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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
YearNo. 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)
2014Calvin Pryor DB NYJJace Amaro TE NYJDexter McDougle CB NYJRichard Rodgers TE GBMartavis Bryant WR- PITJimmy Staten DT SEAWesley Johnson C PITZach Fulton OL KCTed Bolser TE WASTrevor Reilly LB NYJ
2013Eric Reid DB SFJohnathan Hankins DT NYGJJ Wilcox DB DALMatt Barkley QB PHISean Porter LB CINNick Kasa TE OAKVinston Painter OT DENNate Palmer LB GBArmonty Bryant DL CLEDavid Bass DE OAK
2012Melvin Ingram LB SDKendell Reyes DL SDJAMELL FLEMING DB ARIGino Grandkowski OL BALJairus Wright WR MINJeremy Lane CB SEAAlfred Morris RB WASTom Compton OL WASJordan Bernstine DB WASDrake Dunsmore TE TB
2011Corey Liuget DL SDBen Ijalana OL INDChris Culliver DB SFBrandon Hogan DB CARJalil Brown DB KCBrandon Fusco OL MINByron Maxwell DB SEABrian Rolle LB PHIMaurice Hurt OL WASLawrence Guy DL GB
2010Maurkice Pouncey OL PITTaylor Mays DB SFJ.D. Walton OL DENMike Johnson OL ATLGarrett Graham TE HOUBrent Bowden P TBAnthony Dixon RB SFJames Starks RB GBDekoda Watson LB TBJim Dray TE ARI
2009Robert Ayers LB DENMax Unger OL SEAKevin Barnes DB WASChase Coffman TE CINStanley Arnoux LB NODavid Buehler K DALJavon Ringer RB TENMatt Slauson OL NYJE.J. Biggers CB TBSammie Stroughter WR TB
2008Joe Flacco QB BALDeSean Jackson WR PHIBryan Smith DL PHIThomas DeCoud DB ATLXavier Adibi LB HOUThomas Brown RB ATLDominique Barber DB HOUJaymar Johnson WR MINBrett Swain WR GBJustin Forsett RB SEA
2007Leon Hall CB CINKenny Irons RB CINPaul Williams WR TENQuinn Pitcock DL INDRyne Robinson WR CARLegedu Naanee WR SDMichael Coe CB INDMason Crosby K GBTyler Thigpen QB MINChandler Williams WR MIN
2006Bobby Carpenter LB DALKellen Clemens QB NYJClint Ingram LB JAXOwen Daniels TE HOUStephen Gostkowski K NEJonathan Orr WR TENReed Doughty DB WASReggie McNeal WR CINFred Matua OL DETDevin Aromashodu WR MIA
2005Erasmus James DL MINMarcus Johnson OL MINDustin Fox DB MINLeroy Hill LB SEAChase Lyman WR NOScott Young OL PHITyjuan Hagler LB INDJason Jefferson DL NOJon Dunn OL CLEJonathan 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 NFL.com'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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