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1981 Draft

1981 NFL Draft & Order

The 1981 NFL Draft consisted of 12 rounds with a total of 332 players drafted. The top pick was George Rogers out of South Carolina drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Of the 28 players selected in the first round 15 played offense and 13 played defense. Pittsburgh and Usc had the most players selected in the first round of the 1981 draft with 3. Some of the top drafted players were Neil Lomax (drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in Round 2), George Rogers (drafted by the New Orleans Saints in Round 1), Wade Wilson (drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in Round 8), James Brooks (drafted by the San Diego Chargers in Round 1) and Bob Gagliano (drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in Round 12). View all of the players selected in the 1981 NFL Draft round by round.
1981 NFL Draft
Round 1
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
1 George Rogers RB South Carolina New Orleans Saints
2 Lawrence Taylor LB North Carolina New York Giants
3 Freeman McNeil RB UCLA New York Jets
4 Kenny Easley DB UCLA Seattle Seahawks
5 E.J. Junior LB Alabama St. Louis Cardinals
6 Rich Campbell QB California Green Bay Packers
7 Hugh Green LB Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8 Ronnie Lott DB USC San Francisco 49ers
9 Mel Owens LB Michigan Los Angeles Rams
10 David Verser WR Kansas Cincinnati Bengals
11 Keith Van Horne OL USC Chicago Bears
12 Randy McMillan RB Pittsburgh Baltimore Colts
13 David Overstreet RB Oklahoma Miami Dolphins
14 Willie Scott TE South Carolina Kansas City Chiefs
15 Dennis Smith DB USC Denver Broncos
16 Mark Nichols WR San Jose State Detroit Lions
17 Keith Gary DL Oklahoma Pittsburgh Steelers
18 Donnell Thompson DL North Carolina Baltimore Colts
19 Brian Holloway OL Stanford New England Patriots
20 Mark May OL Pittsburgh Washington Redskins
21 Ted Watts DB Texas Tech Oakland Raiders
22 Hanford Dixon DB Southern Mississippi Cleveland Browns
23 Curt Marsh OL Washington Oakland Raiders
24 James Brooks RB Auburn San Diego Chargers
25 Bobby Butler DB Florida State Atlanta Falcons
26 Howard Richards OL Missouri Dallas Cowboys
27 Leonard Mitchell DL Houston Philadelphia Eagles
28 Booker Moore RB Penn State Buffalo Bills
Round 2
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
29 Russell Gary DB Nebraska New Orleans Saints
30 Marion Barber RB Minnesota New York Jets
31 David Hughes RB Boise State Seattle Seahawks
32 Dave Young TE Purdue New York Giants
33 Neil Lomax QB Portland State St. Louis Cardinals
34 James Wilder RB Missouri Tampa Bay Buccaneers
35 Gary Lewis WR Texas-Arlington Green Bay Packers
36 John Harty DL Iowa San Francisco 49ers
37 Cris Collinsworth WR Florida Cincinnati Bengals
38 Mike Singletary LB Baylor Chicago Bears
39 Mardye McDole WR Mississippi State Minnesota Vikings
40 Eric Wright DB Missouri San Francisco 49ers
41 Joe Delaney RB Northwestern State-Louisiana Kansas City Chiefs
42 Clay Brown TE Brigham Young Denver Broncos
43 Jim Collins LB Syracuse Los Angeles Rams
44 Anthony Washington DB Fresno State Pittsburgh Steelers
45 Robin Sendlein LB Texas Minnesota Vikings
46 Curtis Green DL Alabama State Detroit Lions
47 Tony Collins RB East Carolina New England Patriots
48 Howie Long DL Villanova Oakland Raiders
49 Chris Williams DB Louisiana State Buffalo Bills
50 Byron Franklin WR Auburn Buffalo Bills
51 Rickey Jackson DL Pittsburgh New Orleans Saints
52 Jarvis Redwine RB Nebraska Minnesota Vikings
53 Doug Donley WR Ohio State Dallas Cowboys
54 Lyman White LB Louisiana State Atlanta Falcons
55 Dean Miraldi OL Utah Philadelphia Eagles
56 Andra Franklin RB Nebraska Miami Dolphins
Round 3
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
57 Frank Warren DL Auburn New Orleans Saints
58 Bill Dugan OL Penn State Seattle Seahawks
59 John Mistler WR Arizona State New York Giants
60 Ben Rudolph DL Long Beach State New York Jets
61 Jeff Griffin DB Utah St. Louis Cardinals
62 Ray Stachowicz P Michigan State Green Bay Packers
63 Greg Meisner DL Pittsburgh Los Angeles Rams
64 John Simmons DB Southern Methodist Cincinnati Bengals
65 Carlton Williamson DB Pittsburgh San Francisco 49ers
66 Bob Cobb DL Arizona Los Angeles Rams
67 Ken Margerum WR Stanford Chicago Bears
68 Randy Van Divier OL Washington Baltimore Colts
69 Russ Grimm OL Pittsburgh Washington Redskins
70 Marvin Harvey WR Southern Mississippi Kansas City Chiefs
71 Hoby Brenner TE USC New Orleans Saints
72 Don Greco OL Western Illinois Detroit Lions
73 Rick Donnalley OL North Carolina Pittsburgh Steelers
74 Tim Irwin OL Tennessee Minnesota Vikings
75 Roger Taylor OL Oklahoma State Kansas City Chiefs
76 Mike Mosley WR Texas A&M Buffalo Bills
77 Irvin Phillips DB Arkansas Tech San Diego Chargers
78 Lloyd Burruss DB Maryland Kansas City Chiefs
79 Mike Holston WR Morgan State Houston Oilers
80 Scott Woerner DB Georgia Atlanta Falcons
81 Glen Titensor OL Brigham Young Dallas Cowboys
82 Greg LaFleur TE Louisiana State Philadelphia Eagles
83 Robert Geathers South Carolina State Buffalo Bills
Round 4
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
84 Sam Greene Nevada-Las Vegas Miami Dolphins
85 Cliff Chatman RB Central Oklahoma New York Giants
86 Al Washington LB Ohio State New York Jets
87 Scott Phillips Brigham Young Seattle Seahawks
88 Steve Rhodes Oklahoma St. Louis Cardinals
89 John Holt DB West Texas A&M Tampa Bay Buccaneers
90 Tom Flick QB Washington Washington Redskins
91 Scott Pelluer LB Washington State Dallas Cowboys
92 Mike Robinson DL Arizona Cleveland Browns
93 Guy Frazier LB Wyoming Cincinnati Bengals
94 Tim Sherwin TE Boston College Baltimore Colts
95 Todd Bell DB Ohio State Chicago Bears
96 Brad Wright QB New Mexico Miami Dolphins
97 Ron Washington Arizona State Kansas City Chiefs
98 Mark Herrmann QB Purdue Denver Broncos
99 Tracy Porter WR Louisiana State Detroit Lions
100 Robbie Martin WR Cal Poly-S.L.O. Pittsburgh Steelers
101 John Swain DB Miami (Fla.) Minnesota Vikings
102 Don Blackmon LB Tulsa New England Patriots
103 Amos Lawrence RB North Carolina San Diego Chargers
104 George Lilja OL Michigan Los Angeles Rams
105 Richard Turner DL Oklahoma Green Bay Packers
106 Nick Eyre OL Brigham Young Houston Oilers
107 Eric Sievers TE Maryland San Diego Chargers
108 Derrie Nelson LB Nebraska Dallas Cowboys
109 John Scully OL Notre Dame Atlanta Falcons
110 Calvin Murray RB Ohio State Philadelphia Eagles
111 Johnny Robinson DL Louisiana Tech Oakland Raiders
Round 5
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
112 Louis Oubre OL Oklahoma New Orleans Saints
113 Tyrone Keys DL Mississippi State New York Jets
114 Edwin Bailey OL South Carolina State Seattle Seahawks
115 Bill Neill DL Pittsburgh New York Giants
116 John Gillen LB Illinois St. Louis Cardinals
117 Byron Braggs DL Alabama Green Bay Packers
118 James Davis DB Southern University Oakland Raiders
119 Dexter Manley DL Oklahoma State Washington Redskins
120 Benjie Pryor Pittsburgh Cincinnati Bengals
121 Lynn Thomas DB Pittsburgh San Francisco 49ers
122 Arrington Jones WR Winston-Salem State San Francisco 49ers
123 Wendell Ray Missouri Minnesota Vikings
124 Todd Thomas OL North Dakota Kansas City Chiefs
125 Ken Lanier OL Florida State Denver Broncos
126 Ken Poole DL Louisiana-Monroe Miami Dolphins
127 Ricky Martin New Mexico Pittsburgh Steelers
128 Jerry Boyarsky DL Pittsburgh New Orleans Saints
129 Larry Lee OL UCLA Detroit Lions
130 Steven Clark DL Kansas State New England Patriots
131 Keith Ferguson DL Ohio State San Diego Chargers
132 Gary Sayre Cameron Washington Redskins
133 Delbert Fowler West Virginia Houston Oilers
134 Steve Cox P Arkansas Cleveland Browns
135 Calvin Clark DL Purdue Buffalo Bills
136 Eric Sanders OL Nevada-Reno Atlanta Falcons
137 Danny Spradlin LB Tennessee Dallas Cowboys
138 Tommy Vigorito RB Virginia Miami Dolphins
Round 6
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
139 Nat Hudson OL Georgia New Orleans Saints
140 Steve Durham DL Clemson Seattle Seahawks
141 Andrew Gissinger OL Syracuse San Diego Chargers
142 John Woodring LB Brown New York Jets
143 Dave Ahrens LB Wisconsin St. Louis Cardinals
144 Johnnie Poe DB Missouri New Orleans Saints
145 Melvin Hoover WR Arizona State New York Giants
146 Rex Robinson K Georgia Cincinnati Bengals
147 Pete Kugler DL Penn State San Francisco 49ers
148 Larry Kubin LB Penn State Washington Redskins
149 Bubba Green DL North Carolina State Baltimore Colts
150 Reuben Henderson DB San Diego State Chicago Bears
151 Alvin Lewis Colorado State Denver Broncos
152 Mack Moore DL Texas A&M Miami Dolphins
153 Dock Luckie Florida Kansas City Chiefs
154 Fulton Walker DB West Virginia Miami Dolphins
155 Sam Johnson Maryland Detroit Lions
156 Bryan Hinkle LB Oregon Pittsburgh Steelers
157 Ron Wooten OL North Carolina New England Patriots
158 William Daniels Alabama State Los Angeles Rams
159 Bill Kay DB Purdue Houston Oilers
160 Ron Simmons Florida State Cleveland Browns
161 Robert Holt WR Baylor Buffalo Bills
162 Bobby Duckworth WR Arkansas San Diego Chargers
163 Vince Skillings Ohio State Dallas Cowboys
164 Harry Stanback DL North Carolina Atlanta Falcons
165 Edward O'Neal Tuskegee New York Giants
166 Glen Redd LB Brigham Young New Orleans Saints
Round 7
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
167 Kevin Williams WR USC New Orleans Saints
168 Louis Jackson RB Cal Poly-S.L.O. New York Giants
169 Kenny Neil DL Iowa State New York Jets
170 Ron Johnson WR Long Beach State Seattle Seahawks
171 Kevin Donnalley DB North Dakota State St. Louis Cardinals
172 Bill Whitaker DB Missouri Green Bay Packers
173 Ron Fellows DB Missouri Dallas Cowboys
174 Alan Duncan Tennessee Philadelphia Eagles
175 Ron Battle TE North Texas Los Angeles Rams
176 Jeff Schuh LB Minnesota Cincinnati Bengals
177 Jeff Fisher DB USC Chicago Bears
178 Obed Ariri K Clemson Baltimore Colts
179 Michael Daum OL Cal Poly-S.L.O. Miami Dolphins
180 Billy Jackson RB Alabama Kansas City Chiefs
181 Steve Busick LB USC Denver Broncos
182 Lee Spivey Southern Methodist Detroit Lions
183 David Little LB Florida Pittsburgh Steelers
184 Don Shaver Kutztown Minnesota Vikings
185 Kenneth Toler WR Mississippi New England Patriots
186 Brad Scovill Penn State Seattle Seahawks
187 Eddie Johnson LB Louisville Cleveland Browns
188 Steve Doolittle Colorado Buffalo Bills
189 Pete Holohan TE Notre Dame San Diego Chargers
190 Mike Clark DL Florida Los Angeles Rams
191 Ken Miller Eastern Michigan Dallas Cowboys
192 Doak Field LB Baylor Philadelphia Eagles
193 Don Washington Texas A&M - Kingsville Houston Oilers
Round 8
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
194 Ken Naber Stanford New England Patriots
195 Lloyd Jones Brigham Young New York Jets
196 Eric Lane RB Brigham Young Seattle Seahawks
197 John Powers Michigan New York Giants
198 Mike Fisher WR Baylor St. Louis Cardinals
199 Denver Johnson Tulsa Tampa Bay Buccaneers
200 Larry Werts Jackson State Green Bay Packers
201 Charlie Brown WR South Carolina State Washington Redskins
202 Bobby Kemp DB Cal State-Fullerton Cincinnati Bengals
203 Garry White Minnesota San Francisco 49ers
204 Ken Sitton Oklahoma Baltimore Colts
205 Scott Zettek Notre Dame Chicago Bears
206 David Dorn Rutgers Kansas City Chiefs
207 Mark Reed QB Morehead State New York Giants
208 William Judson DB South Carolina State Miami Dolphins
209 Frank Wilson RB Rice Pittsburgh Steelers
210 Wade Wilson QB Texas A&M-Commerce Minnesota Vikings
211 Bob Niziolek TE Colorado Detroit Lions
212 Lin Dawson TE North Carolina State New England Patriots
213 J.C. Watts Oklahoma New York Jets
214 Gene Gladys Penn State New Orleans Saints
215 Kevin Evans Arkansas New Orleans Saints
216 Art Plunkett OL Nevada-Las Vegas Los Angeles Rams
217 Willie Tullis DB Troy State Houston Oilers
218 Paul Piurowski Florida State Dallas Cowboys
219 Cliff Toney Auburn Atlanta Falcons
220 Hosea Taylor DL Houston Baltimore Colts
221 Billy Ard OL Wake Forest New York Giants
Round 9
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
222 Toussaint Tyler RB Washington New Orleans Saints
223 Jim Stone Notre Dame Seattle Seahawks
224 Byron Hunt LB Southern Methodist New York Giants
225 Admiral Dewey Larry Nevada-Las Vegas New York Jets
226 Stump Mitchell RB The Citadel St. Louis Cardinals
227 Tim Huffman OL Notre Dame Green Bay Packers
228 Mike Ford QB Southern Methodist Tampa Bay Buccaneers
229 Jim Hannula OL Northern Illinois Cincinnati Bengals
230 Samoa Samoa Washington State Cincinnati Bengals
231 Darryl Grant DL Rice Washington Redskins
232 Frank Ditta Baylor Chicago Bears
233 Tim Gooch Kentucky Baltimore Colts
234 Rusty Olsen Washington Denver Broncos
235 John Noonan Nebraska Miami Dolphins
236 Jimbo Whatley Washington State Seattle Seahawks
237 Tony Vereen Southeastern Louisiana Kansas City Chiefs
238 Hugh Jernigan Arkansas Detroit Lions
239 James Hunter DL USC Pittsburgh Steelers
240 David Martin DB Villanova Detroit Lions
241 Robb Riddick RB Millersville Buffalo Bills
242 Ron Seawell Portland State Los Angeles Rams
243 Avon Riley LB UCLA Houston Oilers
244 Randy Schleusener Nebraska Cleveland Browns
245 Calvin Fance Rice Atlanta Falcons
246 Mike Wilson WR Washington State Dallas Cowboys
247 Chuck Commiskey OL Mississippi Philadelphia Eagles
248 Curt Mohl UCLA Oakland Raiders
Round 10
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
249 Hokie Gajan RB Louisiana State New Orleans Saints
250 Mike Barker Grambling State New York Giants
251 Marty Wetzel LB Tulane New York Jets
252 Ken Dawson Savannah State Seattle Seahawks
253 James Mallard Alabama St. Louis Cardinals
254 Ken McCune Texas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
255 Nickie Hall Tulane Green Bay Packers
256 Gregg Gerken Northern Arizona Baltimore Colts
257 Phil Kessel Northern Michigan Washington Redskins
258 Hubert Simpson Tennessee Cincinnati Bengals
259 Trent Bryant DB Arkansas Baltimore Colts
260 Tim Clifford Indiana Chicago Bears
261 Steve Folsom TE Utah Miami Dolphins
262 Les Studdard OL Texas Kansas City Chiefs
263 Jim Joiner Miami (Fla.) St. Louis Cardinals
264 Andy Cannavino Michigan Detroit Lions
265 Mike Mayock DB Boston College Pittsburgh Steelers
266 James Murphy WR Utah State Minnesota Vikings
267 Allan Kennedy OL Washington State Washington Redskins
268 Robert Parham Grambling State San Diego Chargers
269 Robert Alexander RB West Virginia Los Angeles Rams
270 Larry Jones Colorado State Houston Oilers
271 Dean Prater DL Oklahoma State Cleveland Browns
272 Justin Cross OL Western State (Colo.) Buffalo Bills
273 Pat Graham California Dallas Cowboys
274 Robert Murphy Ohio State Atlanta Falcons
275 Hubie Oliver RB Arizona Philadelphia Eagles
276 Frank Hawkins RB Nevada-Reno Oakland Raiders
Round 11
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
277 Lester Mickens Kansas New Orleans Saints
278 Ed Gall Maryland New York Jets
279 Lance Olander Colorado Seattle Seahawks
280 Matt Petrzelka Iowa San Diego Chargers
281 Mike Sherrod Illinois St. Louis Cardinals
282 Forrest Valora Oklahoma Green Bay Packers
283 Johnny Ray Smith DB Lamar Tampa Bay Buccaneers
284 Jerry Hill North Alabama Washington Redskins
285 Robert Jackson DB Central Michigan Cincinnati Bengals
286 Ron DeBose UCLA San Francisco 49ers
287 Lonnie Johnson Indiana Chicago Bears
288 Holden Smith WR California Baltimore Colts
289 Frank Case DL Penn State Kansas City Chiefs
290 Pat Walker Miami (Fla.) Denver Broncos
291 Jim Jensen WR Boston U. Miami Dolphins
292 Rick Trocano DB Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Steelers
293 Bill Stephanos Boston College Minnesota Vikings
294 Willie Jackson Mississippi State Detroit Lions
295 Brian Buckley Harvard New England Patriots
296 Marcellus Greene DB Arizona Los Angeles Rams
297 Claude Matthews Auburn Houston Oilers
298 Larry Friday DB Mississippi State Cleveland Browns
299 Buster Barnett TE Jackson State Buffalo Bills
300 Carlos Bradley LB Wake Forest San Diego Chargers
301 Keith Chappelle Iowa Atlanta Falcons
302 Tim Morrison Georgia Dallas Cowboys
303 Gail Davis Virginia Union Philadelphia Eagles
304 Chester Willis RB Auburn Oakland Raiders
306 Jeff Bednarek U. of Pacific Seattle Seahawks
Round 12
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
305 Jim Wilks DL San Diego State New Orleans Saints
307 Mike Maher Western Illinois New York Giants
308 Mike Moeller Drake New York Jets
309 Joe Adams Nebraska St. Louis Cardinals
310 Brad White DL Tennessee Tampa Bay Buccaneers
311 Cliff Lewis LB Southern Mississippi Green Bay Packers
312 Mark O'Connell Ball State Cincinnati Bengals
313 Major Ogilvie Alabama San Francisco 49ers
314 Clint Didier TE Portland State Washington Redskins
315 Eric Scoggins LB USC Baltimore Colts
316 Bob Shupryt New Mexico Chicago Bears
317 John Hankerd Notre Dame Denver Broncos
318 John Alford South Carolina State Miami Dolphins
319 Bob Gagliano QB Utah State Kansas City Chiefs
320 Brian Williams TE Southern University Minnesota Vikings
321 Mandel Robinson Wyoming Denver Broncos
322 Joe Adams Tennessee State San Francisco 49ers
323 Cris Crissy DB Princeton New England Patriots
324 Bill Capece K Florida State Houston Oilers
325 Kevin McGill Oregon Cleveland Browns
326 Keith Clark Memphis Buffalo Bills
327 Stacy Charles Bethune-Cookman San Diego Chargers
328 Jairo Penaranda RB UCLA Los Angeles Rams
329 Nate Lundy Indiana Dallas Cowboys
330 Mark McCants Temple Atlanta Falcons
331 Ray Ellis DB Ohio State Philadelphia Eagles
332 Phil Nelson Delaware Oakland Raiders

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