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1972 Draft

By Patrick Mondout

The Buffalo Bills needed help on the defensive side of the ball and picked Lombardi Award winner Walt Patulski from Notre Dame. He turned out to be one of the biggest busts of the Super70s. He played three unremarkable seasons with the Bills before Lou Saban shipped him to St. Louis for a 1976 second round pick (which was used on Iowa tackle Joe Devlin). After missing the 1976 season with a knee injury, Patulski played one more year before retiring.

Patulksi's line-mate at Notre Dame Mike Kadish was taken with the 25th pick of the first round by Miami - a team that was about to complete a perfect season (though they were so loaded that Kadish spent the season on the taxi squad). He actually contributed far more to the Bills than Patulski. The Dolphins sent him to Buffalo before the '73 season and by 1977, he was voted the team's defensive MVP.

Franco Harris is the only member of the 1972 draft class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Below is the first round of the 1972 NFL draft. We also have the entire 17 round draft.

 
# Team Player Pos School
1 Buffalo Bills Walt Patulski DE Notre Dame
2 Cincinnati Bengals Sherman White DE California
3 Chicago Bears1 Lionel Antoine OL Southern Illinois
4 St. Louis Cardinals Bobby Moore* WR Oregon
5 Denver Broncos Riley Odoms TE Houston
6 Houston Oilers Greg Sampson DE Stanford
7 Green Bay Packers Willie Buchanon CB San Diego State
8 New Orleans Saints Royce Smith OL Georgia
9 New York Jets Jerome Barkum WR Jackson State
10 Minnesota Vikings2 Jeff Siemon LB Stanford
11 Green Bay Packers3 Jerry Tagge QB Nebraska
12 Chicago Bears Craig Clemons DB Iowa
13 Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris RB Penn State
14 Philadelphia Eagles John Reaves QB Florida
15 Atlanta Falcons Clarence Ellis DB Notre Dame
16 Detroit Lions Herb Orvis DE Colorado
17 New York Giants4 Eldridge Small DB Texas A&I
18 Cleveland Browns Thom Darden DB Michigan
19 San Francisco 49ers Terry Beasley WR Auburn
20 New York Jets5 Mike Taylor LB Michigan
21 Oakland Raiders Mike Siani WR Villanova
22 Baltimore Colts Tom Drougas OL Oregon
23 Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Kinney RB Nebraska
24 New York Giants6 Larry Jacobson DE Nebraska
25 Miami Dolphins Mike Kadish DT Notre Dame
26 Dallas Cowboys Bill Thomas RB Boston College

1 - Acquired from New York Giants
2 - Acquired from New England Patriots
3 - Acquired from San Diego Chargers
4 - Acquired from L.A. Rams thru New England Patriots
5 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
6 - Acquired from Minnesota Vikings

*Changed name to Ahmad Rashad

 

 

1972 DRAFT

Held: February 1-2, 1972


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