1988 NFL Draft

The 1988 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 24–25, 1988, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, New York.[1][2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

1988 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 24–25, 1988
LocationNew York Marriott Marquis
in New York City
333 total selections in 12 rounds
First selectionAundray Bruce, LB
Atlanta Falcons
Mr. IrrelevantJeff Beathard, WR
Los Angeles Rams
Most selections (14)Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears
Los Angeles Rams
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
Miami Dolphins
Fewest selections (8)Indianapolis Colts
Hall of Famers

With the first overall pick of the draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected linebacker Aundray Bruce. Notably, the first player selected at the quarterback position did not come until the third round (68th overall) with Tom Tupa (by the Phoenix Cardinals), who was also selected because of his ability as a punter. This is the last draft in which the first quarterback was selected this late.[3] In fact, only one draft since – 1996 – has gone without a quarterback being drafted in the first round.[4]

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