10 Interesting Facts Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft

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For the third time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs hold the No. 27 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The last time they held this particular spot was in 2003, when they selected running back Larry Johnson out of Penn State. The other was in 1998, when they picked former Auburn offensive tackle Victor Riley.

This year's version of the draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, followed by rounds two and three Friday, and finally, rounds four through seven will take place Saturday.

As we look to the future with the players who will soon call themselves Chiefs later this weekend, here's a breakdown of all of general manager John Dorsey's selections with the Chiefs over the past four years:

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Here are 10 interesting facts regarding the draft:

1. The Chiefs have a total of 10 picks, which would be the most of any draft for Dorsey in his four years leading the Chiefs.

Click here for a list of all the Chiefs' picks this year.

2. Last year was the first time Dorsey drafted players from either the Big 10 or ACC conferences. 

KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame), D.J. White (Georgia Tech) and Dadi Nicolas (Virginia Tech) all played in the ACC, while Eric Murray (Minnesota) played in the Big 10.

3. Overall, 11 of the 32 total players Dorsey has selected have come from the SEC.

4. Of the 32 players Dorsey has drafted, 22 have come from Power Five conferences.

Here are a few more interesting facts about the organization's history of drafting (since 1967):

5. The most popular position for the Chiefs to draft in the first round is offensive line (12), followed by defensive line (10), running back (6), defensive back (6), receiver (5), linebacker (4), tight end (3) and quarterback (2).

6. All six defensive backs selected in the first round made at least one Pro Bowl in their careers, led by Dale Carter (No. 20 overall – 1992) and Gary Green (No. 10 overall – 1977) with four appearances each. Eric Berry (No. 5 overall – 2010) has been named to four Pro Bowls, Jim Marsalis (No. 23 overall – 1969) earned two Pro Bowl trips and Jerome Woods (No. 28 overall – 1996) had one. Last year's first-round pick, Marcus Peters, was named to the Pro Bowl and was also named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year.

7. 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).

8. All 48 former Chiefs first-round picks have combined for 69 Pro Bowl appearances, led by tight end Tony Gonzalez (No. 13 overall – 1997) with 14.

9. There are six former first-round picks by the Chiefs who are still 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).

10. There have been 51 players selected with the No. 27 overall pick in the NFL draft since 1967, and only one has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame—quarterback Dan Marino (1983, Miami Dolphins).


Here's a round-by-round look at some notable picks by the Chiefs since 1967:

Round 1: 48 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Offensive Line (12)

Most popular school: LSU (4)

Notable former players: Tony Gonzalez (1997), Dale Carter (1992), Derrick Thomas (1989), John Alt (1984), Bill Maas (1984), Gary Green (1977)

Current players: Marcus Peters (2015), Dee Ford (2014), Eric Fisher (2013), Eric Berry (2010), Tamba Hali (2006), Derrick Johnson (2005)


Round 2: 42 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular positions: Offensive Line (8), Defensive Line (8)

Most popular school: Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State (2)

Notable former players: Kevin Lockett (1997), Tim Grunhard (1990), Christian Okoye (1987), Joe Delaney (1981), Ed Podolak (1969), Willie Lanier (1967), Jim Lynch (1967)

Current players:Chris Jones (2016),* *Mitch Morse (2015)


Round 3: 55 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive Line (10)

Most popular school:North Carolina State, Tennessee (3)

Notable former players:Will Shields (1993), Albert Lewis (1983), Lloyd Burruss (1981), Gary Spani (1978), Henry Marshall (1976)

Current players:Travis Kelce (2013), Justin Houston (2011), Chris Conley (2015), Allen Bailey (2011), Phillip Gaines (2014), Steven Nelson (2015), Dustin Colquitt (2005).


Round 4: 52 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Linebacker (11), Wide Receiver (11)

Most popular school:TCU (3)

Notable former players:Jared Allen (2004), Donnie Edwards (1996), Jack Rudnay (1969)

Current players: Ramik Wilson (2015, De'Anthony Thomas (2014), Parker Ehinger (2016), Eric Murray (2016), Demarcus Robinson (2016)


Round 5: 55 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive backs (10)

Most popular school:Notre Dame (3)* *

Notable former players: Brandon Carr (2008), Scott Fujita (2002), Dante Hall (2000), Joe Horn (1996), Jim Arnold (1983), Carlos Carson (1980)

Current players:D.J. Alexander (2015), James O'Shaughnessy (2015), Tyreek Hill (2016)


Round 6: 56 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position:Offensive line, Wide receiver (12)

Most popular school:Pittsburgh (3)

Notable former players:Jimmy Wilkerson (2003), James Saxon (1988)

Current players:Rakeem Nunez-Roches (2015), Zach Fulton (2014), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (2014), D.J. White (2016), Dadi Nicolas (2016)


Round 7: 56 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive Back, Offensive Line (10)

Most popular school:Iowa, Kansas Michigan, San Diego State, Stanford, Tennessee State (2)

Notable former players:Danan Hughes (1993), Dave Szott (1990), Eric Warfield (1988),* *Kevin Ross (1984)

Current players:Da'Ron Brown (2015)


Finally, here's a look at all of our positional previews heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, which includes a breakdown of the current roster at that position, top prospects to know and a few mid-to-late-round guys to keep an eye on as well.

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