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1944 Draft

1944 NFL Draft & Order

The 1944 NFL Draft consisted of 23 rounds with a total of 67 players drafted. The top pick was Angelo Bertelli out of Notre Dame drafted by the Boston Yanks. Of the 7 players selected in the first round 3 played offense and 4 played defense. No college had more than a single player drafted in the first round of the 1944 draft. Some of the top drafted players were Otto Graham (drafted by the Detroit Lions in Round 1), Bob Waterfield (drafted by the Cleveland Rams in Round 3), Steve Van Buren (drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in Round 1), Bob Margarita (drafted by the Chicago Bears in Round 18) and John Greene (drafted by the Detroit Lions in Round 5). View all of the players selected in the 1944 NFL Draft round by round.
1944 NFL Draft
Round 1
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
1 Angelo Bertelli QB Notre Dame Boston Yanks
2 Pat Harder LB Wisconsin
4 Otto Graham DB Northwestern Detroit Lions
5 Steve Van Buren RB Louisiana State Philadelphia Eagles
7 Merv Pregulman LB Michigan Green Bay Packers
8 Mike Micka RB Colgate Washington Redskins
9 Ray Evans DB Kansas Chicago Bears
Round 2
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
14 Bob Cifers DB Tennessee Detroit Lions
23 Earl Audet OL USC Washington Redskins
24 Rudy Smeja DL Michigan Chicago Bears
26 Gil Bouley OL Boston College Cleveland Rams
27 Babe Dimancheff DB Purdue Boston Yanks
Round 3
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
19 Ralph Heywood DL USC Detroit Lions
36 Joe Parker DL Texas Philadelphia Eagles
40 Abe Croft DB Southern Methodist Chicago Bears
42 Bob Waterfield QB UCLA Cleveland Rams
Round 4
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
29 Rudy Sikich OL Minnesota Brooklyn Tigers
31 Art McCaffray OL U. of Pacific
32 Herb Kane OL East Central (OK) New York Giants
Round 5
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
33 Bill Blackburn OL Rice
35 John Greene DL Michigan Detroit Lions
64 George Cheverko RB Fordham Cleveland Rams
Round 6
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
44 Bill Garnaas LB Minnesota
71 Alex Agase OL Illinois Green Bay Packers
74 George Phillips LB UCLA Philadelphia Eagles
Round 7
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
57 Paul Briggs OL Colorado Detroit Lions
80 Paul Sarringhaus RB Ohio State Philadelphia Eagles
84 Jack Morton DB Purdue Chicago Bears
86 Fred Boensch OL Stanford Cleveland Rams
Round 8
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
66 Red Cochran DB Wake Forest
67 Jack Sachse LB Texas Brooklyn Tigers
69 George Titus LB Holy Cross
70 Roy Clay DB Colorado State New York Giants
94 Bob Sneddon RB St. Mary's (CA) Washington Redskins
97 Bob Shaw Ohio State Cleveland Rams
Round 9
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
78 Mitch Olenski OL Alabama Brooklyn Tigers
81 John Sanchez DL San Francisco New York Giants
85 Ed Stofko DB St. Francis (PA)
102 Elliott Ormsbee DB Bradley Philadelphia Eagles
Round 10
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
91 Val Jansante DL Villanova
120 Ed Fiorentino DL Brown Boston Yanks
Round 11
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
101 Paul White DB Michigan Detroit Lions
103 Carl Grate OL Georgia New York Giants
107 Carl Buda OL Tulsa
Round 12
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
111 Jim Tyree DL Oklahoma Brooklyn Tigers
113 Sam Gray DL Tulsa
114 Tommy Mont RB Maryland New York Giants
Round 13
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
122 Jim Wright OL Southern Methodist Brooklyn Tigers
125 Ray Poole DL Mississippi New York Giants
149 Jim Gaffney RB Tennessee Washington Redskins
152 Frank Hubbell DL Tennessee Cleveland Rams
Round 14
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
162 John Green DL Tulsa Philadelphia Eagles
Round 15
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
147 Ollie Poole DL Mississippi New York Giants
Round 16
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
166 Howie Maley DB Southern Methodist Brooklyn Tigers
167 Jack Helms DL Georgia Tech Detroit Lions
194 Barry French OL Purdue Chicago Bears
197 Art Faircloth DB Guilford Boston Yanks
Round 17
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
176 Walt Szot DL Bucknell
178 Elmer Madarik RB Detroit Detroit Lions
Round 18
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
216 Bob Margarita DB Brown Chicago Bears
Round 19
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
199 George Doherty OL Louisiana Tech Brooklyn Tigers
228 Al Postus DB Villanova Philadelphia Eagles
Round 20
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
234 Milt Smith QB UCLA Philadelphia Eagles
Round 21
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
250 Earl Klapstein OL U. of Pacific Philadelphia Eagles
Round 22
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
293 Charlie Mitchell DB Tulsa Chicago Bears
Round 23
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
299 Robert Derleth OL Michigan Detroit Lions
324 Ralph Calcagni OL Pennsylvania Boston Yanks

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