When the first NFL Draft was held in 1936, the first player selected was 1935 Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger.  
Through the years, selecting the winners of college football's top individual award has been a popular early-round
choice.  Below we highlight the teams that have selected the most Heisman winners in the NFL Draft.
TheHeismanWinners.com - Heisman Trophy Winners - Heisman Trophy Candidates - Heisman Trophy HistoryNFL Teams That Have Drafted the Most Heisman Winners
When selecting college football's biggest stars, Detroit has led the way
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Current
NFL Franchises
Number of
Heisman
Winners
Players and the year they were
drafted
Detroit Lions
10
Larry Kelley, Yale, 1937 - Clint Frank, Yale 1938 - Frank
Sinkwich
, Georgia, 1943 - Glenn Davis, Army, 1947 - Leon
Hart,
Notre Dame, 1950 - Howard Cassady, Ohio State,
1956 -
Steve Owens, Oklahoma, 1970 - Billy Sims,
Oklahoma 1980 -
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1989 -
Andre Ware, Houston, 1990
Cleveland/LA/St. Louis
Rams
9
Les Horvath, Ohio State, 1943, Billy Cannon, LSU, 1960 -
Terry Baker, Oregon State, 1963 - , Mike Garrett, USC,
1966 -
Gary Beban, UCLA, 1968 - John Cappalletti, Penn
State, 1974 -
Doug Flutie, Boston College, 1985 -  Eric
Crouch
, Nebraska, 2002 - Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 2010
Houston Oilers
Tennessee Titans
6
Billy Cannon, LSU, 1960, Earl Campbell, Texas, 1978, Mike
Rozier,
Nebraska, 1984 - Eddie George, Ohio State 1996,
Marcus Mariota, Oregon, 2014,
Derrick Henry 2016
Washington
Redskins
5
Vick Janowicz, Ohio State, 1952 - Joe Bellino, Navy, 1961 -
Ernie Davis,
Syracuse, 1963 - Desmond Howard,
Washington, 1992,
Robert Griffin III, Baylor, 2012
Chicago Bears
4
Tom Harmon, Michigan, 1941 - Johnny Lujack, Notre
Dame, 1949 -
Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, 1952 - Rashaan
Salaam,
Colorado 1995
New Orleans Saints
4
George Rogers, South Carolina, 1981 - Danny Wuerffel,
Florida, 1997 -
Ricky Williams, Texas, 1999 - Reggie Bush,
USC, 2006
Oakland/LA
Raiders
4
Marcus Allen, USC, 1982 - Bo Jackson, Auburn, 1988 - Tim,
Brown Notre Dame, 1988, Charles Woodson, Michigan,
1998,
Dallas Cowboys
3
Roger Staubach, Navy, 1964 - Tony Dorsett, Pitt, 1977 -
Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1985
Green Bay Packers
3
Bruce Smith, Minnesota, 1942 - Paul Hornung Notre Dame,
1957 -
Ty Detmer, BYU, 1992
Philadelphia Eagles
3
Jay Berwanger, Chicago, 1936, Davey O'Brien, TCU, 1939,
John Huarte, Notre Dame, 1965
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
3
Bo Jackson, Auburn 1986 - Vinny Testaverde, Miami 1987,
Jameis Winston, FSU, 2013
Heisman Trophy
Winners in the NFL
Draft
Discover when and by what
pro team these college
football legends were
drafted.  Many former
Heisman winners were the
top player in the NFL Draft
while some players never
had their named called by the
league.
NFL Rookie of the Year
Winners
Tony Dorsett is just one Heisman
winner that enjoyed immediate
success in the NFL.
NFL Franchise
Number of
Heisman
Winners
Players and the year they were drafted
Arizona, St. Louis, Chicago
Cardinals
2
John David Crow, Texas A&M, 1958 - Matt Leinart, USC, 2004
Carolina Panthers
2
Chris Weinke, FSU, 2001, Cam Newton, Auburn, 2011
Cincinnati Bengals
2
Archie Griffin, Ohio State, 1976 - Carson Palmer, USC, 2003
Cleveland Browns
  Charles White, USC, 1980 - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2014
Indianapolis/Baltimore
Colts
2
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, 1953 - Alan Ameche, Wisconsin,
1955
New England
Patriots
2
Joe Bellino, Navy, 1961 - Jim Plunkett, Stanford, 1971
Pittsburgh Steelers
2
Doc Blanchard, Army, 1946, Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame, 954
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
2
Bo Jackson, Auburn 1986 - Vinny Testaverde, Miami 1987,
Jameis Winston 2014
Atlanta Falcons
1
Pat Sullivan, Auburn, 1972
Baltimore Ravens
1
Troy Smith, Ohio State, 2007
Denver Broncos
1
Tim Tebow, Florida, 2010
Minnesota Vikings
1
Gino Torretta, Miami, 1993
San Diego Chargers
1
Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, 1973
San Francisco
49ers
1
Steve Spurrier, Florida, 1967
Derrick Henry
The 2015 Heisman winner
was drafted by Tennesse in
the 2nd round of the draft.
Marcus Mariota
The 2014 Heisman Trophy
winner drafted early in the
2015 draft.
The Detroit Lions have
drafted more Heisman
winners than any franchise