Pro Football Draft History: 1961
The 1961 NFL Draft - December 27-28, 1960
Tommy Mason
First Pick: Tommy Mason, HB, Tulane
1961-66 Minnesota Vikings
1967-70 Los Angeles Rams
1971 Washington Redskins (11 playing seasons)
Rushing: 1,040 yards, 32 TDs
Receiving: 2324 yards, 214 receptions, 13 TDs
All-Pro: 1 year
Pro Bowls: 3
1961 Banner
  Draft# Team Player Pos College
  1 Minnesota Vikings Tommy Mason HB Tulane
  2 Washington Redskins1 Norm Snead QB Wake Forest
  3 Washington Redskins Joe Rutgens T Illinois
  4 Los Angeles Rams Marlin McKeever LB USC
5 Chicago Bears Mike Ditka E Pittsburgh
6 San Francisco 49ers2 Jimmy Johnson B UCLA
  7 Baltimore Colts Tom Matte HB Ohio State
  8 St. Louis Cardinals Ken Rice T Auburn
  9 San Francisco 49ers Bernie Casey B Bowling Green
  10 Cleveland Browns3 Bobby Crespino E Mississippi
  11 San Francisco 49ers4 Billy Kilmer B UCLA
12 Green Bay Packers Herb Adderley B Michigan State
13 Dallas Cowboys5 Bob Lilly T TCU
The 1961 AFL Draft - November 23, 19606
Ken Rice First Pick: Ken Rice, G, Auburn
1961, 1963 Buffalo Bills
1964-65 Oakland Raiders
1966-67 Miami Dolphins (six total playing seasons)
Played in 79 career games
Pro Bowls: 1
  Draft# Team Player Pos College
    Boston Patriots Tommy Mason HB Tulane
    Buffalo Bills Ken Rice T Auburn
    Dallas Texans E.J. Holub C Texas Tech
    Denver Broncos Bob Gaiters HB New Mexico State
  Houston Oilers Mike Ditka E Pittsburgh
    Los Angeles Chargers Earl Faison E Indiana
    New York Titans Tom Brown G Minnesota
    Oakland Raiders Joe Rutgens T Illinois
Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka

Hall of Famers Taken in 1961 NFL Draft
Mike Ditka, E, Chicago Bears- 1st round (5th overall)
Jimmy Johnson, CB, San Francisco 49ers - 1th round (6th overall)
Herb Adderley, B, Green Bay Packers - 1st round (12th overall)
Bob Lilly, T, Dallas Cowboys - 1st round (13th overall)
Fran Tarkenton, QB, Minnesota Vikings - 3rd round (29th overall)
David "Deacon" Jones, DE, Los Angeles Rams - 14th round (186t overall)

Hall of Famers Taken in 1961 AFL Draft
Billy Shaw, G, Buffalo Billls - 2nd round

1 - Pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys
2 - Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers
3 - Pick acquired from the Detroit Lions
4 - Pick acquired from the Baltimore Colts
5 - Pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns
6 - Exact order of draft not known. Picks are listed in alphabetical order.


1961 Drafts by Team