1966 American Football League draft

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1966 AFL draft
General Information
Date(s) November 27, 1965
180 total selections  in 20 rounds
First selection Jim Grabowski, RB
Miami Dolphins
Last selection Ken McLean, E
Buffalo Bills
Most selections (24) New York Jets
Fewest selections (18) Boston Patriots,
Oakland Raiders
Hall of Famers none

The 1966 American Football League draft was held on Saturday, November 27, 1965.[1][2] The AFL added the Miami Dolphins as an expansion team in 1966 to bring its total to nine franchises for its seventh season.

This was the last competitive draft of the American Football League before the AFL–NFL merger agreement, which was announced in June 1966.[3][4][5] The next draft of college players in 1967 was a common draft, held in mid-March.

The 1966 NFL Draft was held the same day, November 27, 1965.[1]

Player selections (AFL)[edit]

Round One[edit]

= AFL All-Star
Pick AFL Team Player Position College
1 Miami Dolphins Jim Grabowski Running Back Illinois
2 Miami Dolphins Rick Norton Quarterback Kentucky
3 Boston Patriots Karl Singer Offensive Tackle Purdue
4 Denver Broncos Jerry Shay Offensive Tackle Purdue
5 Houston Oilers Tommy Nobis Linebacker Texas
6 Kansas City Chiefs Aaron Brown End Minnesota
7 San Diego Chargers Don Davis Offensive Tackle Cal State-LA
8 Buffalo Bills Mike Dennis Running Back Ole Miss
9 New York Jets Bill Yearby Offensive Tackle Michigan
63 Oakland Raiders Rodger Bird Running Back Kentucky

*Oakland deferred its selections in the first six rounds. Its first round pick was made after the 7th round, 63rd overall.

Round five[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
59 Oakland Raiders Pete Banaszak Running Back Miami (FL)

*Oakland deferred its selections in the first six rounds. The 2nd, 3rd, and 5th round picks were made in the middle of the 7th round as the 57, 58, and 59th overall selections.

Round six[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
46 New York Jets Emerson Boozer Running Back Maryland State

Round seven[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
56 Kansas City Chiefs Charlie Gogolak Kicker Princeton

Round twelve[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
101 Miami Dolphins Howard Twilley Wide Receiver Tulsa

Round fourteen[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
124 Kansas City Chiefs Charlie Harraway Running Back San Jose State

Round seventeen[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
151 Kansas City Chiefs Walt Garrison Running Back Oklahoma State

Round twenty[edit]

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
178 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Garrett Running Back Southern California

Notable undrafted players[edit]

= Pro Bowler
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Denver Broncos Inman, JerryJerry Inman  DT Oregon AAWU
Denver Broncos Kaminski, LarryLarry Kaminski  C Purdue Big Ten
Denver Broncos Matson, PatPat Matson  G Oregon AAWU
Kansas City Chiefs Rice, AndyAndy Rice  DT Texas Southern SWAC
Kansas City Chiefs Thomas, EmmittEmmitt Thomas  CB Bishop N/A
Miami Dolphins Bruggers, BobBob Bruggers  LB Minnesota Big Ten
Miami Dolphins Noonan, KarlKarl Noonan  WR Iowa Big Ten
New York Jets Crane, PaulPaul Crane  C Alabama SEC
Oakland Raiders Eischeid, MikeMike Eischeid  P Upper Iowa N/A
Oakland Raiders Jackson, RichRich Jackson  DE Southern SWAC
San Diego Chargers Beauchamp, JoeJoe Beauchamp  S Iowa State Big Eight
Denver Broncos Wright, LonnieLonnie Wright  S Colorado State Ind. Played college basketball, not football[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Texas grid star 1st duplication". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. November 27, 1965. p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Nobis, Grabowski top picks as pros tap college talent". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. November 28, 1965. p. E3. 
  3. ^ "How merger will operate". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 9, 1966. p. 4, part 2. 
  4. ^ "How NFL, AFL will run from single wing". Miami News. Associated Press. June 9, 1966. p. 16A. 
  5. ^ Schramm, Tex (June 20, 1966). "Here's how it happened". Sports Illustrated. p. 14. 
  6. ^ Mihoces, Gary (April 20, 2005). "NFL seeks best players on the court or mat". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 

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