List of Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL Draft

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The University of Kentucky Wildcats football team has had 196 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936.[1] Because of the NFL–AFL merger agreement, the history of the AFL is officially recognized by the NFL and therefore this list includes the AFL draft (1960–1966) and the common draft (1967–1969). This includes 16 players taken in the first round and one overall number one pick, Tim Couch in the 1999 NFL draft.

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl). Prior to the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple-round "common draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the common craft became the NFL draft.

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* Selected to an all-star game (AFL All-Star game, NFL All-Star game or Pro Bowl)
dagger Won a league championship (AFL championship, NFL championship, or Super Bowl)
double-dagger Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

National Football League[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team Notes
1937 5 2 42 Bert Johnson Running back Brooklyn Dodgers
8 4 74 Gene Myers Running back New York Giants
10 5 95 Stan Nevers Tackle Pittsburgh Pirates
1939 8 2 62 Sherm Hinkebein Center New York Giants
1940 12 7 107 Bill McCubbin Defensive end Chicago Bears
20 5 185 Luke Lindon Tackle Cleveland Rams
1941 11 9 99 Jim Hardin Defensive end Chicago Bears
15 3 133 John Eibner Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers
18 5 165 Charlie Ishmael Running back Detroit Lions
21 2 192 Joe Bailey Center Green Bay Packers
1942 10 10 90 Noah Mullins Running back Chicago Bears
1943 5 5 35 Clyde Johnson Tackle Cleveland Rams
13 9 119 Clark Wood Tackle Chicago Bears
1944 13 7 127 Charley Walker Center Washington Redskins
26 10 273 Charley Kuhn Running back Cleveland Rams
26 11 274 Bill Portwood Defensive end Boston Yanks
1945 9 2 78 Gene Meeks Running back Chicago Cardinals
16 10 163 Jim Little Tackle New York Giants
20 5 202 Bill Griffin Tackle Cleveland Rams
1946 26 4 244 Jess Tunstill Back Chicago Bears
1947 3 5 18 Ermal Allen Back Chicago Cardinals
27 6 251 Phil Cutchin Back Philadelphia Eagles
1948 7 6 51 Jay Rhodemyre Center Green Bay Packers
1949 7 8 69 Wallace Jones End Chicago Beats
11 5 106 Dick Hensley End New York Giants
12 8 119 George Blanda*daggerdouble-dagger Quarterback Chicago Bears NFL MVP (1970)
AFL All-Star (1961, 1962, 1963, 1967)
AFL Champion (1960, 1961, 1967)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1981)
1950 4 5 45 Harry Ulinski* Center Washington Redskins Pro Bowl (1955)
5 12 65 Don Phelpsdagger Back Cleveland Browns NFL Champion (1950)
6 13 79 Lloyd McDermott Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
18 9 231 Ralph Genito Back San Francisco 49ers
20 2 251 Jim Howe Back Green Bay Packers
25 8 321 Lee Truman Back Chicago Cardinals
29 3 368 Ben Zaranka End Green Bay Packers
1951 1 5 5 Bob Gain* Tackle Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl (1957)
3 3 29 Walt Yowarskydagger Tackle Washington Redskins NFL Champion (1956)
3 6 32 Al Bruno Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
11 7 130 Bob Pope Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
14 4 163 Bill Leskovar Back Chicago Cardinals
15 5 176 Clay Webb Back Pittsburgh Steelers
15 8 179 Bill Wanamaker Guard New York Yanks
18 3 210 Dom Fucci Back Washington Redskins
28 4 331 Dick Martin Back Chicago Cardinals
1952 1 4 4 Babe Parilli*dagger Quarterback Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion (III)
AFL Champion (1968)
AFL All-Star (1963, 1964, 1966)
6 10 71 Jim MacKenzie Tackle New York Giants
13 4 149 Ed Hamilton Back Philadelphia Eagles
17 12 205 John Griggs Center Los Angeles Rams
26 12 313 Frank Fuller* Tackle Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl (1959)
28 1 326 Doug Moseley Center New York Yanks
1953 3 11 36 Bob Fry Tackle Los Angeles Rams
3 12 37 Gene Donaldson Guard Cleveland Browns
11 4 124 Ralph Charney Back Chicago Bears
23 4 269 Ray Correll Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
29 7 344 Ralph Paolone Back Philadelphia Eagles
1954 1 8 8 Steve Meilinger Defensive end Washington Redskins
17 4 197 Tommy Adkins Center Baltimore Colts
1955 11 8 129 Bob Hardy Back Philadelphia Eagles
1956 11 8 129 Dick Moloney Back New York Giants
15 11 180 Dick Shatto Back Los Angeles Rams
17 11 204 Jack Butler Tackle Los Angeles Rams
21 10 251 Howard Schnellenberger Defensive end Washington Redskins
25 4 293 Bill Wheeler Tackle Chicago Cardinals
25 6 295 Brad Mills Back Baltimore Colts
1957 6 8 69 J. T. Frankenberger Back Cleveland Browns
17 7 200 Dave Kuhn Center San Francisco 49ers
1958 1 4 4 Lou Michaels Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams
29 12 349 Henry Herzog Back Detroit Lions
1959 22 2 254 Jim Bowie Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
1960 11 9 129 Glenn Shaw Running back Chicago Bears
1961 12 9 163 Tom Rodgers Back Detroit Lions
17 13 237 Calvin Bird Back Cleveland Browns
1962 1 12 12 Irv Goodedagger Center St. Louis Cardinals Super Bowl Champion (VIII)
9 12 124 Bob Butler Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
18 3 241 Junior Hawthorne Tackle Minnesota Vikings
1963 1 9 9 Tom Hutchinson Defensive end Cleveland Browns
1964 2 10 24 Herschel Turner Defensive end Cleveland Browns
1966 1 15 15 Sam Balldagger Offensive tackle Baltimore Colts Super Bowl Champion (V)
2 10 26 Bob Windsor Tight end San Francisco 49ers
2 13 29 Rick Norton Quarterback Cleveland Browns
3 15 47 Rick Kestner Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
5 8 72 Doug Davis Tackle Minnesota Vikings
1967 7 4 163 Larry Seiple Running back Miami Dolphins
11 22 185 Pat Riley Wide receiver Dallas Cowboys -
1968 11 10 283 Dwight Little Guard Detroit Lions
1969 4 25 103 Dickie Lyons Defensive back Atlanta Falcons
11 2 262 Jeff Van Note* Linebacker Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl (1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982)
1970 10 18 252 Dick Palmer Linebacker Baltimore Colts
17 20 436 Dick Beard Running back New York Jets
1971 6 1 131 David Hardt Tight end Boston Patriots
13 8 330 Dave Roller Defensive tackle New York Giants
15 8 372 Ray Maykin Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
16 24 414 Dave Burcell Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers
1972 13 21 98 Joe Federspiel Linebacker New Orleans Saints
7 7 163 Bill Bushong Defensive tackle Green Bay Packers
1973 9 5 213 Ken King Linebacker St. Louis Cardinals
11 10 270 Dan Neal Center Baltimore Colts
1974 4 11 89 Frank LeMaster Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
14 8 346 Cecil Bowens Running back New England Patriots
16 6 396 Dave Margavage Tackle Baltimore Colts
16 30 410 Darryl Bishop Defensive back Cincinnati Bengals
1975 2 8 34 Elmore Stephens Tight end Kansas City Chiefs
5 22 126 Rick Nuzum Center Los Angeles Rams
13 11 323 Tom Ehlers Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
1976 2 8 36 Sonny Collins Running back Atlanta Falcons
5 27 151 Wally Pesuit Tackle Dallas Cowboys
16 8 439 Steve Campassi Running back Philadelphia Eagles
1977 1 6 6 Warren Bryant Tackle Atlanta Falcons
1 26 26 Randy Burke Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
1978 1 2 2 Art Still* Defensive end Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984)
5 26 136 Derrick Ramsey Tight end Oakland Raiders
9 22 244 Mike Martin Linebacker Chicago Bears
10 5 255 Will Grant Center Buffalo Bills
10 25 275 Dallas Owens Defensive back Baltimore Colts
11 4 282 Jerry Blanton Linebacker Buffalo Bills
1979 3 14 70 James Ramsey Defensive end Cleveland Browns
4 11 93 Jim Kovach Linebacker New Orleans Saints
5 13 123 Kelly Kirchbaum Linebacker New York Jets
7 16 181 Bob Winkel Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings
8 17 209 Robert Hawkins Running back Oakland Raiders
10 8 256 Dan Fowler Guard New York Giants
12 14 317 David Stephens Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
1 N/A N/A Rod Stewart Running back Buffalo Bills
1980 3 18 74 Larry Carter Defensive back Denver Broncos
6 12 150 Lester Boyd Linebacker New Orleans Saints
7 16 180 Tom Kearns Guard New England Patriots
1981 9 12 233 Tim Gooch Defensive tackle Baltimore Colts
1982 11 8 287 Jim Campbell Tight end Houston Oilers
1984 6 1 141 John Grimsley Linebacker Houston Oilers
1985 1 19 19 George Adams Running back New York Giants
5 24 136 Cam Jacobs Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
10 16 268 Oliver White Tight end Pittsburgh Steelers
11 11 291 Jeff Smith Defensive tackle San Diego Chargers
1986 8 19 19 George Adams Running back New York Giants
10 4 253 Jon Dumbauld Defensive end New Orleans Saints
1987 5 18 130 Marc Logan Running back Cincinnati Bengals
5 25 137 Tony Mayes Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12 20 327 Bill Ransdell Quarterback New York Jets
1988 2 17 44 Dermontti Dawson*double-dagger Center Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2012)
5 19 128 Jerry Reese Defensive end Pittsburgh Steelers
8 12 205 Mark Higgs Running back Dallas Cowboys
12 6 205 Greg Kunkel Guard Los Angeles Raiders
1989 7 7 174 D. J. Johnson Defensive back Pittsburgh Steelers
7 15 182 Ivy Joe Hunter Running back Indianapolis Colts
8 27 222 Chris Chenault Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
9 10 233 Chris Darrington Tight end Washington Redskins
1990 3 2 55 Oliver Barnett Defensive end Atlanta Falcons
7 6 171 Donnie Gardner Defensive end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8 19 184 Andy Murray Running back Houston Oilers
1991 5 11 261 Al Baker Running back New York Jets
12 17 323 Jeff Brady Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
1993 4 1 85 Dean Wells Linebacker Seattle Seahawks
4 13 97 Todd Perry Guard Chicago Bears
6 18 158 Chuck Bradley Tackle Houston Oilers
8 6 158 Doug Pelfrey Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
1994 6 11 172 Terry Samuels Tight end Arizona Cardinals
7 13 207 Zane Beehn Linebacker San Diego Chargers
7 28 222 Marty Moore Linebacker New England Patriots
1995 2 11 43 Melvin Johnson Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996 3 14 75 Moe Williams Running back Minnesota Vikings
7 11 221 Reggie Rusk Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1997 5 11 141 Van Hiles Defensive back Chicago Bears
7 5 205 Chris Ward Defensive end Baltimore Ravens
1998 7 46 234 Kio Sanford Wide receiver San Diego Chargers
1999 1 1 1 Tim Couch Quarterback Cleveland Browns
4 3 98 Craig Yeast Wide receiver Cincinnati Bengals
2000 5 28 157 James Whalen Tight end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2001 3 7 69 Eric Kelly Defensive back Minnesota Vikings
7 33 233 Marlon McCree Defensive back Jacksonville Jaguars
7 36 236 Quentin McCord Wide receiver Atlanta Falcons
2002 3 33 98 Dennis Johnson Defensive end Arizona Cardinals
2003 1 4 4 Dewayne Robertson Defensive tackle New York Jets
4 2 99 Artose Pinner Running back Detroit Lions
2004 7 43 244 Derek Abney Wide receiver Baltimore Ravens
2005 3 28 92 Vincent Burns Defensive end Indianapolis Colts
2008 4 28 127 Jacob Tamme Tight end Indianapolis Colts
4 29 128 Keenan Burton Wide receiver St. Louis Rams
6 32 198 Andre' Woodson Quarterback New York Giants
7 17 224 Stevie Johnson Wide receiver Buffalo Bills
2009 6 34 207 Myron Pryor Defensive tackle New England Patriots
2010 3 19 83 Corey Peters Defensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
4 7 105 Trevard Lindley Defensive back Philadelphia Eagles
5 8 139 John Conner Fullback New York Jets
2011 2 32 64 Randall Cobb* Wide receiver Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl (2014, 2015)
2012 6 11 181 Winston Guy Defensive back Seattle Seahawks
6 18 188 Danny Trevathan Linebacker Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champion (50)
2013 3 3 65 Larry Warford Guard Detroit Lions
2014 5 11 151 Avery Williamson Linebacker Tennessee Titans
2015 1 22 22 Bud Dupree Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
4 23 122 Za'Darius Smith Defensive end Baltimore Ravens
2016 6 15 190 Josh Forrest Linebacker Los Angeles Rams

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