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Updated April 19, 2010 | OU Draft 
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  OU AFL Draft Picks

The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when it was merged with the established National Football League (NFL). The upstart AFL operated in direct competition with the more established NFL throughout its existence. Initially viewed as inferior, the AFL began attracting top talent from colleges and the NFL by the mid-1960s, well before the Common Draft which began in 1967. Oklahoma contributed 22 selections in AFL drafts, but only 21 players. Halfback Joe Don Looney was selected in both the 1963 and 1964 drafts.
 
Draft
Round
No.
Player Team
Pos
1966
3
22
Carl McAdams New York Jets DT
15
130
Mike Ringer Denver DB
1965
2
15
Ralph Neely Houston T
6
48
Lance Rentzel Buffalo WR
8
60
Rick McCurdy New York Jets DE
17
130
Jim Grisham Houston FB
1964
6
44
Joe Don Looney Kansas City HB
19
147
Glen Condren New York Jets DT
24
190
John Garrett Houston LB
1963
13
104
Dennis Ward Kansas City G
15
118
Joe Don Looney Houston HB
18
143
Paul Lea Houston HB
20
159
Wayne Lee Houston C
1962
30
237
Mike McClellan New York Titans DB
34
272
Phil Lohman San Diego C
1961
18
142
Ron Hartline Dallas Texans FB

The 1960 American Football League Draft was held on November 22, 1959, shortly after the organization of the league, and lasted 33 rounds. An additional draft of 20 rounds was held by the AFL on December 2. Each AFL team had "territorial rights" to players from its general region for a first draft selection, so that teams could sign players who were known to their fans. These were not "picked" as such, but agreed on by consensus. After the first "territorial picks" the 1960 AFL draft proceeded with teams selecting by lot and player position, e.g., each team selected backs from the available list, then linemen, etc.
 
 1960 Draft (listed alphabetically) Team
Pos
 Bobby Boyd Los Angeles Chargers QB
 James Davis Boston Patriots C
 Prentice Gautt New York Titans FB
 Gilmer Lewis Dallas Texans T/G
 Ed "Wahoo" McDaniel Los Angeles Chargers E
 Jerry Thompson Buffalo Bills T/G

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