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1997 Draft

1997 NFL Draft & Order

The 1997 NFL Draft consisted of 7 rounds with a total of 240 players drafted. The top pick was Orlando Pace out of Ohio State drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Of the 30 players selected in the first round 14 played offense and 16 played defense. Florida state had the most players selected in the first round of the 1997 draft with 4. Some of the top drafted players were Jake Plummer (drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in Round 2), Corey Dillon (drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 2), Tiki Barber (drafted by the New York Giants in Round 2), Warrick Dunn (drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Round 1) and Antowain Smith (drafted by the Buffalo Bills in Round 1). View all of the players selected in the 1997 NFL Draft round by round.
1997 NFL Draft
Round 1
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
1 Orlando Pace OL Ohio State St. Louis Rams
2 Darrell Russell DL USC Oakland Raiders
3 Shawn Springs DB Ohio State Seattle Seahawks
4 Peter Boulware LB Florida State Baltimore Ravens
5 Bryant Westbrook DB Texas Detroit Lions
6 Walter Jones OL Florida State Seattle Seahawks
7 Ike Hilliard WR Florida New York Giants
8 James Farrior LB Virginia New York Jets
9 Tom Knight DB Iowa Arizona Cardinals
10 Chris Naeole OL Colorado New Orleans Saints
11 Michael Booker DB Nebraska Atlanta Falcons
12 Warrick Dunn RB Florida State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13 Tony Gonzalez TE California Kansas City Chiefs
14 Reinard Wilson DL Florida State Cincinnati Bengals
15 Yatil Green WR Miami (Fla.) Miami Dolphins
16 Reidel Anthony WR Florida Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17 Kenard Lang DL Miami (Fla.) Washington Redskins
18 Kenny Holmes DL Miami (Fla.) Tennessee Oilers
19 Tarik Glenn OL California Indianapolis Colts
20 Dwayne Rudd LB Alabama Minnesota Vikings
21 Renaldo Wynn DL Notre Dame Jacksonville Jaguars
22 David LaFleur TE Louisiana State Dallas Cowboys
23 Antowain Smith RB Houston Buffalo Bills
24 Chad Scott DB Maryland Pittsburgh Steelers
25 Jon Harris DL Virginia Philadelphia Eagles
26 Jim Druckenmiller QB Virginia Tech San Francisco 49ers
27 Rae Carruth WR Colorado Carolina Panthers
28 Trevor Pryce DL Clemson Denver Broncos
29 Chris Canty DB Kansas State New England Patriots
30 Ross Verba OL Iowa Green Bay Packers
Round 2
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
31 Rick Terry DL North Carolina New York Jets
32 Nathan Davis DL Indiana Atlanta Falcons
33 Rob Kelly DB Ohio State New Orleans Saints
34 Jamie Sharper LB Virginia Baltimore Ravens
35 Juan Roque OL Arizona State Detroit Lions
36 Tiki Barber RB Virginia New York Giants
37 Jerry Wunsch OL Wisconsin Tampa Bay Buccaneers
38 John Allred TE USC Chicago Bears
39 Jared Tomich DL Nebraska New Orleans Saints
40 Dexter McCleon DB Clemson St. Louis Rams
41 Byron Hanspard RB Texas Tech Atlanta Falcons
42 Jake Plummer QB Arizona State Arizona Cardinals
43 Corey Dillon RB Washington Cincinnati Bengals
44 Sam Madison DB Louisville Miami Dolphins
45 Freddie Jones TE North Carolina San Diego Chargers
46 Joey Kent WR Tennessee Tennessee Oilers
47 Kevin Lockett WR Kansas State Kansas City Chiefs
48 Adam Meadows OL Georgia Indianapolis Colts
49 Torrian Gray DB Virginia Tech Minnesota Vikings
50 Mike Logan DB West Virginia Jacksonville Jaguars
51 Greg Jones LB Colorado Washington Redskins
52 Marcellus Wiley DL Columbia Buffalo Bills
53 Will Blackwell WR San Diego State Pittsburgh Steelers
54 Kevin Abrams DB Syracuse Detroit Lions
55 Marc Edwards RB Notre Dame San Francisco 49ers
56 Mike Minter DB Nebraska Carolina Panthers
57 James Darling LB Washington State Philadelphia Eagles
58 Kim Herring DB Penn State Baltimore Ravens
59 Brandon Mitchell DL Texas A&M New England Patriots
60 Darren Sharper DB William & Mary Green Bay Packers
Round 3
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
61 Sedrick Shaw RB Iowa New England Patriots
62 Troy Davis RB Iowa State New Orleans Saints
63 Frank Middleton OL Arizona Tampa Bay Buccaneers
64 Jay Graham RB Tennessee Baltimore Ravens
65 Dexter Coakley LB Appalachian State Dallas Cowboys
66 Ronde Barber DB Virginia Tampa Bay Buccaneers
67 Dan Neil OL Texas Denver Broncos
68 Ryan Phillips LB Idaho New York Giants
69 Bob Sapp OL Washington Chicago Bears
70 O.J. Santiago TE Kent State Atlanta Falcons
71 Duce Staley RB South Carolina Philadelphia Eagles
72 Adam Treu OL Nebraska Oakland Raiders
73 Jason Taylor DL Akron Miami Dolphins
74 Michael Hamilton LB North Carolina A&T San Diego Chargers
75 Denard Walker DB Louisiana State Tennessee Oilers
76 Rod Payne OL Michigan Cincinnati Bengals
77 Greg Clark TE Stanford San Francisco 49ers
78 Stalin Colinet DL Boston College Minnesota Vikings
79 James Hamilton LB North Carolina Jacksonville Jaguars
80 Derek M. Smith LB Arizona State Washington Redskins
81 Scott Sanderson OL Washington State Tennessee Oilers
82 Paul Wiggins OL Oregon Pittsburgh Steelers
83 Steve Scifres OL Wyoming Dallas Cowboys
84 Ty Howard DB Ohio State Arizona Cardinals
85 Tim Kohn OL Iowa State Oakland Raiders
86 Bertrand Berry DL Notre Dame Indianapolis Colts
87 Kinnon Tatum LB Notre Dame Carolina Panthers
88 Dedric Ward WR Northern Iowa New York Jets
89 Chris Carter DB Texas New England Patriots
90 Brett Conway K Penn State Green Bay Packers
91 Mike Vrabel LB Ohio State Pittsburgh Steelers
92 Derrick Rodgers LB Arizona State Miami Dolphins
93 Ronnie Ward LB Kansas Miami Dolphins
94 Kenny Wheaton DB Oregon Dallas Cowboys
95 Brad Maynard P Ball State New York Giants
96 Brent Smith OL Mississippi State Miami Dolphins
Round 4
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
97 Damon Denson OL Michigan New England Patriots
98 Derrick Mason WR Michigan State Tennessee Oilers
99 Danny Wuerffel QB Florida New Orleans Saints
100 Henri Crockett LB Florida State Atlanta Falcons
101 Antonio Anderson DL Syracuse Dallas Cowboys
102 Terry Day DL Mississippi State New York Jets
103 Pete Monty LB Wisconsin New York Giants
104 Leon Johnson RB North Carolina New York Jets
105 Darnell Autry RB Northwestern Chicago Bears
106 Chris Dishman OL Nebraska Arizona Cardinals
107 Pratt Lyons DL Troy State Tennessee Oilers
108 Marcus Robinson WR South Carolina Chicago Bears
109 Raleigh Roundtree OL South Carolina State San Diego Chargers
110 Pat Barnes QB California Kansas City Chiefs
111 Tremain Mack DB Miami (Fla.) Cincinnati Bengals
112 Ryan Tucker OL Texas Christian St. Louis Rams
113 Antonio Banks DB Virginia Tech Minnesota Vikings
114 Seth Payne DL Cornell Jacksonville Jaguars
115 Albert Connell WR Texas A&M Washington Redskins
116 Keith Poole WR Arizona State New Orleans Saints
117 Monty Montgomery DB Houston Indianapolis Colts
118 Tyrus McCloud LB Louisville Baltimore Ravens
119 Damien Robinson DB Iowa Philadelphia Eagles
120 Jamie Nails OL Florida A&M Buffalo Bills
121 Jerome Daniels OL Northeastern Miami Dolphins
122 Tarek Saleh RB Wisconsin Carolina Panthers
123 Chad Levitt RB Cornell Oakland Raiders
124 Cory Gilliard DB Ball State Denver Broncos
125 Ed Ellis OL Buffalo New England Patriots
126 Jermaine Smith DL Georgia Green Bay Packers
127 Macey Brooks WR James Madison Dallas Cowboys
128 Alshermond Singleton LB Temple Tampa Bay Buccaneers
129 Nicky Sualua RB Ohio State Dallas Cowboys
130 Matt Russell LB Colorado Detroit Lions
Round 5
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
131 Lamont Burns OL East Carolina New York Jets
132 Jamel Williams DB Nebraska Washington Redskins
133 Marcus Wimberly DB Miami (Fla.) Atlanta Falcons
134 Jeff Mitchell OL Florida Baltimore Ravens
135 Pete Chryplewicz TE Notre Dame Detroit Lions
136 Sam Garnes DB Cincinnati New York Giants
137 Patrick Hape RB Alabama Tampa Bay Buccaneers
138 Kenny Bynum RB South Carolina State San Diego Chargers
139 Chad Carpenter WR Washington State Arizona Cardinals
140 Keith Thibodeaux DB Northwestern State-Louisiana Washington Redskins
141 Van Hiles DB Kentucky Chicago Bears
142 Eric Stokes DB Nebraska Seattle Seahawks
143 George McCullough DB Baylor Tennessee Oilers
144 Andre Purvis DL North Carolina Cincinnati Bengals
145 Ray Austin DB Tennessee New York Jets
146 Paul Bradford DB Portland State San Diego Chargers
147 Damon Jones TE Southern Illinois Jacksonville Jaguars
148 Twan Russell LB Miami (Fla.) Washington Redskins
149 Barron Tanner DL Oklahoma Miami Dolphins
150 Nate Jacquet WR San Diego State Indianapolis Colts
151 Tony Williams DL Memphis Minnesota Vikings
152 N. D. Kalu DL Rice Philadelphia Eagles
153 Sean Woodson DB Jackson State Buffalo Bills
154 George Jones RB San Diego State Pittsburgh Steelers
155 Luther Broughton TE Furman Philadelphia Eagles
156 Carl Powell DL Louisville Indianapolis Colts
157 Nicholas Lopez Texas Southern Miami Dolphins
158 Taje Allen DB Texas St. Louis Rams
159 Vernon Crawford LB Florida State New England Patriots
160 Anthony Hicks LB Arkansas Green Bay Packers
161 Duane Ashman Virginia Detroit Lions
162 Brad Badger OL Stanford Washington Redskins
Round 6
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
163 June Henley RB Kansas Kansas City Chiefs
164 Tim Scharf Northwestern New York Jets
165 Nicky Savoie TE Louisiana State New Orleans Saints
166 John Fiala LB Washington Miami Dolphins
167 Steve Lee Indiana Baltimore Ravens
168 Tony Ramirez OL Northern Colorado Detroit Lions
169 Al Harris DB Texas A&M - Kingsville Tampa Bay Buccaneers
170 Brian Manning WR Stanford Miami Dolphins
171 Mike Cherry QB Murray State New York Giants
172 Calvin Branch DB Colorado State Oakland Raiders
173 Mike Crawford LB Nevada-Las Vegas Miami Dolphins
174 Itula Mili TE Brigham Young Seattle Seahawks
175 Rod Brown North Carolina State Arizona Cardinals
176 Canute Curtis LB West Virginia Cincinnati Bengals
177 Ed Perry OL James Madison Miami Dolphins
178 Dan Palmer OL Air Force San Diego Chargers
179 Muadianvita Kazadi LB Tulsa St. Louis Rams
180 Calvin Collins OL Texas A&M Atlanta Falcons
181 Dennis Stallings LB Illinois Tennessee Oilers
182 Scott Von der Ahe LB Arizona State Indianapolis Colts
183 Robert Tate DB Cincinnati Minnesota Vikings
184 Daimon Shelton RB Sacramento State Jacksonville Jaguars
185 T. Marcus Spriggs OL Houston Buffalo Bills
186 Daryl Porter DB Boston College Pittsburgh Steelers
187 Lee Vaughn DB Wyoming Dallas Cowboys
188 Tony McCombs LB Eastern Kentucky Arizona Cardinals
189 Matt Finkes LB Ohio State Carolina Panthers
190 Antwuan Wyatt WR Bethune-Cookman Philadelphia Eagles
191 Chuck Clements QB Houston New York Jets
192 Tony Gaiter WR Miami (Fla.) New England Patriots
193 Grady Jackson DL Knoxville Oakland Raiders
194 Cornell Brown LB Virginia Tech Baltimore Ravens
195 Isaac Byrd WR Kansas Kansas City Chiefs
196 Shawn Swayda DL Arizona State Chicago Bears
197 Nigea Carter Michigan State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
198 Ed Jasper DL Texas A&M Philadelphia Eagles
199 Rod Manuel DL Oklahoma Pittsburgh Steelers
200 Richard Hogans LB Memphis Chicago Bears
201 Ricky Parker DB San Diego State Chicago Bears
Round 7
Selection Player Position CollegeDrafted By
202 Steve Rosga DB Colorado New York Jets
203 Hudhaifa Ismaeli Northwestern Miami Dolphins
204 Tony Graziani QB Oregon Atlanta Falcons
205 Chris Ward DL Kentucky Baltimore Ravens
206 Terry Battle RB Arizona State Detroit Lions
207 Koy Detmer QB Colorado Philadelphia Eagles
208 Matt Keneley DL USC New York Giants
209 Anthony DeGrate Stephen F. Austin St. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
210 Mike Miano Missouri State Chicago Bears
211 Carlos Jones Miami (Fla.) Seattle Seahawks
212 Mark Smith DL Auburn Arizona Cardinals
213 Chris Miller USC Green Bay Packers
214 Nathan Parks OL Stanford Kansas City Chiefs
215 Cedric White North Carolina A&T St. Louis Rams
216 Armon Williams DB Arizona Tennessee Oilers
217 William Carr Michigan Cincinnati Bengals
218 Toran James LB North Carolina A&T San Diego Chargers
219 Clarence Thompson Knoxville Indianapolis Colts
220 Artie Ulmer LB Valdosta State Minnesota Vikings
221 Jon Hesse LB Nebraska Jacksonville Jaguars
222 Chris Bayne DB Fresno State Atlanta Falcons
223 Mike Adams WR Texas Pittsburgh Steelers
224 Omar Stoutmire DB Fresno State Dallas Cowboys
225 Byron Capers Florida State Philadelphia Eagles
226 Pat Fitzgerald Texas Buffalo Bills
227 DeAuntae Brown DB Central State (Ohio) Philadelphia Eagles
228 Kris Mangum TE Mississippi Carolina Panthers
229 Jason Ferguson DL Georgia New York Jets
230 Scott Rehberg OL Central Michigan New England Patriots
231 Jerald Sowell RB Tulane Green Bay Packers
232 Marcus Harris Wyoming Detroit Lions
233 Marvin Thomas DL Memphis Chicago Bears
234 Wally Richardson QB Penn State Baltimore Ravens
235 Matt Hatchette WR Langston Minnesota Vikings
236 Ralph Staten DB Alabama Baltimore Ravens
237 Tony Corbin Sacramento State San Diego Chargers
238 Leland Taylor DL Louisville Baltimore Ravens
239 Richard Jordan LB Missouri Southern State Detroit Lions
240 Ronnie McAda Army Green Bay Packers

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