1981 NFL Draft

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1981 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 28–29, 1981
Location New York Sheraton Hotel
in New York City
Network(s) ESPN
332 total selections in 12 rounds
League NFL
First selection George Rogers, RB
New Orleans Saints
Mr. Irrelevant Phil Nelson, TE
Oakland Raiders
Most selections (17) New Orleans Saints
Fewest selections (8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hall of Famers

The 1981 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 April 28–29, 1981, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City. [1] [2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.


For the first time, the top two picks of the draft were named Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [3] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
1 New Orleans Saints George Rogers [4] Running back South Carolina
2 New York Giants Lawrence Taylor Linebacker North Carolina
3 New York Jets Freeman McNeil Running back UCLA
4 Seattle Seahawks Kenny Easley Strong Safety UCLA
5 St. Louis Cardinals E. J. Junior Linebacker Alabama
6 Green Bay Packers Rich Campbell Quarterback California
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hugh Green Linebacker Pitt
8 San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Lott Cornerback USC
9 Los Angeles Rams Mel Owens Linebacker Michigan
10 Cincinnati Bengals David Verser Wide receiver Kansas
11 Chicago Bears Keith Van Horne Offensive tackle USC
12 Baltimore Colts Randy McMillan Running backPitt
13 Miami Dolphins David Overstreet Running back Oklahoma
14 Kansas City Chiefs Willie Scott Tight end South Carolina
15 Denver Broncos Dennis Smith SafetyUSC
16 Detroit Lions Mark Nichols Wide receiver San José State
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Keith Gary Defensive end Oklahoma
18Baltimore Colts Donnell Thompson Defensive tackle North Carolina
19 New England Patriots Brian Holloway Offensive tackle Stanford
20 Washington Redskins Mark May Offensive tacklePitt
21 Oakland Raiders Ted Watts Cornerback Texas Tech
22 Cleveland Browns Hanford Dixon Cornerback Southern Miss
23Oakland Raiders Curt Marsh Offensive tackle Washington
24 San Diego Chargers James Brooks Running back Auburn
25 Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler Cornerback Florida State
26 Dallas Cowboys Howard Richards Offensive tackle Missouri
27 Philadelphia Eagles Leonard Mitchell Defensive end Houston
28 Buffalo Bills Booker Moore Running back Penn State
-New Orleans Saints (supplemental draft) Dave Wilson Quarterback Illinois

Round two

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
29New Orleans Saints Russell Gary Strong Safety University of Nebraska
30New York Jets Marion Barber Jr. Running back University of Minnesota
31Seattle Seahawks David Hughes Running back Boise State University
32New York Giants Dave Young Tight end Purdue University
33St. Louis Cardinals Neil Lomax Quarterback Portland State University
34Tampa Bay Buccaneers James Wilder Sr. Running backUniversity of Missouri
35Green Bay Packers Gary Lewis Tight end University of Texas at Arlington
36San Francisco 49ers(from Washington) John Harty Defensive tackle University of Iowa
37Cincinnati Bengals Cris Collinsworth Wide receiver University of Florida
38Chicago Bears(from San Francisco) Mike Singletary Linebacker Baylor University
39 Minnesota Vikings Mardye McDole Wide receiver Mississippi State University
40San Francisco 49ers(from Chicago) Eric Wright CornerbackUniversity of Missouri
41Kansas City Chiefs Joe Delaney Running back Northwestern Louisiana State
42Denver Broncos Clay Brown Tight end Brigham Young University
43Los Angeles Rams Jim Collins Linebacker Syracuse University
44Pittsburgh Steelers Anthony Washington Cornerback Fresno State
45Minnesota Vikings Robin Sendlein Linebacker University of Texas at Austin
46Detroit Lions Curtis Green Defensive end Alabama State University
47New England Patriots Tony Collins Running back East Carolina University
48Oakland Raiders Howie Long Defensive tackle Villanova University
49Buffalo Bills Chris Williams Cornerback Louisiana State University
50Buffalo Bills Byron Franklin Wide receiverAuburn
51New Orleans Saints Rickey Jackson LinebackerUniversity of Pittsburgh
52Minnesota Vikings Jarvis Redwine Running backUniversity of Nebraska
53Dallas Cowboys Doug Donley Wide receiver Ohio State University
54Atlanta Falcons Lyman White LinebackerLouisiana State University
55Philadelphia Eagles Dean Miraldi Guard University of Utah
56Miami Dolphins Andra Franklin Running backUniversity of Nebraska

Round three

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
57New Orleans Saints Frank Warren Defensive endAuburn University
58Seattle Seahawks Bill Dugan Offensive guardPenn State
59New York Giants John Mistler Wide receiver Arizona State University
60New York Jets Ben Rudolph Defensive tackle Long Beach State University
61St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Griffin Cornerback Utah
62Green Bay Packers Ray Stachowicz Quarterback/PunterMichigan State University
63Los Angeles Rams Greg Meisner Defensive tackleUniversity of Pittsburgh
64Cincinnati Bengals John Simmons Cornerback Southern Methodist University
65San Francisco 49ers Carlton Williamson SafetyUniversity of Pittsburgh
66Los Angeles Rams Robert Cobb Defensive end University of Arizona
67Chicago Bears Ken Margerum Wide receiverStanford University
68Baltimore Colts Randy Van Divier Offensive tackleUniversity of Washington
69Washington Redskins Russ Grimm GuardUniversity of Pittsburgh
70Kansas City Chiefs Marvin Harvey Tight endUniversity of Southern Mississippi
71New Orleans Saints Hoby Brenner Tight endUniversity of Southern California
72Detroit Lions Don Greco Offensive guard Western Illinois University
73Pittsburgh Steelers Rick Donnalley CenterNorth Carolina
74Minnesota Vikings Tim Irwin Offensive tackle University of Tennessee
75Kansas City Chiefs Roger Taylor Offensive tackleOklahoma University
76Buffalo Bills Mike Mosley Wide receiver Texas A & M
77San Diego Chargers Irvin Phillips Cornerback Arkansas Tech University
78Kansas City Chiefs Lloyd Burruss Safety Maryland
79 Houston Oilers Michael Holston Wide receiver Morgan State University
80Atlanta Falcons Scott Woerner Defensive backUniversity of Georgia
81Dallas Cowboys Glen Titensor Defensive endBrigham Young University
82Philadelphia Eagles Greg LaFleur Tight endLouisiana State University
83Buffalo Bills Robert Geathers Defensive tackle South Carolina State University

Round four

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
84Miami Dolphins Sam Greene Wide receiver University of Nevada, Las Vegas
85New York Giants Clifford Chatman Fullback University of Central Oklahoma
86New York Jets Al Washington LinebackerOhio State University
87Seattle Seahawks Scott Phillips Wide receiverBrigham Young University
88St. Louis Cardinals Steve Rhodes Wide receiverOklahoma
89Tampa Bay Buccaneers John Holt Cornerback West Texas University
90Washington Redskins Tom Flick QuarterbackUniversity of Washington
91Dallas Cowboys(from San Francisco) Scott Pelluer Linebacker Washington State University
92Cleveland Browns Mike Robinson Defensive endUniversity of Arizona
93Cincinnati Bengals Guy Frazier Linebacker University of Wyoming
94Baltimore Colts Tim Sherwin Tight end Boston College
95Chicago Bears Todd Bell SafetyOhio State University
96Miami Dolphins Brad Wright Quarterback University of New Mexico
97Kansas City Chiefs Ron Washington Wide receiverArizona State University
98Denver Broncos Mark Herrmann QuarterbackPurdue University
99Detroit Lions Tracy Porter Wide receiverLSU
100Pittsburgh Steelers Robbie Martin Wide receiver Cal Poly
101Minnesota Vikings John Swain Cornerback University of Miami
102New England Patriots Don Blackmon Linebacker University of Tulsa
103San Diego Chargers Amos Lawrence Running backUniversity of North Carolina
104Los Angeles Rams George Lilja CenterMichigan
105Green Bay Packers Richard Turner Defensive tackleOklahoma
106Houston Oilers Nick Eyre Offensive tackleBrigham Young University
107San Diego Chargers Eric Sievers Tight endUniversity of Maryland
108Dallas Cowboys Derrie Nelson LinebackerUniversity of Nebraska
109Atlanta Falcons John Scully Center Notre Dame
110Philadelphia Eagles Calvin Murray Running backOhio State University
111Oakland Raiders Johnny Robinson Defensive tackleSouth Carolina State University

Round five

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
112New Orleans Saints Louis Oubre TackleOklahoma
113New York Jets Tyrone Keys Defensive endMississippi State
114Seattle Seahawks Edwin Bailey GuardSouth Carolina State
115New York Giants Bill Neill Defensive tacklePittsburgh
116St. Louis CardinalsJohn GillenLinebackerIllinois
117Green Bay Packers Byron Braggs Defensive tackleAlabama
118Oakland Raiders James Davis Defensive backSouthern
119Washington Redskins Dexter Manley Defensive endOklahoma State
120Cincinnati BengalsBenjie PryorTight endPittsburgh
121San Francisco 49ers Lynn Thomas Defensive backPittsburgh
122San Francisco 49ers(from Chicago) Arrington Jones Running backWinston-Salem State
123Minnesota VikingsWendell RayDefensive endMissouri
124Kansas City Chiefs Todd Thomas TackleNorth Dakota
125Denver Broncos Ken Lanier TackleFlorida State
126Miami DolphinsKen PooleDefensive endN.E. Louisiana
127Pittsburgh SteelersRicky MartinWide receiverNew Mexico
128New Orleans Saints Jerry Boyarsky Defensive tacklePittsburgh
129Detroit Lions Larry Lee GuardUCLA
130New England Patriots Steve Clark Defensive tackleKansas State
131San Diego Chargers Keith Ferguson LinebackerOhio State
132Washington RedskinsGary SayreGuardCameron
133Houston Oilers Delbert Fowler LinebackerWest Virginia
134Cleveland Browns Steve Cox Punter/KickerArkansas
135Buffalo BillsCalvin ClarkDefensive endPurdue
136Atlanta Falcons Eric Sanders TackleNevada
137Dallas Cowboys Danny Spradlin LinebackerTennessee
138Miami Dolphins Tommy Vigorito Running backVirginia

Round six

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
139New Orleans Saints Nat Hudson GuardGeorgia
140Seattle SeahawksSteve DurhamDefensive endClemson
141San Diego Chargers Andy Gissinger TackleSyracuse
142New York Jets John Woodring LinebackerBrown
143St. Louis Cardinals Dave Ahrens LinebackerWisconsin
144New Orleans Saints Johnnie Poe CornerbackMissouri
145New York GiantsMel HooverWide receiverArizona State
146Cincinnati Bengals Rex Robinson KickerGeorgia
147San Francisco 49ers Pete Kugler Defensive tacklePenn State
148Washington Redskins Larry Kubin LinebackerPenn State
149Baltimore Colts Bubba Green Defensive tackleNorth Carolina State
150Chicago Bears Reuben Henderson CornerbackSan Diego State
151Denver BroncosAlvin LewisRunning backColorado State
152Miami Dolphins Mack Moore Defensive endTexas A&M
153Kansas City ChiefsDock LuckieDefensive tackleFlorida
154Miami Dolphins Fulton Walker Defensive backWest Virginia
155Detroit Lions Sam Johnson Defensive backMaryland
156Pittsburgh Steelers Bryan Hinkle LinebackerOregon
157New England Patriots Ron Wooten GuardNorth Carolina
158Los Angeles RamsWilliam DanielsDefensive tackleAlabama State
159Houston Oilers Bill Kay Defensive backPurdue
160Cleveland Browns Ron Simmons Defensive tackleFlorida State
161Buffalo Bills Robert Holt Wide receiverBaylor
162San Diego Chargers Bobby Duckworth Wide receiverArkansas
163Dallas Cowboys Vince Skillings Defensive backOhio State
164Atlanta FalconsHarry StanbackDefensive tackleNorth Carolina
165New York GiantsEdward O'NealRunning backTuskegee
166New Orleans Saints Glen Redd LinebackerBrigham Young

Round seven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
167New Orleans Saints Kevin Williams Wide receiverUSC
168New York GiantsLouis JacksonRunning backCal Poly
169New York Jets Kenny Neil Defensive endIowa State
170Seattle Seahawks Ron Johnson Wide receiverLong Beach State
171St. Louis CardinalsKevin DonnalleyDefensive backNorth Dakota State
172Green Bay Packers Bill Whitaker Defensive backMissouri
173Dallas Cowboys Ron Fellows Defensive backMissouri
174Philadelphia Eagles(from San Francisco)Alan DuncanKickerTennessee
175Los Angeles Rams Ron Battle Tight endNorth Texas State
176Cincinnati Bengals Jeff Schuh LinebackerMinnesota
177Chicago Bears Jeff Fisher Defensive backUSC
178Baltimore Colts Obed Ariri KickerClemson
179Miami DolphinsMike DaumTackleCal Poly
180Kansas City Chiefs Billy Jackson Running backAlabama
181Denver Broncos Steve Busick LinebackerUSC
182Detroit Lions Lee Spivey TackleSouthern Methodist
183Pittsburgh Steelers David Little LinebackerFlorida
184Minnesota VikingsDon ShaverRunning backKutztown (PA)
185New England PatriotsKen TolerWide receiverMississippi
186Seattle SeahawksBrad ScovillTight endPenn State
187Cleveland Browns Eddie Johnson LinebackerLouisville
188Buffalo BillsSteve DoolittleLinebackerColorado
189San Diego Chargers Pete Holohan Tight endNotre Dame
190Los Angeles Rams Mike Clark Defensive endFlorida
191Dallas Cowboys Ken Miller Defensive backEastern Michigan
192Philadelphia EaglesDoak FieldLinebackerBaylor
193Houston OilersDon WashingtonDefensive backTexas A&I

Round eight

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
194New England PatriotsKen NaberKickerStanford
195New York JetsLloyd JonesWide receiverBrigham Young
196Seattle Seahawks Eric Lane Running backBrigham Young
197New York GiantsJohn PowersGuardMichigan
198St. Louis Cardinals Mike Fisher Wide receiverBaylor
199Tampa Bay Buccaneers Denver Johnson TackleTulsa
200Green Bay PackersLarry WertsLinebackerJackson State
201Washington Redskins Charlie Brown Wide receiverSouth Carolina State
202Cincinnati Bengals Bobby Kemp SafetyFullerton State
203San Francisco 49ersGarry WhiteRunning backMinnesota
204Baltimore ColtsKen SittonDefensive backOklahoma
205Chicago BearsScott ZettekDefensive tackleNotre Dame
206Kansas City ChiefsDavid DornWide receiverRutgers
207New York Giants Mark Reed QuarterbackMorehead State
208Miami Dolphins William Judson CornerbackSouth Carolina State
209Pittsburgh SteelersFrank WilsonRunning backRice
210Minnesota Vikings Wade Wilson QuarterbackEast Texas State
211Detroit Lions Bob Niziolek Tight endColorado
212New England Patriots Lin Dawson Tight endNorth Carolina State
213New York Jets J. C. Watts QuarterbackOklahoma
214New Orleans SaintsGene GladysLinebackerPenn State
215New Orleans SaintsKevin EvansDefensive backArkansas
216Los Angeles Rams Art Plunkett TackleUNLV
217Houston Oilers Willie Tullis Wide receiverTroy State
218Dallas Cowboys Paul Piurowski LinebackerFlorida State
219Atlanta Falcons Cliff Toney Defensive backAuburn
220Baltimore Colts Hosea Taylor Defensive tackleHouston
221New York Giants Billy Ard GuardWake Forest

Round nine

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
222New Orleans Saints Toussaint Tyler Running backWashington
223Seattle SeahawksJim StoneRunning backNotre Dame
224New York Giants Byron Hunt LinebackerSouthern Methodist
225New York Jets Admiral Dewey Larry Defensive backUNLV
226St. Louis Cardinals Stump Mitchell Running backCitadel
227Green Bay Packers Tim Huffman TackleNotre Dame
228Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Ford QuarterbackSouthern Methodist
229Cincinnati Bengals Jim Hannula TackleNorthern Illinois
230Cincinnati Bengals(from San Francisco)Samoa SamoaRunning backWashington State
231Washington Redskins Darryl Grant GuardRice
232Chicago BearsFrank DittaGuardBaylor
233Baltimore ColtsTim GoochDefensive tackleKentucky
234Denver BroncosRusty OlsenDefensive endWashington
235Miami DolphinsJohn NoonanWide receiverNebraska
236Seattle SeahawksJim WhatleyWide receiverWashington State
237Kansas City ChiefsTony VereenDefensive backSoutheastern Louisiana
238Detroit LionsHugh JerniganDefensive backArkansas
239Pittsburgh SteelersJames HunterTackleUSC
240Detroit Lions Dave Martin Defensive backVillanova
241Buffalo Bills Robb Riddick Running backMillersville (PA)
242Los Angeles RamsRon SeawellLinebackerPortland State
243Houston Oilers Avon Riley LinebackerUCLA
244Cleveland Browns Randy Schleusener GuardNebraska
245Atlanta FalconsCalvin FanceRunning backRice
246Dallas Cowboys Mike Wilson Wide receiverWashington State
247Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Commiskey Offensive linemanMississippi
248Oakland Raiders Curt Mohl TackleUCLA

Round ten

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
249New Orleans Saints Hokie Gajan Running backLouisiana State
250New York GiantsMike BarkerDefensive tackleGrambling
251New York Jets Marty Wetzel LinebackerTulane
252Seattle SeahawksKen DawsonRunning backSavannah State
253St. Louis CardinalsJames MallardWide receiverAlabama
254Tampa Bay BuccaneersKen McCuneDefensive endTexas
255Green Bay Packers Nickie Hall QuarterbackTulane
256Baltimore ColtsGregg GerkenLinebackerNorthern Arizona
257Washington RedskinsPhil KesselQuarterbackNorthern Michigan
258Cincinnati BengalsHubert SimpsonRunning backTennessee
259Baltimore Colts(from San Francisco) Trent Bryant Defensive backArkansas
260Chicago BearsTim CliffordQuarterbackIndiana
261Miami Dolphins Steve Folsom Tight endUtah
262Kansas City ChiefsLes StuddardGuardTexas
263St. Louis CardinalsJim JoinerWide receiverMiami (FL)
264Detroit Lions Andy Cannavino LinebackerMichigan
265Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Mayock SafetyBoston College
266Minnesota Vikings James Murphy Wide receiverUtah State
267Washington Redskins Allan Kennedy TackleWashington State
268San Diego ChargersRobert ParhamRunning backGrambling
269Los Angeles Rams Robert Alexander Running backWest Virginia
270Houston OilersLarry JonesRunning backColorado State
271Cleveland Browns Dean Prater Defensive endOklahoma State
272Buffalo Bills Justin Cross TackleWestern Colorado
273Dallas CowboysPat GrahamDefensive tackleCalifornia
274Atlanta FalconsRobert MurphyDefensive backOhio State
275Philadelphia Eagles Hubie Oliver Running backArizona
276Oakland Raiders Frank Hawkins Running backNevada

Round eleven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
277New Orleans SaintsLester MickensWide receiverKansas
278New York JetsEd GallDefensive tackleMaryland
279Seattle SeahawksLance OlanderRunning backColorado
280San Diego ChargersMatt PetrzelkaTackleIowa
281St. Louis CardinalsMike SherrodTight endIllinois
282Green Bay PackersForrest ValoraLinebackerOklahoma
283Tampa Bay BuccaneersJohnny Ray SmithDefensive backLamar
284Washington RedskinsJerry HillWide receiverNorth Alabama
285Cincinnati Bengals Robert Jackson Defensive backCentral Michigan
286San Francisco 49ersRob DeBoseTight endUCLA
287Chicago BearsLonnie JohnsonRunning backIndiana
288Baltimore ColtsHolden SmithWide receiverCalifornia
289Kansas City Chiefs Frank Case Defensive endPenn State
290Denver BroncosPat WalkerWide receiverMiami (FL)
291Miami Dolphins Jim Jensen QuarterbackBoston University
292Pittsburgh Steelers Rick Trocano QuarterbackPittsburgh
293Minnesota VikingsBrent KnourekFullbackOregon State
294Detroit LionsWillie JacksonDefensive backMississippi State
295New England PatriotsBrian BuckleyQuarterbackHarvard
296Los Angeles Rams Marcellus Greene Defensive backArizona
297Houston OilersClaude MatthewsGuardAuburn
298Cleveland Browns Larry Friday Defensive backMississippi State
299Buffalo Bills Buster Barnett Tight endJackson State
300San Diego ChargersCarlos BradleyLinebackerWake Forest
301Atlanta FalconsKeith ChappelleWide receiverIowa
302Dallas CowboysTim MorrisonGuardGeorgia
303Philadelphia EaglesGail DavisDefensive tackleVirginia Union
304Oakland Raiders Chester Willis Running backAuburn
0New England Patriots (supplemental draft) Chy Davidson Wide receiverRhode Island

Round twelve

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
305New Orleans Saints Jim Wilks Defensive tackleSan Diego State
306Seattle SeahawksJeff BednarekDefensive tacklePacific
307New York GiantsMike MaherTight endWestern Illinois
308New York JetsMike MoellerTackleDrake
309St. Louis CardinalsJoe AdamsGuardNebraska
310Tampa Bay BuccaneersBrad WhiteDefensive tackleTennessee
311Green Bay Packers Cliff Lewis LinebackerSouthern Mississippi
312Cincinnati BengalsMark O'ConnellQuarterbackBall State
313San Francisco 49ersMajor OgilvieRunning backAlabama
314Washington Redskins Clint Didier Tight endPortland State
315Baltimore Colts Eric Scoggins LinebackerUSC
316Chicago BearsBob ShuprytLinebackerNew Mexico
317Denver BroncosJohn HankerdLinebackerNotre Dame
318Miami DolphinsJohn AlfordDefensive tackleSouth Carolina State
319Kansas City Chiefs Bob Gagliano QuarterbackUtah State
320Minnesota VikingsBrian WilliamsTight endSouthern
321Denver BroncosMandel RobinsonRunning backWyoming
322San Francisco 49ers(from Pittsburgh) Joe Adams QuarterbackTennessee State
323New England Patriots Cris Crissy Defensive backPrinceton
324Houston Oilers Bill Capece KickerFlorida State
325Cleveland BrownsKevin McGillTackleOregon
326Buffalo BillsKeith ClarkLinebackerMemphis State
327San Diego ChargersStacy CharlesWide receiverBethune-Cookman
328Los Angeles Rams Jairo Penaranda Running backUCLA
329Dallas CowboysNate LundyWide receiverIndiana
330Atlanta Falcons Mark McCants Defensive backTemple
331Philadelphia Eagles Ray Ellis Defensive backOhio State
332 [5] Oakland RaidersPhil NelsonTight endDelaware
= Pro Bowler [3] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1998. [6]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1999. [6]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2000. [7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2000. [7]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2010. [8]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2010. [8]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2017.

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [3]
Original NFL teamPlayerPos.CollegeConf.Notes
Atlanta Falcons Blane Gaison   DB Hawaii WAC
Atlanta Falcons Mick Luckhurst   K California Pac-10
Baltimore Colts Dave Shula   WR Dartmouth Ivy
Chicago Bears Marcus Anderson   WR Tulane Ind. (I-A)
Chicago Bears Leslie Frazier   CB Alcorn State SWAC
Chicago Bears Jay Hilgenberg   C Iowa Big Ten
Cleveland Browns Sam Mills   LB Montclair State NJSAC
Dallas Cowboys Michael Downs   S Rice SWC
Dallas Cowboys Joey Hackett   TE Elon SAC
Dallas Cowboys Angelo King   LB South Carolina State MEAC
Dallas Cowboys Everson Walls   CB Grambling State SWAC
Dallas Cowboys Steve Wright   OT Northern Iowa MCAA
Detroit Lions Alvin Hall   S Miami (OH) MAC
Green Bay Packers Rick Kehr   OG Carthage CCIW
Green Bay Packers Greg Knafelc   QB Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
Green Bay Packers David Petway   S Northern Illinois MAC
Green Bay Packers Randy Scott   LB Alabama SEC
Houston Oilers Rich Karlis   K Cincinnati Ind. (I-A)
Kansas City Chiefs Deron Cherry   S Rutgers Ind. (I-A)
Los Angeles Rams Jeff Kemp   QB Dartmouth Ivy
Minnesota Vikings Leo Lewis   WR Missouri Big Eight
New England Patriots Rich Camarillo   P Washington Pac-10
New Orleans Saints Frank Wattelet   S Kansas Big Eight
New York Giants Leon Bright   RB Florida State Ind. (I-A)
New York Giants Jim Burt   DT Miami Ind. (I-A)
New York Giants John Tautolo   OG UCLA Pac-10
Philadelphia Eagles Greg Brown   DT/DE Kansas State Big Eight
Pittsburgh Steelers David Trout   K Pittsburgh Ind. (I-A)
San Francisco 49ers Matt Bouza   WR California Pac-10
San Francisco 49ers Milt McColl   LB Stanford Pac-10
Seattle Seahawks Greg Gaines   LB Tennessee SEC
Seattle Seahawks Eugene Rowell   DT Dubuque IIAC
Seattle Seahawks Mike Tice   TE Maryland ACC
Washington Redskins Mel Kaufman   LB Cal Poly CCAA
Washington Redskins Joe Jacoby   OT Louisville Ind. (I-A)

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