who played the entire ten years of the American Football League.
|Oakland Raiders (allocation draft)|
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Boston Patriots||Gino Cappelletti †||WR/K||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|Boston Patriots||Larry Garron †||FB||Western Illinois||IIAC|
|Boston Patriots||Chuck Leo †||OG||Indiana||Big Ten|
|Boston Patriots||Ross O'Hanley †||S||Boston College||Ind. (Univ.)|
|Boston Patriots||Butch Songin||QB||Boston College||Ind. (Univ.)|
|Buffalo Bills||Elbert Dubenion †||WR||Bluffton||MOL|
|Buffalo Bills||Wray Carlton †||RB||Duke||ACC|
|Dallas Texans||Walt Corey †||LB||Miami||Ind.|
|Dallas Texans||Clem Daniels †||RB/CB||Prairie View A&M||SWAC|
|Dallas Texans||Sherrill Headrick †||LB||TCU||SWC|
|Dallas Texans||Al Reynolds||OG||Tarkio||MCAU|
|Dallas Texans||Paul Rochester †||DT||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Dallas Texans||Stewart Stover||LB||Louisiana–Monroe||Gulf States|
|Dallas Texans||Duane Wood †||CB||Oklahoma State||Ind.|
|Denver Broncos||Ken Adamson †||TE||Notre Dame||Ind.|
|Denver Broncos||Eldon Danenhauer †||OT||Pittsburg State||CIAC|
|Denver Broncos||Gene Mingo †||RB/K||He did not attend college|
|Houston Oilers||Tony Banfield †||S||Oklahoma State||Ind.|
|Houston Oilers||Bill Groman †||WR||Heidelberg||OAC|
|Houston Oilers||Charlie Hennigan †||WR||Northwestern State||Gulf States|
|Houston Oilers||Al Jamison †||OT||Colgate||Ind.|
|Houston Oilers||Mark Johnston †||CB||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|Houston Oilers||Rich Michael †||OT||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Houston Oilers||Charlie Tolar †||RB||Northwestern State||Gulf States|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Dick Harris †||S||McNeese State||Gulf States|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Dave Kocourek †||TE||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Charlie McNeil †||S||Compton Community College||N/A|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Ernie Wright †||S||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|New York Titans||Dick Felt †||S||Brigham Young||MSC|
|New York Titans||Bill Mathis †||RB||Clemson||ACC|
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