Big Red Draft Results: 1962 NFL Draft

As we move closer to the 2023 NFL Draft (April 27-29), The Big Red Zone is looking back on all of the 28 St. Louis Cardinals drafts (1960-87). This installment focuses on the 1962 Draft, which was held December 4, 1961 in Chicago. Although the Cardinals had 21 picks, it was arguably their least productive selection meeting. Wally Lemm, who was in his first season as the team’s head coach in 1962, summarized it succinctly. “We came up with only one player, Irv Goode, who helped us,” Lemm said in the 1975 book “Big Red,” written by St. Louis Globe-Democrat sports editor Robert L. Burnes.

1961 St. Louis Cardinals Draft

Irv Goode played 10 seasons in St. Louis and earned two trips to the Pro Bowl.
1-6Fate EcholsTNorthwestern
1-12Irv GoodeGKentucky
2-19   Bobby JacksonFBNew Mexico State
3-24Chuck BryantEOhio State
4-47Roger Kochman  HBPenn State
5-69       Bill RiceEAlabama
6-75Jack ElwellWRPurdue
7-90Bill KirchiroGMaryland
8-103George GrossDTAuburn
9-118Wilburn HollisQBIowa
10-131George Francovitch GSyracuse
11-146Jimmy SaxtonHBTexas
12-159Bob O’BillovichGMontana State
13-174Bill Diamond GMiami (Fla.)
14-187George MansEMichigan
15-202Dick BarlundEMaryland
16-215Bucky Wegener GMissouri
17-230Don KassoHBOregon State 
18-243Don DonatelliCFlorida State
19-258Don SmithBLangston
20-271Judge DicksonBMinnesota

*Fate Echols arrived at rookie training camp overweight and was cut; he was re-signed before the 1962 season. He played in only eight games (0 starts) in two seasons with the Cardinals, including 1963, when he was switched to defensive tackle.

*An All-American at Kentucky, Irv Goode became an immediate starter with the Big Red. After playing left tackle for two seasons, he moved to left guard in 1964. Played in 134 games (132 starts) in 10 seasons in St. Louis. Was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1964 and 1967. Traded to Buffalo before the 1972 season but missed the entire season with a knee injury. Goode was “greatly disappointed” when the Big Red traded him. “You don’t play 10 years for an organization and not feel that way when you’re not needed any longer,” Goode told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Buffalo traded Goode to Miami before the 1973 season. He was a backup lineman for the Dolphins and their long snapper for two years, including ’73 when the Dolphins won the Super Bowl. 

*Charlie Bryant played in 13 games (0 starts) for St. Louis in 1962.

*Jack Elwell played in 13 games (0 starts) for St. Louis in 1962. He caught one pass for 11 yards.

From the Dec. 5, 1961 edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch

1 thought on “Big Red Draft Results: 1962 NFL Draft

  1. A really disappointing draft and a disappointing 4-9-1 season. So glad that Irv Goode was able to end his career with a Super Bowl ring.


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