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 Johnson, BertBert Johnson Running back Brooklyn Dodgers
8 4 74 Myers, GeneGene Myers Running back New York Giants
10 5 95 Nevers, StanStan Nevers Tackle Pittsburgh Pirates
1939 8 2 62 Hinkebein, ShermSherm Hinkebein Center New York Giants
1940 12 7 107 McCubbin, BillBill McCubbin Defensive end Chicago Bears
20 5 185 Lindon, LukeLuke Lindon Tackle Cleveland Rams
1941 11 9 99 Hardin, JimJim Hardin Defensive end Chicago Bears
15 3 133 Eibner, JohnJohn Eibner Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers
18 5 165 Ishmael, CharlieCharlie Ishmael Running back Detroit Lions
21 2 192 Bailey, JoeJoe Bailey Center Green Bay Packers
1942 10 10 90 Mullins, NoahNoah Mullins Running back Chicago Bears
1943 5 5 35 Johnson, ClydeClyde Johnson Tackle Cleveland Rams
13 9 119 Wood, ClarkClark Wood Tackle Chicago Bears
1944 13 7 127 Walker, CharleyCharley Walker Center Washington Redskins
26 10 273 Kuhn, CharleyCharley Kuhn Running back Cleveland Rams
26 11 274 Portwood, BillBill Portwood Defensive end Boston Yanks
1945 9 2 78 Meeks, GeneGene Meeks Running back Chicago Cardinals
16 10 163 Little, JimJim Little Tackle New York Giants
20 5 202 Griffin, BillBill Griffin Tackle Cleveland Rams
1946 26 4 244 Tunstill, JessJess Tunstill Back Chicago Bears
1947 3 5 18 Allen, ErmalErmal Allen Back Chicago Cardinals
27 6 251 Cutchin, PhilPhil Cutchin Back Philadelphia Eagles
1948 7 6 51 Rhodemyre, JayJay Rhodemyre Center Green Bay Packers
1949 7 8 69 Jones, WallaceWallace Jones End Chicago Beats
11 5 106 Hensley, DickDick Hensley End New York Giants
12 8 119 Blanda, GeorgeGeorge 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 Ulinski, HarryHarry Ulinski* Center Washington Redskins Pro Bowl (1955)
5 12 65 Phelps, DonDon Phelpsdagger Back Cleveland Browns NFL Champion (1950)
6 13 79 McDermott, LloydLloyd McDermott Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
18 9 231 Genito, RalphRalph Genito Back San Francisco 49ers
20 2 251 Howe, JimJim Howe Back Green Bay Packers
25 8 321 Truman, LeeLee Truman Back Chicago Cardinals
29 3 368 Zaranka, BenBen Zaranka End Green Bay Packers
1951 1 5 5 Gain, BobBob Gain* Tackle Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl (1957)
3 3 29 Yowarsky, WaltWalt Yowarskydagger Tackle Washington Redskins NFL Champion (1956)
3 6 32 Bruno, AlAl Bruno Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
11 7 130 Pope, BobBob Pope Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
14 4 163 Leskovar, BillBill Leskovar Back Chicago Cardinals
15 5 176 Webb, ClayClay Webb Back Pittsburgh Steelers
15 8 179 Wanamaker, BillBill Wanamaker Guard New York Yanks
18 3 210 Fucci, DomDom Fucci Back Washington Redskins
28 4 331 Martin, DickDick Martin Back Chicago Cardinals
1952 1 4 4 Parilli, BabeBabe Parilli*dagger Quarterback Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion (III)
AFL Champion (1968)
AFL All-Star (1963, 1964, 1966)
6 10 71 MacKenzie, JimJim MacKenzie Tackle New York Giants
13 4 149 Hamilton, EdEd Hamilton Back Philadelphia Eagles
17 12 205 Griggs, JohnJohn Griggs Center Los Angeles Rams
26 12 313 Fuller, FrankFrank Fuller* Tackle Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl (1959)
28 1 326 Moseley, DougDoug Moseley Center New York Yanks
1953 3 11 36 Fry, BobBob Fry Tackle Los Angeles Rams
3 12 37 Donaldson, GeneGene Donaldson Guard Cleveland Browns
11 4 124 Charney, RalphRalph Charney Back Chicago Bears
23 4 269 Correll, RayRay Correll Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
29 7 344 Paolone, RalphRalph Paolone Back Philadelphia Eagles
1954 1 8 8 Meilinger, SteveSteve Meilinger Defensive end Washington Redskins
17 4 197 Adkins, TommyTommy Adkins Center Baltimore Colts
1955 11 8 129 Hardy, BobBob Hardy Back Philadelphia Eagles
1956 11 8 129 Moloney, DickDick Moloney Back New York Giants
15 11 180 Shatto, DickDick Shatto Back Los Angeles Rams
17 11 204 Butler, JackJack Butler Tackle Los Angeles Rams
21 10 251 Schnellenberger, HowardHoward Schnellenberger Defensive end Washington Redskins
25 4 293 Wheeler, BillBill Wheeler Tackle Chicago Cardinals
25 6 295 Mills, BradBrad Mills Back Baltimore Colts
1957 6 8 69 Frankenberger, J. T.J. T. Frankenberger Back Cleveland Browns
17 7 200 Kuhn, DaveDave Kuhn Center San Francisco 49ers
1958 1 4 4 Michaels, LouLou Michaels Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams
29 12 349 Herzog, HenryHenry Herzog Back Detroit Lions
1959 22 2 254 Bowie, JimJim Bowie Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
1960 11 9 129 Shaw, GlennGlenn Shaw Running back Chicago Bears
1961 12 9 163 Rodgers, TomTom Rodgers Back Detroit Lions
17 13 237 Bird, CalvinCalvin Bird Back Cleveland Browns
1962 1 12 12 Goode, IrvIrv Goodedagger Center St. Louis Cardinals Super Bowl Champion (VIII)
9 12 124 Butler, BobBob Butler Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
18 3 241 Hawthorne, JuniorJunior Hawthorne Tackle Minnesota Vikings
1963 1 9 9 Hutchinson, TomTom Hutchinson Defensive end Cleveland Browns
1964 2 10 24 Turner, HerschelHerschel Turner Defensive end Cleveland Browns
1966 1 15 15 Ball, SamSam Balldagger Offensive tackle Baltimore Colts Super Bowl Champion (V)
2 10 26 Windsor, BobBob Windsor Tight end San Francisco 49ers
2 13 29 Norton, RickRick Norton Quarterback Cleveland Browns
3 15 47 Kestner, RickRick Kestner Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
5 8 72 Davis, DougDoug Davis Tackle Minnesota Vikings
1967 7 4 163 Seiple, LarryLarry Seiple Running back Miami Dolphins
11 22 185 Riley, PatPat Riley Wide receiver Dallas Cowboys -
1968 11 10 283 Little, DwightDwight Little Guard Detroit Lions
1969 4 25 103 Lyons, DickieDickie Lyons Defensive back Atlanta Falcons
11 2 262 Van Note, JeffJeff Van Note* Linebacker Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl (1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982)
1970 10 18 252 Palmer, DickDick Palmer Linebacker Baltimore Colts
17 20 436 Beard, DickDick Beard Running back New York Jets
1971 6 1 131 Hardt, DavidDavid Hardt Tight end Boston Patriots
13 8 330 Roller, DaveDave Roller Defensive tackle New York Giants
15 8 372 Maykin, RayRay Maykin Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
16 24 414 Burcell, DaveDave Burcell Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers
1972 13 21 98 Federspiel, JoeJoe Federspiel Linebacker New Orleans Saints
7 7 163 Bushong, BillBill Bushong Defensive tackle Green Bay Packers
1973 9 5 213 King, KenKen King Linebacker St. Louis Cardinals
11 10 270 Neal, DanDan Neal Center Baltimore Colts
1974 4 11 89 LeMaster, FrankFrank LeMaster Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
14 8 346 Bowens, CecilCecil Bowens Running back New England Patriots
16 6 396 Margavage, DaveDave Margavage Tackle Baltimore Colts
16 30 410 Bishop, DarrylDarryl Bishop Defensive back Cincinnati Bengals
1975 2 8 34 Stephens, ElmoreElmore Stephens Tight end Kansas City Chiefs
5 22 126 Nuzum, RickRick Nuzum Center Los Angeles Rams
13 11 323 Ehlers, TomTom Ehlers Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
1976 2 8 36 Collins, SonnySonny Collins Running back Atlanta Falcons
5 27 151 Pesuit, WallyWally Pesuit Tackle Dallas Cowboys
16 8 439 Campassi, SteveSteve Campassi Running back Philadelphia Eagles
1977 1 6 6 Bryant, WarrenWarren Bryant Tackle Atlanta Falcons
1 26 26 Burke, RandyRandy Burke Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
1978 1 2 2 Still, ArtArt Still* Defensive end Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984)
5 26 136 Ramsey, DerrickDerrick Ramsey Tight end Oakland Raiders
9 22 244 Martin, MikeMike Martin Linebacker Chicago Bears
10 5 255 Grant, WillWill Grant Center Buffalo Bills
10 25 275 Owens, DallasDallas Owens Defensive back Baltimore Colts
11 4 282 Blanton, JerryJerry Blanton Linebacker Buffalo Bills
1979 3 14 70 Ramsey, JamesJames Ramsey Defensive end Cleveland Browns
4 11 93 Kovach, JimJim Kovach Linebacker New Orleans Saints
5 13 123 Kirchbaum, KellyKelly Kirchbaum Linebacker New York Jets
7 16 181 Winkel, BobBob Winkel Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings
8 17 209 Hawkins, RobertRobert Hawkins Running back Oakland Raiders
10 8 256 Fowler, DanDan Fowler Guard New York Giants
12 14 317 Stephens, DavidDavid Stephens Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
1 N/A N/A Stewart, RodRod Stewart Running back Buffalo Bills
1980 3 18 74 Carter, LarryLarry Carter Defensive back Denver Broncos
6 12 150 Boyd, LesterLester Boyd Linebacker New Orleans Saints
7 16 180 Kearns, TomTom Kearns Guard New England Patriots
1981 9 12 233 Gooch, TimTim Gooch Defensive tackle Baltimore Colts
1982 11 8 287 Campbell, JimJim Campbell Tight end Houston Oilers
1984 6 1 141 Grimsley, JohnJohn Grimsley Linebacker Houston Oilers
1985 1 19 19 Adams, GeorgeGeorge Adams Running back New York Giants
5 24 136 Jacobs, CamCam Jacobs Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
10 16 268 White, OliverOliver White Tight end Pittsburgh Steelers
11 11 291 Smith, JeffJeff Smith Defensive tackle San Diego Chargers
1986 8 19 19 Adams, GeorgeGeorge Adams Running back New York Giants
10 4 253 Dumbauld, JonJon Dumbauld Defensive end New Orleans Saints
1987 5 18 130 Logan, MarcMarc Logan Running back Cincinnati Bengals
5 25 137 Mayes, TonyTony Mayes Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12 20 327 Ransdell, BillBill Ransdell Quarterback New York Jets
1988 2 17 44 Dawson, DermonttiDermontti Dawson*double-dagger Center Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2012)
5 19 128 Reese, JerryJerry Reese Defensive end Pittsburgh Steelers
8 12 205 Higgs, MarkMark Higgs Running back Dallas Cowboys
12 6 205 Kunkel, GregGreg Kunkel Guard Los Angeles Raiders
1989 7 7 174 Johnson, D. J.D. J. Johnson Defensive back Pittsburgh Steelers
7 15 182 Hunter, Ivy JoeIvy Joe Hunter Running back Indianapolis Colts
8 27 222 Chenault, ChrisChris Chenault Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
9 10 233 Darrington, ChrisChris Darrington Tight end Washington Redskins
1990 3 2 55 Barnett, OliverOliver Barnett Defensive end Atlanta Falcons
7 6 171 Gardner, DonnieDonnie Gardner Defensive end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8 19 184 Murray, AndyAndy Murray Running back Houston Oilers
1991 5 11 261 Baker, AlAl Baker Running back New York Jets
12 17 323 Brady, JeffJeff Brady Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
1993 4 1 85 Wells, DeanDean Wells Linebacker Seattle Seahawks
4 13 97 Perry, ToddTodd Perry Guard Chicago Bears
6 18 158 Bradley, ChuckChuck Bradley Tackle Houston Oilers
8 6 158 Pelfrey, DougDoug Pelfrey Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
1994 6 11 172 Samuels, TerryTerry Samuels Tight end Arizona Cardinals
7 13 207 Beehn, ZaneZane Beehn Linebacker San Diego Chargers
7 28 222 Moore, MartyMarty Moore Linebacker New England Patriots
1995 2 11 43 Johnson, MelvinMelvin Johnson Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996 3 14 75 Williams, MoeMoe Williams Running back Minnesota Vikings
7 11 221 Rusk, ReggieReggie Rusk Defensive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1997 5 11 141 Hiles, VanVan Hiles Defensive back Chicago Bears
7 5 205 Ward, ChrisChris Ward Defensive end Baltimore Ravens
1998 7 46 234 Sanford, KioKio Sanford Wide receiver San Diego Chargers
1999 1 1 1 Couch, TimTim Couch Quarterback Cleveland Browns
4 3 98 Yeast, CraigCraig Yeast Wide receiver Cincinnati Bengals
2000 5 28 157 Whalen, JamesJames Whalen Tight end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2001 3 7 69 Kelly, EricEric Kelly Defensive back Minnesota Vikings
7 33 233 McCree, MarlonMarlon McCree Defensive back Jacksonville Jaguars
7 36 236 McCord, QuentinQuentin McCord Wide receiver Atlanta Falcons
2002 3 33 98 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson Defensive end Arizona Cardinals
2003 1 4 4 Robertson, DewayneDewayne Robertson Defensive tackle New York Jets
4 2 99 Pinner, ArtoseArtose Pinner Running back Detroit Lions
2004 7 43 244 Abney, DerekDerek Abney Wide receiver Baltimore Ravens
2005 3 28 92 Burns, VincentVincent Burns Defensive end Indianapolis Colts
2008 4 28 127 Tamme, JacobJacob Tamme Tight end Indianapolis Colts
4 29 128 Burton, KeenanKeenan Burton Wide receiver St. Louis Rams
6 32 198 Woodson, Andre'Andre' Woodson Quarterback New York Giants
7 17 224 Johnson, StevieStevie Johnson Wide receiver Buffalo Bills
2009 6 34 207 Pryor, MyronMyron Pryor Defensive tackle New England Patriots
2010 3 19 83 Peters, CoreyCorey Peters Defensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
4 7 105 Lindley, TrevardTrevard Lindley Defensive back Philadelphia Eagles
5 8 139 Conner, JohnJohn Conner Fullback New York Jets
2011 2 32 64 Cobb, RandallRandall Cobb* Wide receiver Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl (2014, 2015)
2012 6 11 181 Guy, WinstonWinston Guy Defensive back Seattle Seahawks
6 18 188 Trevathan, DannyDanny Trevathan Linebacker Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champion (50)
2013 3 3 65 Warford, LarryLarry Warford Guard Detroit Lions
2014 5 11 151 Williamson, AveryAvery Williamson Linebacker Tennessee Titans
2015 1 22 22 Dupree, BudBud Dupree Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
4 23 122 Smith, Za'DariusZa'Darius Smith Defensive end Baltimore Ravens
2016 6 15 190 Forrest, JoshJosh Forrest Linebacker Los Angeles Rams

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