1976 NFL expansion draft

The 1976 National Football League (NFL) expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976.[1] The expansion teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, each selected 39 players from the other 26 NFL teams.[1] When one player was chosen from an existing team, that team was then permitted to protect two additional players.[1] The expansion teams continued until three players had been picked from each of the existing teams.[1]

The expansion draft was originally scheduled for January 23–24, but was postponed when the owners of the Seahawks and Buccaneers filed a lawsuit against the players' union with worries that the organization would try to prevent the draft. The court case delayed both the expansion draft and the annual college draft.[2]

Seattle selections

Player Position CollegeOriginal NFL Team
Wayne BakerDTBYUSan Francisco 49ers
Carl BarisichDTPrincetonCleveland Browns
Nick BeboutOTWyomingAtlanta Falcons
Lyle BlackwoodDBTCUCincinnati Bengals
Ed BradleyLBWake ForestPittsburgh Steelers
Dave BrownDBMichiganPittsburgh Steelers
Don CluneWRPennsylvaniaNew York Giants
Rondy ColbertDBLamarNew York Giants
Dwayne CrumpDBFresno StateSt. Louis Cardinals
Mike CurtisLBDukeBaltimore Colts
Jerry DavisDBMorris BrownNew York Jets
John DemarieOGLSUCleveland Browns
Norm EvansOTTCUMiami Dolphins
Ken GeddesLBNebraskaLos Angeles Rams
Neil GraffQBWisconsinNew England Patriots
Don HansenLBIllinoisAtlanta Falcons
Gary HaymanRBPenn StateBuffalo Bills
Fred HoaglinCPittsburghHouston Oilers
Ron HowardTESeattleDallas Cowboys
Ken HutchersonLBLivingston StateGreen Bay Packers
Gordon JolleyOTUtahDetroit Lions
Gary KeithleyQBTexas-El PasoSt. Louis Cardinals
Art KuehnCUCLAWashington Redskins
Kerry MarburyRBWest VirginiaNew England Patriots
Al MatthewsDBTexas A&IGreen Bay Packers
Sam McCullumWRMontana StateMinnesota Vikings
John McMakinTEClemsonDetroit Lions
Eddie McMillanDBFlorida StateLos Angeles Rams
Bill OldsRBNebraskaBaltimore Colts
Jesse O'NealDEGrambling StateHouston Oilers
Joe OwensDEAlcorn StateNew Orleans Saints
Bob PenchionOGAlcorn StateSan Francisco 49ers
Bob PicardWREastern Washington StatePhiladelphia Eagles
Rocky RasleyOGOregon StateKansas City Chiefs
Steve TaylorDBGeorgiaDenver Broncos
Dave TiptonDEStanfordSan Diego Chargers
Charles WaddellTENorth CarolinaSan Diego Chargers
Larry WoodsDTTennessee StateNew York Jets
Roland WoolseyDBBoise StateDallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay selections

Player Position CollegeOriginal NFL Team
Larry BallLBLouisvilleDetroit Lions
Joe BlahakDBNebraskaMinnesota Vikings
Bubba BridgesDTColoradoDenver Broncos
Bubba BroussardLBHoustonChicago Bears
Louis CarterRBMarylandOakland Raiders
Steve ColavitoLBWake ForestPhiladelphia Eagles
Mark CotneyDBCameron StateHouston Oilers
Mike CurrentOTOhio StateDenver Broncos
Anthony DavisRBUSCNew York Jets
Ricky DavisDBAlabamaCincinnati Bengals
Earl DouthittDBIowaChicago Bears
Bruce EliaLBOhio StateMiami Dolphins
Larry ElyLBIowaChicago Bears
Howard FestOGTexasCincinnati Bengals
Ira GordonOGKansas StateSan Diego Chargers
Jimmy GunnLBUSCNew York Giants
Harold HartRBTexas SouthernOakland Raiders
Durwood KeetonDBOklahomaNew England Patriots
Jim KearneyDBPrairie ViewKansas City Chiefs
Vince KendrickRBFloridaAtlanta Falcons
Morris LaGrandRBTampaNew Orleans Saints
Willie McGeeWRAlcorn StateLos Angeles Rams
John (J.K.) McKayWRUSCCleveland Browns
Bob MooreTEStanfordOakland Raiders
Manfred MooreRBUSCSan Francisco 49ers
Frank OliverDBKentucky StateBuffalo Bills
Dave PearDTWashingtonBaltimore Colts
Cal PetersonLBUCLADallas Cowboys
Dave ReavisOTArkansasPittsburgh Steelers
Council RudolphDEKentucky StateSt. Louis Cardinals
Dan RyczekCVirginiaWashington Redskins
Barry SmithWRFlorida StateGreen Bay Packers
Ken StoneDBVanderbiltWashington Redskins
Doug SwiftLBAmherstMiami Dolphins
Dave ThompsonOT-CClemsonNew Orleans Saints
Pat ToomayDEVanderbiltBuffalo Bills
John WardC-OGOklahoma StateMinnesota Vikings
Lawrence WilliamsWRTexas TechKansas City Chiefs
Dan YochumOTSyracusePhiladelphia Eagles


  1. 1 2 3 4 "1976 NFL Expansion Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
  2. "Drafts delayed by Bucs". St. Petersburg Times. 14 January 1976. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
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