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NFL

1961 AFL Draft

Pick Player Team
1 Bob Gaiters / HB Broncos
2 Tommy Mason / RB Patriots
3 Ken Rice / T Bills
4 Joe Rutgens / DT Raiders
5 Tom Brown / G Titans
6 E.J. Holub / LB Cowboys
7 Earl Faison / DE Chargers
8 Mike Ditka / TE Oilers
9 Jerry Hill / RB Broncos
10 Rip Hawkins / LB Patriots