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1985 USFL Draft

By Patrick Mondout

The first two rounds of the 1985 United States Football League (USFL) draft are below. Jerry Rice was the first overall selection.

There are two reasons for 17 selections in the first round:
     1. Oklahoma and Arizona had not yet merged (15 teams)
     2. Arizona and Los Angeles had received 1st rounders from teams no longer in existence (Chicago and Michigan).

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1 Birmingham Jerry Rice WR Mississippi Valley St. Orlando
2 Arizona Tory Nixon DB San Diego St. Jacksonville
3 San Antonio Isiac Holt DB Alcorn St. Memphis
4 Denver John Nevens LB Fullerton St. Portland
5 New Jersey Jesse Penn LB Virginia Tech Denver
6 Houston Raphel Cherry QB Hawaii  
7 Oakland Bob Stadifer DT Tenn-Chattanooga  
8 Tampa Bay Don Anderson DB Purdue Los Angeles
9 Houston Mark Traynowicz C Nebraska  
10 Birmingham Kevin Allen T Indiana  
11 New Jersey Lee Rousan RB Colorado  
12 Tampa Bay Mike Gann DE Notre Dame  
13 Arizona Ronnie Washington LB NE Louisiana  
14 Baltimore Chris Burkett WR Jackson St.  
15 Arizona Sean Thomas DB TCU Chicago
16 Los Angeles Steve Sewell WR Oklahoma Michigan
17 Oklahoma James Maness WR TCU  

18 Orlando Lomas Brown T Florida  
19 Jacksonville Mike Pendleton DB Indiana  
20 New Jersey Peter Muldoon QB Holy Cross Memphis
21 Baltimore Wayne Davis DB Indiana St. San Antonio
22 Portland Daryl Smith DB North Alabama  
23 Denver Brad Calip WR East Central Oklahoma  
24 San Antonio Greg Greely DB Nicholls St. Los Angeles
(through Houston)
25 Oakland Tim Williams DB North Carolina A&T   
26 Houston Andre Harris DB Minnesota  
27 Jacksonville Mike Hamby DE Utah St. New Jersey
28 Tampa Bay Cam Jacobs LB Kentucky  
29 Arizona Darrell Warde LB S.F. Austin  
30 Baltimore Roger Caron T Harvard  
31 New Jersey Gene Lake RB Delaware St. Pittsburgh
32 Birmingham Tracy Mack LB Missouri Chicago

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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