Northwestern Wildcats Quarterbacks Picked In The NFL Draft


Northwestern University is located in Evanston, Illinois and plays its home football games at Ryan Field. This is the only private university in the Big Ten Conference and it has had some great players over the years. The position that gets the most attention though on a football team is quarterback and many people judge how good a player is by whether or not he was selected in the NFL Draft. Here is a look at all the Northwestern Wildcat quarterbacks in history who have been taken in the NFL Draft.

Otto Graham – 1944 – Lions – 1st Round
Otto Graham was an amazing athlete who played for both the Cleveland Browns of the AAFC and NFL as well as the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League. He still holds many league and team football records for his college and pro accomplishments. He would eventually be voted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the College Football Hall of Fame. Later, he would spend time as a football coach at both the college and professional levels.

Dick Thornton – 1961 – Cardinals – 6th Round
Dick Thornton would go on to play in the Canadian Football League for both the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Tommy Myers – 1965 – Lions – 4th Round
Tommy Myers played just two seasons in the NFL, both of them for the Detroit Lions.

Mitch Anderson – 1975 – Falcons – 17th Round

Randy Dean – 1977 – Giants – 5th Round
Randy Dean competed in the NFL for three years, all of them with the New York Giants. He also appeared in the 1976 Summer Olympics in the sport of handball. He threw just one touchdown pass during his time in the NFL. It came in the first quarter of a 1978 17-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. It went for six yards and was caught by Gary Shirk.

Mike Kafka – 2010 – Eagles – 4th Round
Mike Kafka would spend his rookie year as the third string quarterback for Philadelphia, behind starter Michael Vick and backup Kevin Kolb. After Kolb was traded to Arizona before the 2011 season, Kafka looked to become the primary backup but the team also acquired former Titans quarterback Vince Young. Kafka would still see time replacing Vick when both he and Young were injured.

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