Who was the first player drafted into the NFL draft?
In 1936, Jay Berwanger was the first player to be drafted by the National Football League in its initial college draft; he was selected first overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he chose not to turn professional and never played in the NFL.
Berwanger was the first winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1935.
Riley H. Smith was a quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He was the first player that signed from the draft that played in the NFL. He was the second player taken in the 1936 NFL Draft.