Drafting third, the Saints picked Muncie. Along with Oklahoma's Joe Washington (No. 4, to San Diego), Purdue's Mike Pruitt (No. 7, Cleveland), Texas A&M's Bubba Bean (No. 9, Atlanta) and Wyoming's Larry Gaines (No. 16, Detroit), Muncie was one of five running backs drafted before Cincinnati selected Griffin, the two-time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State whose size may militate against his success in the NFL. As for the sanity of the Cleveland statistics crew, it now has the vexing prospect of Greg Pruitt and Mike Pruitt operating out of the same backfield.
Responding to tradition and the likelihood that this season will be Namath's last, the Jets drafted Richard Todd of Alabama, the only quarterback taken in the first round. It was a selection that earned loud cheers from the partisan gallery, where a fan's sign read DON'T BLOW IT, TAKE TODD #1.
The Big Ten led the draft with 51 players, while Ohio State and Nebraska topped individual schools with 11 each. In all, 258 offensive and 208 defensive players were drafted. Twenty-one specialists completed the total.
An NFL coach once said it took three seasons to evaluate the success of a draft. The way times are changing, this draft may be the last one he rates.