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A Historical Look at the Chiefs' First-Round Draft Picks

Posted Apr 20, 2017

Exploring how successful the Chiefs have been in the first round of the NFL Draft over the years

In 1967, a system called the “common draft” was implemented for the AFL and NFL. In this system, the two leagues held a joint draft for college players. The “common draft” existed until 1969 as the AFL and NFL would officially merge in 1970.

The following is a list of the 48 players the Chiefs have drafted in the first round since 1967:

YEAR

PICK

PLAYER

POS

ALL PRO

PRO BOWL

GAMES

SCHOOL

2015

18

Marcus Peters

CB

1

2

31

Washington

2014

23

Dee Ford

LB

0

0

45

Auburn

2013

1

Eric Fisher

T

0

0

62

Central Michigan

2012

11

Dontari Poe

DT

0

2

78

Memphis

2011

26

Jonathan Baldwin

WR

0

0

33

Pittsburgh

2010

5

Eric Berry

DB

3

5

86

Tennessee

2009

3

Tyson Jackson

DE

0

0

122

LSU

2008

5

Glenn Dorsey

DT

0

0

104

LSU

2008

15

Branden Albert

G

0

2

120

Virginia

2007

23

Dwayne Bowe

WR

0

1

125

LSU

2006

20

Tamba Hali

DE

0

5

172

Penn St.

2005

15

Derrick Johnson

LB

1

4

167

Texas

2003

27

Larry Johnson

RB

1

2

85

Penn St.

2002

6

Ryan Sims

DT

0

0

105

North Carolina

2000

21

Sylvester Morris

WR

0

0

15

Jackson St.

1999

14

John Tait

T

0

0

148

BYU

1998

27

Victor Riley

T

0

0

111

Auburn

1997

13

Tony Gonzalez

TE

6

14

270

California

1996

28

Jerome Woods

DB

0

1

128

Memphis

1995

31

Trezelle Jenkins

T

0

0

9

Michigan

1994

25

Greg Hill

RB

0

0

79

Texas A&M

1992

20

Dale Carter

DB

0

4

157

Tennessee

1991

21

Harvey Williams

RB

0

0

110

LSU

1990

13

Percy Snow

LB

0

0

40

Michigan St.

1989

4

Derrick Thomas HOF

LB

2

9

169

Alabama

1988

2

Neil Smith

DE

1

6

191

Nebraska

1987

19

Paul Palmer

RB

0

0

41

Temple

1986

7

Brian Jozwiak

G

0

0

28

West Virginia

1985

15

Ethan Horton

TE

0

1

116

North Carolina

1984

5

Bill Maas

NT

0

2

130

Pittsburgh

1984

21

John Alt

T

0

2

179

Iowa

1983

7

Todd Blackledge

QB

0

0

46

Penn St.

1982

11

Anthony Hancock

WR

0

0

59

Tennessee

1981

14

Willie Scott

TE

0

0

98

South Carolina

1980

11

Brad Budde

G

0

0

92

USC

1979

2

Mike Bell

DE

0

0

135

Colorado St.

1979

23

Steve Fuller

QB

0

0

90

Clemson

1978

2

Art Still

DE

0

4

167

Kentucky

1977

10

Gary Green

DB

0

4

132

Baylor

1976

14

Rod Walters

G

0

0

55

Iowa

1974

16

Woody Green

RB

0

0

28

Arizona St.

1972

23

Jeff Kinney

RB

0

0

62

Nebraska

1971

16

Elmo Wright

WR

0

0

51

Houston

1970

26

Sid Smith

C

0

0

53

USC

1969

23

Jim Marsalis

DB

1

2

90

Tennessee St.

1968

19

Mo Moorman

G

0

0

72

Texas A&M

1968

22

George Daney

G

0

0

97

Texas-El Paso

1967

24

Gene Trosch

DE

0

0

27

Miami (FL)

  • The most popular position for the Chiefs to draft in the first round is offensive line (12), followed by defensive line (10), running back and defensive back (6), receiver (5), linebacker (4), tight ends (3) and quarterback (2).
  • All six defensive backs selected in the first round made at least one Pro Bowl in their careers, led by Eric Berry (No. 5 overall – 2010) with five Pro Bowls. Dale Carter (No. 20 overall - 1992) and Gary Green (No. 10 overall – 1977) had four appearances each. Jim Marsalis (No. 23 overall – 1969) and Marcus Peters (No. 18 overall – 2015) earned two Pro Bowl trips and Jerome Woods (No. 28 overall – 1996) had one. 
  • The Chiefs have selected four players from LSU in the first round of the draft, which is the most for any school. Tyson Jackson (No. 3 overall - 2009), Glenn Dorsey (No. 5 overall - 2008), Dwayne Bowe (No. 23 overall - 2007) and Harvey Williams (No. 21 overall - 1991).
  • All 48 former Chiefs first-round picks have combined for 67 Pro Bowl appearances, led by tight end Tony Gonzalez (No. 13 overall – 1997) with 14.
  • Of the 48 picks, 26 of them have played in at least 85 career games.
  • There are six former first-round picks by the Chiefs that are still currently on the roster. Marcus Peters (No. 18 overall – 2015), Dee Ford (No. 23 overall – 2014), Eric Fisher (No. 1 overall – 2013), Eric Berry (No. 5 overall – 2010), Tamba Hali (No. 20 overall – 2006) and Derrick Johnson (No. 15 overall – 2005).
  • The Chiefs had no first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, as they traded out of the first round entirely.

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