By Patrick Mondout
The 1971 draft was known as the "Year of the Quarterback"
with the first three selections being successful QBs plus future Pro
Bowler Ken Anderson going to the Bengals in the third round and Heisman
Trophy runnerup Joe Theismann going to the Dolphins in the fourth round.
These QBs played for six Super Bowl teams* with Plunkett winning a pair
and Theismann winning one.
Ironically, it was an injury to Raiders starting quarterback Dan
Pastorini, the 3rd pick overall behind Manning and Plunkett, that allowed
the latter to resurrect his career and win his first Super
Bowl XV. His second Super Bowl came in a 38-9 romp over Theismann's
the 1983 season.
Theismann and Pastorini were both drafted by baseball teams. The
Minnesota Twins took Theismann while the '67 Mets drafted Pastorini as
Four draftees eventually became inductees in Canton. They are John
Riggins (#6 overall), Jack Youngblood (#20 overall), Jack Ham (#34 overall
in the 2nd round), and Dan Dierdorf (#43 overall in the 2nd round).
Below is the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. We also have the
entire 17 round draft.
1 - Acquired from Denver Broncos
2 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
3 - Acquired from Green Bay Packers
4 - Acquired from Miami Dolphins (Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the
pick to Baltimore for compensation in losing coach Don Shula to Miami)
* We are counting both Pastorini and
Plunkett from the 1980 Raiders even though only Plunkett played in the big