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1978 Draft

By Patrick Mondout

The Buccaneers once again qualified for the first pick in the draft but with Tampa having spent the first overall pick on RB Ricky Bell the previous year and with Earl Campbell clearly the best player on the board, the Bucs traded the pick to Houston for the #17 pick overall (which it used on Grambling QB Doug Williams), future four-time Pro Bowl TE Jimmie Giles, and a pair of second rounders which Tampa turned into G Brett Moritz, DE Reggie Lewis, and future USFL star QB Chuck Fusina.

Injuries prevented Campbell from playing for long, but he was amazing his first six years. He nearly became the second player to run for 2,000 yards in 1980 (he ran for 1,934 despite missing most of week three's game against Baltimore and all of week four's game against Cincinnati).

Cleveland managed to score Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome and USC linebacker Clay Matthews in the first round. Green Bay picked the other member of the Hall in Stanford WR James Lofton.

Below is the first round of the 1978 NFL draft. We also have the entire 12 round draft.

# Team Player Pos School
1 Houston Oilers1 Earl Campbell RB Texas
2 Kansas City Chiefs Art Still DE Kentucky
3 New Orleans Saints Wes Chandler WR Florida
4 New York Jets Chris Ward OL Ohio State
5 Buffalo Bills Terry Miller RB Oklahoma State
6 Green Bay Packers James Lofton WR Stanford
7 San Francisco 49ers Ken MacAfee TE Notre Dame
8 Cincinnati Bengals2 Ross Browner DE Notre Dame
9 Seattle Seahawks Keith Simpson DB Memphis State
10 New York Giants Gordon King OL Stanford
11 Detroit Lions Luther Bradley DB Notre Dame
12 Cleveland Browns Clay Matthews LB U Southern Cal
13 Atlanta Falcons Mike Kenn OL Michigan
14 San Diego Chargers John Jefferson WR Arizona State
15 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Little K Arkansas
16 Cincinnati Bengals Blair Bush C Washington
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers3 Doug Williams QB Grambling
18 New England Patriots Bob Cryder OL Alabama
19 St. Louis Cardinals4 Ken Greene DB Washington State
20 Los Angeles Rams5 Elvis Peacock RB Oklahoma
21 Minnesota Vikings Randy Holloway DE Pittsburgh
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Ron Johnson CB Eastern Michigan
23 Cleveland Browns6 Ozzie Newsome WR Alabama
24 San Francisco 49ers7 Dan Bunz LB Long Beach State
25 Baltimore Colts Reese McCall TE Auburn
26 Green Bay Packers8 John Anderson LB Michigan
27 Denver Broncos Don Latimer DT Miami
28 Dallas Cowboys Larry Bethea DE Michigan State

1 - Acquired from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2 - Acquired from Philadelphia Eagles
3 - Acquired from Houston Oilers
4 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
5 - Acquired from Chicago Bears thru Cleveland Browns
6 - Acquired from Los Angeles Rams
7 - Acquired from Miami Dolphins (as part of an April 17th trade which sent RB Delvin Williams from San Francisco 49ers in exchange for WR Freddie Solomon, S Vern Roberson and picks in the first and fifth rounds of 1978 draft)
8 - Acquired from Oakland Raiders


1978 DRAFT

Held: May 2-3, 1978

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