List of Kansas Jayhawks in the NFL Draft

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The University of Kansas Jayhawks football team has had 171 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the first draft held in 1936, through the 2013 NFL Draft.[1][A 1][A 2] KU has seen nine players taken in the first round, including six top-10 picks: Gale Sayers, John Riggins, Ray Evans, Mike Butler, John Hadl, and David Verser. Sayers, a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, was the highest pick from KU as the fourth overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft.

Through the annual NFL Draft each NFL franchise gets the chance to add new players to their teams. The current draft rules were established in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year gets to pick first, then the next-worst team picks second, and so on. Teams that were not in the playoffs receive their draft order by their regular-season record. If 2 or more non-playoff teams have the same record the tie breaker used is their strength of schedule. Playoff teams receive their draft order after all the non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).[3]

In 1944 the All-America Football Conference was established and it began play in 1946 in direct competition with the NFL. From 1946 to 1949 the two leagues fiercely competed for the top college football prospects with each league holding their own drafts, before the AAFC finally merged with the NFL at the end of the 1949 season.

Like the AAFC earlier, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.[2][4]

Fourteen former Jayhawks have been selected to a Pro Bowl or AFL All-Star Game. Eleven former Jayhawks have won a championship with their respective teams, one was named MVP, John Riggins in Super Bowl XVII.

Key[edit]

B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker BB Blocking back
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
FB Fullback
* Selected to a Pro Bowl or AFL All-Star Game
Won a NFL championship
Selected to a Pro Bowl or AFL All-Star Game and won a NFL championship
 ! College Hall of Famer
± NFL Hall of Famer

Players selected[edit]

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John Riggins was drafted 6th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 1971 NFL Draft.
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Anthony Collins was drafted 112th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2008 NFL Draft.
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Darrell Stuckey was drafted 110th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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Moran Norris was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 115th overall draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
Year[A 3][A 4] Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team[A 5] Notes
1938 9 6 76 Douglass, ClarenceClarence Douglass B Detroit Lions
1939 18 1 161 Shirk, DaveDave Shirk E Pittsburgh Pirates
1939 19 35 175 Anderson, FerrellFerrell Anderson G Brooklyn Dodgers
1940 14 3 123 Bunson, BillBill Bunson B Philadelphia Eagles
1942 9 2 72 Ulrich, HubertHubert Ulrich E Cleveland Rams
1942 16 7 147 Miller, RalphRalph Miller B Brooklyn Dodgers
1944 1 9 9 Evans, RayRay Evans! HB Chicago Bears College Football Hall of Fame
1944 9 11 87 Long, GeneGene Long G Boston Yanks
1944 26 1 264 Hodges, WarrenWarren Hodges T Chicago Cardinals
1944 30 3 310 Dick, GeorgeGeorge Dick E Detroit Lions
1945 27 5 276 Fambrough, DonDon Fambrough B Chicago Cardinals
1945 27 11 285 Chestnut, BillBill Chestnut B Green Bay Packers
1947 23 6 211 Schnellbacher, OttoOtto Schnellbacher* E Chicago CardinalsNFL Pro Bowl (1950, 1951)
1947 29 5 270 Hogan, BillBill Hogan B Green Bay PackersNFL
1948 3 6 16 Schnellbacher, OttoOtto Schnellbacher* E New York YankeesAAFC Pro Bowl (1950, 1951)
1948 11 1 41 Ettinger, DonDon Ettinger LB-G Baltimore ColtsAAFC
1948 19 1 166 Ettinger, DonDon Ettinger G New York GiantsNFL
1948 20 10 185 Monroe, DickDick Monroe C Chicago CardinalsNFL
1949 6 4 41 Pattee, FrankFrank Pattee B Baltimore ColtsAAFC
1949 16 1 118 Monroe, DickDick Monroe C Chicago HornetsAAFC
1949 22 8 219 Bertuzzi, DickDick Bertuzzi B Chicago BearsNFL
1949 23 7 228 Pattee, FrankFrank Pattee B Washington RedskinsNFL
1950 5 6 59 Griffith, ForrestForrest Griffith B New York Giants
1950 21 2 263 French, BudBud French B New York Bulldogs
1950 21 7 268 Tomlinson, DickDick Tomlinson G Pittsburgh Steelers
1950 27 5 344 Lee, EdEd Lee T Washington Redskins
1951 3 8 34 McCormack, MikeMike McCormackౠT New York Yanks Pro Football Hall of Fame
NFL Champion (1954,1955)
Pro Bowl (1951, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962)
1951 5 2 52 Stinson, WadeWade Stinson B Green Bay Packers
1951 29 3 342 Garnett, S.P.S.P. Garnett T San Francisco 49ers
1952 20 11 240 Brandenberry, BobBob Brandenberry B Cleveland Browns
1952 25 8 297 Laughlin, BudBud Laughlin B San Francisco 49ers
1953 2 6 19 Reich, GilGil Reich B Green Bay Packers
1953 4 8 45 Mrkonic, GeorgeGeorge Mrkonic G Philadelphia Eagles
1953 6 12 73 Spencer, OllieOllie Spencer T Detroit Lions
1953 12 5 138 Robertson, JerryJerry Robertson B Pittsburgh Steelers
1953 13 10 155 Fiss, GalenGalen Fiss B Cleveland Browns NFL Champion (1964)
Pro Bowl (1962, 1963)
1953 22 1 254 Gish, MerlinMerlin Gish C Baltimore Colts
1953 26 10 311 Hoag, CharlieCharlie Hoag B Cleveland Browns
1954 5 6 55 Hantla, BobBob Hantla G San Francisco 49ers
1954 14 8 165 Patterson, HalHal Patterson B Philadelphia Eagles
1954 18 10 215 Kay, MorrisMorris Kay E San Francisco 49ers
1954 26 11 312 Lundy, JoeJoe Lundy G Cleveland Browns
1955 21 8 249 Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson E Philadelphia Eagles
1956 13 2 147 Moody, RalphRalph Moody B San Francisco 49ers
1956 26 8 309 Butler, BevBev Butler B New York Giants
1957 11 9 130 Kraus, BobBob Kraus G Chicago Cardinals
1957 14 4 161 Feller, DonDon Feller B Cleveland Browns
1957 16 6 187 Prelock, EdEd Prelock T Baltimore Colts
1957 20 9 238 Horner, TomTom Horner T Chicago Cardinals
1957 22 6 259 Vanatta, ChetChet Vanatta T Baltimore Colts
1957 26 9 310 Rohde, TedTed Rohde B Chicago Cardinals
1957 30 8 357 Gibson, FrankFrank Gibson T Chicago Cardinals
1958 12 6 139 Clairborne, RonRon Clairborne T Los Angeles Rams
1958 18 12 217 Carrier, LarryLarry Carrier B Detroit Lions
1959 14 7 163 Peppercorn, JohnJohn Peppercorn E Pittsburgh Steelers
1959 26 11 311 Floyd, HomerHomer Floyd B Cleveland Browns
1960 8 12 96 Hageman, FredFred Hageman C New York GiantsNFL
1960 10 2 110 McClinton, CurtisCurtis McClinton†‡ HB Los Angeles RamsNFL Super Bowl Champion (IV)
AFL All-Star Game (1962,1966,1967) (Offensive MVP in 1962)
1961 14 6 110 McClinton, CurtisCurtis McClinton†‡ HB Dallas TexansAFL Super Bowl Champion (IV)
AFL All-Star Game (1962,1966,1967) (Offensive MVP in 1962)
1961 14 3 185 Schick, DoyleDoyle Schick B Washington RedskinsNFL
1962 1 10 10 Hadl, JohnJohn Hadl*! QB Detroit LionsNFL College Football Hall of Fame
AFL All-Star Game (1964,1965,1968,1969) (1969 MVP)
Pro Bowl (1972, 1973)
1962 3 8 24 Hadl, JohnJohn Hadl*! QB San Diego ChargersAFL College Football Hall of Fame
AFL All-Star Game (1964,1965,1968,1969) (1969 MVP)
Pro Bowl (1972, 1973)
1962 7 1 85 Coan, BertBert Coan RB Washington RedskinsNFL
1962 14 1 105 Coan, BertBert Coan RB San Diego ChargersAFL
1962 20 8 274 McFarland, RogerRoger McFarland HB San Francisco 49ersNFL
1962 23 1 177 Basham, ElvinElvin Basham G Oakland RaidersAFL
1962 27 7 215 McFarland, RogerRoger McFarland HB Houston OilersAFL
1963 7 6 90 Clothier, MarvMarv Clothier G Dallas CowboysNFL
1965 1 4 4 Sayers, GaleGale Sayers* HB Chicago BearsNFL College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Bowl (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
Pro Bowl MVP (1967. 1968, 1969)
1965 1 5 5 Sayers, GaleGale Sayers* HB Kansas City ChiefsAFL College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Bowl (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
Pro Bowl MVP (1967. 1968, 1969)
1965 8 3 101 Schweda, BrianBrian Schweda T Chicago BearsNFL
1965 8 10 108 Shinn, MikeMike Shinn E Green Bay PackersNFL
1965 16 1 121 Schweda, BrianBrian Schweda T Denver BroncosAFL
1965 19 1 145 Oelschlager, RonRon Oelschlager HB Denver BroncosAFL
1966 11 6 97 Smith, Willie RayWillie Ray Smith DB Kansas City ChiefsAFL
1966 14 7 125 Johnson, MikeMike Johnson DB Oakland RaidersAFL
1966 15 7 134 Renko, SteveSteve Renko FB Oakland RaidersAFL
1967 6 1 134 Harvey, GeorgeGeorge Harvey G New Orleans Saints
1967 17 25 444 Elias, JeffJeff Elias TE Green Bay Packers
1968 10 20 266 Olison, BenBen Olison WR Dallas Cowboys
1969 2 15 41 Douglass, BobbyBobby Douglass QB Chicago Bears
1969 3 8 60 Vanoy, VernonVernon Vanoy DE New York Giants
1969 4 21 99 Zook, JohnJohn Zook* DE Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl (1973)
1969 5 13 117 Christensen, KeithKeith Christensen T New Orleans Saints
1969 10 9 243 Shanklin, DonnieDonnie Shanklin RB Philadelphia Eagles
1969 14 3 341 Hunt, BillyBilly Hunt DB Atlanta Falcons
1969 16 19 409 Riggins, JuniorJunior Riggins RB St. Louis Cardinals
1970 2 18 44 Bailey, JimJim Bailey DT Baltimore Colts
1970 6 11 141 Mosier, JohnJohn Mosier TE Denver Broncos
1970 10 13 247 Hatcher, JimJim Hatcher DB Atlanta Falcons
1970 11 24 284 Hicks, EmeryEmery Hicks LB Oakland Raiders
1970 17 12 428 Bell, BillBill Bell K Atlanta Falcons
1971 1 6 6 Riggins, JohnJohn RigginsౠFB NEW YORK JETS Pro Football Hall of Fame
Super Bowl Champion (XVII)
Super Bowl MVP (XVII)
Pro Bowl (1975)
1971 2 15 41 Lawson, StephenStephen Lawson G Cincinnati Bengals
1971 5 2 106 Brown, LarryLarry Brown TE Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
Pro Bowl (1982)
1971 8 24 206 Jessie, RonRon Jessie* WR Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl (1976)
1972 5 16 120 Childs, BobBob Childs G Los Angeles Rams
1972 7 2 158 Conley, SteveSteve Conley RB Cincinnati
1972 14 2 340 Salb, KarlKarl Salb DT Buffalo Bills
1972 15 16 380 Roach, SteveSteve Roach LB Detroit Lions
1972 15 17 381 Page, KennyKenny Page LB Los Angeles Rams
1973 3 24 76 Bernhardt, RogerRoger Bernhardt G Pittsburgh Steelers
1973 4 5 83 Palmer, GeryGery Palmer T Baltimore Colts
1973 9 25 233 Sheats, EddieEddie Sheats LB Washington Redskins
1973 15 15 379 O'Neil, VinceVince O'Neil RB Buffalo Bills
1974 1 15 15 Goode, DonDon Goode LB San Diego Chargers
1974 2 23 49 Williams, DelvinDelvin Williams* RB San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl (1976, 1978)
1974 3 11 63 Sutton, MitchMitch Sutton DT Philadelphia Eagles
1974 3 14 66 Jaynes, DavidDavid Jaynes QB Kansas City Chiefs
1974 16 19 409 Robinson, DelarioDelario Robinson WR Oakland Raiders
1975 2 14 40 Edwards, EmmettEmmett Edwards WR Houston Oilers
1975 4 25 103 Adams, BruceBruce Adams WR Minnesota Vikings
1975 5 25 129 Miller, RobertRobert Miller RB Minnesota Vikings
1975 6 13 143 Towle, SteveSteve Towle LB Miami Dolphins
1975 6 19 149 Lemon, MikeMike Lemon LB New Orleans Saints
1976 2 15 43 Knoff, KurtKurt Knoff DB Los Angeles Rams
1976 2 29 57 Lewis, EddieEddie Lewis DB San Francisco 49ers
1976 3 11 71 Scott, DaveDave Scott G Atlanta Falcons
1976 6 10 166 Taylor, SteveSteve Taylor DB Kansas City Chiefs
1976 9 4 241 Turner, JeffJeff Turner LB Buffalo Bills
1977 1 9 9 Butler, MikeMike Butler DE Green Bay Packers
1977 2 3 31 Cromwell, NolanNolan Cromwell* DB Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl (1980, 1981, 1982 1983)
1977 2 13 41 Beeson, TerryTerry Beeson LB Seattle Seahawks
1977 4 15 99 Smith, LaverneLaverne Smith RB Pittsburgh Steelers
1977 5 7 119 Sharp, SkipSkip Sharp DB Philadelphia Eagles
1977 7 10 177 Golub, ChrisChris Golub DB Kansas City Chiefs
1977 8 20 215 Smith, WaddellWaddell Smith WR Kansas City Chiefs
1978 3 26 82 Mason, LindseyLindsey Mason T Oakland Raiders
1978 5 16 126 Dinkel, TomTom Dinkel LB Cincinnati Bengals
1978 5 20 130 Banks, NorrisNorris Banks RB Philadelphia Eagles
1978 11 10 288 Campfield, BillBill Campfield RB Philadelphia Eagles
1979 3 25 81 Wellman, MikeMike Wellman C Los Angeles Rams
1980 2 3 31 Criswell, KirbyKirby Criswell LB Cincinnati Bengals
1980 3 14 70 Irvin, LeRoyLeRoy Irvin* DB Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl (1985, 1986)
1980 5 13 123 Zidd, JimJim Zidd LB New York Jets
1980 11 16 293 Hubach, MikeMike Hubach P New England Patriots
1981 1 10 10 Verser, DavidDavid Verser WR Cincinnati Bengals
1981 11 1 277 Mickens, LesterLester Mickens WR New Orleans Saints
1982 7 17 184 Smith, GregGreg Smith DT Kansas City Chiefs
1982 9 8 231 Wagoner, DanDan Wagoner DB Detroit Lions
1983 2 24 52 Capers, WayneWayne Capers WR Pittsburgh Steelers
1983 11 20 299 Scribner, BuckyBucky Scribner P Green Bay Packers
1984 5 12 124 Fairchild, PaulPaul Fairchild G New England Patriots
1984 7 16 184 Kallmeyer, BruceBruce Kallmeyer K New England Patriots
1984 7 19 187 Atkins, RenwickRenwick Atkins T Detroit Lions
1984 (Supplemental) 3 20 76 Seurer, FrankFrank Seurer QB Seattle Seahawks
1984 (Supplemental) 3 22 78 Smith, ReggieReggie Smith T Denver Broncos
1986 3 20 75 Walton, AlvinAlvin Walton DB Washington Redskins Super Bowl champion (XXII)
1986 6 22 160 Williams, LynnLynn Williams RB Los Angeles Rams
1986 7 8 174 Norseth, MikeMike Norseth QB Cleveland Browns
1986 7 19 185 Holloway, JohnnyJohnny Holloway WR Dallas Cowboys
1987 11 10 289 Oswald, PaulPaul Oswald C Pittsburgh Steelers
1991 10 17 267 Moore, CurtisCurtis Moore LB Houston Oilers
1992 5 12 124 Perez, ChrisChris Perez T Miami Dolphins
1992 9 9 233 Hill, TimTim Hill DB Cleveland Browns
1993 1 26 26 Stubblefield, DanaDana Stubblefield DT San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Champion (XXIX)
Pro Bowl (1994, 1995, 1997)
1993 3 23 79 Brown, GilbertGilbert Brown DT Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Champion (XXXI)
1994 4 25 128 Maumalanga, ChrisChris Maumalanga DT New York Giants
1995 7 6 214 McBurrows, GeraldGerald McBurrows DB St. Louis Rams
1995 7 20 228 Hempstead, HessleyHessley Hempstead G Detroit Lions
1996 3 18 79 Brew, DorianDorian Brew DB Miami Dolphins
1996 7 10 219 Jones, RodRod Jones T Cincinnati Bengals
1996 7 17 226 Banks, ChrisChris Banks G Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champion (XXXIII)
1996 7 26 235 Levine, L.T.L.T. Levine RB Denver Broncos
1997 3 33 93 Ward, RonnieRonnie Ward LB Miami Dolphins
1997 5 33 163 Henley, JuneJune Henley RB Kansas City Chiefs
1997 6 32 195 Byrd, IsaacIsaac Byrd WR Kansas City Chiefs
1998 7 50 239 Warner, RonRon Warner LB New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Champion (XXXVII)
2001 4 20 115 Norris, MoranMoran Norris FB New Orleans Saints
2002 4 15 113 Dwyer, NateNate Dwyer DT Arizona Cardinals
2002 6 15 187 Hartwig, JustinJustin Hartwig C Tennessee Titans Super Bowl Champion (XLIII)
2004 4 36 132 Jones, AdrianAdrian Jones T New York Jets
2005 5 3 139 McMillan, DavidDavid McMillan DE Cleveland Brown
2008 1 20 20 Talib, AqibAqib Talib CB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2008 4 13 112 Collins, AnthonyAnthony Collins T Cincinnati Bengals
2008 4 33 132 Fine, DerekDerek Fine TE Buffalo Bills
2008 6 5 171 Henry, MarcusMarcus Henry WR New York Jets
2010 4 12 110 Stuckey, DarrellDarrell Stuckey S San Diego Chargers
2010 5 34 165 Meier, KerryKerry Meier WR Atlanta Falcons
2010 6 22 191 Briscoe, DezmonDezmon Briscoe WR Cincinnati Bengals
2013 5 23 156 Hawkinson, TannerTanner Hawkinson T Cincinnati Bengals

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The history of the AFL is officially recognized by the NFL and so this list includes the AFL Draft (1960–1966) and the Common Draft (1967–1969).[2]
  2. ^ The AAFC merged with the NFL at the end of the 1949 season and so this list includes the AAFC Draft (1946–1949).
  3. ^ From 1960 through 1966, teams with a superscript AFL denotes a player drafted in the AFL Draft and teams with a superscript NFL denotes a player drafted in the NFL Draft.
  4. ^ From 1946 through 1949, teams with a superscript AAFC denotes a player drafted in the All-America Football Conference and teams with a superscript NFL denotes a player drafted in the NFL Draft.
  5. ^ This is the team that drafted the player, not their most recent team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kansas Drafted Players/Alumni". Sports Reference LLC. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b Cross, B. Duane (2001-01-22). "The AFL: A Football Legacy". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ Clayton, John (2009-03-26). "Draft order to change for playoff teams". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Time Changes for 2008 NFL Draft". NFL. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2009-09-17.