1938 NFL Draft

1938 NFL Draft
General Information
Date(s) December 12, 1937
Location Hotel Sherman,
in Chicago, IL
110 total selections  in 12 rounds
First selection Corbett Davis, FB
Cleveland Rams
Last selection Fred Dreher, End
Chicago Bears
Most selections (12) Brooklyn Dodgers,
Chicago Cardinals,
Cleveland Rams,
Philadelphia Eagles,
Pittsburgh Pirates
Fewest selections (10) Chicago Bears,
Detroit Lions,
Green Bay Packers,
New York Giants,
Washington Redskins
Hall of Famers 2

The 1938 National Football League Draft was held on December 12, 1937, at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] The draft consisted of 12 rounds and 110 player selections. It began with the Cleveland Rams, taking Corbett Davis.

Player selections

= Hall of Famer

Round one

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1Cleveland RamsCorbett DavisBackIndiana University
2Philadelphia EaglesJim McDonaldBackOhio State
3Brooklyn DodgersBoyd BrumbaughBackDuquesne
4Pittsburgh PiratesByron "Whizzer" WhiteBackColorado
5Chicago CardinalsJack RobbinsBackArkansas
6Detroit LionsAlex WojciechowiczCenterFordham
7Green Bay PackersCecil IsbellBackPurdue
8New York GiantsGeorge KaramaticBackGonzaga
9Washington RedskinsAndy FarkasBackDetroit
10Chicago Bears Joe GrayBackOregon State

Round two

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
11Cleveland RamsJim BentonEndArkansas
12Philadelphia EaglesDick RiffleBackAlbright
13Brooklyn DodgersJoe KilgrowBackAlabama
14Pittsburgh PiratesFrank FilchockBackIndiana
15Chicago CardinalsMilt PopovichBack Montana

Round three

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
16Cleveland RamsJoe RouttGuardTexas A&M
17Philadelphia EaglesJoe BukantBackWashington (St. Louis)
18Brooklyn DodgersFrank KinardTackleMississippi
19Pittsburgh PiratesHugh WolfeBackTexas
20Chicago CardinalsFrank PatrickBack Pittsburgh
21Detroit LionsPete SmithEndOklahoma
22Green Bay PackersMarty SchreyerTacklePurdue
23New York GiantsFred VanzoBackNorthwestern
24Washington RedskinsSam ChapmanBackCalifornia
25Chicago BearsGary FamigliettiBackBoston

Round four

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
26Cleveland RamsVic MarkovTackleWashington
27Philadelphia EaglesJohn MeekBackCalifornia
28Brooklyn DodgersGene MooreCenterColorado
29Pittsburgh PiratesTony MatisiTacklePittsburgh
30Chicago CardinalsBob HerwigCenterCalifornia

Round five

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31Cleveland RamsEd FrancoGuardFordham
32Philadelphia EaglesFred ShireyTackleNebraska
33Brooklyn DodgersEd MerlinGuardVanderbilt
34Pittsburgh PiratesLou MidlerTackleMinnesota
35Chicago CardinalsAl BabartskyTackleFordham
36Detroit LionsAndy BershakEndNorth Carolina
37Green Bay PackersChuck SweeneyEndNotre Dame
38New York GiantsMarion KonemannBackGeorgia Tech
39Washington RedskinsDave PriceCenterMississippi State
40Chicago BearsGustave "Gust" ZarnasGuardOhio State

Round six

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
41Cleveland RamsRay HamiltonGuardArkansas
42Philadelphia EaglesHerschel RamseyEndTexas Tech
43Brooklyn DodgersPerry SchwartzEndCalifornia
44Pittsburgh PiratesGeorge PlatukisEndDuquesne
45Chicago CardinalsJoe BrunanskyTackleDuke
46Detroit LionsKarl SchleckmanTackleUtah
47Green Bay PackersAndy UramBackMinnesota
48New York GiantsFrank SouchakEndPittsburgh
49Washington RedskinsElmer DohrmannEndNebraska
50Chicago BearsBob MastersonEndMiami (FL)

Round seven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
51 Cleveland Rams Marcel Chesbro Guard Colgate
52 Philadelphia Eagles Bob Lannon End Iowa
53 Brooklyn Dodgers Leroy Monsky Guard Alabama
54 Pittsburgh Pirates Ray King End Minnesota
55 Chicago Cardinals Ed Cherry Back Hardin–Simmons
56 Detroit Lions Paul Szakash End Montana
57 Green Bay Packers Johnny Kovatch End Northwestern
58 New York Giants Kelly Moan Halfback West Virginia
59 Washington Redskins Roy Young Guard Texas A&M
60 Chicago Bears Frank Ramsey Tackle Oregon State

Round eight

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
61 Cleveland Rams Walter Mayberry Back Florida
62 Philadelphia Eagles Clem Woltman Guard Purdue
63 Brooklyn Dodgers Len Noyes Guard Montana
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Burnette Halfback North Carolina
65 Chicago Cardinals Leon Lavington End Colorado
66 Detroit Lions Dick Nardi Halfback Ohio State
67 Green Bay Packers Phil Ragazzo Guard Case Western Reserve
68 New York Giants Ted Doyle Back Nebraska
69 Washington Redskins Bill Hartman Fullback Georgia
70 Chicago Bears Fletcher Sims Back Georgia Tech

Round nine

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
71 Cleveland Rams Charles Ream End Ohio State
72 Philadelphia Eagles Elmer Kolberg Back Oregon State
73 Brooklyn Dodgers John Stringham Back Brigham Young
74 Pittsburgh Pirates Paul McDonough End Utah
75 Chicago Cardinals Phil Dougherty Center Santa Clara
76 Detroit Lions Jim Sirtosky Guard Indiana
77 Green Bay Packers John Howell Halfback Nebraska
78 New York Giants John Mellus Tackle Villanova
79 Washington Redskins Ed Parks Center Oklahoma
80 Chicago Bears Alex Schwarz Tackle San Francisco

Round ten

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
81 Cleveland Rams Joe Maras Center Duquesne
82 Philadelphia Eagles Emmett Kriel Guard Baylor
83 Brooklyn Dodgers Jim Sivell Guard Auburn
84 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat McCarty Center Notre Dame
85 Chicago Cardinals Dwight Sloan Fullback Arkansas
86 Detroit Lions Ralph Wolf Center Ohio State
87 Green Bay Packers Frank Barnhart Guard Northern Colorado
88 New York Giants Bob Grimstead Tackle Washington State
89 Washington Redskins Jack Abbott Back Elon
90 Chicago Bears John Weger Tackle Butler

Round eleven

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
91 Cleveland Rams Al Hoptowit Guard Washington State
92 Philadelphia Eagles Carl Hinkle Center Vanderbilt
93 Brooklyn Dodgers Johnny Druze End Fordham
94 Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Krause Guard Baldwin–Wallace
95 Chicago Cardinals Bob Kenderdine End Indiana
96 Detroit Lions Clarence Douglass Back Kansas
97 Green Bay Packers Pete Tinsley Back Georgia
98 New York Giants Doug Oldershaw End California-Santa Barbara
99 Washington Redskins Dick Johnston End Washington
100 Chicago Bears Ray Mickovsky Back Case Western Reserve

Round twelve

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
101 Cleveland Rams Vic Spadaccini Halfback Minnesota
102 Philadelphia Eagles John Michelosen Back Pittsburgh
103 Brooklyn Dodgers Lou Mark Back North Carolina State
104 Pittsburgh Pirates Joe Kuharich Guard Notre Dame
105 Chicago Cardinals Bob Mautner Center Holy Cross
106 Detroit Lions Clint Frank [3] Back Yale
107 Green Bay Packers Tony Falkenstein Back St. Mary's (CA)
108 New York Giants Elmore Hackney Fullback Duke
109 Washington Redskins Henry "Hank" Bartos Guard North Carolina
110 [4] Chicago Bears Fred Dreher End Denver
= Hall of Famer

Hall of Famers

Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1968.[5]
Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1971.[6]

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler [7]
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Green Bay Packers Mulleneaux, CarlCarl Mulleneaux  E Utah State RMAC
Green Bay Packers Ray, BabyBaby Ray  T Vanderbilt SEC
New York Giants Conti, EnioEnio Conti  G Fordham Ind.
New York Giants Cope, FrankFrank Cope  T Santa Clara N/A
Washington Redskins Wilkin, WillieWillie Wilkin  OT Saint Mary Ind.


  1. "NFL Draft Locations". www.footballgeography.com. 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. Salomone, Dan (October 2, 2014). "NFL Draft headed to Chicago in 2015". Giants.com. New York Giants. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. Clinton Frank, 1937 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  4. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  5. "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  7. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.

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