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1977 Draft

By Patrick Mondout

John McKay left USC following the 1975 season to take the head coaching job with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the first pick of the 1977 draft, the McKay took his former USC running back Ricky Bell and passed on 1976 Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett. Bell had one good season - the remarkable 1979 year for the Bucs - before injuries and a medical condition ended his career in 1982. Tragically, Ricky Bell died of a heart ailment in 1984.

With the Bucs set to take Ricky Bell, Dorsett knew he'd be heading to Seattle who owned the number 2 pick overall. Cowboys General Manager Tex Schramm was always happy to move up to take a future Hall of Famer and offered a first round pick (which Dallas had acquired from San Diego) and three second rounders. The Seahawks, a second year team in need of lots of players, readily accepted. They parlayed their draft bundle into G Steve August (#14 round 1), T Tom Lynch and LB Terry Beeson plus C Geoff Reece, WR Duke Ferguson, and LB Cronan. The last three came after the 'Hawks traded the third second rounder for more players.

Five of those six played a combined 24 years for Seattle, but none were stars. While it is true they helped the expansion Seahawks reach the playoffs in 1979, Dallas clearly came out on top in this deal.

Dorsett is the only player inducted in the Hall from this class though San Francisco's 11th round pick - a tight end from BYU who never played a down in the NFL, still has a shot. He won a Super Bowl in 2000 as head coach of the Ravens. As you might have guessed, the mystery draft choice is Brian Billick. He'll have to win a few more titles, but he has a shot.

Below is the first round of the 1977 NFL draft. We also have the entire 12 round draft.

# Team Player Pos School
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ricky Bell RB U Southern Cal
2 Dallas Cowboys1 Tony Dorsett RB Pittsburgh
3 Cincinnati Bengals2 Eddie Edwards DE Miami
4 New York Jets Marvin Powell OL U Southern Cal
5 New York Giants Gary Jeter DT U Southern Cal
6 Atlanta Falcons Warren Bryant OL Kentucky
7 New Orleans Saints Joe Campbell DE Maryland
8 Cincinnati Bengals3 Wilson Whitley DT Houston
9 Green Bay Packers Mike Butler DE Kansas
10 Kansas City Chiefs Gary Green CB Butler
11 Houston Oilers Morris Towns OL Missouri
12 Buffalo Bills Phil Dokes DT Oklahoma State
13 Miami Dolphins A.J. Duhe DE LSU
14 Seattle Seahawks4 Steve August OL Tulsa
15 Chicago Bears Ted Albrecht OL California
16 New England Patriots5 Raymond Clayborn CB Texas
17 Cleveland Browns Robert Jackson LB Texas A&M
18 Denver Broncos Steve Schindler OL Boston College
19 St. Louis Cardinals6 Steve Pisarkiewicz QB Missouri
20 Atlanta Falcons7 Wilson Faumuina DT San Jose State
21 Pittsburgh Steelers Robin Cole LB New Mexico
22 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Cobb TE Michigan State
23 Los Angeles Rams Bob Brudzinski LB Ohio State
24 San Diego Chargers8 Bob Rush C Memphis State
25 New England Patriots Stanley Morgan WR Tennessee
26 Baltimore Colts Randy Burke WR Kentucky
27 Minnesota Vikings Tommy Kramer QB Rice
28 Green Bay Packers9 Ezra Johnson DE Morris Brown

1 - Acquired from Seattle Seahawks
2 - Acquired from Buffalo Bills
3 - Acquired from Philadelphia Eagles
4 - Acquired from San Diego thru Dallas
5 - Acquired from San Francisco 49ers
6 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
7 - Acquired from St. Louis Cardinals
8 - Acquired from Dallas Cowboys
9 - Acquired from Oakland Raiders


1977 DRAFT

Held: January 27-28, 1970

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