The AFL holds its first draft

Roger LeClerc
Roger LeClerc, shown here in 1963 while with the Chicago Bears, was the Broncos’ first draft pick. (AP Photo)

The AFL’s first player selection draft is held, lasting 32 rounds. Denver’s first pick is Roger LeClerc of Trinity College in Connecticut. He does not play for the Broncos until 1967, as he opts to join the NFL’s Chicago Bears, who made him a 15th-round selection in the 1959 draft.