Big Red Draft Results : 1960

As the NFL moves closer to the 2023 Draft (April 27-29), the Big Red Zone will look back at each of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 28 drafts, starting in 1960. Each installment in the series will include a list of that year’s selections, a rating of each pick based on that player’s contributions to the Cardinals, and notes about some of the players. Feel free to debate. One thing we probably all can agree on: The Big Red had a lot of bad drafts even before George Boone arrived on the scene. 

1960 St. Louis Cardinals Draft

Larry Wilson, Charley Johnson, and Bob DeMarco all came out of the 1960 Draft and had long careers in the NFL.
1-2George IzoQBNotre Dame
2-13Harold OlsonTClemson
2-14Mike McGeeGDuke
3-26Hugh McInnisTESouthern Miss
3-29Charley EllzeyCSouthern Miss
4-37Willie WestDBOregon
4-38Silas WoodsEMarquette
5-50Bill BurrellBIllinois
5-54George PhelpsTCornell Col.
5-60Ed MazurkaT 
6-61Jacky LeeQBCincinnati
7-74Larry WilsonDBUtah
8-85Wayne CrowHBCalifornia
9-98Dewitt HoopesTNorthwestern
10-109Charley JohnsonQBNew Mexico State
10-113Paul OglesbyTUCLA
11-122Bobby TownsDBGeorgia
12-133Tom ChapmanEDetroit Mercy
13-146Vic JonesHBIndiana
14-156Bob DeMarcoCDayton
15-170Frank MestnikFBMarquette
16-181Jim Lee HuntDTPrairie View A&M
17-194Joe DavisTThe Citadel
18-205Bob HaasHBMissouri
19-218Herman AlexanderTFindlay
20-229Tom DayDENorth Carolina A&T

*The 1960 draft was held on Nov. 30, 1959, so the Cardinals were still in Chicago (they didn’t relocate to St. Louis until March 1960). There were 20 rounds. The Cardinals selected 26 players.

*Izo played only one season, 1960, for the Cardinals and started only one game. Izo’s 1960 stats: 24 pass attempts, 10 completions, 115 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. He played six more seasons in the NFL—four for Washington, one for Detroit and one for Pittsburgh—mostly as a backup. George Izo Sr., his father, played quarterback at Notre Dame under legendary coach Knute Rockne.

*Lee played 11 seasons—six for Houston, three for Kansas City and two for Denver—mostly as a backup.

*Wilson played 13 seasons for the Cardinals (169 games/163 starts). Had 52 career interceptions and scored five touchdowns. Selected to eight Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection five times. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

*Johnson played nine seasons for the Cardinals (Army obligations and injuries interrupted his career). Big Red stats: 87 games, 69 starts, 2,047 pass attempts, 1,030 completions, 14,928 yards, 108 touchdowns, 110 interceptions. Selected to one Pro Bowl. Also played for Houston (two years) and Denver (four years).

*DeMarco played nine seasons (107 games and 102 starts) for the Cardinals. Picked to three Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection once. Also played for Miami (two years), Cleveland (three years) and the L.A. Rams (one year).

*Hunt played for the AFL’s Boston Patriots and was one of only 20 players to play in all 10 seasons of the AFL. 

(From the December 11, 1959 issue of The Tidings, Los Angeles, CA)

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