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1936 NFL draft

1936 NFL draft
General information
Date(s) February 8, 1936
Location Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Network(s) (US) no television coverage
First selection Jay Berwanger, HB
Philadelphia Eagles
Last selection Phil Flanagan, G
New York Giants
Overall selections 81
NFL draft
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The 1936 National Football League draft was the first draft of the National Football League. It took place on February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1] and has taken place every year since. The draft was instituted in an effort to equalize strength amongst the league's teams. The last place team from the previous season would get the first selection, and the process would continue in reverse order of the standings. Under this structure the Philadelphia Eagles, who finished 1935 at 2–9, would select first.[2]

This was the only draft to have nine rounds; the number increased to ten for the Riley Smith, the second pick, was the first player drafted to play in the NFL.

Breakdown of players selected

The following is the breakdown of the 81 players selected:

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Philadelphia Eagles Jay Berwanger[4] Halfback Chicago
2 Boston Redskins Riley Smith Blocking Back Alabama
3 Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Shakespeare Back Notre Dame
4 Brooklyn Dodgers Dick Crayne Fullback Iowa
5 Chicago Cardinals Jim Lawrence Wide Back Texas Christian
6 Chicago Bears Joe Stydahar Tackle West Virginia
7 Green Bay Packers Russ Letlow Guard San Francisco
8 Detroit Lions Sid Wagner Guard Michigan State
9 New York Giants Art "Pappy" Lewis Tackle Ohio

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
10 Philadelphia Eagles John McCauley Back Rice
11 Boston Redskins Keith Topping End Stanford
12 Pittsburgh Pirates Len Barnum Quarterback West Virginia Wesleyan
13 Brooklyn Dodgers Vernal "Babe" LeVoir Back Minnesota
14 Chicago Bears Ed Michaels Guard Villanova
15 Chicago Cardinals Gomer Jones Center Ohio State
16 Green Bay Packers J.W. Wheeler Tackle Oklahoma
17 Detroit Lions Chuck Cheshire Back UCLA
18 New York Giants Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans Fullback George Washington

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
19 Philadelphia Eagles Wes Muller Center Stanford
20 Boston Redskins Ed Smith Fullback NYU
21 Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Grayson Back Stanford
22 Brooklyn Dodgers Wagner Jorgensen Center St. Mary's (CA)
23 Chicago Cardinals Eddie Erdelatz End St. Mary's (CA)
24 Chicago Bears George Roscoe Back Minnesota
25 Green Bay Packers Bernie Scherer Offensive End Nebraska
26 Detroit Lions Andy Pilney Back Notre Dame
27 New York Giants Frank "Butch" Loebs End Purdue

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
28 Philadelphia Eagles Bill Wallace Back Rice
29 Boston Redskins Paul Tangora Guard Northwestern
30 Pittsburgh Pirates Truman Spain Tackle Southern Methodist
31 Brooklyn Dodgers Paul "Bear" Bryant End Alabama
32 Chicago Bears Bob Allman Offensive End Michigan State
33 Chicago Cardinals Ed Brett Offensive End Washington State
34 Green Bay Packers Theron Ward Back Idaho
35 Detroit Lions Sheldon Beise Back Minnesota
36 New York Giants Gene Rose Offensive End Tennessee

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
37 Philadelphia Eagles Harry Shuford Back Southern Methodist
38 Boston Redskins Wilson Groseclose Tackle Texas Christian
39 Pittsburgh Pirates Wayne Sandefur Fullback Purdue
40 Brooklyn Dodgers Bob Wilson Tailback Southern Methodist
41 Chicago Cardinals Stan Riordan End Oregon
42 Chicago Bears Vern Oech Guard Minnesota
43 Green Bay Packers Darrell Lester Center Texas Christian
44 Detroit Lions Kavanaugh Francis Center Alabama
45 New York Giants Ed Jontos Guard Syracuse

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
46 Philadelphia Eagles Al Barabas Back Columbia
47 Boston Redskins Larry Lutz Tackle California
48 Pittsburgh Pirates Maurice Orr Tackle Southern Methodist
49 Brooklyn Dodgers Joe Maniaci Fullback Fordham
50 Chicago Bears Ted Christofferson Back Washington State
51 Chicago Cardinals Ettore Antonini End Indiana
52 Green Bay Packers Bob Reynolds Tackle Stanford
53 Detroit Lions Abe Mickal Back Louisiana State
54 New York Giants Gus Durner Tackle Duke

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
55 Philadelphia Eagles Jac Weller Guard Princeton
56 Boston Redskins Don Irwin Fullback Colgate
57 Pittsburgh Pirates Marty Peters End Notre Dame
58 Brooklyn Dodgers Herb Schreiber Back St. Mary's (CA)
59 Chicago Cardinals Tack Dennis Back Tulsa
60 Chicago Bears Dick Smith Tackle Minnesota
61 Green Bay Packers Wally Fromhart Back Notre Dame
62 Detroit Lions Charles Wasicek Tackle Colgate
63 New York Giants Bob Peeples Tackle Marquette

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
64 Philadelphia Eagles Pepper Constable Back Princeton
65 Boston Redskins Wayne Millner Offensive End Notre Dame
66 Pittsburgh Pirates Ed Karpowich Tackle Catholic University
67 Brooklyn Dodgers Bob "Bones" Hamilton Back Stanford
68 Chicago Bears John Sylvester End Rice
69 Chicago Cardinals Ross Carter Guard Oregon
70 Green Bay Packers Wally Cruice Back Northwestern
71 Detroit Lions Dale Rennebohm Center Minnesota
72 New York Giants Dick Heekin Back Ohio State

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
73 Philadelphia Eagles Paul Pauk Back Princeton
74 Boston Redskins Marcel Saunders Guard Loyola (CA)
75 Pittsburgh Pirates Joe Meglen Back Georgetown
76 Brooklyn Dodgers Jim "Monk" Moscrip Offensive End Stanford
77 Chicago Cardinals Niels Larsen Tackle Stanford
78 Chicago Bears Dan Fortmann Guard Colgate
79 Green Bay Packers J. C. Wetsel Guard Southern Methodist
80 Detroit Lions Bob "Choo-Choo" Train End Yale
81 [5] New York Giants Phil Flanagan Guard Holy Cross
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

  • Dan Fortmann, guard from Colgate taken 9th round 78th overall by the Chicago Bears.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1965.[6]
  • Joe Stydahar, tackle from West Virginia taken 1st round 6th overall by the Chicago Bears.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1967.[6]
  • Wayne Millner, end from Notre Dame taken 8th round 65th overall by the Boston Redskins.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[6]
  • Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, back from George Washington University taken 2nd Round 18th overall by the New York Giants.
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1978.[7]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [8]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Chicago Bears Nolting, RayRay Nolting  RB Cincinnati Buckeye
Philadelphia Eagles Smukler, DavidDavid Smukler  FB Temple Ind.


  1. ^ "History: 1936 Draft".  
  2. ^ a b "Chicago Bears Granted Option on Jay Berwanger".  
  3. ^ "Outstanding Pro Linemen Coming Here With Eagles".  
  4. ^ Jay Berwanger, first winner of the  
  5. ^ This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  6. ^ a b c "List of 1960s Hall of Fame Inductees".  
  7. ^ "List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductees".  
  8. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.

External links

  • NFL Website – 1936 Draft
  • databaseFootball Website – 1936 Draft
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
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