1983 NFL Draft

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1983 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 26–27, 1983
Location New York Sheraton Hotel
in New York City, NY
Network(s) ESPN
335 total selections in 12 rounds
League NFL
First selection John Elway, QB
Baltimore Colts
Mr. Irrelevant John Tuggle, RB
New York Giants
Most selections (19) New England Patriots
Fewest selections (5) New Orleans Saints
Hall of Famers

The 1983 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 26–27, 1983, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York. [1] [2] No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.


The draft is frequently referred to as the quarterback class of 1983, because six quarterbacks were taken in the first round—John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O'Brien, and Dan Marino—the highest number of first round picks for the position. Of these quarterbacks, Elway, Kelly, Eason, and Marino played in the Super Bowl, Elway, Kelly, O'Brien, and Marino were selected to play in the Pro Bowl, and Elway, Kelly, and Marino have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All six quarterbacks were drafted by American Football Conference (AFC) teams, with every member of the five-team AFC East (the Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and New England Patriots) selecting a quarterback. In eleven of the sixteen years following this draft, the AFC was represented in the Super Bowl by a team led by one of these quarterbacks: five with the Denver Broncos and Elway, four with the Bills and Kelly, one with the Dolphins and Marino, and one with the Patriots and Eason.

They met with little success in the Super Bowl, however, compiling a 2–9 record among them, with an 0–9 record for their first 14 years in the league. The only two wins were by Elway in XXXII and XXXIII during his final two seasons in 1997 and 1998. Three of the most lopsided Super Bowl losses in history also came at the hands of quarterbacks from the Class of '83: Elway, a 55–10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in XXIV; Eason, a 46–10 loss to the Chicago Bears in XX; and Kelly, a 52–17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in XXVII. Marino would only reach the Super Bowl once in a 38–16 loss to San Francisco in XIX following the end of Marino's second season. Kelly and the Bills would appear in the Super Bowl for a record four consecutive years, from 1990 to 1993, but lost all four.

Of the six first round quarterbacks drafted, Hall of Famers Elway and Kelly did not sign with the teams that selected them for the 1983 season. Elway, who had made his antipathy towards the Colts known long before the draft, was also a promising baseball player in the New York Yankees organization. With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner aggressively pursuing a commitment from Elway to play baseball full-time, Elway and his agent, Marvin Demoff, successfully leveraged the threat of Elway abandoning football altogether to compel the Colts to trade Elway to the Broncos a few days after selecting him with the first overall pick of the draft. [3]

Kelly, the other holdout, instead signed with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League (USFL), where he led the springtime circuit in passing in both 1984 and 1985. Kelly was set to play for the New Jersey Generals when the USFL planned to switch to a fall season in 1986, but when the USFL won only $1 (trebled to $3) from its antitrust lawsuit vs. the NFL on July 29, 1986, Kelly finally signed with the Bills three weeks later.

Including the aforementioned Elway, Kelly, and Marino, a total of seven players drafted in the first round have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and eight players overall have been inducted. Each round of this draft also contained at least one player who was later selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Several websites, including Bleacher Report and Athlon Sports, have called the class of 1983 the greatest of all time. [4] [5]

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The famed "Quarterback Class of 1983" includes hall-of-famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
1 Baltimore Colts (rights later traded to Denver) John Elway Quarterback Stanford
2 Los Angeles Rams (from Houston through Seattle) Eric Dickerson Running Back SMU
3 Seattle Seahawks (from Los Angeles Rams) Curt Warner Running Back Penn State
4 Denver Broncos (rights later traded to Baltimore) Chris Hinton Guard Northwestern
5 San Diego Chargers (from San Francisco) Billy Ray Smith Linebacker Arkansas
6 Chicago Bears Jim Covert Offensive Tackle Pittsburgh
7 Kansas City Chiefs Todd Blackledge QuarterbackPenn State
8 Philadelphia Eagles Michael Haddix Running Back Mississippi State
9 Houston Oilers (from Seattle) Bruce Matthews Offensive Tackle USC
10 New York Giants Terry Kinard Safety Clemson
11 Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans) Tim Lewis Cornerback Pittsburgh
12 Buffalo Bills Tony Hunter Tight End Notre Dame
13 Detroit Lions James Jones Fullback Florida
14Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland) Jim Kelly Quarterback Miami (FL)
15 New England Patriots Tony Eason Quarterback Illinois
16 Atlanta Falcons Mike Pitts Defensive End Alabama
17 St. Louis Cardinals Leonard Smith Cornerback McNeese State
18Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay) Willie Gault Wide Receiver Tennessee
19 Minnesota Vikings Joey Browner CornerbackUSC
20San Diego Chargers (from Green Bay) Gary Anderson Running BackArkansas
21 Pittsburgh Steelers Gabriel Rivera Defensive Tackle Texas Tech
22San Diego Chargers (from San Diego through San Francisco) Gill Byrd Cornerback San Jose State
23 Dallas Cowboys Jim Jeffcoat Defensive End Arizona State
24 New York Jets Ken O'Brien Quarterback California-Davis
25 Cincinnati Bengals Dave Rimington Center Nebraska
26 Los Angeles Raiders Don Mosebar CenterUSC
27 Miami Dolphins Dan Marino QuarterbackPittsburgh
28 Washington Redskins Darrell Green Cornerback Texas A&M–Kingsville

Round two

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
29Baltimore Colts Vernon Maxwell Linebacker Arizona State
30Houston Oilers Harvey Salem Tackle California
31Denver Broncos Mark Cooper TackleMiami (FL)
32Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard Wide Receiver Fresno State
33Chicago Bears Mike Richardson CornerbackArizona State
34Kansas City Chiefs Dave Lutz Guard Georgia Tech
35Philadelphia Eagles Wes Hopkins SafetySouthern Methodist
36Los Angeles Rams Mike Wilcher Linebacker North Carolina
37New York Giants Leonard Marshall Defensive End Louisiana State
38 New Orleans Saints Steve Korte CenterArkansas
39Buffalo Bills Darryl Talley Linebacker West Virginia
40Detroit Lions Rich Strenger Tackle Michigan
41Cleveland Browns Ron Brown Wide ReceiverArizona State
42Houston Oilers Keith Bostic SafetyMichigan
43Atlanta Falcons James Britt CornerbackLouisiana State
44St. Louis Cardinals Cedric Mack Cornerback Baylor
45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Randy Grimes CenterBaylor
46Philadelphia Eagles Jody Schulz Linebacker East Carolina
47New England Patriots Darryal Wilson Wide ReceiverTennessee
48Green Bay Packers Dave Drechsler GuardNorth Carolina
49 San Francisco 49ers Roger Craig Running BackNebraska
50Dallas Cowboys Mike Walter Linebacker Oregon
51New York Jets Johnny Hector Running Back Texas A&M
52Pittsburgh Steelers Wayne Capers Wide Receiver Kansas
53Cincinnati Bengals Ray Horton Safety Washington
54Los Angeles Raiders Bill Pickel Defensive Tackle Rutgers
55Miami Dolphins Mike Charles Defensive Tackle Syracuse
56Washington RedskinsRichard WilliamsRunning Back Memphis

Round three

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
57Baltimore Colts George Achica Nose TackleSouthern California
58Houston Oilers Tim Joiner LinebackerLouisiana State
59San Francisco 49ers Blanchard Montgomery LinebackerUCLA
60Denver Broncos Clint Sampson Wide ReceiverSan Diego State
61Kansas City Chiefs Albert Lewis CornerbackGrambling
62Philadelphia EaglesGlen YoungWide ReceiverMississippi State
63New York Giants Jamie Williams Tight EndNebraska
64Chicago Bears Dave Duerson SafetyNotre Dame
65New Orleans Saints John Tice Tight EndMaryland
66New Orleans Saints Cliff Austin Running BackClemson
67Detroit Lions Mike Cofer LinebackerTennessee
68Cleveland Browns Reggie Camp Defensive EndCalifornia
69Houston Oilers Chris Dressel Tight EndStanford
70New York Giants Karl Nelson TackleIowa State
71St. Louis Cardinals Ramsey Dardar Defensive TackleLouisiana State
72Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jeremiah Castille CornerbackAlabama
73Minnesota Vikings Walker Lee Ashley LinebackerPenn State
74New England Patriots Stephen Starring Wide ReceiverMcNeese State
75Atlanta Falcons Andrew Provence Nose TackleSouth Carolina
76Miami Dolphins Charles Benson Defensive EndBaylor
77Dallas Cowboys Bryan Caldwell Defensive EndArizona State
78New York Jets JoJo Townsell Wide ReceiverUCLA
79Pittsburgh Steelers Todd Seabaugh LinebackerSan Diego State
80New England Patriots Steve Moore GuardTennessee State
81Cincinnati Bengals Jim Turner SafetyUCLA
82Los Angeles Raiders Tony Caldwell LinebackerWashington
83Houston Oilers Steve Brown CornerbackOregon
84Washington Redskins Charles Mann Defensive EndNevada

Round four

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
85Baltimore ColtsPhil SmithWide receiverSan Diego State
86Houston Oilers Greg Hill CornerbackOklahoma State
87Los Angeles Rams Chuck Nelson KickerWashington
88Houston Oilers Mike McCloskey Tight endPenn State
89Philadelphia Eagles Mike Williams Running backMississippi College
90San Francisco 49ers Tom Holmoe SafetyBrigham Young
91Chicago Bears Tom Thayer CenterNotre Dame
92Kansas City Chiefs Ron Wetzel Tight endArizona State
93Buffalo Bills Trey Junkin LinebackerLouisiana Tech
94Detroit Lions August Curley LinebackerUSC
95San Diego Chargers Danny Walters CornerbackArkansas
96St. Louis Cardinals Mark Duda Defensive tackleMaryland
97Los Angeles Rams Vince Newsome CornerbackWashington
98New Orleans Saints Gary Lewis Defensive tackleOklahoma State
99Tampa Bay BuccaneersKelly ThomasTackleUSC
100Minnesota VikingsMark RushRunning backMiami (FL)
101New England Patriots Johnny Rembert LinebackerClemson
102Atlanta FalconsJohn HarperLinebackerSouthern Illinois
103St. Louis Cardinals Lionel Washington CornerbackTulane
104Green Bay Packers Mike Miller Wide receiverTennessee
105New York JetsWes HowellTight endCalifornia
106Pittsburgh SteelersBo Scott MetcalfDefensive backBaylor
107Chicago Bears Pat Dunsmore Tight endDrake
108Dallas Cowboys Chris Faulkner Tight endFlorida
109Cincinnati Bengals Steve Maidlow LinebackerMichigan State
110Los Angeles Raiders Greg Townsend Defensive endTexas Christian
111Los Angeles Rams Doug Reed Defensive tackleSan Diego State
112Buffalo BillsJimmy PayneDefensive endGeorgia

Round five

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
113Baltimore Colts Sid Abramowitz TackleTulsa
114Houston Oilers Larry Moriarty Running backNotre Dame
115Detroit Lions Demetrious Johnson SafetyMissouri
116Denver BroncosWeedy HarrisLinebackerHouston
117San Francisco 49ers Riki Ellison LinebackerUSC
118New England Patriots Smiley Creswell Defensive endMichigan State
119Kansas City Chiefs Jim Arnold PunterVanderbilt
120Philadelphia Eagles Byron Darby Defensive tackleUSC
121Detroit Lions Steve Mott CenterAlabama
122Cleveland Browns Bill Contz TacklePenn State
123Seattle Seahawks Chris Castor Wide receiverDuke
124New York GiantsMalcolm ScottTight endLouisiana State
125Denver BroncosBruce BaldwinDefensive backHarding
126Buffalo BillsMatt VandenboomDefensive backWisconsin
127Minnesota Vikings Mark Stewart LinebackerWashington
128New England Patriots Darryl Lewis Tight endTexas-Arlington
129Atlanta Falcons Brett Miller TackleIowa
130St. Louis Cardinals Steve Bird Wide receiverEastern Kentucky
131Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tony Chickillo Defensive tackleMiami (FL)
132Green Bay PackersBryan ThomasRunning backPittsburgh
133Pittsburgh Steelers Paul Skansi Wide receiverWashington
134Los Angeles Rams Otis Grant Wide receiverMichigan State
135Dallas Cowboys Chuck McSwain Running backClemson
136New York JetsJohn WalkerDefensive tackleNebraska-Omaha
137Cincinnati Bengals Jeff Christensen QuarterbackEastern Illinois
138Los Angeles Raiders Dokie Williams Wide receiverUCLA
139Houston Oilers Jerome Foster Defensive tackleOhio State
140Pittsburgh Steelers Gregg Garrity Wide receiverPenn State

Round six

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
141San Diego Chargers Trumaine Johnson Wide receiverGrambling
142Houston Oilers Steve Haworth Defensive backOklahoma
143Denver Broncos Victor Heflin Defensive backDelaware State
144Los Angeles Rams Gary Kowalski TackleBoston College
145Cleveland Browns Tim Stracka Tight endWisconsin
146Kansas City Chiefs Ellis Gardner TackleGeorgia Tech
147Philadelphia Eagles Victor Oatis Wide receiverNorthwest Louisiana
148Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gene Branton Wide receiverTexas Southern
149Cleveland Browns Dave Puzzuoli Defensive tacklePittsburgh
150Seattle SeahawksReginald GipsonRunning backAlabama A&M
151New York GiantsDarrell PattersonLinebackerTexas Christian
152Cincinnati Bengals Kiki DeAyala LinebackerTexas
153New York Giants Kevin Belcher GuardTexas-El Paso
154Detroit Lions Todd Brown Wide receiverNebraska
155New England Patriots Mike Bass KickerIllinois
156Atlanta Falcons Anthony Allen Wide receiverWashington
157St. Louis Cardinals George Schmitt Defensive backDelaware
158Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ken Kaplan TackleNew Hampshire
159Minnesota Vikings Mike Jones Wide receiverTennessee State
160Green Bay Packers Ron Sams GuardPittsburgh
161Baltimore Colts Grant Feasel CenterAbilene Christian
162Dallas Cowboys Reggie Collier QuarterbackSouthern Mississippi
163New York Jets Vincent White Running backStanford
164Pittsburgh Steelers Eric Williams Defensive backNorth Carolina State
165Cincinnati Bengals Larry Kinnebrew Running backTennessee State
166Washington RedskinsBob WincklerTackleWisconsin
167Miami Dolphins Reggie Roby PunterIowa
168Washington Redskins Babe Laufenberg QuarterbackIndiana

Round seven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
169Baltimore Colts Alvin Moore Running backArizona State
170Houston Oilers Herkie Walls Wide receiverTexas
171Los Angeles Rams Jeff Simmons Wide receiverUSC
172Denver Broncos Myron Dupree Defensive backNorth Carolina Central
173Kansas City ChiefsKen ThomasRunning backSan Jose State
174Philadelphia EaglesAnthony EdgarRunning backHawaii
175San Francisco 49ers Gary Moten LinebackerSouthern Methodist
176Cleveland Browns Rocky Belk Wide receiverMiami (FL)
177Seattle Seahawks Sam Merriman Linebacker Idaho
178New York Giants Perry Williams CornerbackNorth Carolina State
179Kansas City ChiefsDaryl PoseyRunning backMississippi College
180Buffalo BillsGurnest BrownDefensive tackleMaryland
181Detroit Lions Mike Black PunterArizona State
182Philadelphia EaglesJon SchultheisGuardPrinceton
183Atlanta FalconsJeff TurkDefensive back Boise State
184St. Louis CardinalsCarlos ScottCenterTexas-El Paso
185Tampa Bay BuccaneersWeldon LedbetterRunning backOklahoma
186Minnesota Vikings Carl Lee CornerbackMarshall
187New England Patriots Craig James Running backSouthern Methodist
188Green Bay Packers Jessie Clark Running backArkansas
189Dallas Cowboys Chris Schultz TackleArizona
190New York JetsDarrin NewboldLinebackerSW Missouri State
191Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Kirchner GuardBaylor
192San Diego Chargers Bill Elko Defensive tackleLouisiana State
193Cincinnati Bengals James Griffin Defensive backMiddle Tennessee State
194Los Angeles RaidersJeff McCallRunning backClemson
195Miami DolphinsKeith WoetzelLinebackerRutgers
196Washington Redskins Kelvin Bryant Running backNorth Carolina

Round eight

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
197Denver Broncos Gary Kubiak QuarterbackTexas A&M
198Houston OilersRobert ThompsonLinebackerMichigan
199Pittsburgh Steelers Henry Odom Running backSouth Carolina State
200Los Angeles RamsTroy WestDefensive backUSC
201Philadelphia Eagles Rich Kraynak LinebackerPittsburgh
202San Diego Chargers Earnest Jackson Running backTexas A&M
203Chicago Bears Richard Dent Defensive endTennessee State
204Kansas City Chiefs Irv Eatman TackleUCLA
205New York Giants Andy Headen LinebackerClemson
206New Orleans Saints David Greenwood Defensive backWisconsin
207Buffalo BillsJames DurhamDefensive backHouston
208Detroit LionsBill StapletonDefensive backWashington
209Cleveland Browns Mike McClearn GuardTemple
210Seattle Seahawks Matt Hernandez TacklePurdue
211St. Louis CardinalsBob HarrisDefensive backAuburn
212Tampa Bay BuccaneersJohn SamuelsonLinebackerAzusa Pacific
213Minnesota VikingsNorris BrownTight endGeorgia
214New England Patriots Ronnie Lippett Defensive backMiami (FL)
215Atlanta Falcons John Rade LinebackerBoise State
216Green Bay PackersCarlton BriscoeDefensive backMcNeese State
217New York Jets Davlin Mullen Defensive backWestern Kentucky
218Pittsburgh Steelers Craig Dunaway Tight endMichigan
219Chicago Bears Mark Bortz GuardIowa
220Dallas Cowboys Lawrence Ricks Running backMichigan
221Cincinnati Bengals Mike Martin Wide receiverIllinois
222Los Angeles RaidersMike DottererRunning backStanford
223Miami Dolphins Mark Clayton Wide receiverLouisville
224Washington RedskinsTodd HallstromTackleMinnesota

Round nine

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
225Baltimore Colts Jim Mills TackleHawaii
226Houston Oilers Kevin Potter Defensive backMissouri
227Los Angeles RamsJack BelcherCenterBoston College
228Denver BroncosBrian HawkinsDefensive backSan Jose State
229San Francisco 49ers Mike Mularkey Tight endFlorida
230Chicago BearsRob FadaGuardPittsburgh
231Kansas City Chiefs Adam Lingner CenterIllinois
232Philadelphia EaglesRich PelzerTackleRhode Island
233New England PatriotsRicky WilliamsRunning backLangston
234Buffalo BillsGeorge ParkerRunning backNorfolk State
235Chicago BearsMark ZavagninLinebackerNotre Dame
236Seattle Seahawks Bob Clasby Defensive tackleNotre Dame
237New York Giants Ali Haji-Sheikh KickerMichigan
238Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hasson Arbubakrr Defensive tackleTexas Tech
239Minnesota VikingsRod AchterWide receiverToledo
240New England Patriots Mark Keel Tight endArizona
241Baltimore ColtsChris RoseTackleStanford
242St. Louis CardinalsOtis BrownRunning backJackson State
243Green Bay PackersRobin HamCenterWest Texas State
244Pittsburgh Steelers Blake Wingle GuardUCLA
245San Diego Chargers Mike Green LinebackerOklahoma State
246Dallas Cowboys Al Gross Defensive backArizona
247New York JetsBobby HumphreyWide receiverNew Mexico State
248Cincinnati Bengals Stanley Wilson Running backOklahoma
249Los Angeles RaidersKent JordanTight endSt. Mary's (CA)
250Miami Dolphins Mark Brown LinebackerPurdue
251Washington RedskinsMarcus GilbertRunning backTexas Christian

Round ten

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
252Baltimore ColtsRonald HopkinsDefensive backMurray State
253Green Bay Packers Byron Williams Wide receiverTexas-Arlington
254Denver Broncos Walt Bowyer Defensive endArizona State
255Minnesota VikingsMelvin BrownDefensive backMississippi
256Chicago Bears Anthony Hutchison Running backTexas Tech
257Kansas City Chiefs Mark Shumate Defensive tackleWisconsin
258Philadelphia Eagles Thomas Strauthers Defensive tackleJackson State
259San Francisco 49ersJeff MerrellDefensive tackleNebraska
260Buffalo BillsRichard TharpeDefensive tackleLouisville
261Detroit LionsDave LaubeGuardPenn State
262Cleveland Browns Thomas Hopkins TackleAlabama State
263Seattle SeahawksPete SperosGuardPenn State
264New England PatriotsJames WilliamsTight endWyoming
265New England Patriots Toby Williams Defensive endNebraska
266Minnesota VikingsWalter TateCenterTennessee State
267New England Patriots Tom Ramsey QuarterbackUCLA
268Atlanta Falcons Ralph Giacomarro PunterPenn State
269St. Louis Cardinals Tim Lucas LinebackerCalifornia
270Tampa Bay BuccaneersDarius DurhamWide receiverSan Diego State
271Green Bay PackersJimmy ThomasDefensive backIndiana
272San Diego Chargers Bruce Mathison QuarterbackNebraska
273Dallas Cowboys Eric Moran TackleWashington
274New York Jets Dan Fike TackleFlorida
275Pittsburgh SteelersRoosevelt StraughterDefensive backN.E. Louisiana
276Cincinnati Bengals Tim Krumrie Defensive tackleWisconsin
277Los Angeles Raiders Mervyn Fernandez Wide receiverSan Jose State
278Miami DolphinsAnthony ReedRunning backSouth Carolina State
279Washington RedskinsGeff GandyLinebackerBaylor

Round eleven

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
280Baltimore Colts Jim Bob Taylor QuarterbackGeorgia Tech
281New York GiantsLee JenkinsDefensive backTennessee
282Los Angeles RamsDanny TriplettLinebackerClemson
283Denver BroncosDon BaileyCenterMiami (FL)
284Kansas City ChiefsDwayne JacksonDefensive endSouth Carolina State
285Philadelphia EaglesSteve SebaharCenter Washington State
286Chicago BearsGary WorthyRunning backWilmington (OH)
287Detroit LionsBen TateRunning backNorth Carolina Central
288Cleveland Browns Boyce Green Running backCarson-Newman
289San Francisco 49ers Jesse Sapolu CenterHawaii
290Seattle SeahawksBob MayberryGuardClemson
291New York GiantsClenzie PiersonDefensive tackleRice
292New England PatriotsSteve ParkerWide receiverAbilene Christian
293Buffalo BillsLarry WhiteDefensive endJackson State
294New England PatriotsCalvin EasonDefensive backHouston
295Atlanta FalconsJohn SalleyDefensive backWyoming
296St. Louis CardinalsAaron WilliamsWide receiverWashington
297Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mark Witte Tight endNorth Texas State
298Minnesota VikingsBrian ButcherGuardClemson
299Green Bay Packers Bucky Scribner PunterKansas
300Dallas CowboysDan TaylorTackleIdaho State
301New York JetsMike HarmonWide receiverMississippi
302Pittsburgh SteelersMark RaughTight endWest Virginia
303San Diego Chargers Tim Kearse Wide receiverSan Jose State
304Cincinnati BengalsGary WilliamsWide receiverOhio State
305Cleveland BrownsHoward McAdooLinebackerMichigan State
306Miami DolphinsJoe LukensGuardOhio State
307San Diego Chargers Tim Spencer Running backOhio State

Round twelve

Pick #NFL TeamPlayerPositionCollege
308Baltimore ColtsCarl WilliamsWide receiverTexas Southern
309New York Giants Robbie Jones LinebackerAlabama
310Denver Broncos Karl Mecklenburg LinebackerMinnesota
311Los Angeles RamsClete CasperQuarterbackWashington State
312Philadelphia EaglesDavid MangrumQuarterbackBaylor
313Chicago BearsOliver WilliamsWide receiverIllinois
314San Diego ChargersBilly BlaylockDefensive backTennessee Tech
315Kansas City ChiefsKen JonesTackleTennessee
316Cleveland Browns Paul Farren TackleBoston University
317Seattle SeahawksDon DowTackleWashington
318New York GiantsFrank MagwoodWide receiverClemson
319New England PatriotsWaddell KellyRunning backArkansas State
320Buffalo Bills Julius Dawkins Wide receiverPittsburgh
321Detroit LionsJim LaneCenterIdaho State
322Atlanta Falcons Allama Matthews Tight endVanderbilt
323St. Louis CardinalsJames LaneLinebackerAlabama State
324Tampa Bay BuccaneersJohn HigginbothamDefensive tackleN.E. Oklahoma
325Minnesota Vikings Maurice Turner Running BackUtah State
326New England PatriotsAndy EkernTackleMissouri
327Green Bay PackersJohn HarveyLinebackerUSC
328New York JetsStu CrumKickerTulsa
329San Diego Chargers Chuck Ehin Defensive tackleBrigham Young
330Pittsburgh SteelersRoger WileyRunning backSam Houston State
331Dallas CowboysLorenzo BouierRunning backMaine
332Cincinnati BengalsAndre YoungLinebackerBowling Green
333Los Angeles RaidersScott LindquistQuarterbackNorthern Arizona
334Miami Dolphins Anthony Carter Wide receiverMichigan
335 [7] New York Giants John Tuggle Running backCalifornia
= Pro Bowler [6] = Hall of Famer

Hall of Fame inductees

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999. [8]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2004. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2005. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011. [9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. [9]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [6]
Original NFL teamPlayerPos.CollegeConf.Notes
Atlanta Falcons Dan Benish   DT Clemson ACC
Atlanta Falcons Arthur Cox   TE Texas Southern SWAC
Atlanta Falcons David Frye   LB Purdue Big Ten
Baltimore Colts John Miller   LB Mississippi State SEC
Chicago Bears Mike Hohensee   QB Minnesota Big Ten
Chicago Bears Dennis McKinnon   WR Florida State Ind. (I-A)
Cincinnati Bengals Jim Gustafson   WR St. Thomas (MN) MIAC
Cleveland Browns Dale Carver   LB Georgia SEC
Cleveland Browns Roger Ruzek   K Weber State Big Sky
Dallas Cowboys Raúl Allegre   K Texas SWC
Dallas Cowboys Bill Bates   S Tennessee SEC
Dallas Cowboys Kirk Phillips   WR Tulsa MVC
Dallas Cowboys Broderick Thompson   OT Kansas Big Eight
Dallas Cowboys Mark Tuinei   DT Hawaii WAC
Dallas Cowboys John Warren   P Tennessee SEC
Dallas Cowboys Jon Zogg   OG Boise State Big Sky
Denver Broncos Shawn Hollingsworth   T Angelo State LSC
Denver Broncos Mike Morris   LS Truman State MIAA
Denver Broncos Rich Stachowski   DT California Pac-10
Detroit Lions Jeff Chadwick   WR Grand Valley State GLIAC
Houston Oilers Bob Hamm   DE Nevada Big Sky
Houston Oilers Brian Sochia   DT Northwestern Oklahoma State OIC
Kansas City Chiefs Jim Bob Morris   S Kansas State Big Eight
Los Angeles Rams Mike McDonald   LS USC Pac-10
Los Angeles Raiders Vince Courville   WR Rice SWC
Minnesota Vikings Bill Renner   P Virginia Tech Ind.
New England Patriots Ed Reynolds   LB Virginia ACC
New England Patriots Clarence Weathers   WR Delaware State MEAC
New Orleans Saints Bobby Hebert   QB Northwestern State Ind. (I-AA)
New York Giants Bart Oates   C BYU WAC
New York Giants Zeke Mowatt   TE Florida State Ind. (I-A)
New York Jets Ted Banker   OG Southeast Missouri State MIAA
Philadelphia Eagles Major Everett   FB Mississippi College Gulf South
Pittsburgh Steelers Lou Rash   DB Mississippi Valley State SWAC
San Diego Chargers Gary Plummer   LB University of California, Berkeley Pac-10
Seattle Seahawks Joe Dufek   QB Yale Ivy
Seattle Seahawks Frank Middleton   RB Florida A&M MEAC
Seattle Seahawks Paul Moyer   S Arizona State Pac-10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alan Risher   QB LSU SEC
Washington Redskins Nate Newton   OT Florida A&M MEAC

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Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. After a successful college career at Pittsburgh and being named First-team All-American in 1981, Marino was the last quarterback taken in the first round of the quarterback class of 1983. Marino held or currently holds dozens of NFL records associated with the quarterback position, and despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized among the greatest quarterbacks in American football history.

<i>Elway to Marino</i>

Elway to Marino is a 2013 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the first round of the 1983 NFL draft. The film was released on April 23, 2013, directed by Ken Rodgers, and produced by NFL Films.


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