1966 American Football League draft

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)

Round One

= AFL All-Star
Pick AFL Team Player Position College
1 Miami DolphinsJim GrabowskiRunning BackIllinois
2 Miami DolphinsRick NortonQuarterbackKentucky
3 Boston PatriotsKarl SingerOffensive TacklePurdue
4 Denver BroncosJerry ShayOffensive TacklePurdue
5 Houston OilersTommy NobisLinebackerTexas
6 Kansas City ChiefsAaron BrownEndMinnesota
7 San Diego ChargersDon DavisOffensive TackleCal State-LA
8 Buffalo BillsMike DennisRunning BackOle Miss
9 New York JetsBill YearbyOffensive TackleMichigan
63 Oakland RaidersRodger BirdRunning BackKentucky

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

Round five

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
59 Oakland RaidersPete BanaszakRunning 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

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
46 New York JetsEmerson BoozerRunning BackMaryland State

Round seven

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
56 Kansas City ChiefsCharlie GogolakKickerPrinceton

Round twelve

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
101 Miami DolphinsHoward TwilleyWide ReceiverTulsa

Round fourteen

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
124 Kansas City ChiefsCharlie HarrawayRunning BackSan Jose State

Round seventeen

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
151 Kansas City ChiefsWalt GarrisonRunning BackOklahoma State

Round twenty

Pick AFL Team Player Position College
178 Kansas City ChiefsMike GarrettRunning BackSouthern California

Notable undrafted players

= 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


  1. 1 2 "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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