When Chicago University's Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935, the NFL Draft was coming into fold.  
Berwanger became the first player selected in the NFL Draft and since then, some Heisman Winners have garnered an early draft
spotlight while others have been shunned by NFL squads.
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Heisman Winner -
School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By
Draft
Year/Round
Overall
Selection
Summary
Jay Berwanger -
Chicago
1935
Philadelphia
Eagles
1936/Round 1
#1
The Philadelphia Eagles traded his rights to the
Chicago Bears, but he never played pro ball.
Larry Kelley - Yale
1936
Detroit Lions
1937/Round 9
#87
Played for AFL's Boston Shamrocks
Clint Frank - Yale
1937
Detroit Lions
1938/Round 12
#106
Frank pursued a military career after college.
Davey O'Brien -
TCU
1938
Philadelphia
Eagles
1939/Round 1
#4
Led NFL in passing yards rookie year, but retired
after two seasons
Nile Kinnick - Iowa
1939
Brooklyn Dodgers
(NFL)
1940/Round 2
#14
Pursued law school instead of pro ball and was
later killed in World War II
Tom Harmon -
Michigan
1940
Chicago Bears
1941/Round 1
#1
Rejected Bears to play for AFL's NY Americans.
Bruce Smith -
Minnesota
1941
Green Bay
Packers
1942/Round 13
#119
Served in WW II & later played for Packers & Rams
Frank Sinkwich -
Georgia
1942
Detroit Lions
1943/Round 1
#1
Joined the Marines after college, but later won NFL
MVP honors with Lions in 1944.
Angelo Bertelli -
Notre Dame
1943
Boston Yanks
1944/Round 1
#1
After service with Marines in WW II, Bertelli played
fin the All-American Football Conference
Les Horvath -
Ohio State
1944
Cleveland Rams
1943/Round 6
N/A
Horvath went to dental school in 1945 and later
joined the military.  Eventually he played for the
Rams & Browns.
Doc Blanchard -
Army
1945
Pittsburgh Steelers
1946/Round 1
#3
Never played pro ball but served as a fighter pilot
for the Air Force & flew 113 missions in Vietnam.
Chicago University's
1935 Heisman winner
Jay Berwanger was the
first Heisman winner
and the first player
selected in the NFL's
inaugural draft that was
held in 1936.
Heisman Winner -
School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By
Draft
Year/Round
Overall
Selection
Summary
Glenn Davis - Army
1946
Detroit Lions
1947/Round 1
#2
Served in the military for three years before
joining the Los Angeles Rams and played until
1952.
Johnny Lujack -
Notre Dame
1947
Chicago Bears
1949/Round 1
#3
Played another season at Notre Dame after being
drafted, but joined Chicago in 1948.
Doak Walker - SMU
1948
Boston Yanks
1949/Round 1
#3
Played for Detroit Lions & was All-Pro 4 times
before being enshrined in Pro Football HOF.
Leon Hart -
Notre Dame
1949
Detroit Lions
1950/Round 1
#1
Played 7 seasons in Detroit & 1 Pro Bowl season.
Vic Janowicz -
Ohio State
1950
Washington
Redskins
1952/Round 7
#79
Janowicz initially played pro baseball before
playing two seasons for the Washington
Redskins.
Dick Kazmaier -
Princeton
1951
Chicago Bears
1952/Round 15
#176
Rejected Bears to attend Harvard Business
School.
Billy Vessels -
Oklahoma
1952
Baltimore Colts
1953/Round 1
#2
Decided to play in Canada & was leagues Most
Outstanding player in '53.  Played for Colts in '56.
Johnny Lattner -
Notre Dame
1953
Pittsburgh Steelers
1954/Round 1
#7
Played for Steelers one season before joining Air
Force.
Alan Ameche -
Wisconsin
1954
Baltimore Colts
1955/Round 1
#3
1955 NFL Rookie of the Year & 4x Pro Bowl in 6
years
Howard Cassady -
Ohio State
1955
Detroit Lions
1956/Round 1
#3
Cassady played nine NFL seasons with the
Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and the
Philadelphia Eagles.
Paul Hornung -
Notre Dame
1956
Green Bay Packers
1957/Round 1
#1
Won 4 NFL championships with the Green Bay
Packers and led the league scoring 3 times.  
Hornung was the 1961 NFL MVP & is a member
of the Pro Football HOF.
John David Crow -
Texas A&M
1957
Chicago Cardinals
1958/Round 1
#2
Played 11 NFL seasons for & 4 Pro Bowls.  
Pete Dawkins -
Army
1958
Not Drafted
N/A
N/A
This Rhodes Scholar pursued a military career
and became an Army Brigadier General.
Billy Cannon - LSU
1959
Los Angeles Rams
Houston Oilers (AFL)
1960/Round 1
1960/Round 1
#1
#1
Signed with AFL's Oilers and was leagues
rushing leader in 1961.  Also played for Raiders
&  Chiefs
Joe Bellino - Navy
1960
Washington
Redskins
Boston Patriots
1961/Round 17
1961/Round 19
#227
#146
Served 4 years of active duty before playing 3
seasons for the Patriots.
Michigan's Tom Harmon
played for the LA Rams
for two seasons and then
became a broadcaster &
the father of actress
Kristin Nelson, and Kelly
Harmon & actor Mark
Harmon
Heisman Winner
- School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By
Draft
Year/Round
Overall
Selection
Summary
Ernie Davis -
Syracuse
1961
Washington
Redskins
1963/Round 1
#1
Traded to Cleveland after draft.  Davis developed
Leukemia & never played for Browns.  Died in
1962.
Terry Baker -
Oregon State
1962
Los Angeles Rams
1963/Round 1
#1
Played 3 seasons for Rams and 1 in the CFL.
Roger Staubach -
Navy
1963
Dallas Cowboys
1964/Round 10
#129
After military career, joined Dallas as a
27-year-old rookie.  6x Pro Bowl selections, &
Super Bowl VI MVP.  Pro Football Hall of Fame
inductee.
John Huarte -
Notre Dame
1964
Philadelphia Eagles
1965/Round 6
#76
Also drafted by AFL Jets.  Played for Jets one
season and 5 other teams in 10-year pro career.
Mike Garrett -
USC
1965
Los Angeles Rams
1966/Round 2
#18
Also drafted by AFL K.C. Chiefs and won a Super
Bowl (IV).  Finished career in '73 with Chargers.
Steve Spurrier -
Florida
1966
San Francisco 49ers
1967/Round 1
#3
Played 9 seasons for SF and final year for
expansion Tampa Bay. Threw 40 career TD
passes.
Gary Beban -
UCLA
1967
Los Angeles Rams
1968/Round 2
#30
Played for Redskins in '68 & '69 before retiring.
O.J. Simpson -
USC
1968
Buffalo Bills
1969/Round 1
#1
In '72, became first to surpass 2,000 yards
rushing in single season.  5x All-Pro and Pro
Football HOF.
Steve Owens -
Oklahoma
1969
Detroit Lions
1970/Round 1
#19
In 1971, became first Lion to rush for 1,000+
yards.  Earned Pro Bowl in '71. Injuries ended
career in 1975
Jim Plunkett -
Stanford
1970
New England
Patriots
1971/Round 1
#1
Struggled with Pats and 49ers early in career, but
won SB XV MVP honors by guiding Raiders to
victory.
Pat Sullivan -
Auburn
1971
Atlanta Falcons
1972/Round 2
#40
Played 4 years in Atlanta & final 2 with
Washington.
Johnny Rodgers
- Nebraska
1972
San Diego Chargers
1973/Round 1
#25
Began pro career as the top rookie in the
CFL.  After 4 seasons in Montreal, finished
career in '78 in S.D.
John Cappelletti
- Penn State
1973
Los Angeles Rams
1974/Round 1
#11
Played 5 years with Rams & 4 with Chargers.
Archie Griffin -
Ohio State
1974 &
75
Cincinnati Bengals
1976/Round 1
#24
This Rhodes Scholar pursued a military career and
became an Army Brigadier General.
Tony Dorsett -
Pittsburgh
1976
Dallas Cowboys
1977/Round 1
#2
11 years in Dallas and 1 in Denver. NFL ROY, 4x
Pro Bowl player and SB XII champ.  Pro Football
HOF
Earl Campbell -
Texas
1977
Houston Oilers
1978/Round 11
#1
Offensive ROY in '78 and NFL MVP in '79.  Was 3x
All-Pro selection for Oilers.  Played 9 yrs
Oilers/Saints
Heisman Winner -
School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By:
Draft
Year/Round
Overall
Selection
Summary
Billy Sims -
Oklahoma
1978
Detroit Lions
1980/Round 1
#1
Billy Sims earned 3 Pro Bowl selections with the
Detroit Lions before suffering a career ending
knee injury in 1984.  Sims was the 1980 NFL
Offensive ROY.
Charles White -
USC
1979
Cleveland Browns
1980/Round 1
#27
After slow start in Cleveland, White earned Pro
Bowl and Comeback POY with Rams in '87.  
Retired in '88.
George Rogers -
South Carolina
1980
New Orleans Saints
1981/Round 1
#1
Rogers was the 1981 NFL ROY while leading the
league in rushing.  His career tailed off after
that.  Rogers played 4 years in New Orleans and
3 for Washington.
Marcus Allen -
USC
1981
Los Angeles Raiders
1982/Round 1
#10
16 remarkable seasons with Raiders & Chiefs.  
6x Pro Bowl, '85 NFL MVP, SB XVIII MVP & Pro
F'ball HOF.
Herschel Walker
-Georgia
1982
Dallas Cowboys
1985/Round 5
#114
Stint with USFL began 14-year pro career.  Won
USFL rushing title in '85 & '85.  Gained 18,168
combined yards in 12 NFL years.
Mike Rozier-
Nebraska
1983
Houston Oilers
1984/Supple-
mental Round 1
#2
Began 8-year pro career with USFL's Pittsburgh
Maulers and finished his career with the Atlanta
Falcons
Doug Flutie -
Boston Coll.
1984
Los Angeles Rams
1985/Round 11
#285
Fluties's 21-year career included the USFL, CFL
& NFL.  3x Grey Cup champ & CFL's most
outstanding player 6x.  '98 NFL Comeback Player
of the Year.
Bo Jackson-
Auburn
1985
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
LA Raiders
1986/Round 1

1988/Round 7
#1

#183
Perhaps best pro athlete ever.  Played for MLB &
NFL & was an All Star for KC and Pro Bowler for
Oakland.  A serious hip injury in 1991 ended his
NFL career.
Vinny Testaverde
-
Miami
1986
Tampa Bay
Bucaneers
1987/Round 1
#1
Played with 7 NFL teams over a 21-year span
and enjoyed 2 Pro Bowl seasons.  At 43,
became oldest starting QB to win a game in NFL
history.
Tim Brown-
Notre Dame
1987
Los Angles Raiders
1988/Round 1
#6
Brown played all but one of his 17 seasons with
the Raiders and earned 9 Pro Bowl seasons and
14,934 receiving yards which was the 2nd most
in NFL history when he retired.
Barry Sanders -
Oklahoma State
1988
Detroit Lions
1989/Round 1
#3
Was on pace to become NFL's all-time leading
rusher when he unexpectedly retired before the
'99 season. Was a 10x Pro Bowl selection & '97
NFL MVP.   Rushed for 15,269 yards and 109
TD's in 10 seasons.
Andre Ware -
Houston
1989
Detroit Lions
1990/Round 1
#7
Played in Detroit 4 years before his NFL career
ended with the Raiders in '94.  Also played in the
CFL.
Ty Detmer- BYU
1990
Green Bay Packers
1992/Round 9
#230
Deemed too small to play NFL QB, but logged a
14-year career as mostly a backup for 6 teams.
Desmond Howard
- Michigan
1991
Washington
Redskins
1992/Round 1
#4
Although drafted as a WR, Howard made his NFL
mark as a punt returner where he was Super
Bowl XXXI MVP for the Packers.  Played for 5
NFL teams.
Gino Torretta -
Miami
1992
Minnesota Vikings
1993/Round 7
#192
Was on the roster of 5 NFL teams in 5 year
career, but saw little action.
Charlie Ward -
Florida State
1993
Not drafted by an
NFL team
N/A
N/A
After stating that he would not play in the NFL
unless drafted in the 1st round, Charlie Ward
was instead drafted into the NBA where he had
a successful career
Heisman Winner -
School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By:
Draft
Year/Round
Overall Selection
Summary
Rashaan Salaam -
Colorado
1994
Chicago Bears
1995/Round 1
#21
Although rushing for 1000+ yds and 10 TD's his
rookie year, injuries and fumbles ended his NFL
career after 4 seasons.  Salaam's career ended
in 2004 with the CFL.
Eddie George -
Ohio State
1995
Houston Oilers
1996/Round 1
#14
George was the '96 NFL ROY and ran strong for
the Oilers/Titans thru the '03 season.  When
George retired in '04 after a season in Dall., he
had 10,441 career rushing yards, 2,227 Rec.
yards,  78 total TD's & 4 Pro Bowls.
Danny Wuerffel -
Florida
1996
New Orleans
Saints
1997/Round 4
#99
Wuerffel served primarily as a backup and his six
year NFL career included stints in N.O., G. Bay,
Chi. & Wash.
Charles Woodson
- Michigan
1997
Los Angeles
Raiders
1998/Round 1
#4
Woodson's remarkable career began with the
Oakland Raiders in 1988 before joining Green Bay
in 2006.  Woodson is a 3x NFL All-Pro selection
and was the 2009 AP Defensive Player of the
Year.
Ricky Williams -
Texas
1998
New Orleans
Saints
1999/Round 1
#5
After being heralded as a football savior for Mike
Ditka's Saints, Williams played threel injury
plagued seasons before being traded to Miami.  
Williams' fist Dolphins stint began in 2002.  He then
stepped away from football 2004 before returning
in 2006.
Ron Dayne -
Wisconsin
1999
New York Giants
2000/Round 1
#11
Dayne's NFL career earned early success as the
powerful component of the Giants Thunder &
Lightning duo.  However Dayne's star status
quickly faded and his career concluded with short
stints in Denver, Houston & Indy.
Chris Weinke -
Florida State
2000
Carolina
Panthers
2001/Round 4
#106
Weinke played for Carolina from 2001-06 and
was the team's starting QB during the 2001 1-15
season.  Weinke's final stint was with San
Francisco in 2007.
Eric Crouch -
Nebraska
2001
St. Louis Rams
2002/Round 3
#95
Crouch was drafted by the Rams who envisioned
him as a wide receiver instead of a QB because
of his small stature.  Crouch was injured before
making his Rams debut.  He later played as a DB
in NFL Europe and also played QB for the CFL's
Saskatchewan franchise in 2006-07.
Carson Palmer -
USC
2002
Cincinnati
Bengals
2003/Round 1
#1
Palmer instantly became the face of the Bengals
franchise and has proven to be a top notch pro
QB.  Despite battling injuries, Palmer has earned
two Pro Bowl berths (2005, 2006).
Jason White -
Oklahoma
2003
Undrafted
N/A
N/A
Although not drafted, White was eventually
signed by the Tennessee Titans as a free agent in
2005.  However the former Sooner soon stepped
away from pro ball.
Heisman
Winner - School
Heisman
Year
Drafted By:
Draft
Year/Round
Overall
Selection
Summary
Matt Leinart -
USC
2004
Arizona Cardinals
2006/Round 1
#10
Leinart has served primarily as a backup while with
the Cardinals after struggling with inconsistencies
and injuries.  Following the retirement of Kurt
Warner at the end of the 2009 season, Leinart was
renamed the team's starting QB.
Reggie Bush -
USC
2005
New Orleans Saints
2006/Round 1
#2
Although not the complete dominating force some
expected, Bush has been a big-play artist for the
Saints and was a key component in the franchise
winning their first Super Bowl.
Troy Smith -
Ohio State
2006
Baltimore Ravens
2007/Round 5
#174
Since being drafted by the Ravens, Smith has been
a backup for most of his career.
Tim Tebow -
Florida
2007
Denver Broncos
2010/Round 1
#25
Tebow entered the NFL nearly three years after
winning the Heisman Trophy.  The former Gator
soared to instant stardom before he threw his first
pass with his jersey ranking number 1 in NFL jersey
sales.  In his second season, Tebow emerged as
the starter and led the Broncos to a division title.
Sam Bradford -
Oklahoma
2008
St. Louis Rams
2010/Round 1
#1
Tremendous expectations are on the shoulders of
Sam Bradford following his selection as the number
1 pick in
the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mark Ingram -
Alabama
2009
New Orleans Saints
2011/Round 1
#28
Ingram joined the New Orleans Saints after being
selected in first round of the 2011 Draft.  
Cam Newton-
Auburn
2010
Carolina Panthers
2011/Round 1
#1
Newton completes the trifecta of being the Heisman
winner, winning a national championship and being
the NFL Draft's first selection.
Robert Griffin III
B
aylor
2011
Washington
Redskins
2012/Round 1
#2
RG3 became the new face of the Redskins after
Washington trades up for the draft's #2 pick and
select him.
Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M
2012
Cleveland Browns
2014/Round 1
#22
Manziel was selected by Cleveland with the
22nd overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jameis Winston
Florida State
2013
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
2015/Round 1
#1
Winston stayed in the "Sunshine State" with
his selection by Tampa Bay
Marcus Mariota
Oregon
2014
Tennessee Titans
2015/Round 1
#2
Much like Mariotta followed Jameis Winston
as a Heisman winner, he followed the 2013
winner in the NFL Draft.
Derrick Henry
Alabama
2016
Tennessee Titans
2016/Round 2
#45
For the second season in a row, the
Tennessee Titans drafted a Heisman Tropyy
winner.  Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
said that he was shocked that Henry lasted
that long in the draft and that Henry "Breaks
the mold."
Iowa's Nile Kinnick
never had the the
Hawkeyes in the NFL.  
Kinnick was killed in
WW II when his aircraft
crashed during a
training mission.
Army's Glen Davis
was a Detroit Lions first
round draft choice in
1947. Military duty  kept
Davis out of the league
until he joined the Los
Angeles Rams three
years later.
SMU's Doak Walker
Helped the Detroit Lions
to win two NFL
Championships while
earning All-Pro honors 5
Times in his career that
spanned from 1950 to
1955.
SMU's Doak Walker
Helped the Detroit Lions
to win two NFL
Championships while
earning All-Pro honors 5
Times in his career that
spanned from 1950 to
1955.
Notre Dame's Paul
Hornung
Helped the Green Bay
Packers to win four NFL
Championships while also
earning NFL MVP honors in
1961.  Hornung later joined
the Pro Footbal HOF.
Texas' Earl Campbell
stayed in the heart of
Texas as a member of
the "Luv ya Blue"
Houston Oilers.  
Campbell was an NFL
MVP in 1979 and was
enshrined in the Pro
Football HoF in 1991.
didn't join the NFL until he
was 27 due to his military
commitment.  However
Roger the Doger still led
Dallas to 2 Super Bowl
titles and was inducted
into the Pro Football HoF in
1985.
Stanford's Jim Plunkett
struggled in his pro stints
with New England and San
Francisco.  However the
1970 Heisman winner led
the Oakland Raiders to a
victory in Super Bowl XV
over Philadelphia.
Heisman Trophy Winner Danny Wuerffel
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All eyes are on where 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry will be drafted.  The punishing running back helped deliver Alabama a national
championship and promises to be a force in the NFL
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