Normally, this is a blog about 1967 football cards. To mark the occasion of the NFL draft, today we have some cross-set mojo, as I present the #1 overall draft picks for the years 1957 to 1971.
1958: King Hill (Rice) was selected by the Chicago Cardinals.
1959: Dick Bass (Pacific) was the #2 pick by the Rams. (QB Randy Duncan (Iowa) was drafted #1 by the Packers, but his only pro experience was 14 games (2 starts) for the 1961 AFL Texans.)
1961: Tommy Mason (Tulane) was selected by the Vikings.
1962: Roman Gabriel (NC State) was selected #2 by the Rams. (Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis of Syracuse was selected #1 by the Redskins, then traded to the Browns. He never played a down, having contracted leukemia.)
1964: Dave Parks (Texas Tech) was drafted by the 49ers.
1965: Tucker Fredrickson (Auburn) was drafted by the Giants. (In that same draft, the Bears picked Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers with the #3 and #4 overall picks.)
1967: Bubba Smith (Michigan State) was drafted by the Colts.
1968: Ron Yary (USC) was drafted by the Vikings.
1970: Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) was drafted by the Steelers.
1971: Jim Plunkett (Stanford) was drafted by the Patriots, and took every snap in his rookie season.