1965 NFL Draft

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1965 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)November 28, 1964
Time9:00 am EST [1]
LocationSummit Hotel
in New York City
280 total selections in 20 rounds
League NFL
First selection Tucker Frederickson, Back
New York Giants
Mr. Irrelevant George Haffner, QB
Baltimore Colts
Most selections (25) Green Bay Packers
Fewest selections (14) Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers5

The 1965 National Football League draft was held at the Summit Hotel in New York City on Saturday, November 28, 1964. [2] [3] [4] The first player selected was Tucker Frederickson, back from Auburn, by the New York Giants. [5]


The draft was marked by the failure of the St. Louis Cardinals to sign quarterback Joe Namath of Alabama, who went with the New York Jets of the American Football League. [2] The AFL draft was held the same day.

Player selections

= Pro Bowl [6] = AFL All-Star [7] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
1New York Giants Tucker Frederickson Back Auburn
2 San Francisco 49ers Ken Willard Fullback North Carolina
3 Chicago Bears (Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers) Dick Butkus Linebacker Illinois
4Chicago Bears Gale Sayers Halfback Kansas
5 Dallas Cowboys Craig Morton Quarterback California
6Chicago Bears (Pick acquired from the Washington Redskins) Steve DeLong [8] Tackle Tennessee
7 Green Bay Packers (Pick acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles) Donny Anderson Halfback Texas Tech
8 Minnesota Vikings Jack Snow Wide receiver Notre Dame
9 Los Angeles Rams Clancy Williams Cornerback Washington State
10Green Bay Packers Larry Elkins Wide receiver Baylor
11 Detroit Lions Tom Nowatzke Running back Indiana
12 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Namath [9] Quarterback Alabama
13San Francisco 49ers (Pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns) George Donnelly BackIllinois
14 Baltimore Colts Mike Curtis Linebacker Duke

Round two

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
15Minnesota Vikings Archie Sutton TackleIllinois
16San Francisco 49ers Joe Cerne CenterNorthwestern
17Cleveland Browns Jim Garcia TacklePurdue
18Pittsburgh Steelers Roy Jefferson Wide receiverUtah
19Dallas Cowboys Malcolm Walker LinebackerRice
20Philadelphia Eagles Ray Rissmiller TackleGeorgia
21Washington Redskins Bob Breitenstein TackleTulsa
22Cleveland Browns Gerry Bussell Running backGeorgia Tech
23Minnesota Vikings Lance Rentzel Wide receiverOklahoma
24Green Bay Packers Alphonse Dotson TackleGrambling
25Detroit Lions Jerry Rush TackleMichigan State
26St. Louis Cardinals Dave Simmons LinebackerGeorgia Tech
27Cleveland Browns Walter Johnson Defensive tackleCal State-Los Angeles
28Baltimore Colts Ralph Neely TackleOklahoma

Round three

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
29San Francisco 49ersBob SchweickertBackVirginia Tech
30San Francisco 49ers Jim Norton TackleWashington
31New York Giants Chuck Mercein Running backYale
32Cleveland Browns Bo Scott Running backOhio State
33New York Giants Bob Timberlake QuarterbackMichigan
34Washington Redskins Kent McCloughan BackNebraska
35Philadelphia Eagles Al Nelson Running backCincinnati
36Baltimore Colts Glenn Ressler CenterPenn State
37Los Angeles RamsFred BrownEndMiami (FL)
38Green Bay Packers Allen Brown EndMississippi
39Detroit Lions Fred Biletnikoff [10] Wide receiverFlorida State
40St. Louis Cardinals Ray Ogden EndAlabama
41Cleveland Browns Bobby Maples LinebackerBaylor
42San Francisco 49ersJack ChappleLinebackerStanford

Round four

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
43New York Giants Henry Carr Running backArizona State
44San Francisco 49ersLarry ToddWide receiverArizona State
45Chicago Bears Jim Nance [11] FullbackSyracuse
46Detroit Lions Tommy Myers QuarterbackNorthwestern
47Dallas Cowboys Jimmy Sidle Running backAuburn
48Baltimore Colts Fred Hill Wide receiverUSC
49Baltimore Colts Marty Schottenheimer [12] LinebackerPittsburgh
50Los Angeles Rams Mike Strofolino LinebackerVillanova
51Minnesota Vikings Jim Whalen EndBoston College
52Green Bay PackersWally MahleBackSyracuse
53Dallas Cowboys Bob Svihus [13] TackleUSC
54St. Louis Cardinals Johnny Roland Running backMissouri
55Minnesota VikingsJim HarrisTackleUtah State
56Baltimore ColtsDave JohnsonWide receiverSan Jose State

Round five

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
57Detroit Lions Tommy Vaughn BackIowa State
58San Francisco 49ersDave McCormickTackleLouisiana State
59Green Bay Packers Jim Harvey TackleMississippi
60Los Angeles Rams Frank Marchlewski CenterMinnesota
61Dallas CowboysRoger PetteeLinebackerFlorida
62New York GiantsFrank LambertEndMississippi
63Philadelphia Eagles John Henderson EndMichigan
64Detroit Lions Ed Flanagan CenterPurdue
65Los Angeles RamsDoug WoodliefEndMemphis State
66Green Bay PackersDoug GoodwinRunning backMaryland-Eastern Shore
67Detroit LionsJohn FlynnEndOklahoma
68St. Louis CardinalsBobby BondsRunning backSan Jose State
69Cleveland BrownsBill IrwinTackleMississippi
70Baltimore ColtsJohn McGuireWide receiverSyracuse

Round six

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
71Baltimore ColtsBobby FeltsRunning backFlorida A&M
72Cleveland BrownsArnie SimkusTackleMichigan
73Chicago BearsTony CareyRunning backNotre Dame
74Green Bay Packers Richard Koeper TackleOregon State
75Dallas Cowboys Sonny Utz Running backVirginia Tech
76Philadelphia Eagles John Huarte [14] [15] QuarterbackNotre Dame
77Philadelphia Eagles Gary Garrison Wide receiverSan Diego State
78Los Angeles RamsBill HarrisonEndElon
79Minnesota VikingsJim GrishamBackOklahoma
80Green Bay Packers Bill Symons Running backColorado
81Detroit LionsEarl HawkinsBackEmory & Henry
82St. Louis Cardinals Glen Ray Hines TackleArkansas
83Cleveland BrownsCorwyn AldredgeWide receiverNorthwestern State (LA)
84Baltimore Colts Al Atkinson TackleVillanova

Round seven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
85Green Bay PackersJerry RobertsBackBaldwin–Wallace
86Green Bay PackersRoger JacobazziTackleWisconsin
87Pittsburgh SteelersCharley BrowningBackWashington
88Chicago Bears Dick Gordon Running backMichigan State
89Dallas Cowboys Brig Owens QuarterbackCincinnati
90Chicago Bears Mickey Sutton BackAuburn
91Philadelphia EaglesErwin WillTackleDayton
92Detroit Lions Greg Kent TackleUtah
93Los Angeles RamsTony GuilloryGuardLamar
94Green Bay Packers Junior Coffey Running backWashington
95Detroit Lions Bob Kowalkowski GuardVirginia
96St. Louis CardinalsFrank RoyEndUtah
97Cleveland Browns Dale Lindsey LinebackerWestern Kentucky
98Baltimore ColtsJohn KolocekTackleCorpus Christi State

Round eight

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
99New York Giants Willie Williams BackGrambling
100Minnesota VikingsJohn HankinsonQuarterbackMinnesota
101Chicago Bears Brian Schweda TackleKansas
102Pittsburgh SteelersBill HowleyEndPittsburgh
103Dallas Cowboys Russell Wayt LinebackerRice
104Philadelphia EaglesAl PirainoTackleWisconsin
105Washington Redskins Don Croftcheck GuardIndiana
106Los Angeles RamsStan DzuraTackleCalifornia
107Minnesota VikingsJeff JordonBackTulsa
108Green Bay PackersMike ShinnEndKansas
109Detroit LionsLarry HarbinBackAppalachian State
110St. Louis Cardinals John Meyer LinebackerNotre Dame
111Cleveland Browns Mike Howell Defensive backGrambling
112Baltimore Colts Roosevelt Davis TackleTennessee State

Round nine

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
113New York GiantsJohn FrickEndOhio
114San Francisco 49ersWayne SwinfordRunning backGeorgia
115Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Neville TackleMississippi State
116Chicago BearsKen AmbruskoBackMaryland
117Dallas CowboysJim ZaniosRunning backTexas Tech
118Washington Redskins Jerry Smith Tight endArizona State
119Philadelphia Eagles Floyd Hudlow BackArizona
120Minnesota VikingsFrank McClendonTackleAlabama
121Los Angeles Rams Ronnie Caveness LinebackerArkansas
122Green Bay PackersLarry BulaichBackTexas Christian
123Detroit LionsBruce McLennaBackHillsdale
124St. Louis Cardinals Jimmy Heidel BackMississippi
125Cleveland Browns Gary Lane QuarterbackMissouri
126Baltimore Colts Tom Bleick BackGeorgia Tech

Round ten

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
127New York GiantsBen CrenshawBackJackson State
128San Francisco 49ers Bob Cappadona Running backNortheastern
129Chicago BearsDennis MurphyTackleFlorida
130Pittsburgh SteelersDave TobeyCenterOregon
131Dallas CowboysGaylon McCulloughCenterAlabama
132Philadelphia Eagles Rick Redman CenterWashington
133Washington Redskins Bob Briggs Running backCentral State (OK)
134Los Angeles RamsJim BurtRunning backWestern Kentucky
135Minnesota VikingsJerald SchweigerTackleWisconsin–Superior
136Green Bay Packers Bud Marshall TackleStephen F. Austin
137Detroit LionsFrank PennieTackleFlorida
138St. Louis CardinalsChuck DrulisEndDuke
139Cleveland BrownsPat ScreenQuarterbackLouisiana State
140Baltimore Colts George Harold BackAllen

Round eleven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
141New York Giants Ernie Koy Running backTexas
142San Francisco 49ersSteve MassTackleDetroit
143Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Molden TackleJackson State
144Chicago Bears Frank Cornish TackleGrambling
145Dallas Cowboys Jethro Pugh TackleElizabeth City State
146Washington RedskinsWillie AdamsGuardNew Mexico State
147Philadelphia EaglesLouis JamesRunning backTexas-El Paso
148Minnesota VikingsJohn ThomasEndUSC
149Los Angeles RamsMerlin WaletRunning backMcNeese State
150Green Bay Packers Jim Weatherwax TackleCal State-Los Angeles
151Detroit LionsJim KearneBackPrairie View A&M
152St. Louis CardinalsBud FrenchBackAlabama
153Cleveland BrownsOlie CordillBackMemphis State
154Baltimore ColtsLamar RichardsonWide receiverFisk

Round twelve

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
155New York Giants Jim Carroll LinebackerNotre Dame
156San Francisco 49ersDave PlumpRunning backFresno State
157Chicago BearsSteve CoxTackleSouth Carolina
158Pittsburgh SteelersCraig LofquistBackMinnesota
159Dallas Cowboys Ernie Kellerman QuarterbackMiami (OH)
160Washington RedskinsJohn StrohmeyerTackleNebraska
161Philadelphia EaglesJohn KuznieskiRunning backPurdue
162Los Angeles RamsBob WerlEndMiami (FL)
163Minnesota Vikings Mike Tilleman TackleMontana
164Green Bay PackersGene JeterRunning backArkansas-Pine Bluff
165Detroit LionsJim MooreLinebackerNorth Texas State
166St. Louis CardinalsGlen SasserEndNorth Carolina State
167Cleveland BrownsJustin CanaleGuardMississippi State
168Baltimore ColtsTed RodosovichGuardCincinnati

Round thirteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
169New York Giants Carl Lockhart Defensive backNorth Texas State
170San Francisco 49ers Gregg Schumacher EndIllinois
171Pittsburgh Steelers J.R. Wilburn BackSouth Carolina
172Chicago BearsDave DanielsTackleFlorida A&M
173Dallas CowboysJack SchraubEndCalifornia
174Washington RedskinsBiff BracyRunning backDuke
175Philadelphia EaglesJohn FouseEndArizona
176Minnesota Vikings Dave Osborn BackNorth Dakota
177Los Angeles RamsBrent BerryTackleSan Jose State
178Green Bay Packers Roy Schmidt GuardLong Beach State
179Detroit LionsJack JacobsonBackOklahoma State
180St. Louis CardinalsSteve MurphyRunning backNorthwestern
181Cleveland BrownsHenry PickettRunning backBaylor
182Baltimore ColtsBruce AirheartRunning backNorth Dakota State

Round fourteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
183New York GiantsOlin UnderwoodEndTexas
184San Francisco 49ers Frank Andruski Running backUtah
185Chicago BearsDave PivecWide receiverNotre Dame
186Pittsburgh Steelers Jim (Cannonball) Butler BackEdward Waters
187Dallas Cowboys Garry Porterfield Wide receiverTulsa
188Philadelphia Eagles Tom Longo BackNotre Dame
189Washington RedskinsDave EstradaRunning backArizona State
190Los Angeles RamsBill RobertsonEndAustin
191Minnesota VikingsMax LeetzowEnd Idaho
192Green Bay PackersJohn PutnamRunning backDrake
193Detroit LionsLarry BrownBackOklahoma
194St. Louis Cardinals Mike Alford CenterAuburn
195Cleveland BrownsDan SimrellQuarterbackToledo
196Baltimore Colts Jerry Fishman LinebackerMaryland

Round fifteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
197New York GiantsMike GiersGuardUSC
198San Francisco 49ersJoe PabianTackleWest Virginia
199Pittsburgh Steelers John Carrell TackleTexas Tech
200Chicago BearsArt RobinsonBackCal State-Los Angeles
201Dallas Cowboys Gene Foster BackArizona State
202Washington RedskinsBen BaldwinBackVanderbilt
203Philadelphia Eagles Otis Taylor [16] Wide receiverPrairie View A&M
204Minnesota VikingsPhillip MorganBackEast Tennessee State
205Los Angeles RamsMarvin DavisEndWichita State
206Green Bay Packers Chuck Hurston TackleAuburn
207Detroit LionsWallace DickeyEndSouthwest Texas State
208St. Louis CardinalsHarlan LaneBackBaylor
209Cleveland Browns Larry Gagner TackleFlorida
210Baltimore Colts Roy Hilton Running backJackson State

Round sixteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
211New York Giants Tom Good BackMarshall
212San Francisco 49ersDave HettemaTackleNew Mexico
213Chicago Bears Frank Pitts Wide receiverSouthern
214Pittsburgh SteelersDoug DusenburyKickerKansas State
215Dallas CowboysDoug McDougalEndOregon State
216Philadelphia EaglesJim GrayBackToledo
217Washington Redskins Bob Reed GuardTennessee A&I
218Los Angeles RamsCharlie BrownTackleTulsa
219Minnesota VikingsPaul LabinskiTackleSt. John's (MN)
220Green Bay Packers Phil Vandersea Running back Massachusetts
221Detroit LionsJohn SmithTackleMaryland-Eastern Shore
222St. Louis CardinalsCarl SilvestriBackWisconsin
223Cleveland Browns Mel Anthony Running backMichigan
224Baltimore Colts Steve Tensi QuarterbackFlorida State

Round seventeen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
225New York GiantsDave PowlessGuardIllinois
226San Francisco 49ersLen FrketichEndOregon State
227Pittsburgh SteelersWhit CanaleRunning backTennessee
228Chicago BearsTom LaFramboiseQuarterbackLouisville
229Dallas Cowboys Mitch Johnson TackleUCLA
230Washington RedskinsGary HartEndVanderbilt
231Philadelphia EaglesDave AustinEndGeorgia Tech
232Minnesota VikingsVeran SmithBackUtah State
233Los Angeles RamsEd BlecksmithBackUSC
234Green Bay PackersSteve ClarkKickerOregon State
235Detroit LionsSonny OdomRunning backDuke
236St. Louis CardinalsMike MelinkovichTackleGray's Harbor J.C.
237Cleveland BrownsJohn BoyetteTackleClemson
238Baltimore Colts Rick Reichardt Running backWisconsin

Round eighteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
239New York Giants Mike Ciccolella LinebackerDayton
240San Francisco 49ersLeon StandridgeEndSan Diego State
241Chicago BearsMike SchwagerTackleNorthwestern
242Pittsburgh SteelersBob HowardBackStanford
243Dallas Cowboys Marty Amsler Tackle Evansville
244Philadelphia EaglesBill MarcordesEndBradley
245Washington Redskins Chris Hanburger LinebackerNorth Carolina
246Los Angeles RamsLeo LoweryRunning backTexas Tech
247Minnesota Vikings Rich Kotite EndWagner
248Green Bay PackersJeff WhiteEndTexas Tech
249Detroit Lions Karl Sweetan QuarterbackWake Forest
250St. Louis Cardinals Ed McQuarters GuardOklahoma
251Cleveland Browns Dick Arrington GuardNotre Dame
252Baltimore ColtsCharley KingRunning backPurdue

Round nineteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
253New York GiantsSmith ReedBackAlcorn State
254San Francisco 49ersDale FordRunning backWashington State
255Pittsburgh SteelersLonnie PriceBackSouthwestern Louisiana
256Chicago BearsLou BobichKickerMichigan State
257Dallas Cowboys Merv Rettenmund Running backBall State
258Washington RedskinsRoosevelt EllerbeBackIowa State
259Philadelphia EaglesCharley EnglehartTackleJohn Carroll
260Minnesota VikingsEllis JohnsonRunning backSoutheastern Louisiana
261Los Angeles Rams Billy Guy Anderson QuarterbackTulsa
262Green Bay PackersLen SearsTackleSouth Carolina
263Detroit LionsPreston LoveBackNebraska
264St. Louis Cardinals Roy Shivers Running backUtah State
265Cleveland BrownsEd OrazenGuardOhio State
266Baltimore ColtsBarry BrownEndFlorida

Round twenty

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
267New York GiantsJohn TorokQuarterbackArizona State
268San Francisco 49ersDennis DuncanBackLouisiana College
269Chicago BearsRalph KurekRunning backWisconsin
270Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Fertig QuarterbackUSC
271Dallas CowboysDon BarlowTackleKansas State
272Philadelphia EaglesBobby ShannEndBoston College
273Baltimore ColtsRay JohnsonCenterPrairie View A&M
274Los Angeles RamsBilly ScottEndNortheast Oklahoma
275Minnesota Vikings Cosmo Iacavazzi BackPrinceton
276Green Bay PackersJim ChandlerRunning backBenedict
277Detroit Lions George Wilson QuarterbackXavier
278St. Louis CardinalsTony GiacobazziEndIowa
279Cleveland BrownsFrank GoldbergLinebackerCentral Michigan
280 [17] Baltimore Colts George Haffner QuarterbackMcNeese State
= Pro Bowler [6] = AFL All-Star [7] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Five members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were taken in the 1965 NFL draft:

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1977. [18]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1979. [18]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1985. [19]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1988. [19]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2011.

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [6]
Original NFL teamPlayerPos.CollegeConf.Notes
Chicago Bears Brian Piccolo   RB Wake Forest ACC
Chicago Bears Ron Smith   CB Wisconsin Big Ten
Dallas Cowboys Obert Logan   S Trinity Southland
Dallas Cowboys Dan Reeves   S South Carolina ACC
Dallas Cowboys Bill Sandeman   OT Pacific Ind. (Univ.)
Dallas Cowboys A.D. Whitfield   RB North Texas MVC
Minnesota Vikings Earsell Mackbee   CB Utah State Ind. (Univ.)
Minnesota Vikings Lonnie Warwick   LB Tennessee Tech OVC
Philadelphia Eagles Jim Nettles   CB Wisconsin Big Ten
Philadelphia Eagles Harold Wells   LB Purdue Big Ten
Pittsburgh Steelers Charles Leigh   RB   
Pittsburgh Steelers Jerry Simmons   WR Bethune-Cookman SIAC
Washington Redskins Rickie Harris   CB Arizona WAC

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  6. 1 2 3 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  7. 1 2 Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their career.
  8. Steve DeLong signed with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League.
  9. Joe Namath signed with the New York Jets of the American Football League.
  10. Fred Biletnikoff signed with the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League
  11. Jim Nance signed with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.
  12. Marty Schottenheimer signed with the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.
  13. Bob Svihus signed with the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League.
  14. John Huarte, 1964 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  15. John Huarte signed with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.
  16. Otis Taylor signed with the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League.
  17. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
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  19. 1 2 List of 1980s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-07.