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1983 Draft

1983 NFL Draft & Order

The 1983 NFL Draft consisted of 12 rounds with a total of 335 players drafted. The top pick was John Elway out of Stanford drafted by the Baltimore Colts. Of the 28 players selected in the first round 18 played offense and 10 played defense. Usc and Pittsburgh had the most players selected in the first round of the 1983 draft with 3. Some of the top drafted players were Dan Marino (drafted by the Miami Dolphins in Round 1), John Elway (drafted by the Baltimore Colts in Round 1), Jim Kelly (drafted by the Buffalo Bills in Round 1), Eric Dickerson (drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in Round 1) and Ken O'Brien (drafted by the New York Jets in Round 1). View all of the players selected in the 1983 NFL Draft round by round.
1983 NFL Draft
Round 1
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
1 John Elway QB Stanford Baltimore Colts
2 Eric Dickerson RB Southern Methodist Los Angeles Rams
3 Curt Warner RB Penn State Seattle Seahawks
4 Chris Hinton OL Northwestern Denver Broncos
5 Billy Ray Smith LB Arkansas San Diego Chargers
6 Jim Covert OL Pittsburgh Chicago Bears
7 Todd Blackledge QB Penn State Kansas City Chiefs
8 Michael Haddix RB Mississippi State Philadelphia Eagles
9 Bruce Matthews OL USC Houston Oilers
10 Terry Kinard DB Clemson New York Giants
11 Tim Lewis DB Pittsburgh Green Bay Packers
12 Tony Hunter TE Notre Dame Buffalo Bills
13 James Jones TE Florida Detroit Lions
14 Jim Kelly QB Miami (Fla.) Buffalo Bills
15 Tony Eason QB Illinois New England Patriots
16 Mike Pitts DL Alabama Atlanta Falcons
17 Leonard Smith DB McNeese State St. Louis Cardinals
18 Willie Gault WR Tennessee Chicago Bears
19 Joey Browner DB USC Minnesota Vikings
20 Gary Anderson RB Arkansas San Diego Chargers
21 Gabe Rivera DL Texas Tech Pittsburgh Steelers
22 Gill Byrd DB San Jose State San Diego Chargers
23 Jim Jeffcoat DL Arizona State Dallas Cowboys
24 Ken O'Brien QB California-Davis New York Jets
25 Dave Rimington OL Nebraska Cincinnati Bengals
26 Don Mosebar OL USC Los Angeles Raiders
27 Dan Marino QB Pittsburgh Miami Dolphins
28 Darrell Green DB Texas A&M - Kingsville Washington Redskins
Round 2
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
29 Vernon Maxwell LB Arizona State Baltimore Colts
30 Harvey Salem OL California Houston Oilers
31 Mark Cooper OL Miami (Fla.) Denver Broncos
32 Henry Ellard WR Fresno State Los Angeles Rams
33 Mike Richardson DB Arizona State Chicago Bears
34 Dave Lutz OL Georgia Tech Kansas City Chiefs
35 Wes Hopkins DB Southern Methodist Philadelphia Eagles
36 Mike Wilcher LB North Carolina Los Angeles Rams
37 Leonard Marshall DL Louisiana State New York Giants
38 Steve Korte OL Arkansas New Orleans Saints
39 Darryl Talley LB West Virginia Buffalo Bills
40 Rich Strenger OL Michigan Detroit Lions
41 Ron Brown WR Arizona State Cleveland Browns
42 Keith Bostic DB Michigan Houston Oilers
43 Jim Britt DB Louisiana State Atlanta Falcons
44 Cedric Mack DB Baylor St. Louis Cardinals
45 Randy Grimes OL Baylor Tampa Bay Buccaneers
46 Jody Schulz LB East Carolina Philadelphia Eagles
47 Darryal Wilson WR Tennessee New England Patriots
48 Dave Drechsler OL North Carolina Green Bay Packers
49 Roger Craig RB Nebraska San Francisco 49ers
50 Michael Walter LB Oregon Dallas Cowboys
51 Johnny Hector RB Texas A&M New York Jets
52 Wayne Capers WR Kansas Pittsburgh Steelers
53 Ray Horton DB Washington Cincinnati Bengals
54 Bill Pickel DL Rutgers Los Angeles Raiders
55 Mike Charles DL Syracuse Miami Dolphins
56 Richard Williams RB Memphis Washington Redskins
Round 3
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
57 George Achica DL USC Baltimore Colts
58 Tim Joiner LB Louisiana State Houston Oilers
59 Blanchard Montgomery LB UCLA San Francisco 49ers
60 Clint Sampson WR San Diego State Denver Broncos
61 Albert Lewis DB Grambling State Kansas City Chiefs
62 Glen Young WR Mississippi State Philadelphia Eagles
63 Jamie Williams TE Nebraska New York Giants
64 Dave Duerson DB Notre Dame Chicago Bears
65 John Tice RB Maryland New Orleans Saints
66 Cliff Austin RB Clemson New Orleans Saints
67 Mike Cofer LB Tennessee Detroit Lions
68 Reggie Camp DL California Cleveland Browns
69 Chris Dressel TE Stanford Houston Oilers
70 Karl Nelson OL Iowa State New York Giants
71 Ramsey Dardar OL Louisiana State St. Louis Cardinals
72 Jeremiah Castille DB Alabama Tampa Bay Buccaneers
73 Walker Lee Ashley LB Penn State Minnesota Vikings
74 Stephen Starring WR McNeese State New England Patriots
75 Andrew Provence DL South Carolina Atlanta Falcons
76 Charles Benson DL Baylor Miami Dolphins
77 Bryan Caldwell DL Arizona State Dallas Cowboys
78 Jo-Jo Townsell WR UCLA New York Jets
79 Todd Seabaugh LB San Diego State Pittsburgh Steelers
80 Steve Moore OL Tennessee State New England Patriots
81 Jimmy Turner DB UCLA Cincinnati Bengals
82 Tony Caldwell LB Washington Los Angeles Raiders
83 Steve Brown DB Oregon Houston Oilers
84 Charles Mann DL Nevada-Reno Washington Redskins
Round 4
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
85 Phil Smith WR San Diego State Baltimore Colts
86 Greg Hill DB Oklahoma State Houston Oilers
87 Chuck Nelson K Washington Los Angeles Rams
88 Mike McCloskey TE Penn State Houston Oilers
89 Michael Williams RB Mississippi College Philadelphia Eagles
90 Tom Holmoe DB Brigham Young San Francisco 49ers
91 Tom Thayer OL Notre Dame Chicago Bears
92 Ron Wetzel TE Arizona State Kansas City Chiefs
93 Trey Junkin LB Louisiana Tech Buffalo Bills
94 August Curley LB USC Detroit Lions
95 Danny Walters DB Arkansas San Diego Chargers
96 Mark Duda DL Maryland St. Louis Cardinals
97 Vince Newsome DB Washington Los Angeles Rams
98 Gary Lewis DL Oklahoma State New Orleans Saints
99 Kelly Thomas OL USC Tampa Bay Buccaneers
100 Mark Rush Miami (Fla.) Minnesota Vikings
101 Johnny Rembert LB Clemson New England Patriots
102 John Harper LB Southern Illinois Atlanta Falcons
103 Lionel Washington DB Tulane St. Louis Cardinals
104 Mike Miller WR Tennessee Green Bay Packers
105 Wes Howell California New York Jets
106 Bo Metcalf DB Baylor Pittsburgh Steelers
107 Pat Dunsmore TE Drake Chicago Bears
108 Chris Faulkner TE Florida Dallas Cowboys
109 Steve Maidlow LB Michigan State Cincinnati Bengals
110 Greg Townsend LB Texas Christian Los Angeles Raiders
111 Doug Reed DL San Diego State Los Angeles Rams
112 Jimmy Payne Georgia Buffalo Bills
Round 5
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
113 Sid Abramowitz OL Tulsa Baltimore Colts
114 Larry Moriarty RB Notre Dame Houston Oilers
115 Demetrious Johnson DB Missouri Detroit Lions
116 Weedy Harris Houston Denver Broncos
117 Riki Ellison LB USC San Francisco 49ers
118 Smiley Creswell DL Michigan State New England Patriots
119 Jim Arnold P Vanderbilt Kansas City Chiefs
120 Byron Darby TE USC Philadelphia Eagles
121 Steve Mott OL Alabama Detroit Lions
122 Bill Contz OL Penn State Cleveland Browns
123 Chris Castor WR Duke Seattle Seahawks
124 Malcolm Scott TE Louisiana State New York Giants
125 Bruce Baldwin Harding Denver Broncos
126 Matt Vandenboom Wisconsin Buffalo Bills
127 Mark Stewart LB Washington Minnesota Vikings
128 Darryl Lewis TE Texas-Arlington New England Patriots
129 Brett Miller OL Iowa Atlanta Falcons
130 Steve Bird WR Eastern Kentucky St. Louis Cardinals
131 Tony Chickillo OL Miami (Fla.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
132 Bryan Thomas Pittsburgh Green Bay Packers
133 Paul Skansi WR Washington Pittsburgh Steelers
134 Otis Grant WR Michigan State Los Angeles Rams
135 Chuck McSwain RB Clemson Dallas Cowboys
136 John Walker DL Nebraska-Omaha New York Jets
137 Jeff Christensen QB Eastern Illinois Cincinnati Bengals
138 Dokie Williams WR UCLA Los Angeles Raiders
139 Jerome Foster DL Ohio State Houston Oilers
140 Gregg Garrity WR Penn State Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 6
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
141 Trumaine Johnson WR Grambling State San Diego Chargers
142 Steve Haworth DB Oklahoma Houston Oilers
143 Victor Heflin DB Delaware State Denver Broncos
144 Gary Kowalski OL Boston College Los Angeles Rams
145 Tim Stracka TE Wisconsin Cleveland Browns
146 Ellis Gardner OL Georgia Tech Kansas City Chiefs
147 Victor Oatis WR Northwestern State-Louisiana Philadelphia Eagles
148 Gene Branton WR Texas Southern Tampa Bay Buccaneers
149 Dave Puzzuoli DL Pittsburgh Cleveland Browns
150 Reginald Gipson Alabama A&M Seattle Seahawks
151 Darrell Patterson Texas Christian New York Giants
152 Kiki DeAyala LB Texas Cincinnati Bengals
153 Kevin Belcher OL Texas-El Paso New York Giants
154 Todd Brown Nebraska Detroit Lions
155 Mike Bass Illinois New England Patriots
156 Anthony Allen WR Washington Atlanta Falcons
157 George Schmitt DB Delaware St. Louis Cardinals
158 Ken Kaplan OL New Hampshire Tampa Bay Buccaneers
159 Mike Jones WR Tennessee State Minnesota Vikings
160 Ron Sams OL Pittsburgh Green Bay Packers
161 Grant Feasel OL Abilene Christian Baltimore Colts
162 Reggie Collier QB Southern Mississippi Dallas Cowboys
163 Vincent White Stanford New York Jets
164 Eric Williams DB North Carolina State Pittsburgh Steelers
165 Larry Kinnebrew RB Tennessee State Cincinnati Bengals
166 Bob Winckler Wisconsin Washington Redskins
167 Reggie Roby P Iowa Miami Dolphins
168 Babe Laufenberg QB Indiana Washington Redskins
Round 7
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
169 Alvin Moore RB Arizona State Baltimore Colts
170 Herkie Walls WR Texas Houston Oilers
171 Jeff Simmons WR USC Los Angeles Rams
172 Myron Dupree DB North Carolina Central Denver Broncos
173 Ken Thomas RB San Jose State Kansas City Chiefs
174 Anthony Edgar Hawaii Philadelphia Eagles
175 Gary Moten LB Southern Methodist San Francisco 49ers
176 Rocky Belk WR Miami (Fla.) Cleveland Browns
177 Sam Merriman LB Idaho Seattle Seahawks
178 Perry Williams DB North Carolina State New York Giants
179 Daryl Posey Mississippi College Kansas City Chiefs
180 Gurnest Brown Maryland Buffalo Bills
181 Mike Black P Arizona State Detroit Lions
182 Jon Schultheis Princeton Philadelphia Eagles
183 Jeff Turk Boise State Atlanta Falcons
184 Carlos Scott OL Texas-El Paso St. Louis Cardinals
185 Weldon Ledbetter Oklahoma Tampa Bay Buccaneers
186 Carl Lee DB Marshall Minnesota Vikings
187 Craig James RB Southern Methodist New England Patriots
188 Jessie Clark RB Louisiana Tech Green Bay Packers
189 Chris Schultz OL Arizona Dallas Cowboys
190 Darrin Newbold Missouri State New York Jets
191 Mark Kirchner OL Baylor Pittsburgh Steelers
192 Bill Elko DL Louisiana State San Diego Chargers
193 James Griffin DB Middle Tennessee State Cincinnati Bengals
194 Jeff McCall Clemson Los Angeles Raiders
195 Keith Woetzel Rutgers Miami Dolphins
196 Kelvin Bryant RB North Carolina Washington Redskins
Round 8
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
197 Gary Kubiak QB Texas A&M Denver Broncos
198 Robert Thompson LB Michigan Houston Oilers
199 Henry Odom RB South Carolina State Pittsburgh Steelers
200 Troy West DB USC Los Angeles Rams
201 Rich Kraynak LB Pittsburgh Philadelphia Eagles
202 Earnest Jackson RB Texas A&M San Diego Chargers
203 Richard Dent DL Tennessee State Chicago Bears
204 Irv Eatman OL UCLA Kansas City Chiefs
205 Andy Headen LB Clemson New York Giants
206 David Greenwood DB Wisconsin New Orleans Saints
207 James Durham Houston Buffalo Bills
208 Bill Stapleton Washington Detroit Lions
209 Mike McClearn Temple Cleveland Browns
210 Matt Hernandez OL Purdue Seattle Seahawks
211 Bob Harris DB Auburn St. Louis Cardinals
212 John Samuelson Azusa Pacific Tampa Bay Buccaneers
213 Norris Brown TE Georgia Minnesota Vikings
214 Ronnie Lippett DB Miami (Fla.) New England Patriots
215 John Rade LB Boise State Atlanta Falcons
216 Carlton Briscoe McNeese State Green Bay Packers
217 Davlin Mullen DB Western Kentucky New York Jets
218 Craig Dunaway TE Michigan Pittsburgh Steelers
219 Mark Bortz OL Iowa Chicago Bears
220 Lawrence Ricks RB Michigan Dallas Cowboys
221 Mike Martin WR Illinois Cincinnati Bengals
222 Mike Dotterer Stanford Los Angeles Raiders
223 Mark Clayton WR Louisville Miami Dolphins
224 Todd Hallstrom Minnesota Washington Redskins
Round 9
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
225 Jim Mills OL Hawaii Baltimore Colts
226 Kevin Potter DB Missouri Houston Oilers
227 Jack Belcher Boston College Los Angeles Rams
228 Brian Hawkins San Jose State Denver Broncos
229 Mike Mularkey TE Florida San Francisco 49ers
230 Rob Fada OL Pittsburgh Chicago Bears
231 Adam Lingner OL Illinois Kansas City Chiefs
232 Rich Pelzer Rhode Island Philadelphia Eagles
233 Ricky Williams RB Langston New England Patriots
234 George Parker Norfolk State Buffalo Bills
235 Mark Zavagnin Notre Dame Chicago Bears
236 Bob Clasby DL Notre Dame Seattle Seahawks
237 Ali Haji-Sheikh K Michigan New York Giants
238 Hasson Arbubakrr DL Texas Tech Tampa Bay Buccaneers
239 Rod Achter Toledo Minnesota Vikings
240 Mark Keel TE Arizona New England Patriots
241 Chris Rose Stanford Baltimore Colts
242 Otis Brown Jackson State St. Louis Cardinals
243 Robin Ham West Texas A&M Green Bay Packers
244 Blake Wingle OL UCLA Pittsburgh Steelers
245 Mike Green LB Oklahoma State San Diego Chargers
246 Al Gross DB Arizona Dallas Cowboys
247 Bobby Humphery DB New Mexico State New York Jets
248 Stanley Wilson RB Oklahoma Cincinnati Bengals
249 Kent Jordan St. Mary's (CA) Los Angeles Raiders
250 Mark Brown LB Purdue Miami Dolphins
251 Marcus Gilbert Texas Christian Washington Redskins
252 Ronald Hopkins Murray State Baltimore Colts
255 Melvin Brown Mississippi Minnesota Vikings
Round 10
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
253 Byron Williams WR Texas-Arlington Green Bay Packers
254 Walt Bowyer DL Arizona State Denver Broncos
256 Anthony Hutchison RB Texas Tech Chicago Bears
257 Mark Shumate Wisconsin Kansas City Chiefs
258 Thomas Strauthers DL Jackson State Philadelphia Eagles
259 Jeff Merrell Nebraska San Francisco 49ers
260 Richard Tharpe DL Louisville Buffalo Bills
261 Dave Laube Penn State Detroit Lions
262 Thomas Hopkins OL Alabama A&M Cleveland Browns
263 Pete Speros Penn State Seattle Seahawks
264 James Williams Wyoming New England Patriots
265 Toby Williams DL Nebraska New England Patriots
266 Walter Tate Tennessee State Minnesota Vikings
267 Tom Ramsey QB UCLA New England Patriots
268 Ralph Giacomarro P Penn State Atlanta Falcons
269 Tim Lucas LB California St. Louis Cardinals
270 Darius Durham WR San Diego Tampa Bay Buccaneers
271 Jimmy Thomas Indiana Green Bay Packers
272 Bruce Mathison QB Nebraska San Diego Chargers
273 Eric Moran OL Washington Dallas Cowboys
274 Dan Fike OL Florida New York Jets
275 Roosevelt Straughter Louisiana-Monroe Pittsburgh Steelers
276 Tim Krumrie DL Wisconsin Cincinnati Bengals
277 Mervyn Fernandez WR San Jose State Los Angeles Raiders
278 Anthony Reed South Carolina State Miami Dolphins
279 Geff Gandy Baylor Washington Redskins
Round 11
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
280 Jim Bob Taylor QB Georgia Tech Baltimore Colts
281 Lee Jenkins Tennessee New York Giants
282 Danny Triplett Clemson Los Angeles Rams
283 Don Bailey OL Miami (Fla.) Denver Broncos
284 Dwayne Jackson South Carolina State Kansas City Chiefs
285 Steve Sebahar Washington State Philadelphia Eagles
286 Gary Worthy Wilmington Chicago Bears
287 Ben Tate North Carolina Central Detroit Lions
288 Boyce Green RB Carson-Newman Cleveland Browns
289 Jesse Sapolu OL Hawaii San Francisco 49ers
290 Bob Mayberry Clemson Seattle Seahawks
291 Clenzie Pierson Rice New York Giants
292 Steve Parker Abilene Christian New England Patriots
293 Larry White Jackson State Buffalo Bills
294 Calvin Eason Houston New England Patriots
295 John Salley Wyoming Atlanta Falcons
296 Aaron Williams Washington St. Louis Cardinals
297 Mark Witte TE North Texas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
298 Brian Butcher Clemson Minnesota Vikings
299 Bucky Scribner P Kansas Green Bay Packers
300 Dan Taylor Idaho State Dallas Cowboys
301 Mike Harmon WR Mississippi New York Jets
302 Mark Raugh West Virginia Pittsburgh Steelers
303 Tim Kearse WR San Jose State San Diego Chargers
304 Gary Williams WR Ohio State Cincinnati Bengals
305 Howard McAdoo Michigan State Cleveland Browns
306 Joe Lukens Ohio State Miami Dolphins
307 Tim Spencer RB Ohio State San Diego Chargers
Round 12
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
308 Carl Williams Texas Southern Baltimore Colts
309 Robbie Jones LB Alabama New York Giants
310 Karl Mecklenburg DL Minnesota Denver Broncos
311 Clete Casper Washington State Los Angeles Rams
312 David Mangrum Baylor Philadelphia Eagles
313 Oliver Williams WR Illinois Chicago Bears
314 Billy Blaylock Tennessee Tech San Diego Chargers
315 Ken Jones Tennessee Kansas City Chiefs
316 Paul Farren OL Boston U. Cleveland Browns
317 Don Dow Washington Seattle Seahawks
318 Frank Magwood Clemson New York Giants
319 Waddell Kelly Arkansas State New England Patriots
320 Julius Dawkins WR Pittsburgh Buffalo Bills
321 Jim Lane Idaho State Detroit Lions
322 Allama Matthews RB Vanderbilt Atlanta Falcons
323 James Lane Alabama State St. Louis Cardinals
324 John Higginbotham Northeastern State (Okla.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
325 Maurice Turner RB Utah State Minnesota Vikings
326 Andy Ekern OL Missouri New England Patriots
327 John Harvey USC Green Bay Packers
328 Stu Crum Tulsa New York Jets
329 Chuck Ehin LB Brigham Young San Diego Chargers
330 Roger Wiley Sam Houston State Pittsburgh Steelers
331 Lorenzo Bouier Maine Dallas Cowboys
332 Andre Young Bowling Green State Cincinnati Bengals
333 Scott Lindquist Northern Arizona Los Angeles Raiders
334 Anthony Carter WR Michigan Miami Dolphins
335 John Tuggle RB California New York Giants

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