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