1937 NFL Draft

1937 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) December 12, 1936
Location Hotel Lincoln
in New York City
100 total selections  in 10 rounds
First selection Sam Francis, RB
Philadelphia Eagles
Last selection Solon Holt, G
Cleveland Rams
Most selections (10) each team selected ten players
Fewest selections (10) each team selected ten players
Hall of Famers 2

The 1937 National Football League Draft was the second draft held by the National Football League (NFL). The draft took place December 12, 1936, at the Hotel Lincoln in New York City.[1][2] The draft consisted of 10 rounds, with 100 player selections, two of which would later become members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Notable for this draft were the league's draft selections for a planned expansion team, the Cleveland Rams, who were admitted into the league prior to the 1937 season.

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1Philadelphia Eagles Sam Francis BackNebraska
2Brooklyn Dodgers Ed Goddard BackWashington State
3Chicago Cardinals Ray "Buzz" Buivid QuarterbackMarquette
4New York Giants Ed Widseth BackMinnesota
5Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Basrak CenterDuquesne
6Boston Redskins Sammy Baugh QuarterbackTexas Christian
7Detroit Lions Lloyd Cardwell BackNebraska
8Chicago Bears Les McDonald EndNebraska
9Green Bay Packers Eddie Jankowski BackWisconsin
10Cleveland Rams John "Zero" Drake TacklePurdue

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
11Philadelphia Eagles Franny Murray BackPennsylvania
12Chicago Cardinals Gaynell Tinsley EndLSU
13Brooklyn Dodgers Clarence "Ace" Parker BackDuke
14New York Giants Arthur "Tarzan" White BackAlabama
15Pittsburgh PiratesBob Finley GuardSouthern Methodist
16Boston Redskins Nello Falaschi CenterSanta Clara
17Detroit Lions Charley Hamrick TackleOhio State
18Chicago Bears Marvin Stewart BackLSU
19Green Bay Packers Ave Daniell Running backPittsburgh
20Cleveland Rams Jules Alfonse TackleMinnesota

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
21Philadelphia EaglesDrew EllisTackleTexas Christian
22Brooklyn Dodgers Max Starcevich BackWashington
23Chicago CardinalsArthur GuepeBackMarquette
24New York GiantsJerry DennerleinCenterSt. Mary's (CA)
25Pittsburgh PiratesBill BreedenEndOklahoma
26Boston RedskinsMaurice ElderBackKansas State
27Detroit LionsVern HuffmanEndIndiana
28Chicago BearsDick PlasmanBackVanderbilt
29Green Bay PackersCharles "Bud" WilkinsonEndMinnesota
30Cleveland RamsBobby LarueTacklePittsburgh

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31Philadelphia EaglesWalt GilbertBackAuburn
32Chicago CardinalsH.K. "Bucky" BryanGuardTulane
33Brooklyn DodgersBill KurlishTacklePennsylvania
34New York Giants Ward Cuff EndMarquette
35Pittsburgh PiratesElmo "Bo" HewesEndOklahoma
36Boston RedskinsDick BassiEndSanta Clara
37Detroit LionsBill GlassfordBackPittsburgh
38Chicago BearsHenry HammondBackSouthwestern (KS)
39Green Bay PackersEarl "Bud" SvendsenEndMinnesota
40Cleveland RamsJohn WiatrakCenterWashington

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
41Philadelphia EaglesAlex DrobnitchBackDenver
42Brooklyn Dodgers Bert Johnson TackleKentucky
43Chicago CardinalsHam HarmonCenterTulsa
44New York GiantsMickey KobroskyQuarterbackTrinity (CT)
45Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Frye EndMissouri
46Boston RedskinsChuck BondTackleWashington
47Detroit LionsMaury PattCenterCarnegie-Mellon
48Chicago BearsBill "Red" ConkrightCenterOklahoma
49Green Bay PackersDewitt GibsonGuardNorthwestern
50Cleveland RamsInwood SmithTackleOhio State

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
51Philadelphia EaglesBill GuckeysonBackMaryland
52Chicago Cardinals Phil Dickens TackleTennessee
53Brooklyn DodgersJohn GolemgeskeTackleWisconsin
54New York Giants Jim Farley BackVirginia Military Institute
55Pittsburgh PiratesWalt RoachBackTexas Christian
56Boston RedskinsJimmie CainEndWashington
57Detroit LionsGeorge BellTacklePurdue
58Chicago BearsDel BjorkBackOregon
59Green Bay PackersMerle WendtTackleOhio State
60Cleveland RamsChris Del SassoTackleIndiana

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
61Philadelphia EaglesHerb BarnaGuardWest Virginia
62Brooklyn Dodgers Fred Funk BackUCLA
63Chicago CardinalsHerm DickersonEndVirginia Tech
64New York Giants Jim Poole BackMississippi
65Pittsburgh PiratesByron HainesBackWashington
66Boston RedskinsRolla HollandGuardKansas State
67Detroit LionsJohn SpragueBackSouthern Methodist
68Chicago BearsJ.W. "Buck" FriedmanTackleRice
69Green Bay PackersMarv BaldwinTackleTexas Christian
70Cleveland RamsNorm SchoenTackleBaldwin–Wallace

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71Philadelphia EaglesNestor HennonBackCarnegie-Mellon
72Chicago CardinalsJohn ReynoldsCenterBaylor
73Brooklyn DodgersSteve Reid TackleNorthwestern
74New York GiantsGene MeyersBackKentucky
75Pittsburgh PiratesMarty KordickEndSt. Mary's (CA)
76Boston RedskinsJoel EavesEndAuburn
77Detroit LionsElvin SayreBackIllinois
78Chicago BearsSteve TothCenterNorthwestern
79Green Bay PackersLes Chapman BackTulsa
80Cleveland RamsHerm SchmarrTackleCatholic University

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81Philadelphia EaglesPaul FanningBackKansas State
82Brooklyn DodgersEd NowogrowskiBackUniversity of Washington
83Chicago CardinalsDwight HafeliBackWashington (St. Louis)
84New York GiantsDwight ScheyerEndWashington State
85Pittsburgh PiratesMatt PatanelliTackleMichigan
86Boston RedskinsBill DochertyGuardTemple
87Detroit Lions Larry Kelley [3] GuardYale
88Chicago BearsAl GuepeEndMarquette
89Green Bay PackersGordon DahlgrenGuardMichigan State
90Cleveland RamsRay JohnsonTackleDenver

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
91Philadelphia EaglesRay AntilBackMinnesota
92Chicago CardinalsMiddleton FitzsimmonsGuardGeorgia Tech
93Brooklyn DodgersGil KuhnBackUSC
94New York GiantsChuck GelatkaEndMississippi State
95Pittsburgh PiratesStan NeversTackleKentucky
96Boston RedskinsDom "Mac" CaraGuardNorth Carolina State
97Detroit LionsKay BellGuardWashington State
98Chicago BearsEd (Red) WadeEndUtah State
99Green Bay PackersDave GavinGuardHoly Cross
100 [4]Cleveland RamsSolon HoltTackleTexas Christian
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1963.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1972.[6]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [7]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Chicago Bears Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson  E Northwestern Big Ten
Cleveland Rams Cherundolo, ChuckChuck Cherundolo  C/LB Penn State Ind.
New York Giants Soar, HankHank Soar  RB/LB Providence N/A
New York Giants Walls, BillBill Walls  E TCU SWC


  1. "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. 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.
  3. Larry Kelley, 1936 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  7. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.

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