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1979 Draft

1979 NFL Draft & Order

The 1979 NFL Draft consisted of 12 rounds with a total of 330 players drafted. The top pick was Tom Cousineau out of Ohio State drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Of the 28 players selected in the first round 16 played offense, 11 played defense and 1 played special teams. Ucla, Georgia tech, Clemson, Miami (fla.), Nebraska and Alabama had the most players selected in the first round of the 1979 draft with 2. Some of the top drafted players were Joe Montana (drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in Round 3), Phil Simms (drafted by the New York Giants in Round 1), William Andrews (drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in Round 3), Ottis Anderson (drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in Round 1) and Ted Brown (drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in Round 1). View all of the players selected in the 1979 NFL Draft round by round.
1979 NFL Draft
Round 1
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
1 Tom Cousineau LB Ohio State Buffalo Bills
2 Mike Bell DL Colorado State Kansas City Chiefs
3 Jack Thompson QB Washington State Cincinnati Bengals
4 Dan Hampton DL Arkansas Chicago Bears
5 Jerry Butler WR Clemson Buffalo Bills
6 Barry Krauss LB Alabama Baltimore Colts
7 Phil Simms QB Morehead State New York Giants
8 Ottis Anderson RB Miami (Fla.) St. Louis Cardinals
9 Al Harris LB Arizona State Chicago Bears
10 Keith Dorney OL Penn State Detroit Lions
11 Russell Erxleben P Texas New Orleans Saints
12 Charles Alexander RB Louisiana State Cincinnati Bengals
13 Kellen Winslow TE Missouri San Diego Chargers
14 Marty Lyons DL Alabama New York Jets
15 Eddie Lee Ivery RB Georgia Tech Green Bay Packers
16 Ted Brown RB North Carolina State Minnesota Vikings
17 Don Smith DL Miami (Fla.) Atlanta Falcons
18 Manu Tuiasosopo DL UCLA Seattle Seahawks
19 George Andrews LB Nebraska Los Angeles Rams
20 Willis Adams WR Houston Cleveland Browns
21 Jerry Robinson LB UCLA Philadelphia Eagles
22 Kelvin Clark OL Nebraska Denver Broncos
23 Steve Fuller QB Clemson Kansas City Chiefs
24 Jon Giesler OL Michigan Miami Dolphins
25 Rick Sanford DB South Carolina New England Patriots
26 Kent Hill OL Georgia Tech Los Angeles Rams
27 Robert Shaw OL Tennessee Dallas Cowboys
28 Greg Hawthorne RB Baylor Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 2
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
29 James Owens WR UCLA San Francisco 49ers
30 Dan Ross TE Northeastern Cincinnati Bengals
31 Mike Stensrud DL Iowa State Houston Oilers
32 Fred Smerlas DL Boston College Buffalo Bills
33 Greg Roberts OL Oklahoma Tampa Bay Buccaneers
34 Gordon Jones WR Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Buccaneers
35 Theotis Brown RB UCLA St. Louis Cardinals
36 Earnest Gray WR Memphis New York Giants
37 Ken Fantetti LB Wyoming Detroit Lions
38 Reggie Mathis LB Oklahoma New Orleans Saints
39 Rickey Watts WR Tulsa Chicago Bears
40 Lawrence Johnson DB Wisconsin Cleveland Browns
41 Mark Gastineau DL East Central (OK) New York Jets
42 Willie Jones DL Florida State Oakland Raiders
43 Dave Huffman OL Notre Dame Minnesota Vikings
44 Steve Atkins RB Maryland Green Bay Packers
45 Joe Norman LB Indiana Seattle Seahawks
46 Calvin Favron LB Southeastern Louisiana St. Louis Cardinals
47 Sam Claphan OL Oklahoma Cleveland Browns
48 Petey Perot OL Northwestern State-Louisiana Philadelphia Eagles
49 Pat Howell OL USC Atlanta Falcons
50 Jesse Baker DL Jacksonville State Houston Oilers
51 Jim Haslett LB Indiana (PA) Buffalo Bills
52 Bob Golic DL Notre Dame New England Patriots
53 Jeff Toews OL Washington Miami Dolphins
54 Eddie Hill RB Memphis Los Angeles Rams
55 Aaron Mitchell DB Nevada-Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys
56 Zack Valentine LB East Carolina Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 3
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
57 Michael Jackson LB Washington Seattle Seahawks
58 Jeff Moore WR Tennessee Los Angeles Rams
59 Barney Cotton OL Nebraska Cincinnati Bengals
60 Jerry Eckwood RB Arkansas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
61 Tony Nathan RB Alabama Miami Dolphins
62 Jon Borchardt OL Montana State Buffalo Bills
63 Mel Land LB Michigan State Miami Dolphins
64 Joe Bostic OL Clemson St. Louis Cardinals
65 Ronnie Lee OL Baylor Miami Dolphins
66 Willie McClendon RB Georgia Chicago Bears
67 Bo Robinson RB West Texas A&M Detroit Lions
68 Donald Dykes DB Southeastern Louisiana New York Jets
69 Kim Anderson DB Arizona State Baltimore Colts
70 Jim Ramey DL Kentucky Cleveland Browns
71 Charles Johnson DL Maryland Green Bay Packers
72 Kenny King RB Oklahoma Houston Oilers
73 Cliff Thrift LB East Central (OK) San Diego Chargers
74 Tony Franklin K Texas A&M Philadelphia Eagles
75 James Mayberry RB Colorado Atlanta Falcons
76 Doug Cosbie TE Santa Clara Dallas Cowboys
77 Bruce Radford DL Grambling State Denver Broncos
78 Reggie Lewis DL North Texas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
79 William Andrews RB Auburn Atlanta Falcons
80 Rick Berns RB Nebraska Tampa Bay Buccaneers
81 Mike Wellman OL Kansas Los Angeles Rams
82 Joe Montana QB Notre Dame San Francisco 49ers
Round 4
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
83 Ken Johnson DL Knoxville Buffalo Bills
84 Mike White DL Albany State (Ga.) Cincinnati Bengals
85 Frank Manumaleuga LB San Jose State Kansas City Chiefs
86 Russell Davis RB Michigan Pittsburgh Steelers
87 Jeff Nixon DB Richmond Buffalo Bills
88 Ulysses Norris TE Georgia Detroit Lions
89 Roy Green WR Henderson State St. Louis Cardinals
90 Philip Tabor DL Oklahoma New York Giants
91 Vaughn Lusby DB Arkansas Cincinnati Bengals
92 Jon Brooks LB Clemson Detroit Lions
93 Jim Kovach LB Kentucky New Orleans Saints
94 Ben Cowins RB Arkansas Philadelphia Eagles
95 Matt Miller OL Colorado Cleveland Browns
96 Eric Cunningham OL Penn State New York Jets
97 Steve Dils QB Stanford Minnesota Vikings
98 Johnny Lynn DB UCLA New York Jets
99 Derwin Tucker Illinois Los Angeles Rams
100 Lynn Cain RB USC Atlanta Falcons
101 Charles Johnson DB Grambling State Atlanta Falcons
102 Mark Bell DL Colorado State Seattle Seahawks
103 Don Warren TE San Diego State Washington Redskins
104 John Floyd WR Louisiana-Monroe San Diego Chargers
105 Charles Jefferson DB McNeese State Denver Broncos
106 Eddie Hare P Tulsa New England Patriots
107 Steve Howell RB Baylor Miami Dolphins
108 Jerry Wilkinson DL Oregon State Los Angeles Rams
109 Ralph DeLoach DL California Dallas Cowboys
110 Calvin Sweeney WR USC Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 5
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
111 Thomas Seabron LB Michigan San Francisco 49ers
112 Earl Gant RB Missouri Kansas City Chiefs
113 Casey Merrill DL California-Davis Cincinnati Bengals
114 Rod Kush DB Nebraska-Omaha Buffalo Bills
115 Larry Braziel DB USC Baltimore Colts
116 Dan Manucci QB Kansas State Buffalo Bills
117 Cleveland Jackson TE Nevada-Las Vegas New York Giants
118 Steve Henry DB Emporia State St. Louis Cardinals
119 Jerry Aldridge RB Angelo State San Francisco 49ers
120 Harlan Huckleby RB Michigan New Orleans Saints
121 Bob Hukill North Carolina Dallas Cowboys
122 Victor Hicks TE Oklahoma Los Angeles Rams
123 Kelly Kirchbaum LB Kentucky New York Jets
124 Rich Dimler DL USC Cleveland Browns
125 Stan Blinka LB Sam Houston State New York Jets
126 Scott Fitzkee WR Penn State Philadelphia Eagles
127 Mike Zele DL Kent State Atlanta Falcons
128 Curtis Anderson DL Central State (Ohio) Dallas Cowboys
129 Jerry Meter Michigan Minnesota Vikings
130 Mark Bell WR Colorado State St. Louis Cardinals
131 Walt Brown Pittsburgh Detroit Lions
132 Rick Leach Michigan Denver Broncos
133 Chuck Fusina QB Penn State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
134 Don Bessillieu DB Georgia Tech Miami Dolphins
135 John Zamberlin LB Pacific Lutheran New England Patriots
136 Ron Springs RB Ohio State Dallas Cowboys
137 Dwaine Board DL North Carolina A&T Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 6
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
138 Ruben Vaughan DL Colorado San Francisco 49ers
139 Steve Kreider WR Lehigh Cincinnati Bengals
140 Robert Gaines Washington Kansas City Chiefs
141 Mike Burrow Auburn Buffalo Bills
142 Ira Matthews WR Wisconsin Oakland Raiders
143 Daryl Hunt LB Oklahoma Houston Oilers
144 Thomas Lott RB Oklahoma St. Louis Cardinals
145 Bob Torrey RB Penn State New York Giants
146 Ricky Ray DB Norfolk State New Orleans Saints
147 John Sullivan LB Illinois Chicago Bears
148 Jeff McIntyre LB Arizona State Denver Broncos
149 Bill Dufek Michigan New York Jets
150 Jimmy Moore OL Ohio State Baltimore Colts
151 Clinton Burrell DB Louisiana State Cleveland Browns
152 Joe Senser TE West Chester Minnesota Vikings
153 Dave Simmons LB North Carolina Green Bay Packers
154 Mike Moroski QB California-Davis Atlanta Falcons
155 Tim Lavender USC Dallas Cowboys
156 Henry Williams DB San Diego State Oakland Raiders
157 Bill Murrell TE Winston-Salem State Pittsburgh Steelers
158 Eddie Hicks RB East Carolina New York Giants
159 Mike Murphy LB Missouri State Houston Oilers
160 Mike Salzano North Carolina Dallas Cowboys
161 Dwayne Woodruff DB Louisville Pittsburgh Steelers
162 Steve Lindquist Nebraska Miami Dolphins
163 Jim Ronan Minnesota Cleveland Browns
164 Chris DeFrance WR Arizona State Dallas Cowboys
165 Matt Bahr K Penn State Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 7
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
166 Phil Francis RB Stanford San Francisco 49ers
167 Ken Kremer DL Ball State Kansas City Chiefs
168 Max Montoya OL UCLA Cincinnati Bengals
169 Larry Polowski LB Boise State Seattle Seahawks
170 Tom Mullady WR Rhodes Buffalo Bills
171 Tim Ries Missouri State Houston Oilers
172 Steve Alvers OL Miami (Fla.) New York Giants
173 Kirk Gibson Michigan State St. Louis Cardinals
174 Lee Kunz LB Nebraska Chicago Bears
175 Jack Matia Drake Oakland Raiders
176 Stan Sytsma LB Minnesota New Orleans Saints
177 Judson Flint DB California (PA) New England Patriots
178 Don Swafford Florida Philadelphia Eagles
179 Emmett King Houston New York Jets
180 Henry Monroe DB Mississippi State Green Bay Packers
181 Bob Winkel DL Kentucky Minnesota Vikings
182 Rich Milot LB Penn State Washington Redskins
183 Cody Risien OL Texas A&M Cleveland Browns
184 Rich Wingo LB Alabama Green Bay Packers
185 Curtis Bunche Albany State (Ga.) Philadelphia Eagles
186 Roger Westlund Washington Atlanta Falcons
187 Keith Brown Minnesota New York Jets
188 Luke Prestridge P Baylor Denver Broncos
189 Uwe von Schamann K Oklahoma Miami Dolphins
190 Jeff Delaney DB Pittsburgh Los Angeles Rams
191 Greg Fitzpatrick Youngstown State Dallas Cowboys
192 Bruce Kimball OL Massachusetts Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 8
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
193 Ron Cassidy WR Utah State Green Bay Packers
194 Howie Kurnick LB Cincinnati Cincinnati Bengals
195 Mike Williams TE New Mexico Kansas City Chiefs
196 Chuck Correal OL Penn State Philadelphia Eagles
197 Steve Heimkreiter LB Notre Dame Baltimore Colts
198 Marshall Harris DL Texas Christian New York Jets
199 Larry Miller Brigham Young St. Louis Cardinals
200 D.K. Perry Southern Methodist New York Giants
201 Roy Simmons OL Georgia Tech New York Giants
202 Doug Panfil Tulsa New Orleans Saints
203 Rick Moss Purdue Chicago Bears
204 Kent Perkov San Diego State Cleveland Browns
205 Willie Beamon Boise State New York Jets
206 Jeff Groth WR Bowling Green State Miami Dolphins
207 Nesby Glasgow DB Washington Baltimore Colts
208 Rick Partridge P Utah Green Bay Packers
209 Robert Hawkins RB Kentucky Oakland Raiders
210 Wilbert Haslip RB Hawaii San Diego Chargers
211 Max Runager P South Carolina Philadelphia Eagles
212 Keith Miller Northeastern State (Okla.) Atlanta Falcons
213 John Mohring LB C.W. Post Detroit Lions
214 Carter Hartwig DB USC Houston Oilers
215 Glenn Blackwood DB Texas Miami Dolphins
216 Randy Love RB Houston New England Patriots
217 Gene Sanders DL Texas A&M Tampa Bay Buccaneers
218 Robert Brewer Temple Kansas City Chiefs
219 Bruce Thornton DL Illinois Dallas Cowboys
220 Tom Graves LB Michigan State Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 9
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
221 Steve Hamilton Missouri San Francisco 49ers
222 James Folston Cameron Kansas City Chiefs
223 Scott Burk DB Oklahoma State Cincinnati Bengals
224 Russ Henderson Virginia Baltimore Colts
225 Henry Vereen Nevada-Las Vegas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
226 Kevin Baker William Penn Buffalo Bills
227 Tom Rusk Iowa New York Giants
228 Bob Rozier DL California St. Louis Cardinals
229 Joe Robinson Ohio State Kansas City Chiefs
230 Jerome Heavens Notre Dame Chicago Bears
231 Jeff Komlo QB Delaware Detroit Lions
232 Gordy Sprattler North Dakota State New York Jets
233 Kris Haines WR Notre Dame Washington Redskins
234 Carl McGee LB Duke Cleveland Browns
235 John Thompson TE Utah State Green Bay Packers
236 Billy Diggs Winston-Salem State Minnesota Vikings
237 Alvin Garrett RB Angelo State San Diego Chargers
238 Jim Rourke OL Boston College Oakland Raiders
239 Dave Parkin DB Utah State Atlanta Falcons
240 Ezra Tate Mississippi College Seattle Seahawks
241 Curtis Weathers LB Mississippi Cleveland Browns
242 Charlie Taylor Rice Denver Broncos
243 Rich Ellender RB McNeese State Houston Oilers
244 Jeff Weston DL Notre Dame Miami Dolphins
245 John Spagnola TE Yale New England Patriots
246 Jeff Rutledge QB Alabama Los Angeles Rams
247 Garry Cobb LB USC Dallas Cowboys
248 Rick Kirk Denison Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 10
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
249 Dwight Clark WR Clemson San Francisco 49ers
250 Nathan Poole RB Louisville Cincinnati Bengals
251 Mike DuPree Florida Kansas City Chiefs
252 Howard Ballage Colorado San Francisco 49ers
253 Dave Marler Mississippi State Buffalo Bills
254 Steve Stephens TE Oklahoma State Baltimore Colts
255 Jerry Holloway Western Illinois St. Louis Cardinals
256 Dan Fowler OL Kentucky New York Giants
257 Joe Restic Notre Dame Chicago Bears
258 Jerome Stanton Michigan State Miami Dolphins
259 Ricky Smith Tulane Oakland Raiders
260 Gerald Jackson DB Mississippi State Kansas City Chiefs
261 John Smith WR Tennessee State Cleveland Browns
262 Steve Sybeldon North Dakota New York Jets
263 Ed McGlasson OL Youngstown State New York Jets
264 Frank Lockett WR Nebraska Green Bay Packers
265 Tony Petruccio Penn State San Diego Chargers
266 Bruce Beekley LB Oregon Atlanta Falcons
267 Robert Hardy DL Jackson State Seattle Seahawks
268 Larry Willis Alcorn State Kansas City Chiefs
269 Al Green Louisiana State San Diego Chargers
270 Martin Cox Vanderbilt New England Patriots
271 Allan Clark RB Northern Arizona New England Patriots
272 Mike Kozlowski DB Colorado Miami Dolphins
273 Grady Ebensberger Houston Los Angeles Rams
274 Mike Calhoun DL Notre Dame Dallas Cowboys
275 Tod Thompson Brigham Young Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 11
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
276 Billy McBride Tennessee State San Francisco 49ers
277 Stan Rome WR Clemson Kansas City Chiefs
278 Ken Bungarda OL Missouri Cincinnati Bengals
279 Paul Lawler Colgate Buffalo Bills
280 John Priestner Western Ontario (Canada) Baltimore Colts
281 Bob Rippentrop Fresno State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
282 Mike Mince Fresno State New York Giants
283 Nate Henderson Florida State St. Louis Cardinals
284 Ken Johnson RB Miami (Fla.) New York Giants
285 David Hall Missouri-Rolla New Orleans Saints
286 Bob Wright Cincinnati Chicago Bears
287 Randy Poeschl Nebraska Cleveland Browns
288 Danny Sanders Carson-Newman New York Jets
289 Monte Coleman LB Central Arkansas Washington Redskins
290 Mark Thorson Ottawa (Kans.) Green Bay Packers
291 Brian Nelson Texas Tech Minnesota Vikings
292 Bill Leer Colorado State Atlanta Falcons
293 Jim Hinesly Michigan State Seattle Seahawks
294 Bruce Davis OL UCLA Oakland Raiders
295 Dave Rader QB Tulsa San Diego Chargers
296 Al Chesley LB Pittsburgh Philadelphia Eagles
297 Zachary Dixon RB Temple Denver Broncos
298 Mike Taylor Georgia Tech Houston Oilers
299 Mike Blanton Georgia Tech Miami Dolphins
300 Tony Hall Knoxville Washington Redskins
301 Jesse Deramus Tennessee State Los Angeles Rams
302 Eddie Cole LB Mississippi Detroit Lions
303 Charlie Moore Wichita State Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 12
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
304 Jim Browner DB Notre Dame Cincinnati Bengals
305 Michael Forrest Arkansas Kansas City Chiefs
306 Charlie Green Kansas State Baltimore Colts
307 David Logan DL Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Buccaneers
308 Mike Harris Arizona State Buffalo Bills
309 Ricky McBride Georgia St. Louis Cardinals
310 Tim Gillespie North Carolina State New York Giants
311 Kelsey Finch Tennessee New Orleans Saints
312 Dave Becker DB Iowa Chicago Bears
313 Bob Forster Brown Detroit Lions
314 Paul Darby WR Texas State New York Jets
315 Dewitt Methvin Tulane Cleveland Browns
316 Dirk Abernathy Bowling Green State Oakland Raiders
317 David Stephens Kentucky Minnesota Vikings
318 Bill Moats South Dakota Green Bay Packers
319 Jeff Moore RB Jackson State Seattle Seahawks
320 Reggie Kinlaw DL Oklahoma Oakland Raiders
321 Frank Duncan DB San Francisco State San Diego Chargers
322 Ed Smith LB Vanderbilt Pittsburgh Steelers
323 Stuart Walker Colorado Atlanta Falcons
324 Wayne Wilson RB Shepherd Houston Oilers
325 Dave Jacobs K Syracuse Denver Broncos
326 Bryan Sweeney Texas A&M - Kingsville Detroit Lions
327 Larry Fortner QB Miami (Fla.) Miami Dolphins
328 Drew Hill WR Georgia Tech Los Angeles Rams
329 Quentin Lowry LB Youngstown State Dallas Cowboys
330 Mike Almond Northwestern State-Louisiana Pittsburgh Steelers

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