1966 NFL Draft

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1966 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)November 27, 1965
Time8:58 am EST
LocationSummit Hotel
in New York City
305 total selections in 20 rounds
League NFL
First selection Tommy Nobis, LB
Atlanta Falcons
Mr. Irrelevant Tom Carr, OT
Baltimore Colts
Most selections (25) Atlanta Falcons
Fewest selections (15) Pittsburgh Steelers
Hall of Famers2

The 1966 National Football League draft was held at the Summit Hotel in New York City on Saturday, November 27, 1965. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


The expansion Atlanta Falcons were awarded the first pick in each round as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds. [1] The first overall selection was Tommy Nobis, a linebacker from Texas. [3] The league also provided the Falcons with an expansion draft six weeks later. [1]

This was the last draft in which the NFL and the AFL selected their players separate of one another. As a result, most players drafted by teams from both leagues chose to play for the more established NFL, but not all. Similar to 1965, the AFL draft was held on the same day. After the merger agreement in June 1966, a common draft was held in March 1967.

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
1 Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis Linebacker Texas
2 Los Angeles Rams Tom Mack Offensive tackle Michigan
3 Pittsburgh Steelers Dick Leftridge Running back West Virginia
4 Philadelphia Eagles Randy Beisler Defensive end Indiana
5 Dallas Cowboys John Niland Offensive guard Iowa
6 Washington Redskins Charlie Gogolak Kicker Princeton
7 Minnesota Vikings Jerry Shay Offensive tackle Purdue
8 St. Louis Cardinals Carl McAdams Linebacker Oklahoma
9 Green Bay Packers Jim Grabowski Running back Illinois
10 New York Giants Francis Peay Offensive tackle Missouri
11 San Francisco 49ers Stan Hindman Defensive end Ole 'Miss
12 Chicago Bears George Rice Offensive tackle LSU
13Green Bay Packers Gale Gillingham Guard Minnesota
14 Cleveland Browns Milt Morin Tight end UMass
15 Baltimore Colts Sam Ball Offensive tackle Kentucky
16Atlanta Falcons Randy Johnson Quarterback Texas A&I

Round two

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
17Atlanta Falcons Nick Rassas SafetyNotre Dame
18Los Angeles Rams Mike Garrett [7] Running backUSC
19Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Gagner GuardFlorida
20Philadelphia Eagles Gary Pettigrew Defensive endStanford
21Washington Redskins Walter Barnes TackleNebraska
22Dallas Cowboys Willie Townes TackleTulsa
23St. Louis CardinalsHarold LucasTackleMichigan State
24Detroit Lions Nick Eddy Running backNotre Dame
25New York Giants Don Davis TackleCal State-Los Angeles
26San Francisco 49ers Bob Windsor Tight endKentucky
27Minnesota Vikings Jim Lindsey Running backArkansas
28Chicago Bears Charlie Brown Defensive backSyracuse
29Cleveland Browns Rick Norton QuarterbackKentucky
30Green Bay Packers Tom Cichowski TackleMaryland
31Baltimore Colts Butch Allison TackleMissouri
32Atlanta FalconsJerry JonesTackleBowling Green

Round three

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
33Atlanta Falcons Mike Dennis Running backMississippi
34Los Angeles RamsDick TysonGuardTulsa
35Pittsburgh Steelers Pat Killorin CenterSyracuse
36Philadelphia Eagles Ben Hawkins Wide receiverArizona State
37San Francisco 49ers Al Randolph Running backIowa
38Washington Redskins Tom Barrington Running backOhio State
39Detroit Lions Bill Malinchak Wide receiverIndiana
40New York GiantsTom FisherLinebackerTennessee
41San Francisco 49ersDan BlandDefensive backMississippi State
42Minnesota Vikings Don Hansen LinebackerIllinois
43St. Louis Cardinals Dave Long Defensive endIowa
44Chicago Bears Bob Pickens TackleNebraska
45Green Bay Packers Fred Heron TackleSan Jose State
46Green Bay Packers Tony Jeter EndNebraska
47Baltimore ColtsRick KestnerWide receiverKentucky
48Atlanta FalconsPhil SheridanWide receiverNotre Dame

Round four

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
49Atlanta Falcons Ken Reaves Defensive backVirginia State
50Los Angeles Rams Henry Dyer Running backGrambling
51Chicago Bears Randy Jackson TackleFlorida
52Philadelphia Eagles Frank Emanuel LinebackerTennessee
53Washington RedskinsBill ClayDefensive backMississippi
54Baltimore Colts Rod Sherman Wide receiverUSC
55Detroit Lions Doug Van Horn GuardOhio State
56San Francisco 49ersDon ParkerGuardVirginia
57Minnesota Vikings Ron Acks Defensive backIllinois
58St. Louis CardinalsGary SnookQuarterbackIowa
59Detroit LionsWillie WalkerWide receiver Tennessee State
60Chicago Bears Doug Buffone LinebackerLouisville
61Cleveland Browns Pete Duranko Defensive endNotre Dame
62Green Bay Packers John Roderick Wide receiver Southern Methodist
63Baltimore Colts Hoyle Granger Running backMississippi State
64Atlanta Falcons Willie Asbury Running backKent State

Round five

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
65Atlanta FalconsBill WolskiRunning backNotre Dame
66Los Angeles Rams Diron Talbert TackleTexas
67Detroit Lions Bill Cody LinebackerAuburn
68Philadelphia EaglesDan BerryRunning backCalifornia
69San Francisco 49ers Mel Phillips Defensive backNorth Carolina A&T
70Washington RedskinsDick LeMayTackleVanderbilt
71San Francisco 49ersSteve SmithWide receiverMichigan
72Minnesota Vikings Doug Davis TackleKentucky
73St. Louis Cardinals Jack Clancy Wide receiverMichigan
74Cleveland Browns Randy Schultz Running back Northern Iowa
75New York Giants Bill Briggs Defensive endIowa
76Minnesota VikingsBob HallDefensive backBrown
77Los Angeles Rams Dick Arndt Tackle Idaho
78Cleveland BrownsDan FulfordWide receiverAuburn
79Dallas Cowboys Walt Garrison Running backOklahoma State
80Atlanta FalconsMartin KahnTackleNorth Texas State

Round six

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
81Atlanta FalconsCharley CaseyWide receiverFlorida
82Los Angeles Rams Bruce Anderson TackleWillamette
83Minnesota VikingsWilbur AylorTackleSouthwest Texas State
84Philadelphia Eagles Bob Sherlag Defensive backMemphis State
85Chicago BearsDennis BrewsterTackleBrigham Young
86Dallas CowboysBob DunlevyWide receiverWest Virginia
87Detroit Lions Wayne DeSutter TackleWestern Illinois
88St. Louis Cardinals Tim Van Galder QuarterbackIowa State
89Philadelphia Eagles Mel Tom LinebackerSan Jose State
90Cleveland Browns Jim Battle Defensive endSouthern
91San Francisco 49ersCharlie JohnsonDefensive tackleLouisville
92Chicago BearsFranklin McRaeDefensive tackleTennessee State
93Cleveland Browns Fred Hoaglin CenterPittsburgh
94Washington RedskinsEarl YatesTackleDuke
95Baltimore Colts Stas Maliszewski LinebackerPrinceton

Round seven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
96Atlanta FalconsWilliam JohnsonRunning backUniversity of the South
97Los Angeles Rams George Youngblood Defensive backCal State-Los Angeles
98Pittsburgh Steelers Emerson Boozer Running backMaryland-Eastern Shore
99Philadelphia EaglesDavid LinceTackleNorth Dakota
100Dallas CowboysArt RobinsonWide receiverFlorida A&M
101Washington RedskinsGeorge PattonTackleGeorgia
102St. Louis CardinalsCharley ArkwrightTackleGeorgia
103Detroit LionsJohnnie RobinsonWide receiverTennessee State
104New York GiantsPhil HarrisRunning backTexas
105Baltimore ColtsDave EllisDefensive endNorth Carolina State
106Minnesota VikingsBob MeersEndMassachusetts
107Chicago Bears Ron Meyer QuarterbackSouth Dakota State
108Green Bay PackersRay MillerDefensive endIdaho
109Cleveland BrownsLeroy CarterWide receiverGrambling
110Baltimore Colts Ray Perkins Wide receiverAlabama

Round eight

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
111Atlanta FalconsBill GossLinebackerTulane
112Los Angeles Rams Vilnis Ezerins Running backWisconsin–Whitewater
113New York Giants Charlie Harper TackleOklahoma State
114Philadelphia EaglesJohn MasonEndStanford
115Washington RedskinsStan MitchellRunning backTennessee
116Dallas CowboysDon KunitRunning backPenn State
117Detroit LionsJohn PincavageRunning backVirginia
118New York GiantsBill MatanWide receiverKansas State
119San Francisco 49ers Dick Witcher Wide receiverUCLA
120Baltimore Colts Jerry Allen Running backNebraska-Omaha
121St. Louis Cardinals Dan Goich EndCalifornia
122Chicago BearsDoug McFallsDefensive backGeorgia
123Cleveland BrownsTom TalagaWide receiverNotre Dame
124Green Bay PackersKen McLeanWide receiverTexas A&M
125Baltimore ColtsJack WhiteQuarterbackPenn State

Round nine

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
126Atlanta FalconsBob SandersCenterNorth Texas State
127Los Angeles RamsBurton MatthiesRunning backWayne State
128Pittsburgh SteelersDale StewartDefensive endPittsburgh
129Philadelphia EaglesJim ToddRunning backBall State
130Dallas CowboysDarrell ElamWide receiverWest Virginia Tech
131Washington RedskinsJack ShinholserLinebackerFlorida State
132New York Giants Freeman White Wide receiverNebraska
133San Francisco 49ers Kent Kramer Wide receiverMinnesota
134Minnesota VikingsRon GreenWide receiverNorth Dakota
135St. Louis CardinalsCharlie BryantWide receiverAllen
136Detroit Lions Dick Cunningham GuardArkansas
137Chicago Bears Fritz Greenlee Wide receiverNorthern Arizona
138Green Bay Packers Ron Rector Running backNorthwestern
139Cleveland Browns Jack Gregory Defensive endDelta State
140Baltimore ColtsJerry GrossRunning backAuburn

Round ten

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
141Atlanta FalconsMike BenderGuardArkansas
142Los Angeles RamsMike CapshawTackleAbilene Christian
143Pittsburgh Steelers Jerry Marion Defensive backWyoming
144Philadelphia EaglesJohn OsmondCenterTulsa
145Washington Redskins Caesar Belser Defensive backArkansas-Pine Bluff
146Dallas CowboysMason MitchellRunning backWashington
147San Francisco 49ersRon SbrantiDefensive endUtah State
148Detroit LionsBruce YatesTackleAuburn
149St. Louis CardinalsMike RingerRunning backOklahoma
150Detroit LionsTom BrighamDefensive endWisconsin
151New York GiantsJeff SmithLinebackerUSC
152Chicago Bears Bobby Burnett Running backArkansas
153Cleveland Browns Monte Ledbetter Wide receiverNorthwestern State (LA)
154Green Bay PackersSam MontgomeryDefensive endSouthern
155Baltimore Colts Claude Brownlee Defensive endBenedictine

Round eleven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
156Atlanta Falcons Steve Sloan QuarterbackAlabama
157Los Angeles RamsDarrell HooverRunning backArizona
158Pittsburgh SteelersCharley WashingtonRunning backGrambling
159Philadelphia EaglesWelford WaltonDefensive endNevada-Reno
160Dallas Cowboys Austin Denney Wide receiverTennessee
161Washington RedskinsDick RedingWide receiverNorthwestern State (LA
162Minnesota VikingsStan QuintanaDefensive backNew Mexico
163St. Louis Cardinals Bobby Williams Running backCentral State (OK)
164Detroit LionsJack O'BillovichLinebackerOregon State
165New York GiantsCliff WilderWide receiverIowa
166San Francisco 49ers Preston Ridlehuber Running backGeorgia
167Chicago Bears Terry Owens Wide receiverJacksonville State
168Green Bay Packers Ralph Wenzel GuardSan Diego State
169Cleveland BrownsTony FireTackleBowling Green
170Baltimore Colts Eric Crabtree Wide receiverPittsburgh

Round twelve

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
171Atlanta FalconsKen HollisterTackleIndiana
172Los Angeles RamsGeorge ClaytonDefensive backFairmont State
173Dallas Cowboys Les Shy Defensive backLong Beach State
174Philadelphia Eagles Bruce Van Dyke GuardMissouri
175Washington RedskinsJohn StipechLinebackerUtah
176Dallas Cowboys Craig Baynham Running backGeorgia Tech
177St. Louis CardinalsRickey JohnsonTackleClemson
178Detroit Lions Randy Winkler TackleTarleton State
179New York Giants Ken Avery LinebackerSouthern Mississippi
180San Francisco 49ersLyle LoebachTackleSimpson
181Minnesota Vikings Bob Petrella Defensive backTennessee
182Chicago BearsWayne PageDefensive endClemson
183Cleveland BrownsRich CzapTackleNebraska
184Green Bay Packers Jim Mankins Running backFlorida State
185Baltimore ColtsJim CarerGuardTennessee State

Round thirteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
186Atlanta FalconsBob CollinsTackleSouth Carolina
187Los Angeles RamsJake DavidRunning backLamar
188Pittsburgh Steelers Benjy Dial QuarterbackEastern New Mexico
189Philadelphia EaglesJim BohlRunning backNew Mexico State
190Dallas Cowboys Ron Lamb Running backSouth Carolina
191Washington Redskins Heath Wingate CenterBowling Green
192Detroit LionsBill MasselterTackleWisconsin
193New York GiantsJim FulghamTackleMinnesota
194San Francisco 49ersJim JacksonRunning backWestern Illinois
195Minnesota VikingsLarry MartinTackleSan Diego State
196St. Louis CardinalsJim BrownGuardNebraska
197Chicago BearsWayne BeckerTackleMontana
198Green Bay PackersEd KingLinebackerUSC
199Cleveland Browns Jim Boudreaux TackleLouisiana Tech
200Baltimore ColtsBob HadrickWide receiverPurdue

Round fourteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
201Atlanta FalconsSteve EckerKickerShippensburg
202Los Angeles RamsTerry ParksTackleCal State-Los Angeles
203Pittsburgh SteelersJoe NovogratzLinebackerPittsburgh
204Philadelphia Eagles Ron Medved Running backWashington
205Washington RedskinsJerry LovelaceRunning backTexas Tech
206Dallas CowboysLewis TurnerRunning backNorfolk State
207New York GiantsHoward McCardGuardSyracuse
208San Francisco 49ers Elmer Collett CenterCal State-San Francisco
209Minnesota Vikings Howard Twilley Wide receiverTulsa
210St. Louis CardinalsLaVerle PrattLinebackerIdaho
211Detroit LionsDenis MooreTackleUSC
212Chicago BearsMike BucknerDefensive backNorthwestern
213Cleveland Browns Pete Lammons EndTexas
214Green Bay PackersRon HansonWide receiverNorth Dakota State
215Baltimore Colts Jim Ward QuarterbackGettysburg

Round fifteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
216Atlanta Falcons Tom Tolleson Wide receiverAlabama
217Los Angeles RamsMike SullivanWide receiverOregon State
218Pittsburgh SteelersJoe DobsonTackleIdaho
219Philadelphia EaglesHarry DayTackleMemphis State
220Dallas CowboysMark GartungTackleOregon State
221Washington RedskinsHal SeymourRunning backFlorida
222San Francisco 49ers Saint Saffold Wide receiverSan Jose State
223Minnesota VikingsHugh WrightRunning backAdams State
224St. Louis CardinalsDarryl AllemanWide receiverWyoming
225Detroit LionsBill SullivanDefensive endWest Virginia
226New York Giants Steve Bowman Running backAlabama
227Chicago BearsJim KollmanGuardOregon
228Green Bay PackersGrady BoltonTackleMississippi State
229Cleveland BrownsBob EllisDefensive endMassachusetts
230Baltimore ColtsLee GarnerLinebackerMississippi

Round sixteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
231Atlanta FalconsJim ViningGuardRice
232Los Angeles RamsJoe O'BrienWide receiverTexas-Arlington
233Pittsburgh SteelersJim LongWide receiverPurdue
234Philadelphia Eagles Arunas Vasys LinebackerNotre Dame
235Washington Redskins Hal Wantland Running backTennessee
236Dallas CowboysTom PiggeeRunning backCal State-San Francisco
237Minnesota VikingsJim WilliamsDefensive endArkansas
238St. Louis Cardinals Dick Kasperek CenterIowa State
239Detroit LionsJerry GendronWide receiverWisconsin–Eau Claire
240New York Giants Sam Price Running backIllinois
241San Francisco 49ers Jim LeClair QuarterbackC.W. Post
242Chicago BearsLynn SenkbeilLinebackerNebraska
243Cleveland Browns David Ray EndAlabama
244Green Bay PackersBob SchultzDefensive endWisconsin–Stevens Point
245Baltimore ColtsRod StewartEndDuke

Round seventeen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
246Atlanta FalconsLurley ArchambeauCenterToledo
247Los Angeles RamsDan GilbertTackleArkansas Tech
248Pittsburgh SteelersMike BrundageQuarterbackOregon
249Philadelphia Eagles Ike Kelley LinebackerOhio State
250Dallas Cowboys George Allen TackleWest Texas State
251Washington RedskinsMitch ZalnaskyWide receiverPittsburgh
252St. Louis Cardinals Benny Russell QuarterbackLouisville
253Detroit LionsRalph DunlapDefensive endBaylor
254New York GiantsGary EickmanTackleIllinois
255San Francisco 49ersJim BreelandCenterGeorgia Tech
256Minnesota VikingsMonroe BeardRunning backVirginia Union
257Chicago Bears Curtis Gentry Defensive backMaryland-Eastern Shore
258Green Bay Packers Dave Hathcock Defensive backMemphis State
259Cleveland BrownsGene ModzelewskiTackleNew Mexico State
260Baltimore Colts Randy Matson TackleTexas A&M

Round eighteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
261Atlanta FalconsDoug KorverCenterNorthern Iowa
262Los Angeles RamsRay JohnsonLinebackerWhitworth
263Pittsburgh SteelersKen LucasQuarterbackPittsburgh
264Philadelphia EaglesBill MoorerCenterGeorgia Tech
265Washington RedskinsJoe BursonRunning backGeorgia
266Dallas CowboysSteve OrrTackleWashington
267Detroit LionsBill JohnsonWide receiverLivingston
268New York GiantsKai AndersonCenterIllinois
269San Francisco 49ersRon ParsonWide receiverAustin Peay
270Minnesota VikingsDale GrecoDefensive tackleIllinois
271St. Louis CardinalsWillie JonesDefensive endKansas State
272Chicago BearsCharley KinesTackleMichigan
273Cleveland Browns Charley Harraway Running backSan Jose State
274Green Bay PackersJim JonesDefensive endNebraska-Omaha
275Baltimore ColtsEd TonerTackleMassachusetts

Round nineteen

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
276Atlanta FalconsWalt MainerDefensive backXavier
277Los Angeles RamsHomer WilliamsWide receiverUSC
278Pittsburgh SteelersDave NeilsonQuarterbackAlbion
279Philadelphia EaglesTaft ReedDefensive backJackson State
280Dallas CowboysByron JohnsonTackleCentral Washington
281Washington RedskinsAndre WhiteWide receiverFlorida A&M
282New York Giants Bobby Crockett Wide receiverArkansas
283San Francisco 49ersDick FitzgeraldTackleNebraska
284Minnesota VikingsJessie StokesRunning backCorpus Christi State
285St. Louis CardinalsTony GolmontDefensive backNorth Carolina State
286Detroit LionsBob BaierTackleSimpson
287Chicago BearsRoger HabererRunning backEastern Illinois
288Green Bay PackersDave MotonWide receiverUSC
289Cleveland Browns Karl Singer TacklePurdue
290Baltimore ColtsKen DukeRunning backMorgan State

Round twenty

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
291Atlanta Falcons Bob Riggle Defensive backPenn State
292Los Angeles RamsBud HarringtonRunning backTulsa
293Pittsburgh SteelersRon SpringerTackleAlbion
294Philadelphia EaglesBill RisioTackleBoston College
295Washington Redskins John Kelly CenterFlorida A&M
296Dallas Cowboys Lou Hudson Wide receiverMinnesota
297San Francisco 49ersWillie WalkerWide receiverBaylor
298Philadelphia EaglesGerald CircoKickerCal State-Chico
299St. Louis CardinalsTom GallagherDefensive endIndiana
300Detroit LionsAllen SmithRunning backFindlay
301New York Giants Randy Minniear Running backPurdue
302Chicago Bears Goldie Sellers Wide receiverGrambling
303Cleveland BrownsJoe PetroDefensive backTemple
304Green Bay PackersEd MarasWide receiverSouth Dakota State
305 [8] Baltimore Colts Tom Carr TackleMorgan State
= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Fame

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1999. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2008. [11]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Fame
Original NFL teamPlayerPos.CollegeConf.Notes
Dallas Cowboys Dick Daniels   S Pacific Ind. (Univ.)
Detroit Lions Garo Yepremian   K   
Green Bay Packers Kent Nix   QB TCU SWC
Minnesota Vikings Jim Vellone   OG USC AAWU
New York Giants Willie Young   OT Grambling State SWAC
St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) Jim Hart   QB Southern Illinois Ind.

See also

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