Only 28 of the 81 selections in the first NFL Draft in 1936 played in the league. The reasons varied — money, army enlistment, other job offers. The third-overall pick didn't play a snap; he was too busy with his writing career.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Notre Dame back William Shakespeare with the third pick. Shakespeare was the third of 24,844 players drafted over the next 82 years. There was Pizza, Proverb and Captain. A Hooker (a Fair one), Rambo, Box and Tongue.
Pool and Box. Sandy and Sharpe. Prince and Butler. We had Woodrow Wilson, Dick Nutt, John Snow and Karim Abdul-Jabbar. And don't forget Le-Lo, Az-Zahir or Gbaja-Biamila.
Here is the NFL Draft All-Time All-Name Team (nicknames are not eligible):