1965 American Football League draft

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1965 AFL draft
General Information
Date(s) November 28, 1964
Overview
160 (regular draft) + 96 (red shirt draft)
total selections  in
20 (regular draft) + 12 (red shirt draft)
rounds
First selection Joe Namath, QB
New York Jets
Last selection John Henry, DT
Buffalo Bills
Most selections (23 (regular draft)) Kansas City Chiefs
Fewest selections (15 (regular draft)) Oakland Raiders
Hall of Famers 4

The 1965 American Football League draft took place on November 28, 1964. Held via telephone conference call, it remains the only draft in major professional football history to be held without a central location. The NFL draft was held the same day.[1]

Player selections[edit]

= AFL All-Star[2] = Hall of Famer

Round one[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
1 New York Jets Joe Namath Quarterback Alabama
2 Houston Oilers Larry Elkins Wide receiver Baylor
3 Oakland Raiders Harry Schuh Defensive tackle Memphis
4 New York Jets (from Denver Broncos) Tom Nowatzke Fullback Indiana
5 Kansas City Chiefs Gale Sayers Running back Kansas
6 San Diego Chargers Steve DeLong Defensive end Tennessee
7 Boston Patriots Jerry Rush Defensive tackle Michigan State
8 Buffalo Bills Jim Davidson Tackle Ohio State

Round two[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
9 Denver Broncos Dick Butkus Linebacker Illinois
10 Houston Oilers Malcolm Walker Center Rice
11 Oakland Raiders Fred Biletnikoff Wide receiver Florida State
12 New York Jets John Huarte Quarterback Notre Dame
13 Kansas City Chiefs Jack Chapple Linebacker Stanford
14 San Diego Chargers Roy Jefferson Linebacker Utah
15 Houston Oilers (from Boston Patriots) Ralph Neely Tackle Oklahoma
16 Kansas City Chiefs (from Buffalo Bills) Ronnie Caveness Linebacker Arkansas

Round three[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
17 Denver Broncos Glenn Ressler Offensive guard Penn State
18 Houston Oilers Ernie Koy Running back Texas
19 Oakland Raiders Bob Svihus Defensive tackle USC
20 New York Jets Verlon Biggs Defensive end Jackson State
21 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Curtis Linebacker Duke
22 San Diego Chargers Allen Brown Tight end Mississippi
23 Boston Patriots Jim Whalen Tackle Boston College
24 Buffalo Bills Al Atkinson Linebacker Villanova

Round four[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
25 Denver Broncos George Donnelly Defensive back Illinois
26 Houston Oilers Bobby Maples Center Baylor
27 Oakland Raiders Gus Otto Linebacker Missouri
28 New York Jets Bob Schweickert Quarterback Virginia Tech
29 Kansas City Chiefs Otis Taylor Linebacker Prairie View A&M
30 San Diego Chargers Steve Tensi Quarterback Florida State
31 Boston Patriots Ellis Johnson Halfback Southeastern Louisiana
32 Kansas City Chiefs (from Buffalo Bills) Frank Pitts Wide receiver Saginaw Valley State

Round five[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
33 Denver Broncos Bob Breitenstein Tackle Tulsa
34 Houston Oilers Frank Molden Defensive tackle Jackson State
35 Denver Broncos (from Oakland Raiders) Max Leetzow Defensive end Idaho
36 New York Jets Glenn Sasser Defensive end North Carolina State
37 Kansas City Chiefs Smith Reed Halfback Alcorn State
38 San Diego Chargers Rick Redman Linebacker Washington
39 Boston Patriots Corwyn Aldredge End Northwestern State
40 Buffalo Bills Dave Simmons Linebacker Georgia Tech

Round six[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
41 Denver Broncos Tom Wilhelm Tackle Syracuse
42 Houston Oilers Dennis Murphy Defensive tackle Florida
43 Houston Oilers (from Oakland Raiders) Russell Wayt Linebacker Rice
44 New York Jets Don Hoovler Linebacker Ohio
45 Kansas City Chiefs John Wilbur Offensive guard Stanford
46 San Diego Chargers Will Beasley Fullback North Carolina A&T
47 Boston Patriots Justin Canale Offensive guard Mississippi State
48 Buffalo Bills Lance Rentzel Wide receiver Oklahoma

Round seven[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
49 Denver Broncos Jim Garcia Defensive end Purdue
50 Kansas City Chiefs (from Houston Oilers) Gloster Richardson Wide receiver Jackson State
51 New York Jets (from Oakland Raiders) Archie Roberts Quarterback Columbia
52 New York Jets Jim Harris, Jr. Defensive tackle Utah State
53 Kansas City Chiefs Lou Bobich Defensive back Michigan State
54 San Diego Chargers Jack Snow Wide receiver Notre Dame
55 Boston Patriots Tom Neville Defensive tackle Mississippi State
56 Buffalo Bills Marty Schottenheimer Linebacker Pittsburgh

Round eight[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
57 Denver Broncos Jon Hohman Offensive guard Wisconsin
58 Houston Oilers Ray Ogden Tight end Alabama
59 Houston Oilers (from Oakland Raiders) Roy Hilton Defensive end Jackson State
60 New York Jets Rick McCurdy Defensive end Oklahoma
61 Kansas City Chiefs Danny Thomas Quarterback SMU
62 San Diego Chargers Clancy Williams Defensive back Washington State
63 Boston Patriots Fred Brown Defensive tackle Miami (FL)
64 Buffalo Bills Ray Rissmiller Offensive tackle Georgia

Round nine[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
65 Denver Broncos Gerry Bussell Defensive back Georgia Tech
66 Houston Oilers George Kinney Defensive end Wiley
67 Oakland Raiders Rich Zecher Defensive tackle Utah State
68 New York Jets Jimmy Sidle Running back Auburn
69 Kansas City Chiefs Joe Cerne Center Northwestern
70 San Diego Chargers Jerry Whelchel Quarterback Massachusetts
71 Boston Patriots Bob Malone Tackle Louisiana Tech
72 Buffalo Bills Al Nelson Defensive back Cincinnati

Round ten[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
73 Denver Broncos Gene Jeter Linebacker Texas Southern
74 Houston Oilers Maxie Williams Offensive guard Southeastern Louisiana
75 Oakland Raiders Craig Morton Quarterback California
76 New York Jets Frank Lambert Punter Mississippi
77 Kansas City Chiefs Bob Howard Defensive back Stanford
78 San Diego Chargers Gene Foster Running back Arizona State
79 Buffalo Bills (Boston Patriots) Chuck Mercein Running back Yale
80 Buffalo Bills Floyd Hudlow Defensive back Arizona

Round eleven[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
81 Denver Broncos Tom Vaughn Defensive back Iowa State
82 Houston Oilers Kent McCloughan Cornerback Nebraska
83 Oakland Raiders Bill Minor Linebacker Illinois
84 New York Jets Jim Gray Defensive back Toledo
85 Kansas City Chiefs Al Piraino Tackle Wisconsin
86 San Diego Chargers Veran Smith Guard Utah State
87 Boston Patriots John Frechette Tackle Boston College
88 Buffalo Bills Doug Goodwin Running back Maryland Eastern Shore

Round twelve[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
89 Denver Broncos Tom Myers Quarterback Northwestern
90 Houston Oilers Bob Reed Guard Tennessee State
91 Buffalo Bills (from Oakland Raiders) Chuck Hurston Defensive end Auburn
92 New York Jets John Berrington Linebacker Iowa State
93 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Cox Linebacker Iowa State
94 San Diego Chargers Jim Allison Running back San Diego State
95 Boston Patriots Jim Weatherly Defensive back Mississippi
96 Buffalo Bills Pete Mills Wide receiver Wichita State

Round thirteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
97 Denver Broncos Mike Strofolino Linebacker Villanova
98 Houston Oilers Bobby Felts Halfback Florida A&M
99 Oakland Raiders Wally Mahle Defensive back Syracuse
100 New York Jets Sonny Utz Fullback Virginia Tech
101 Kansas City Chiefs Bob Bonds Defensive back San Jose State
102 San Diego Chargers Bill Quigley Linebacker Villanova
103 Boston Patriots Charlie Green Quarterback Wittenberg
104 Buffalo Bills Bob Timberlake Kicker Michigan

Round fourteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
105 Denver Broncos John Frick Offensive guard Ohio
106 Houston Oilers Norm Evans Defensive tackle TCU
107 Oakland Raiders Loren Hawley Defensive back California
108 New York Jets Gary Plumlee Defensive tackle New Mexico
109 Kansas City Chiefs Fred Dotson Defensive back Wiley
110 San Diego Chargers Don Floyd End Florida State
111 Boston Patriots Jay Cunningham Defensive back Bowling Green
112 Buffalo Bills Lyn Hart Defensive back Virginia State

Round fifteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
113 Denver Broncos Jeff Jordan Defensive back Tulsa
114 Houston Oilers Tony Guillory Linebacker Lamar
115 Oakland Raiders Bill Cronin Tight end Boston College
116 New York Jets Jim Burt Defensive back Western Kentucky
117 Kansas City Chiefs Dave Powless Offensive guard Illinois
118 San Diego Chargers Mike Howell Defensive back Grambling State
119 Boston Patriots Ted Rodosovich Offensive guard Cincinnati
120 Buffalo Bills John Meyer Linebacker Notre Dame

Round sixteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
121 Denver Broncos Brian Schweda Defensive end Kansas
122 Houston Oilers Junior Coffey Running back Washington
123 Oakland Raiders Fred Hill Tight end USC
124 New York Jets Seth Cartwright Defensive tackle Prairie View A&M
125 Kansas City Chiefs Stan Irvine Tackle Colorado
126 San Diego Chargers John Godden Linebacker San Diego State
127 Boston Patriots George Pyne III Defensive tackle Olivet
128 Buffalo Bills Bruce Airheart Halfback North Dakota State

Round seventeen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
129 Denver Broncos John Fouse End Arizona
130 Houston Oilers Jim Grisham Fullback Oklahoma
131 Oakland Raiders Garry Porterfield Defensive end Tulsa
132 New York Jets Charlie Browning Halfback Washington
133 Kansas City Chiefs Don Croftcheck Offensive guard Indiana
134 San Diego Chargers Leon Hardy Tackle Texas Southern
135 Boston Patriots White Graves Defensive back LSU
136 Buffalo Bills John Henderson Wide receiver Michigan

Round eighteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
137 Boston Patriots David Lee End Louisiana Tech
138 Houston Oilers Russ Mundy Halfback West Texas A&M
139 Oakland Raiders John Dugan Tackle Holy Cross
140 New York Jets Larry Dupree Halfback Florida
141 Kansas City Chiefs Jerry Smith Tight end Arizona State
142 San Diego Chargers Bob Evans Defensive end Texas A&M
143 Boston Patriots Ed Meixler Linebacker Boston University
144 Buffalo Bills Ray Hinze Tackle Texas A&M

Round nineteen[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
145 Denver Broncos Ron Oelschlager Halfback Kansas
146 Houston Oilers Frank Fox Tackle Sam Houston State
147 Oakland Raiders Frank McClendon Tackle Alabama
148 New York Jets Mitch Dudek Tackle Xavier
149 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Alford Center Auburn
150 San Diego Chargers Braden Beck Kicker Stanford
151 Boston Patriots Jim Nance Running back Syracuse
152 Buffalo Bills Frank Marchlewski Center Minnesota

Round twenty[edit]

Pick Team Player Position College
153 Denver Broncos Terry Metchner Offensive guard Albion
154 Houston Oilers Gus Brezina Offensive guard Houston
155 Oakland Raiders Bo Scott Running back Ohio State
156 New York Jets Troy Allen Defensive back Western Michigan
157 Kansas City Chiefs Bill Symons Halfback Colorado
158 San Diego Chargers Jack Edwards Center Florida State
159 Boston Patriots Fred Fugazzi Fullback Missouri Valley
160 Buffalo Bills John Henry Defensive tackle Boston University

Redshirt draft[edit]

Red Shirt Round one[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 Houston Oilers Donny Anderson Halfback Texas Tech
2 Denver Broncos Miller Farr Halfback Wichita State
3 Oakland Raiders Larry Todd Halfback Arizona State
4 New York Jets Johnny Roland Halfback Missouri
5 Kansas City Chiefs Al Dotson Tackle Grambling State
6 San Diego Chargers Gary Garrison End San Diego State
7 Boston Patriots Dave McCormick Tackle Louisiana State
8 Buffalo Bills Ken Ambrusko Halfback Maryland

Red Shirt Round two[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
9 Denver Broncos Walter Johnson Guard Cal State Los Angeles
10 Houston Oilers Glen Ray Hines Tackle Arkansas
11 Oakland Raiders Jim Harvey Tackle Mississippi
12 New York Jets John McGuire Tight End - Defensive End Syracuse
13 Kansas City Chiefs Frank Cornish Defensive Tackle Grambling State
14 San Diego Chargers Larry Martin Tackle San Diego State
15 Boston Patriots Bob Kowalkowski Tackle Virginia
16 Buffalo Bills Gary Lane Quarterback Missouri

Red Shirt Round three[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
17 Houston Oilers Mike Shinn Defensive End Kansas
18 Denver Broncos Marv Davis Defensive End Wichita State
19 Oakland Raiders Steve Mass Tackle Arizona
20 New York Jets Jimmy Heidel Defensive Back Mississippi
21 Kansas City Chiefs Henry Carr Halfback Arizona State
22 San Diego Chargers Stan Dzura Tackle - Defensive End California
23 Buffalo Bills John Kuzniewski Fullback Purdue
24 Boston Patriots Bob Cappadona Fullback Northeastern State

Red Shirt Round four[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
25 Denver Broncos Barry Brown End Florida
26 Houston Oilers Olie Cordill, Jr. Quarterback Memphis
27 Oakland Raiders Mickey Cox Tackle Louisiana State
28 New York Jets Bob Werl Defensive End Miami
29 Kansas City Chiefs Steve Cox Tackle South Carolina
30 San Diego Chargers Doug Woodlief Linebacker Memphis
31 Boston Patriots Dick Arrington Guard Notre Dame
32 Buffalo Bills Roger Davis Halfback Virginia

Red Shirt Round five[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
33 Houston Oilers Jerry Crumpler Tackle Missouri
34 Denver Broncos Mike Tilleman Tackle Montana
35 Oakland Raiders Bob Taylor Guard Cincinnati
36 New York Jets George Sauer Flanker Texas
37 Kansas City Chiefs John Thomas End USC
38 San Diego Chargers Jim Weatherwax Tackle Cal State Los Angeles
39 Boston Patriots Dennis Smith Defensive End Cincinnati
40 Buffalo Bills Johnny Boyette Tackle Clemson

Red Shirt Round six[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
41 Denver Broncos Jerry Inman Tackle Oregon
42 Houston Oilers Dave Daniels Tackle Florida A&M
43 Oakland Raiders Greg Kent Tackle Utah
44 New York Jets Dale Lindsey Linebacker Western Kentucky
45 Kansas City Chiefs John Wilbur Guard Stanford
46 San Diego Chargers Tom Good Linebacker Marshall
47 Boston Patriots Billy Ezell Defensive Back Louisiana State
48 Buffalo Bills John Strohmeyer Defensive End Nebraska

Red Shirt Round seven[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
49 Houston Oilers Leo Lowery Halfback Texas Tech
50 Denver Broncos Dave Tobey Linebacker Oregon
51 Oakland Raiders John Carrell Tackle Texas Tech
52 New York Jets Ron Barlow Fullback Kansas State
53 Kansas City Chiefs Billy Moore Halfback Mississippi State
54 San Diego Chargers Wayne Waff End East Tennessee State
55 Boston Patriots John Hankinson Quarterback Minnesota
56 Buffalo Bills J.R. Wilburn End South Carolina

Red Shirt Round eight[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
57 Denver Broncos John Maddox End Mississippi
58 Houston Oilers Len Sears Tackle South Carolina
59 Oakland Raiders Henry Pickett Halfback Baylor
60 New York Jets Bob Mallendick Tackle Hillsdale
61 Kansas City Chiefs Roosevelt Ellerbe Defensive Back Iowa State
62 San Diego Chargers Roy Shivers Halfback Utah State
63 Boston Patriots Beau Colle Defensive Back Louisiana State
64 Buffalo Bills Charley King Defensive Back Purdue

Red Shirt Round nine[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
65 Houston Oilers Tom Bleick Halfback Georgia Tech
66 Denver Broncos Phil Vandersea Fullback Massachusetts
67 Oakland Raiders Frank Pennie Tackle Florida State
68 New York Jets Rich Kotite End Wagner
69 Kansas City Chiefs Bruce McLenna Halfback Hillsdale
70 San Diego Chargers Tony Carey Halfback Notre Dame
71 Boston Patriots Charlie Brown Tackle Tulsa
72 Buffalo Bills Earl Hawkins Halfback Emory & Henry

Red Shirt Round ten[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
73 Denver Broncos Merlin Walet Fullback McNeese State
74 Houston Oilers George Haffner Quarterback McNeese State
75 Oakland Raiders Brent Berry Tackle San Jose State
76 New York Jets Dave Austin End Georgia Tech
77 Kansas City Chiefs Chuck Drulis, Jr. End Duke
78 San Diego Chargers Dave Plump Halfback Fresno State
79 Boston Patriots Dave Hettema Tackle New Mexico
80 Buffalo Bills Sonny Odom Halfback Duke

Red Shirt Round eleven[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81 Houston Oilers Billy Guy Anderson Quarterback Tulsa
82 Denver Broncos Jerry Fishman Linebacker Maryland
83 Oakland Raiders Tom Longo Defensive Back Notre Dame
84 New York Jets Rich Marshall Tackle Stephen F. Austin
85 Kansas City Chiefs Billy Scott End Northeastern State
86 San Diego Chargers Jeff White End Texas Tech
87 Boston Patriots Roy Schmidt Guard Long Beach State
88 Buffalo Bills Ray Johnson Guard Prairie View A&M

Red Shirt Round twelve[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
89 Denver Broncos Biff Bracy Halfback Duke
90 Houston Oilers Harlan Lane Flanker Baylor
91 Oakland Raiders Dennis Duncan Halfback Louisiana College
92 New York Jets Pat Screen Quarterback Louisiana State
93 Kansas City Chiefs Lonny Price Halfback Louisiana-Lafayette
94 San Diego Chargers Mike Ciccolella Linebacker Dayton
95 Boston Patriots Leon Standridge End San Diego State
96 Buffalo Bills George Wilson Quarterback Xavier (OH)

Notable undrafted players[edit]

= AFL All-Star
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Buffalo Bills Bill Laskey  LB Michigan Big Ten
Denver Broncos John Bramlett  LB Memphis Ind. (Univ.)
Denver Broncos Nemiah Wilson  S Grambling State SWAC
New York Jets Jim Hudson  S Texas SWC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 1 picks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. November 28, 1964. p. 8. 
  2. ^ Players are identified as an AFL All-Star if they were selected for the AFL All-Star team at any time in their career.

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