Pro Football Draft History: 1971
The 1971 NFL Draft - Held January 28-29, 1971
Jim Plunkett First Pick: Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford
1971-75 New England Patriots
1976-77 San Francisco 49ers
1979-86 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (15 playing seasons)
Passing: 25,882 yards and 164 TDs
1971 Banner
  Draft# Team Player Pos College
  1 Boston Patriots Jim Plunkett QB Stanford
  2 New Orleans Saints Archie Manning QB Mississippi
  3 Houston Oilers Dan Pastorini QB Santa Clara
  4 Buffalo Bills J.D. Hill WR Arizona State
  5 Philadelphia Eagles Richard Harris DE Grambling
Bust 6 New York Jets John Riggins RB Kansas
  7 Atlanta Falcons Joe Profit RB N.E. Louisiana
  8 Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Lewis WR Grambling
  9 Green Bay Packers1 John Brockington RB Ohio State
  10 Los Angeles Rams2 Isiah Robertson LB Southern
  11 Chicago Bears Joe Moore RB Missouri
  12 Denver Broncos3 Marv Montgomery T USC
  13 San Diego Chargers Leon Burns RB Long Beach State
  14 Cleveland Browns Clarence Scott DB Kansas State
  15 Cincinnati Bengals Vernon Holland T Tennessee St.
  16 Kansas City Chiefs Elmo Wright WR Houston
  17 St. Louis Cardinals Norm Thompson DB Utah
  18 New York Giants Rocky Thompson WR W. Texas State
  19 Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum DB Ohio State
Bust 20 Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood DE Florida
  21 Detroit Lions Bob Bell DT Cincinnati
  22 Baltimore Colts4 Don McCauley RB North Carolina
  23 San Francisco 49ers William Tim Anderson DB Ohio State
  24 Minnesota Vikings Leo Hayden RB Ohio State
  25 Dallas Cowboys Tody Smith DE USC
  26 Baltimore Colts Leonard Dunlap DB N. Texas State
John Riggins

John Riggins

Bust

Hall of Famers Taken in 1971 NFL Draft
John Riggins, RB, New York Jets - 1st round (6th overall)
Jack Youngblood, DE, Los Angeles Rams - 1st round (20th overall)
Jack Ham, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers - 2nd round (34th overall
Dan Dierdorf, T, St. Louis Cardinals - 2nd round (43rd overall)

1 - Acquired from Denver Broncos
2 - Acquired from Washington Redskins
3 - Acquired from Green Bay Packers
4 - Acquired from Miami Dolphins

 1971 NFL Draft by Team