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1976 Draft

By Patrick Mondout

The expansion teams received the first two picks in the '76 draft and a coin flip determined the order. The Buccaneers won the toss and elected to receive future Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon. The Seahawks lost and settled for Notre Dame bust Steve Niehaus who consistently underperformed until being shipped to the Vikings for 15 year veteran Carl Eller (who finished his Hall of Fame career with the '79 Seahawks) and an 8th round pick in 1980.

The Seahawks ended up with their own Hall of Famer when Houston 4th round pick Steve Largent proved to be too small and too slow for the Oilers after four preseason games and was dealt for an eighth round pick! The Oilers already had established wideouts in Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and Ken Burrough, but who were the other remarkable receivers who bumped Largent off the squad? Gary Garrison, who caught 1 pass in this, his last season in the NFL, and Eddie Foster and Warren Anderson who combined for 16 catches - in their short careers (all by Eddie Foster).

The other Hall enshrinee of the 1976 draft was Sun Devil's cornerback Mike Haynes, taken by the Pats with the number 5 pick overall.

Below is the first round of the 1976 NFL draft. We also have the entire 17 round draft.

# Team Player Pos School
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon DE Oklahoma
2 Seattle Seahawks Steve Niehaus DT Notre Dame
3 New Orleans Saints Chuck Muncie RB California
4 San Diego Chargers Joe Washington RB Oklahoma
5 New England Patriots Mike Haynes CB Arizona State
6 New York Jets Richard Todd QB Alabama
7 Cleveland Browns Mike Pruitt RB Purdue
8 Chicago Bears1 Dennis Lick OL Wisconsin
9 Atlanta Falcons Bubba Bean RB Texas A&M
10 Detroit Lions2 James Hunter DB Grambling
11 Cincinnati Bengals3 Billy Brooks WR Oklahoma
12 New England Patriots4 Pete Brock C Colorado
13 New York Giants Troy Archer DE Colorado
14 Kansas City Chiefs Rod Walters OL Iowa
15 Denver Broncos Tom Glassic OL Virginia
16 Detroit Lions Lawrence Gaines RB Wyoming
17 Miami Dolphins5 Larry Gordon LB Arizona State
18 Buffalo Bills Mario Clark DB Oregon
19 Miami Dolphins Kim Bokamper DE San Jose State
20 Baltimore Colts Ken Novak DT Purdue
21 New England Patriots6 Tim Fox DB Ohio State
22 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Dawson DT Arizona
23 Green Bay Packers7 Mark Koncar OL California
24 Cincinnati Bengals Archie Griffin RB Ohio State
25 Minnesota Vikings James White DT Oklahoma State
26 Los Angeles Rams Kevin McLain LB Colorado State
27 Dallas Cowboys Aaron Kyle DB Wyoming
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Bennie Cunningham TE Clemson

1 - Acquired from Green Bay Packers thru Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions
2 - Acquired from Chicago Bears
3 - Acquired from Philadelphia Eagles
4 - Acquired from San Francisco 49ers
5 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
6 - Acquired from Houston Oilers thru San Francisco 49ers
7 - Acquired from Oakland Raiders


1976 DRAFT

Held: April 8-9, 1976

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