1961 American Football League draft

1961 AFL draft
General Information
Date(s) November 21–22, 1960 &
December 5–6, 1960
240 total selections  in 33 rounds
First selection Bob Gaiters, HB
Denver Broncos
Last selection Jim Stroud, T
Houston Oilers
Hall of Famers 6

Because another league was in competition for the class of 1961 college stars, the American Football League draft for 1961 graduates was actually held in 1960, with a six-round telephone draft on November 21 and 22, that saw the Denver Broncos select New Mexico State's Bob Gaiters as the overall first draft pick.[1][2] The draft was completed on December 5 and 6th, with rounds seven through thirty. The San Diego Chargers were still the "Los Angeles Chargers" in this draft, as their relocation was not announced until late January 1961.[3][4][5]

Boston Patriots draft picks (selected second)

Round Player Position College
1 Tommy Mason Half back Tulane
2 Rip Hawkins Center North Carolina
3 Danny LaRose Offensive end Missouri
4 Mike Zeno Guard Virginia Tech
5 Fran Tarkenton 4 Quarterback Georgia
6 Larry Eisenhauer 1 Tackle Boston College
7 Paul Terhes Quarterback Bucknell
8 Charles Long 1 Guard Tennessee-Chattanooga
9 Roland Lakes Center Wichita
10 Richard Mueller Offensive end Kentucky
11 Mel West Center Missouri
12 Wayne Harris Center Arkansas
13 Dan Underwood Tackle McNeese State
14 James Wright Quarterback Memphis State
16 George Balthazar Tackle Tennessee A&I
17 Ray Ratkowski Halfback Notre Dame
18 Tom Rodgers Halfback Kentucky
19 Joe Bellino Halfback Navy
20 Clarence Childs Halfback Florida A&M
21 Don Oakes Guard Virginia Tech
22 Bob Johnson Offensive end Michigan
23 Darrell DeDecker Center Illinois
24 Don Webb Halfback Iowa State
25 Robert Minihane Tackle Boston
26 Charles Granger Tackle Southern
27 Terry Huxhold Tackle Wisconsin
28 Bryant Harvard Quarterback Auburn
29 Ernie McMillan Tackle Illinois
30 George Hultz Tackle Mississippi Southern

Buffalo Bills draft picks (selected third)

Round Player Position College
1 Ken Rice 1 Tackle Auburn
2 Billy Shaw 1,2,4 Tackle Georgia Tech
3 Art Baker Fullback Syracuse (from New York)
3 Tom Gilburg Tackle Syracuse
4 Stew Barber 1 Tackle Penn State
5 Norm Snead Quarterback Wake Forest
6 Fred Brown Halfback Georgia
7 Albert Bemiller 1 Center Syracuse
8 Charles Linning Tackle Miami
9 William Majors Halfback Tennessee
10 Don Kern Halfback VMI
11 Roy Wall Halfback North Carolina
12 Floyd Powers Guard Mississippi State
13 Tom Causey Offensive end Louisiana Tech
14 Ron Kostelnik Tackle Cincinnati
15 Jerry Frye Offensive end South Carolina
16 Vincent Scott Offensive end Maryland
17 Wayne Wolff Tackle Wake Forest
18 John Bodkin Guard South Carolina
19 Charley Barnes Offensive end NE Louisiana State
20 Everett Cloud Halfback Maryland
21 Larry Vargo Offensive end Detroit
22 Charles Baker Tackle Tennessee
23 William "Red" Mack Halfback Notre Dame
24 Frank Jackunas Center Detroit
25 Jack Harbaugh Halfback Bowling Green
26 Lorenzo Stanford Tackle North Carolina A & T
27 Bob Allen Offensive end Wake Forest
28 Jason Harness Offensive end Michigan State
29 Mike Stock Halfback Northwestern
30 William Martin Halfback Minnesota

Dallas Texans draft picks (selected sixth)

Round Player Position College
1 E.J. Holub 1 Center Texas Tech
2 Bob Lilly Tackle TCU
3 Jim Tyrer 1,2 Tackle Ohio State
4 Claude Moorman Offensive End Duke
5 Jerry Mays 1,2 Tackle Southern Methodist
7 Fred Arbanas 1,2 Offensive End Michigan State
8 John O'Day Tackle Miami
9 Dick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
10 Jerry Daniels Tackle Mississippi
11 Marvin Tibbets Halfback Georgia Tech
12 Paul Hynes Halfback Louisiana Tech
13 Glynn Gregory Halfback Southern Methodist
14 Curtis McClinton 1,3 Halfback Kansas
15 Ed Nutting Tackle Georgia Tech
15 Roy Lee Rambo Guard TCU
16 Aaron Thomas Offensive End Oregon State
17 Jarrell Williams Halfback Arkansas
18 Ron Hartline Fullback Oklahoma
19 Frank Jackson Halfback Southern Methodist
20 Bobby Lane Offensive End Baylor
21 Dick Thornton Quarterback Northwestern
22 Ed Sharockman Halfback Pittsburgh
23 Lou Zivkovich Tackle New Mexico State
24 Pat Dye Guard Georgia
25 Ray Ramsey Quarterback Adams State
26 Danny House Halfback Davidson
27 Bob Schloredt Quarterback Washington
28 Bill Stine Guard Michigan
29 Lonnie Caddell Fullback Rice
30 Cedric Price Offensive End Kansas State

Denver Broncos draft picks (selected first)

Round Player Position College
1 Bob Gaiters Halfback New Mexico State
2 Jerry Hill Halfback Wyoming
3 Charles Strange Center LSU
4 Ron McDole Tackle Nebraska
4 Arnold Davis Offensive End Baylor
5 Charles Cowan Offensive End Highlands
6 Dale Evans Halfback Kansas State
7 Pat Patchen Offensive End Florida
9 Phil Nugent Quarterback Tulane
10 Charles Sturgeon Halfback Kentucky
11 John Simko Offensive End Augustana
12 Jerry Miller Offensive End Howard Payne
13 Ron Greene Guard Washington State
14 Bill Cooper Fullback Muskingum
15 Willie Crafts Guard Texas A&I
16 Jim Larkin Tackle Hillsdale
17 Chuck Weiss - Colorado
18 Chick Graning Halfback Georgia Tech
19 John Hobbs Guard Maryland State
20 Buck McLeod Tackle Baylor
21 Jim Morgan Halfback Iowa State Tech
22 Tom Hackler Offensive End Tennessee Tech
23 Tom Jewell Tackle Idaho State
24 E.A. Simms Offensive End New Mexico State
25 Pete Samms Tackle Central Oklahoma
26 Sam Smith Halfback Florence State
27 Donald Olson Halfback Nebraska
28 Wayne Lee Guard Colorado State
29 Archie Cobb Tackle Nebraska
30 Dave Mills Halfback Northeast Missouri Tech

Houston Oilers draft picks (selected eighth)

Round Player Position College
1 Mike Ditka Offensive End Pittsburgh
2 Tom Goode Center Mississippi State
3 Walter Suggs 1 Tackle Mississippi State
4 Bobby Walden Halfback Georgia
5 Monte Lee Linebacker Texas
6 Jake Gibbs Quarterback Mississippi
7 Dick Reynolds Tackle North Carolina State
8 Houston Antwine 1,2 Guard Southern Illinois
9 Ralph White Tackle Bowling Green
10 Charles Lee Center Iowa
11 Robert Bird Guard Bowling Green
12 Bob McLeod Offensive End Abilene Christian
13 Gerald Hinton Guard Louisiana Tech
14 Jimmy King Tackle Clemson
15 Dennis Ferriter Center Marquette
16 Larry Wood Halfback Northwestern
17 Sam Fewell Tackle South Carolina
18 Mike Grimsley Halfback Michigan State
19 Myron Pearson Halfback Colorado
20 Lewis Johnson Halfback Florida A&M
21 Ron Miller Quarterback Wisconsin
22 Bob Kelly Offensive End New Mexico State
23 James Anderson Fullback Mississippi
24 Ken Gregory Offensive End Whittier
25 Jack Kreider Halfback Tulsa
26 Don Fuell Quarterback Mississippi Southern
27 Boyd King Center Rice
28 John Frongillo Center Baylor
29 John Frongillo Offensive End Lake Forest
29 Errol Linden Defensive End Houston
30 Jim Stroud Tackle Rice

New York Titans draft picks (selected fifth)

Round Player Position College
1 Tom Brown Guard Minnesota
2 Herb Adderley Halfback Michigan State
5 Tom Matte Quarterback Ohio State
6 Bill Brown Fullback Illinois
7 Fred Mautino Offensive end Syracuse
8 Harold Beaty Tackle Oklahoma State
9 Bernie Casey Fullback Bowling Green
10 Joe Scibelli Tackle Notre Dame
11 Art Gilmore Halfback Oregon State
12 Norris Stevenson Halfback Missouri
13 Joe Wendryhoski Tackle Illinois
14 Jim Cunningham Fullback Pittsburgh
15 Irv Cross Offensive end Northwestern
16 Jerry Steffen Halfback Colorado
17 Mike Plye Tackle Yale
18 Alfred Bentley Offensive end Arkansas State
19 Jim Kerr Halfback Penn State
20 Neil Plumley Tackle Oregon State
21 Bob Brooks Fullback Ohio
22 Wayne Fontes Halfback Michigan State
23 Mickey Walker Halfback Michigan State
24 Howard Dyer Quarterback Virginia Military Institution
25 Andy Griffith Halfback American International
26 Bob Smith Halfback UCLA
27 Moses Gray Tackle Indiana
28 Fred Cox Halfback Pittsburgh
30 William Mimerly Halfback Connecticut

Oakland Raiders draft picks (selected fourth)

Round Player Position College
1 Joe Rutgens Tackle Illinois
2 George Fleming Halfback Washington
3 Myron Pottios Linebacker Notre Dame
4 Elbert Kimbrough Defensive back Northwestern
5 Dick Norman Quarterback Stanford
6 Bobby Crespino Tight End Mississippi
7 Ray Purdin Halfback Northwestern
8 Tom Watkins Halfback Iowa State
8 Dick Price Guard Mississippi
9 Lowndes Shingler Quarterback Clemson
10 Ken Petersen Tackle Utah
11 Doug Mayberry Fullback Utah State
12 Bob Schmitz Linebacker Montana State
13 Gerald Burch Offensive end Georgia Tech
14 Clark Miller Defensive end Utah State
15 Bob Coolbaugh Offensive end Richmond
16 Chuck Lamson Defensive back Wyoming
17 Joe Novsek Defensive end Tulsa
18 Joe Krakoski Defensive back Illinois
19 Charles Fuller Halfback Cal State-San Francisco
20 Preston Powell Fullback Grambling
21 Mike Jones Quarterback San Jose State
22 Blayne Jones Guard Idaho State
23 Roger Fisher Center Utah State
24 Jack Novak Guard Miami
25 Paul Yanke End Northwestern
26 Dean Hinshaw Tackle Stanford
27 Clair Appledoorn End San Jose State
28 Dave Grosz Quarterback Oregon
29 Ed Morris Tackle Indiana
30 Bill Face Halfback Stanford

San Diego Chargers draft picks (selected seventh)

Round Player Position College
1 Earl Faison 1 Defensive end Indiana
2 Keith Lincoln 1 Halfback Washington State
3 Marlin McKeever End USC
4 Jimmy Johnson Halfback UCLA
5 Billy Kilmer Quarterback UCLA
6 Calvin Bird Halfback Kentucky
6 Cliff Roberts Tackle Illinois
7 Claude Gibson Defensive back North Carolina State
8 Charley Johnson Quarterback New Mexico State
9 Bob Scarpitto 1 Quarterback Notre Dame
10 Willie Hector Guard College of Pacific
11 Greg Larson Center Minnesota
12 Hezekiah Braxton Fullback Virginia Union
13 Dale Messer Fullback Fresno State
14 Billy Wilson Tackle Auburn
15 Ernie Ladd 1 Tackle Grambling
16 Bud Whitehead Defensive back Florida State
17 Reggie Carolan End Idaho
18 Ed Dyas Fullback Auburn
19 Jack Espenship Halfback Florida
20 Mike Lucci Center Tennessee
21 Gene Gaines Halfback UCLA
22 John Brown Tackle Syracuse
23 Glenn Bass Halfback East Carolina
24 Ben Balme Guard Yale
25 Don Coffee End Memphis State
26 Bill Kinnune Guard Washington
27 Luther Hayes End USC
28 Chuck Allen Guard Washington
29 Dan Ficca Tackle USC
30 Mike McKeever Guard USC

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Denver Broncos Stone, DonnieDonnie Stone  RB Arkansas SWC
Denver Broncos Sturm, JerryJerry Sturm  C Illinois Big Ten
New York Giants Paulson, DainardDainard Paulson  S Oregon State Ind.
San Diego Chargers Roberson, BoBo Roberson  WR Cornell Ivy

See also


  1. "AFL drafts 7 Big Ten gridders". Milwaukee Sentinel. press dispatches. November 22, 1960. p. 4, part 2.
  2. "Keith Lincoln second pick of Chargers". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 22, 1960. p. 14.
  3. "LA Charger owner Hilton likes the setup in San Diego". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. January 7, 1961. p. 9.
  4. "Chargers move south". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 25, 1961. p. 13.
  5. "Chargers go to San Diego". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 25, 1961. p. 3B.
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