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1971 Draft

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 Redskins after the 1983 season.

Theismann and Pastorini were both drafted by baseball teams. The Minnesota Twins took Theismann while the '67 Mets drafted Pastorini as shortstop!

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.

# Team Player Pos School
1 New England Patriots Jim Plunkett QB Stanford
2 New Orleans Saints Archie Manning QB Mississippi
3 Houston Oilers Dan Pastorini QB Santa Clara
4 Buffalo Bills J.D. Hill WR Arizona State
5 Philadelphia Eagles Richard Harris DE Grambling
6 New York Jets John Riggins RB Kansas
7 Atlanta Falcons Joe Profit RB N.E. Louisiana
8 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Lewis WR Grambling
9 Green Bay Packers1 John Brockington RB Ohio State
10 Los Angeles Rams2 Isiah Robertson LB Southern
11 Chicago Bears Joe Moore RB Missouri
12 Denver Broncos3 Marv Montgomery OL U Southern Cal
13 San Diego Chargers Leon Burns RB Long Beach State
14 Cleveland Browns Clarence Scott CB Kansas State
15 Cincinnati Bengals Vernon Holland OL Tennessee State
16 Kansas City Chiefs Elmo Wright WR Houston
17 St. Louis Cardinals Norm Thompson CB Utah
18 New York Giants Rocky Thompson WR West Texas State
19 Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum DB Ohio State
20 Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood DE Florida
21 Detroit Lions Bob Bell DT Cincinnati
22 Baltimore Colts4 Don McCauley RB North Carolina
23 San Francisco 49ers Tim Anderson CB Ohio State
24 Minnesota Vikings Leo Hayden RB Ohio State
25 Dallas Cowboys Tody Smith DE U Southern Cal
26 Baltimore Colts Leonard Dunlap DB North Texas State

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 game.

 

 

1971 DRAFT

Held: January 28-29, 1971


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