A system called the “common draft” was implemented for the AFL and NFL in 1967, creating a joint draft between the two leagues and establishing the precursor for what has become the marquee event of the offseason.
The two leagues merged in 1970, and the rest is history.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, we’re going to take a look back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event’s beginnings 52 years ago.
Here is what we’ve covered so far:
We’ll continue with the fifth round, where the Chiefs currently own one pick in this year’s draft (No. 167 overall). There have been several notable players taken with that exact selection in NFL history, including Minnesota Vikings’ defensive back Bobby Bryant (No. 167 in 1967) and Miami Dolphins’ two-time All-Pro punter Reggie Roby (No. 167 in 1983).
Kansas City didn’t pick in the fifth round last year, instead choosing to trade their selection to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for offensive lineman Cameron Erving.
Here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the fifth round since 1967.
|YEAR||PICK||PLAYER||POSITION||GAME WITH KC||SCHOOL|
|2017||183||Ukeme Eligwe||LB||14||Georgia Southern|
|2016||165||Tyreek Hill||WR||47||West Alabama|
|2015||173||James O'Shaughnessy||TE||23||Illinois St.|
|2015||172||D.J. Alexander||OLB||32||Oregon St.|
|2011||140||Gabe Miller||LB||0||Oregon St.|
|2008||140||Brandon Carr||DB||64||Grand Valley St.|
|2006||154||Marcus Maxey||DB||1||Miami (FL)|
|2005||147||Alphonso Hodge||DB||0||Miami (OH)|
|2005||138||Boomer Grigsby||LB||44||Illinois St.|
|2003||153||Jordan Black||T||48||Notre Dame|
|2001||150||Derrick Blaylock||RB||40||S.F. Austin|
|2000||153||Dante Hall||WR||97||Texas A&M|
|1998||128||Robert Williams||DB||17||North Carolina|
|1996||135||Joe Horn||WR||49||Itawamba Junior College|
|1994||151||James Burton||DB||0||Fresno St.|
|1993||130||Lindsay Knapp||G||2||Notre Dame|
|1990||124||Derrick Graham||G||52||Appalachian St.|
|1987||128||Kitrick Taylor||WR||16||Washington St.|
|1984||134||Jeff Paine||LB||26||Texas A&M|
|1982||130||Del Thompson||RB||6||Texas-El Paso|
|1981||124||Todd Thomas||C||15||North Dakota|
|1978||134||Robert Woods||WR||0||Grambling St.|
|1978||112||Jerrold McRae||WR||4||Tennessee St.|
|1970||130||Mike Oriard||C||42||Notre Dame|
- Forty of the Chiefs’ 56 fifth-round picks went on to play for Kansas City, combining to appear in 1,284 contests.
- Former wide receiver Carlos Carson, who was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2017, played in the most games (120) in a Chiefs’ uniform of any fifth-round pick in franchise history.
- The Chiefs drafted Dante Hall, one of the top return men in NFL history, with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2000 Draft. Hall returned 12 total kicks for scores during his seven years in Kansas City, setting an NFL record with a return touchdown in four-straight games during the 2003 campaign.
- Kansas City selected three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill with the No. 165 pick in 2017.
- In addition to Carson and Hall (97 games), safety Kendrick Lewis, cornerback Brandon Carr (64), offensive guard Derrick Graham (52), defensive tackle Eric Holle (56) and linebacker Bob Stein (50) all played in at least 50 games for Kansas City.
- The Chiefs have selected more players from Notre Dame (3) in the fifth round than any other school.
- Kansas City has selected 10 defensive backs in the fifth round over the years, more than any other position group.