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1984 USFL Draft

By Patrick Mondout

The United States Football League (USFL) held its second annual draft in January of 1984. The first pick, as expected, was Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, running back of Nebraska.

Expansion teams went first, but also received additional picks in each odd-numbered round (two first rounders, two third rounders, etc.). Below are the two first rounds of the draft.

The New Jersey Generals lost their first round pick as punishment for signing Herschel Walker a year earlier in apparently violation of the obviously flexible USFL rules regarding underclassmen.

We also have the 1984 NFL Draft and other USFL drafts.




1 Pittsburgh Mike Rozier RB Nebraska Houston
2 Oklahoma Ron Faurot DB Arkansas  
3 Chicago Irving Fryar WR Nebraska San Antonio
4 Memphis Barney Bussey DB South Carolina State  
5 Arizona Keith Millard DT Washington State Houston
6 Jacksonville Gary Clark WR James Madison  
7 Chicago Albert Bentley RB Miami FL  
8 Washington Allanda Smith DB TCU  
- New Jersey (Forfeited for signing Herschel Walker)
9 Denver Russell Carter DB SMU  
10 Los Angeles Steve Young QB BYU  
11 Oakland Cliff Benson TE Purdue  
12 Birmingham Kyle Clifton LB TCU  
13 New Orleans Buford Jordan RB McNeese St.  
14 New Jersey Steve DeOssie LB Boston College Tampa Bay
15 Arizona Lupe Sanchez DB UCLA  
16 Philadelphia Scot Randon T Nebraska  
17 Michigan Stanford Jennings RB Furman Jacksonville
18 Oakland Bo Eason DB UC Davis Houston
19 New Jersey Eric Williams DT Washington St.  
20 Memphis Martin Bayless DB Bowling Green  
21 San Antonio Don Rogers DB UCLA  
22 Oklahoma Conrad Goode T Missouri  
23 Los Angeles Kevin Nelson RB UCLA Pittsburgh

24 Washington Fred Robinson DE Miami FL  
25 Chicago Terry Taylor DB So. Illinois  
26 New Jersey Gary Reasons LB NW Louisiana  
27 Washington Patrick Allen DB Utah St. Denver
28 Pittsburgh Don Maggs T Tulane Los Angeles
29 Pittsburgh Doug Hollie DE SMU Birmingham
30 Oakland Sean McNanie DE San Diego St.  
31 Washington Keith Kidd WR Arkansas Tampa Bay
32 New Orleans Mark Schellen DE Nebraska  
33 Chicago Mike Russell LB Toledo Arizona
34 Philadelphia George Jamison LB Cincinnati  
35 Michigan Walter Brougton RB Jacksonville  
36 Los Angeles Gary Zimmmerman G Oregon  
37 Oklahoma Norm Granger RB Iowa  
38 San Antonio Rick Neuheisel QB UCLA  
39 Memphis Chris Scott DT Purdue  
40 Houston Rodney Bellinger DB Miami FL  
41 Jacksonville Ken Hobart QB Idaho  

USFL Bibliography
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1985
USFL Media Guides (each team published one each year)

Kickoff Magazine (published by league; 9 issues per year + playoffs; sold at games)
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview" inserts)

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--Patrick Mondout


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