The 1968 American Football League draft was part of the common draft, in the second year in which the NFL and AFL held a joint draft of college players. The two-day draft began on Tuesday, January 30, and the first overall pick belonged to the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. They chose Ron Yary, an offensive tackle from USC at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 261 lb (118 kg); he played 15 seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
AFL Player selections
- Larry Csonka, Running Back, Syracuse — 1st Round, 8th overall, Miami Dolphins. Inducted in 1987.
- Art Shell, Offensive Tackle, Maryland State – 3rd Round, 80th overall, Oakland Raiders. Inducted in 1989.
- Elvin Bethea, Offensive Tackle, North Carolina A&T – 3rd Round, 77th overall, Houston Oilers. Inducted in 2003
Other notable players selected by AFL teams
- Curley Culp, Defensive End – Denver Broncos, 2nd Round, Arizona State
- Mike Livingston, Quarterback – Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd Round, Southern Methodist
- Ken Stabler, Quarterback – Oakland Raiders, 2nd Round, Alabama
- Jim Kiick, Running Back – Miami Dolphins, 5th Round, Wyoming
- Bob Trumpy, Tight End – Cincinnati Bengals, 12th Round, Utah
- Marlin Briscoe, Quarterback – Denver Broncos, 14th Round, Nebraska-Omaha