Friday, May 6, 1977 6:40 pm
1st round 21st pick Tennessee selects A.J. Duhe, linebacker, LSU
1st round 22nd pick New York selects Wesley Walker, California
1st round 23rd pick Washington selects Wilson Faumuina, defensive tackle, San Jose State
7:04 pm Harry Gilmer approaches the podium for the 24th time on the evening, “with the twenty-fourth pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select Warren Bryant, tackle, Kentucky. Dallas is now on the clock.”
“Well that does it……Dallas picks Cory and we are going with a defensive back,” barked Sanders when he heard the news.
“I agree….if we can’t get Sweitzer then we need to focus on Herman Edwards. What does everyone think,” exclaimed Coryell.
“Hey guys…Gilmer is already heading to the podium,” observed Altizer. “Only two minutes and their pick is in……It’s Tony Hill.”
1st round 25th pick Dallas selects Tony Hill, wide receiver, Stanford
Coryell smiled and circled Sweitzer’s name on the board, “Call it in…….wait…..let’s take our time…..wait until eight minutes in on the clock before we call it in…..” the room broke into a barrage of clapping and laughter.
7:14 pm “With the 26th pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the San Diego Chargers select Cory Sweitzer, tackle, Arizona State. Toronto is now on the clock.” Scouting report on Sweitzer: This kid has a strong future, but he’s not there yet. Give him time. Sweitzer, 6’6” 275 lbs, is a big bodied offensive lineman who started 22 games at Arizona State at left tackle. He is s strong pass blocking tackle and has great discipline.
1st round 27th pick Toronto selects Gary Jeter, defensive end, USC
1st round 28th pick New England selects Stanley Morgan, wide receiver, Tennessee
1st round 29th pick New Orleans selects Ted McKnight, running back, Minnesota-Duluth
1st round 30th pick Green Bay selects Ezra Johnson, defensive end, Morris Brown
7:57 pm Commissioner Gilmer walked up to the podium for the last time of the evening. “With the thirty-first pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Jacksonville Bulls select Vince Ferragamo, quarterback, Nebraska. That concludes the first round.”