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2015 NFL Draft: Will Chiefs Break the Trend at No. 18?

The Chiefs hold the No. 18 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft

The 2015 NFL Draft order was announced on Tuesday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a total of 10 picks in the draft, which begins on Thursday, April 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

The first round is Thursday night, with rounds two and three on Friday, May 1, and rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 2.


The Chiefs have been active so far this offseason in free agency, signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, safety Tyvon Branch, while trading for OL Ben Grubbs and re-signing defensive back Ron Parker, WR Jason Avant, tight end Richard Gordon and DB Kelcie McCray.

These moves will help the Chiefs stick to their overall philosophy when it comes to the draft.

"It gives you full freedom," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. "It doesn't back you into a corner going into the draft. You can go in and you can take the best player.

"That kind of sticks with your philosophy."

Over the past 10 years, the teams selecting at No. 18 have believed that a defensive player was the best player available in eight of the 10 drafts.

Since 2005, the only offensive players to be drafted No. 18 overall have been Pittsburgh Steelers OL Maurkice Pouncey in 2010 and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in 2008.

NFL Draft Picks over last 10 years at each of Chiefs' 2015 draft slots
Year No. 18 (Round 1) No. 49 (Round 2) No. 80 (Round 3) No. 98 (Round 3/4) No. 118 (Round 4) No. 172 (Round 5/6) No. 173 (Round 5) No. 193 (Round 6) No. 217 (Round 6/7) No. 233 (Round 7)
2014 Calvin Pryor DB NYJ Jace Amaro TE NYJ Dexter McDougle CB NYJ Richard Rodgers TE GB Martavis Bryant WR- PIT Jimmy Staten DT SEA Wesley Johnson C PIT Zach Fulton OL KC Ted Bolser TE WAS Trevor Reilly LB NYJ
2013 Eric Reid DB SF Johnathan Hankins DT NYG JJ Wilcox DB DAL Matt Barkley QB PHI Sean Porter LB CIN Nick Kasa TE OAK Vinston Painter OT DEN Nate Palmer LB GB Armonty Bryant DL CLE David Bass DE OAK
2012 Melvin Ingram LB SD Kendell Reyes DL SD JAMELL FLEMING DB ARI Gino Grandkowski OL BAL Jairus Wright WR MIN Jeremy Lane CB SEA Alfred Morris RB WAS Tom Compton OL WAS Jordan Bernstine DB WAS Drake Dunsmore TE TB
2011 Corey Liuget DL SD Ben Ijalana OL IND Chris Culliver DB SF Brandon Hogan DB CAR Jalil Brown DB KC Brandon Fusco OL MIN Byron Maxwell DB SEA Brian Rolle LB PHI Maurice Hurt OL WAS Lawrence Guy DL GB
2010 Maurkice Pouncey OL PIT Taylor Mays DB SF J.D. Walton OL DEN Mike Johnson OL ATL Garrett Graham TE HOU Brent Bowden P TB Anthony Dixon RB SF James Starks RB GB Dekoda Watson LB TB Jim Dray TE ARI
2009 Robert Ayers LB DEN Max Unger OL SEA Kevin Barnes DB WAS Chase Coffman TE CIN Stanley Arnoux LB NO David Buehler K DAL Javon Ringer RB TEN Matt Slauson OL NYJ E.J. Biggers CB TB Sammie Stroughter WR TB
2008 Joe Flacco QB BAL DeSean Jackson WR PHI Bryan Smith DL PHI Thomas DeCoud DB ATL Xavier Adibi LB HOU Thomas Brown RB ATL Dominique Barber DB HOU Jaymar Johnson WR MIN Brett Swain WR GB Justin Forsett RB SEA
2007 Leon Hall CB CIN Kenny Irons RB CIN Paul Williams WR TEN Quinn Pitcock DL IND Ryne Robinson WR CAR Legedu Naanee WR SD Michael Coe CB IND Mason Crosby K GB Tyler Thigpen QB MIN Chandler Williams WR MIN
2006 Bobby Carpenter LB DAL Kellen Clemens QB NYJ Clint Ingram LB JAX Owen Daniels TE HOU Stephen Gostkowski K NE Jonathan Orr WR TEN Reed Doughty DB WAS Reggie McNeal WR CIN Fred Matua OL DET Devin Aromashodu WR MIA
2005 Erasmus James DL MIN Marcus Johnson OL MIN Dustin Fox DB MIN Leroy Hill LB SEA Chase Lyman WR NO Scott Young OL PHI Tyjuan Hagler LB IND Jason Jefferson DL NO Jon Dunn OL CLE Jonathan Fanene DL CIN

With a historically heavy defensive presence at No. 18, will the Chiefs break that trend in 2015?

In the latest Mock Draft Roundup, the experts have the Chiefs taking an offensive player in 10 of the 12 mocks (Six - WR, Four - OL).

The only two who believe the Chiefs will go defense right now are NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, who selected Texas defensive lineman Malcom Brown, and's Lance Zierlein, who selected Alabama S Landon Collins.

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Action photos of the Chiefs previous 10 First Round draft picks.

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