1936 NFL Draft

1936 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) February 8, 1936
Location Ritz-Carlton Hotel
in Philadelphia, PA
81 total selections  in 9 rounds
First selection Jay Berwanger, HB
Philadelphia Eagles
Last selection Phil Flanagan, G
New York Giants
Most selections (9) each team selected nine players
Fewest selections (9) each team selected nine players
Hall of Famers 4

The 1936 National Football League Draft was the first draft of the National Football League (NFL). It took place on February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1][2][3] The draft was instituted in an effort to equalize strength amongst the league's teams. The last place team from the previous season would get the first selection, and the process would continue in reverse order of the standings. Under this structure the Philadelphia Eagles, who finished 1935 at 2–9, would select first.[4]

This was the only draft to have nine rounds; the number increased to ten for the 1937 draft. The first player ever drafted, Jay Berwanger, never played in the NFL. His rights were traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Chicago Bears, as the Eagles felt they would be unable to meet Berwanger's reported demand of $1000 per game.[4] The Eagles received tackle Art Buss from the Bears in exchange for Berwanger's rights.[5] George Halas was unable to convince Berwanger to sign with the Bears. Riley Smith, the second pick, was the first player drafted to play in the NFL.

Breakdown of players selected

The following is the breakdown of the 81 players selected:

Player selections

Jump to round: 23456789
= Pro Bowler[6]
= Hall of Famer[7]
Positions key
B Back BB Blocking back C Center
E End FB Fullback G Guard
T Tackle TB Tailback WB Wingback
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 Philadelphia Eagles Berwanger, JayJay Berwanger  HB Chicago Big Ten First winner of the Heisman Trophy award in 1935[8]
1 2 Boston Redskins Smith, RileyRiley Smith  QB Alabama SEC
1 3 Pittsburgh Pirates Shakespeare, BillBill Shakespeare  B Notre Dame Ind.
1 4 Brooklyn Dodgers Crayne, DickDick Crayne  FB Iowa Big Ten
1 5 Chicago Cardinals Lawrence, JimJim Lawrence  WB Texas Christian SWC
1 6 Chicago Bears Stydahar, JoeJoe Stydahardouble-dagger T West Virginia Ind.
1 7 Green Bay Packers Letlow, RussRuss Letlow  G San Francisco (CA) Ind. (Div. II)
1 8 Detroit Lions Wagner, SidSid Wagner  G Michigan State Ind.
1 9 New York Giants Lewis, Art "Pappy"Art "Pappy" Lewis  T Ohio Buckeye
2 10 Philadelphia Eagles McCauley, JohnJohn McCauley  B Rice SWC
2 11 Boston Redskins Topping, KeithKeith Topping  E Stanford PCC
2 12 Pittsburgh Pirates Barnum, LenLen Barnum  B West Virginia Wesleyan WVIAC
2 13 Brooklyn Dodgers LeVoir, Vernal "Babe"Vernal "Babe" LeVoir  B Minnesota Big Ten
2 14 Chicago Bears Michaels, EdEd Michaels  G Villanova Ind.
2 15 Chicago Cardinals Jones, GomerGomer Jones  C Ohio State Big Ten
2 16 Green Bay Packers Wheeler, J.W. "Dub"J.W. "Dub" Wheeler  T Oklahoma MVIAA
2 17 Detroit Lions Cheshire, ChuckChuck Cheshire  B UCLA PCC
2 18 New York Giants Leemans, Alphonse "Tuffy"Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemansdouble-dagger FB George Washington Ind.
3 19 Philadelphia Eagles Muller, WesWes Muller  C Stanford PCC
3 20 Boston Redskins Smith, EdEd Smith  BB NYU Ind.
3 21 Pittsburgh Pirates Grayson, BobbyBobby Grayson  B Stanford PCC
3 22 Brooklyn Dodgers Jorgensen, WagnerWagner Jorgensen  C St. Mary's (CA) Ind.
3 23 Chicago Cardinals Erdelatz, EddieEddie Erdelatz  E St. Mary's (CA) Ind.
3 24 Chicago Bears Roscoe, GeorgeGeorge Roscoe  B Minnesota Big Ten
3 25 Green Bay Packers Scherer, BernieBernie Scherer  E Nebraska MVIAA
3 26 Detroit Lions Pilney, AndyAndy Pilney  B Notre Dame Ind.
3 27 New York Giants Loebs, Frank "Butch"Frank "Butch" Loebs  E Purdue Big Ten
4 28 Philadelphia Eagles Wallace, BillBill Wallace  B Rice SWC
4 29 Boston Redskins Tangora, PaulPaul Tangora  G Northwestern Big Ten
4 30 Pittsburgh Pirates Spain, TrumanTruman Spain  T SMU SWC
4 31 Brooklyn Dodgers Bryant, Paul "Bear"Paul "Bear" Bryant  E Alabama SEC
4 32 Chicago Bears Allman, BobBob Allman  E Michigan State Ind.
4 33 Chicago Cardinals Brett, EdEd Brett  E Washington State University PCC
4 34 Green Bay Packers Ward, TheronTheron Ward  B Idaho PCC
4 35 Detroit Lions Beise, SheldonSheldon Beise  B Minnesota Big Ten
4 36 New York Giants Rose, GeneGene Rose  E Tennessee SEC
5 37 Philadelphia Eagles Shuford, HarryHarry Shuford  B SMU SWC
5 38 Boston Redskins Groseclose, WilsonWilson Groseclose  T Texas Christian SWC
5 39 Pittsburgh Pirates Sandefur, DickDick Sandefur  FB Purdue Big Ten
5 40 Brooklyn Dodgers Wilson, BobBob Wilson  TB SMU SWC
5 41 Chicago Cardinals Riordan, StanStan Riordan  E Oregon PCC
5 42 Chicago Bears Oech, VernVern Oech  G Minnesota Big Ten
5 43 Green Bay Packers Lester, DarrellDarrell Lester  C Texas Christian SWC
5 44 Detroit Lions Francis, KavanaughKavanaugh Francis  C Alabama SEC
5 45 New York Giants Jontos, EdEd Jontos  G Syracuse Ind.
6 46 Philadelphia Eagles Barabas, AlAl Barabas  B Columbia Ind.
6 47 Boston Redskins Lutz, LarryLarry Lutz  T California PCC
6 48 Pittsburgh Pirates Orr, MauriceMaurice Orr  T SMU SWC
6 49 Brooklyn Dodgers Maniaci, JoeJoe Maniaci  B Fordham Ind.
6 50 Chicago Bears Christofferson, TedTed Christofferson  B Washington State PCC
6 51 Chicago Cardinals Antonini, EttoreEttore Antonini  E Indiana Big Ten
6 52 Green Bay Packers Reynolds, BobBob Reynolds  T Stanford PCC
6 53 Detroit Lions Mickal, AbeAbe Mickal  B LSU SEC
6 54 New York Giants Durner, GusGus Durner  T Duke SoCon
7 55 Philadelphia Eagles Weller, JacJac Weller  G Princeton Ind.
7 56 Boston Redskins Irwin, DonDon Irwin  FB Colgate Ind.
7 57 Pittsburgh Pirates Peters, MartyMarty Peters  E Notre Dame Ind.
7 58 Brooklyn Dodgers Schreiber, HerbHerb Schreiber  B St. Mary's (CA) Ind.
7 59 Chicago Cardinals Dennis, TackTack Dennis  B Tulsa MVC
7 60 Chicago Bears Smith, DickDick Smith  T Minnesota Big Ten
7 61 Green Bay Packers Fromhart, WallyWally Fromhart  B Notre Dame Ind.
7 62 Detroit Lions Wasicek, CharlesCharles Wasicek  T Colgate Ind.
7 63 New York Giants Peeples, BobBob Peeples  T Marquette Ind.
8 64 Philadelphia Eagles Constable, PepperPepper Constable  B Princeton Ind.
8 65 Boston Redskins Millner, WayneWayne Millnerdouble-dagger E Notre Dame Ind.
8 66 Pittsburgh Pirates Karpowich, EdEd Karpowich  T Catholic University Ind.
8 67 Brooklyn Dodgers Hamilton, Bob "Bones"Bob "Bones" Hamilton  B Stanford PCC
8 68 Chicago Bears Sylvester, JohnJohn Sylvester  E Rice SWC
8 69 Chicago Cardinals Carter, RossRoss Carter  G Oregon PCC
8 70 Green Bay Packers Cruice, WallyWally Cruice  B Northwestern Big Ten
8 71 Detroit Lions Rennebohm, DaleDale Rennebohm  C Minnesota Big Ten
8 72 New York Giants Heekin, DaleDale Heekin  B Ohio State Big Ten
9 73 Philadelphia Eagles Pauk, PaulPaul Pauk  B Princeton Ind.
9 74 Boston Redskins Saunders, MarcelMarcel Saunders  G Loyola (CA) Ind.
9 75 Pittsburgh Pirates Meglen, JoeJoe Meglen  B Georgetown Ind.
9 76 Brooklyn Dodgers Moscrip, Jim "Monk"Jim "Monk" Moscrip  E Stanford PCC
9 77 Chicago Cardinals Larsen, NielsNiels Larsen  T Stanford PCC
9 78 Chicago Bears Fortmann, DanDan Fortmanndouble-dagger G Colgate Ind.
9 79 Green Bay Packers Wetsel, J. C.J. C. Wetsel  G SMU SWC
9 80 Detroit Lions Train, Bob "Choo Choo"Bob "Choo Choo" Train  E Yale Ind.
9 81 New York Giants Flanagan, PhilPhil Flanagan  G Holy Cross Ind.

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1965.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1967.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[9]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1978.[10]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler[6] -->
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Chicago Bears Nolting, RayRay Nolting  RB Cincinnati Buckeye
Philadelphia Eagles Smukler, DavidDavid Smukler  FB Temple Ind.


  1. "History: 1936 Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  2. "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  3. Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Chicago Bears Granted Option on Jay Berwanger". Milwaukee Journal. February 10, 1936. p. D4. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  5. "Outstanding Pro Linemen Coming Here With Eagles". Reading Eagle. October 29, 1936. p. 24. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  6. 1 2 Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  7. Players are identified as a Hall of Famer if they have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  8. "Heisman Trophy". Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  9. 1 2 3 "List of 1960s Hall of Fame Inductees". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  10. "List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductees". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2011.

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